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The Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix won't be the only occasion when the Formula 1 teams will be visiting the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. This year, the Formula One Test Days are back with eight days of training (18th to 21st February and 26th February to 1st March). The layout of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is unique and it is the only venue on the Formula 1 calendar to host official test days and a Grand Prix.
On the occasion of the centenary of the Santa Eulàlia schooner, built in 1917 in a shipyard of the Alicante coast, the Barcelona Maritime Museum is planning a commemorative program from March 2018 to February 2019.
In the Port of Barcelona, the Santa Eulàlia will receive the visit, throughout the year, of boats from all over the world, and the outstanding vessels of the Catalan fleet. They will sail the coast to take part in the most important maritime festivals of the Mediterranean. There will also be dissemination activities, such as a monographic exhibition, talks and other events addressed to all the public. A public festival is planned in June at the Barcelona Maritime Museum, to commemorate the anniversary. In 2019, the Santa Eulàlia festival, co-patroness of the city, will close the centenary celebration.
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.
Carnival, a festivity based on the lunar calendar and eagerly anticipated by Catalans, always begins on a Thursday (Fat Thursday) and ends on the following Wednesday (Ash Wednesday).
Carnival is synonymous with partying, bustling crowds, costumes, parades and so on. In short, it is a week given over to hedonism and having a good time being the forerunner to the period of fasting and deprivation represented by the Christian tradition of Lent. These days, beyond the excesses, Carnival is a light-hearted popular festival based around the crazy figure named El Rei Carnestoltes (The Carnival King). While carnival is celebrated in almost every town and village throughout Catalonia, the places that historically stand out for their particular traditions are Barcelona, Sitges, Vilanova i la Geltrú and Torelló. However, wherever you may be during the festivities, you will be able to try some of the delicious traditional Carnival dishes: the coca de llardons (flatbread with pancetta) or botifarra d'ou (pork sausage containing egg).
Barcelona Carnival: The official dates for this year are 1/3 to 6/3. The Rei Carnestoltes arrives in the Passeig del Born with his entourage comprising seven ambassadors who symbolize the seven historical towns within the city (Horta, Sant Andreu, Sarrià, Gràcia, Sants, les Corts and Sant Martí). There are also further parades that take place in different places throughout the city. Carnival is also evident in the markets of Barcelona which are full of people letting their hair down, costumes, tastings and a frenetic rhythm. On Sunday night you can experience the wild party known as the "gran sarao".
Sitges: The Carnival King arrives in Sitges at 19:00 on 28 February. From that point on you can join the parade. Throughout the whole weekend there are a range of activities to suit any and every audience: concerts, cookery demonstrations, races using decorated beds and costumes, lots and lots of costumes.
Torelló: This town in the Barcelona county of Osona has its own name for the Carnival: the Carnaval de Terra Endins (the inland carnival). The Carnival King bursts into a council session being held in the City Hall, relieves the mayor of his duties and takes over for seven days. The parade held in Torelló is a participative one in which anybody can join in and which includes all kinds of representations of mythical beasts.
Vilanova i la Geltrú: In this municipality of the Garraf region (Barcelona), the carnival is organized by the local community and always includes a high level of social comment. The most meaningful event for them is Les Comparses (carnival troupe) in which more than 10,000 pairs of comparseros take to the streets accompanied by charanga brass bands, while throwing candy to the crowds.
There have now been 19 editions of this festival of magic that started life as a tribute to Badalona-born Joan Forns i Jordana, aka "Li Chang" (1916-1998), whose stagecraft was notable for its creativity and elegance and who Joan Brossa defined as the all-time great Catalan master of illusion. The festival incudes a very full program which, in addition to performances of magic, features magic workshops and talks aimed at encouraging people to continue learning and appreciating the art of the illusionist.
In fact, this race takes in Granollers, Les Franqueses and La Garriga. Setting off from the Granollers-Centre railway station and covering 21.097 kilometers, the Granollers half marathon was the first such race to be run in under an hour: in 2008 Samuel Wanjiru ran it in a total of 59 minutes and 26 seconds. To celebrate the anniversary of this feat, this year Abraham Kiptum is taking part. He is the current world record holder with a time of 58 minutes and 18 seconds.
The 61st Edition Internacional Vintage Car Rally Barcelona - Sitges will take place from 16th to 18th March.The Barcelona-Sitges Vintage Car Rally was first held in 1959 as an initiative of the Sitges Tourist Board. The rally was created in order to give the town a social event it could take part in during the winter months and to fulfil the wishes of many vintage car aficionados who wanted to take part in an event of this kind and enjoy their vehicles.
Vintage Car Rally Barcelona-Sitges is an event with characteristics that makes it unique in the world and once again the Promotion of Tourism in Sitges, organized with the full consciousness of the effort and pride represented by participants to be on the lists of registered. In fact it is a unique not only for its competitive nature, but also the spectacular cars participants. It seems that back to the early twentieth century when the vehicle he was in was a pleasure and a recreation and why not say it, a luxury. Again, a caravan of historic cars , all manufactured before 1928 will forty kilometers separating the two municipalities sailors, a test that are especially valued and aesthetic aspects of time and speed.
Also known as "Winter Pride", the Snow Gay Weekend festival is celebrating its third edition at the Boí Taüll ski resort, on the Catalan Pyrenees.
Four days of activities aimed at the LGTBI+ community which once again this year wishes to promote equality and diversity.
The program includes a varied offer of winter sports, skiing lessons and also cultural visits to the Romanesque churches of the Vall de Boí, declared as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. At night it’s time for entertainment from performers such as La Terremoto de Alcorcón (The Alcorcón Earthquake, Pepa Charro) or Glitch Gyals (LaPili and Jirafa Rey); theater with ‘The Chanclettes’, an evening devoted to the Eurovision Song Contest with Soraya Arnelas and guest party artists including all the pop hits with YASS! and house music from Melon Party.
This is an event that is growing year on year, demonstrating that you can have lots of fun even if the weather is cold.
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