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With the arrival of the summer the people of Barcelona enjoy movies in an original and appealing way. The sessions of "Cinema a la fresca" (Outdoor movie) in the Castell de Montjuïc (Montjuïc's Castle) are already a classic of this city. They give people the opportunity to watch important and outstanding movies of the international movie scene from comfortable reclining chairs and to enjoy live music during the picnic prior to the showings. For five weeks, every Wednesday and Friday, the Sala Montjuïc offers a selection of movies in original version with subtitles. This year the selection includes titles such as, ...
On September 11th 1714 the city of Barcelona fell after a long siege by the duke of Berwick in the War of the Spanish Succession. The French Bourbons were fighting against the Austrian Habsburgs to obtain the control of the Spanish Crown. This date also represented the abolition of the Catalan civil institutions and rights. September 11th was chosen for its symbolism to commemorate Catalonia's National Day (Diada Nacional de Catalunya). During the whole day protest activities, as well as entertaining ones such as concerts, prize-giving ceremonies or speeches, take place both in Barcelona and in other towns throughout the country. Traditionally, in the morning of September 11th the political parties and entities bring floral tributes to the monument of Rafael de Casanova, who had an outstanding participation in the War of the Spanish Succession. Many museums of Barcelona also take part in this event with an open day.
During the last week in August, the popular district of Sants refreshes the streets with its Fiesta Mayor. Passacaglias, Gospel, Jazz, Xocolatadas (chocolate-time gathering), Correfocs for children (fireworks lit on the street), Castellers (human towers), Sardanas and Piromusical; the Sants festivities have nothing to envy other areas. All this will take place amidst streets decorated by witty dedicated neighbours, according to specific themes.
Before the end of the summer, the different districts and neighbourhoods of the city will celebrate their patron saint festivities. During September, these celebrations are the preview of the city's great festivity, la Mercè. This is the case of the Horta, Poble Nou and the Gràcia area (including La Salut, Vallcarca and Penitents districts). During October, Les Corts and Sarrià. In November Sant Andreu de Palomar.
All these neighbourhoods dress their streets for the celebration and for a few days they are brimming with activities, music, concerts, popular dinners and games for the young ones. This tradition is much loved by the people of Barcelona, as it allows for more interaction between neighbours and direct participation, all thanks to their pride for belonging to the same neighbourhood.
Travel back to another era on a thematic tour of the galleries of Barcelona's Museu Egipci while you discover the secrets of the culinary art of Ancient Egypt. Afterwards, on the terrace, let your senses be enraptured by the incense and music, and delight your palate with a tasting of foods from the time of the Pharaohs.
One of Catalonia’s most famous traditions is that of the “castells” (castles), which are human towers that are lifted by building different levels of people until reaching insane heights that can go up to ten stories. There is no mechanical help, and tens and even hundreds of people can take part in it. The “castellers” are the people who carry out this activity, which is over 200 years old.
Acknowledged as Immaterial Cultural Heritage by Unesco, his origin is believed to be around the area of Tarragona, Catalonia’s second most important province after Barcelona. During the 20th Century this practice spread all over Catalonia. The “castellers” are grouped in “colles” that normally take the name of its place of origin.
Under the structure of an emblematic market with iron casting architecture of the 19th century, the archaeological site of 1700 Barcelona is found, which is unique in Europe, along with the old market, the memory of the events of 1714 and exhibitions, all located at El Born Centre Cultural, a new and exceptional historic venue that links three centuries of history.
Barcelona 1700. From stones to people:
An exhibition to recall Barcelona society of the 18th century, that was a dynamic and modern society, but also marked by the wars suffered between 1691 and 1714.
The exhibition includes around 1,800 objects that have provided valuable new information to portray everyday life and how the people of Barcelona lived three centuries ago. Linked to the permanent exhibition at the foot of the site, there will also be three exhibition areas displaying various objects. The most remarkable is the Sala de la Guerra (War Room), where a selection of over three hundred bombs are exhibited, of different sizes, types and materials which were discovered during the excavation.
The exhibition is structured in three major areas: La Gran Casa (The Home), La Ciutat pròspera (The prosperous City), La vida quotidiana (Everyday life), La Ciutat atacada i mutilada (The attacked and mutilated City) and La Ciutat refeta (The rebuilt City).
Gran Gala Flamenco, the Palau gives a run through different flamenco rhythms or "styles" (Fandango, Seguidilla, Alegría, Bulería, Tarantos, Guajira…) by flamenco artists who are breaking into the Spanish artistic scene.
Thanks to this series of performances, enthusiasts of the flamenco, can enjoy evenings full of strength, music, spirit and dance in all its aspects.
In the cycle "Opera and Flamenco", we will be able to enjoy the performance "Historia de un amor", choreographed by the great Rafael Amargo. A couple of dancers unleash their flamenco passion to music by Verdi, Bizet, Falla or popular flamenco music, with the voices of flamenco singer Joaquin "El Duende", the soprano Alina Furman and the tenor Ezequiel Casamada.
This year Free Movies on the Beach is back. This is a free event held on San Sebasità beach, which if you miss it is like spending the summer away from the sea.
Six sessions in which original version movies will be projected, which have been shown at movie theaters and festivals of Catalonia.
A free showcase which aims to bring to the beach movies outside the commercial circuit, with the intention of eliminating the cliché that independent movies are only for theorists and critics.
Don't forget your beach towel!
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