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Now you have the chance to visit this architectural gem, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been restored this year.
The Casa Vicens was the first house designed by Antoni Gaudí and the building that marked the beginning of his career.
Gaudí had actually received the commission from Manuel Vicens i Montaner, a brick and tile factory owner, some years earlier; Vicens had inherited the land, which at the time stood in the independent village of Gràcia, and wanted to build a summer house there. In its design, the recently graduated Gaudí makes extensive use of colour and tiles, with Arabic, oriental and neoclassical influences. The beginnings of his singular style and inventiveness are clearly on show.
The work of Henri-Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec is instantly recognisable, with its swathes of strong colour, portrayals of a certain Parisian lifestyle at the end of the 19th century, and posters advertising everything from recitals to bikes. A pioneer of the post-Impressionist movement, he was extremely prolific and produced hundreds of works before his early death at 36.
This exhibition at CaixaForum looks in the main at the artist's years in Montmartre, his nocturnal life and relationship with the cabarets and underworld of the French capital, through a series of paintings, posters and other items. After your visit to the show, it's well worth exploring the building of CaixaForum. Designed by celebrated Catalan modernista architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, it was originally a textile factory and featured a number of spacious halls that now lend themselves perfectly to exhibiting art. A guided tour is on offer, which includes a visit to the impressive rooftop.
For the fifth year running, the Circuit Barcelona Catalunya welcomes many top international rally drivers to the FIA World RX of Catalunya, which is also the inaugural event of the 2019 Rallycross World Championship. Among those taking part are such star names as Sébastien Loeb, Petter Solberg and Matthias Ekström as well as Johan Kristoffersson and Oliver Bennet – don't miss your chance to see them and numerous other experts behind the wheel compete in these spectacular compact vehicles that are fitted with 600-HP engines.
The FIA World RX of Catalunya is also part of the Horse Power Festival, which means that as well as being able to watch a series of exciting races, spectactors can make the most of a wide range of activities related to motor sports and cars for all ages during the whole weekend.
It is now 15 years since the Palau de la Música Catalana introduced its Cycle of Family Concerts at the Palau, an initiative whose goal is to kindle the passion for and appreciation of music to the youngest members of the household.
These are shows conceived and created so that music interacts with other forms of artistic expression such as dance, theater, poetry or the plastic arts, aimed at encouraging the curiosity, imagination and creativity of young and old alike.
As it does every season, L'Auditori is offering a special program for families with children of all ages, so that young and old alike can enter the wonderful world of live music.
A wide range of concerts, created for children and designed to make their first musical experience unique and special.
The Petit Liceu is an initiative of the Gran Teatre del Liceu to bring music to the youngest members of the family. A program that features all-time classics, adapted for the whole family to enjoy.
It's time for cosplay outfits to come out of the wardrobe once more as Barcelona hosts the 24th edition of its Manga Fair. Having held an event dedicated to this Japanese art form for almost a quarter of a century highlights just how committed fans of all ages in and around the city are to the perennially popular comic books and Japanese pop culture in general.
It's a full-on weekend that includes special guest appearances by illustrators and writers from around the world, new releases, marathon cinema and television sessions, live concerts of J-pop and other music, plus workshops that look at different aspects of manga and anime while others provide the chance to learn how to dress up as favourite characters. In addition, there are, naturally, a wide range of stands for browsing CDs, DVDs, comics, books, illustrations and merchandise.
2018 Edition (23-30/06/2018)
The 10-year anniversary of Pride Barcelona, the Med's largest gay pride event, takes place from June 23 to 30. The city will be filled with music, workshops, dance, sports, live shows, exhibits, the biggest foam party in Europe, galas and more; and based on the success of past editions, it's likely that over 200,000 participants will join in with the fun and festivities that always have a serious message behind them.
Among the programme's highlights are: the reading of this year's LGBTI manifest, which sets out the aim and focus of Pride (Jun 23, 7pm, Plaça Universitat); varied activities for all at the Village and Main Stage (Jun 29-30, Avinguda Maria Cristina); and, of course, the fabulous Parade, including a pre-party and closing celebrations (Jun 30, start: Avinguda Paral·lel).
Barcelona's Picasso Museum is one of its most-loved art centres, focusing as it does on the early years of the Spanish painter's life; he moved with his family to Barcelona in 1895 when he was 14 and already well established in his art studies. The city played a key role in his development; in places such as Els Quatre Gats café, he regularly met with other creatives involved in the avant-garde movement. But he was a man constantly looking for new experiences and inspirations, and this exhibition at the Museu Picasso looks at the impact that his first two visits to Paris had on him.
Among the artists on show are Manet, Degas, Cézanne and Gauguin (on loan from the permanent collection of the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and the Musée national Picasso Paris), whose work Picasso first encountered in person when he was in the French capital.
This is the main architectural event in Barcelona, a weekend in October where over 200 buildings of every shape and size open their doors to the general public. It is an initiative of the 48h Open House Barcelona association, which began in London in 1992. From then on, the concept of an 'Open House' has been implemented around the world: New York, Dublin, Galway, Tel Aviv and, since 2010, Barcelona, have their own week dedicated to local architecture. 'Open House' offers the opportunity to understand and experience architecture in a unique way, through an architectonic experience.
The program invites everyone to explore and understand the value of a well-constructed and designed space. In the last few years, this event in Barcelona has expanded to include cities and villages from the metropolitan area and the Maresme Coast, and on the roster of buildings to visit we will come across churches, schools, sports centers, apartment blocks, libraries and restaurants.
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