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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.
2018 Edition (9-19/08/2018)
the beaches full and holiday season in full swing, Barcelona welcomes back two of its most emblematic summer events, Circuit Festival and Girlie Circuit. Billed respectively as the biggest international gay festival and the biggest international lesbian festival, and both produced by Barcelona's Matinee Group, they see thousands of visitors from across the world come to the Catalan capital for days of parties.
Circuit is 11 days of fun with a programme that includes: pool parties, including the biggest and most popular event of the festival, the Water Park Day (which lasts all day and goes on into the night) at the nearby La Isla Fantasia water park; DJ sessions (with performances by some of the biggest names on the gay scene); and club nights. Girlie follows a similar pattern albeit for fewer days, this year running from August 14 to 19.
Soon the 2019 program.
Already declared the best theme park in Spain by TripAdvisor users, PortAventura World has now taken visitor experiences to a whole new level with Europe's first Ferrari Land. This adrenaline-filled place with thrills for all ages covers 70,000m2 and has numerous attractions, such as the Vertical Accelerator that offers a lifelike Formula 1 experience as you accelerate in your F1-style cars from 0 to 180km/h in just five seconds and climb to a height of 112m along a 1km-track!
What's more, a new kids's area in Ferrari Land with five attractions aimed at different age groups: Junior Red Force is a mini roller-coaster that gives children the chance to experience the speed of the vertical accelerator, while Kids' Tower is a ricochet and freefall tower of nine metres, Flying Race and pilot your own plane, Champions Race lets all the family feel like the drivers of a mythical Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa or get in the gondolas and get ready to spin with Crazy Pistons.
La Quinzena the dance festival which will display all styles and genres to a potential audience of 5 million people. The festival will take place all over the metropolitan area of Barcelona, covering the municipalities of Barcelona, Badalona, Santa Coloma, L'Hospitalet, Cornellà, Espluges and others.
Programmed in theaters, but also in streets, squares and subway stations, dance at its finest now has a festival that includes classic and contemporary dance, hip hop, jazz, traditional dance and any other style.
As part of the program of this second edition we find Everybody dance, a participatory dance concept aimed at anybody who would like to dance (simultaneous dance – 30/03) and Dancing neighborhoods, a project led by the choreographer Álvaro de la Peña who invites you to become part of a group creation, a dance show to be performed in a number of districts throughout Barcelona and L'Hospitalet.
Jazz music, but also exhibitions, movies, family sessions, dance, competition and gastronomic routes. The Terrassa Jazz Festival has become a must for jazz lovers, and is now in its 38th edition, dedicated entirely to the deceased trumpeter Roy Hargrove. There will be almost thirty performances at different venues, including international and local artists. Performers include names like Danilo Pérez, John Patituci, Terri Lyne Carrington, Youn Sun Nah o Kerry Barron Quintet.
Those loud engines are getting ready to rev once more at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Over three days in May, Barcelona hosts the fifth event, and the first in Europe, of this year's F1 Championship Season, the Spanish Grand Prix.
This is undoubtedly one of the biggest dates on Barcelona's sporting calendar, and an amazing opportunity to see the celebrated drivers and teams taking part in one of the most thrilling sports in the world. This circuit is regularly used as a test venue meaning that many of those participating are very familiar with its straights and curves, and feel right at home on its 4.66km.
Current World Champion Lewis Hamilton won on this course last year, his third victory on the Barcelona circuit, and he will joins drivers like Alain Prost and Jackie Stewart with a third chequered flag.
The European Balloon Festival in Igualada is the biggest gathering of hot air balloons in Spain and welcomes around 25,000 visitors over four days the first fortnight of July. It's a meeting point, a competition and a festival in one, with more than 50 balloons taking to the air. Competitive flights take place early in the morning and at dusk, when conditions are ideal, and if you want a taste of the high life, balloon rides can be booked in advance.
But there's plenty to enjoy from ground level, whether it's the different skill challenges in the competition, live music, kids' activities and workshops, or the magical Night Glow event, in which balloons are fired up but don't take off, glowing like lanterns and accompanied by a fireworks display.
Every September, the beautiful central Catalan town of Vic hosts an extensive 'market of live music', which this year celebrates its 31st anniversary, aimed at giving both professionals and the public the chance to hear a wide range of different genres and discover new acts, as they enjoy five days of concerts and related activities. A lot of the focus is on artists from Catalonia, Spain and the Mediterranean area, but musicians from other places can also be found on the programme.
Performances, some of which are free, are given across the city at venues both indoors and out, including the emblematic Plaça Major, and throughout the event the streets are filled with buskers, adding to the musical extravaganza taking place. While there, it's also worth taking the time to explore Vic, a place rich with history, from the Roman temple to the cathedral, ecclesiastical museum, and medieval and modernista buildings. And don't forget to try the local gastronomic speciality, cured meats.
The Patum de Berga is a truly ancient traditional festival. It is cultural phenomenon that grew out of the theatrical performances that used to accompany the Corpus Christi processions in the Middle Ages. The event is focused on fire, music and a series of symbolic characters. These days, the Patum is as vibrant as ever; to the point it has been declared an event of Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. A small square in Berga, not far from Barcelona, concentrates all of the the energy, passion and magic of an unmissable festival.
The 11 counties in Barcelona province offer you a whole host of possibilities so that you can enjoy leisure, culture and nature.
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