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The Barcelona Maritime Museum is running a varied program of leisure activities for all the family, aimed at arousing the curiosity, respect and appreciation for maritime culture.
The Museu de l'Eròtica of Barcelona presents its two new collections, Bag One and Two Virgins. They are a series of drawings and lithographs by John Lennon depicting his honeymoon and erotic scenes captured during his sexual encounters with Yoko Ono.
The origins of the Fiestas of Santa Eulàlia are rooted in the legend of Barcelona's second patron saint and are a focal point for the city's main winter celebrations.
The festivities take place between 7 and 12 February over a weekend full of activities rooted in popular culture and traditions, with a children's audience very much in mind: giants, the correfoc (groups of ‘demons’ letting off fireworks in the streets) and human tower builders. There are also folkloric dance groups, the ‘colles bastoneres’ who have invited dance troupes from all over to take part in the first ever Diada bastonera de Santa Eulàlia as a celebration of the art.
This year also marks the centenary celebrations of the New Giants of the House of Charity which coincide with the 160th anniversary of the Gegants Vells (Old Giants).
For some years now, the city has spent an entire week at the epicenter of the design world. Barcelona Design Week (BDW) is an essential diary date for anybody with a keen interest in design, innovation and business. This year is takes place a new edition and for some days design opens itself up to the city in the form of exhibitions, workshops, talks and tours. There will be activities covering all aspects of design, making this one of the most important Design Weeks of the international calendar. The program features complementary activities designed to enable design professionals and companies to create business opportunities and exchange knowledge.
In the Cerro de los Batallones archeological site, located in the current Madrid region, fossils have been found of mastodons and large predators who lived there 9 million years ago. These are animals which are now extinct and the saber-toothed tiger is one notable example. Through the paleontological remains found in this exceptionally well preserved site, the Cosmocaixa is offering us a journey to the past to learn about the fauna which previously populated our lands, such as the giant tortoise, the mastodon, and giraffes and horses which we no longer see in today's world.
Picasso had a love of words, writing, poetry and language from a young age. His friend André Breton enshrined this side of Picasso's personality in 1935 with a text published in Cahiers d’Art. This painting genius acknowledged that “All the arts are ultimately one and the same. One can write a painting with words just as one can paint sensations in a poem.” The temporary exhibition entitled Picasso Poeta reveals the importance of poetry writing to his creative career and introduces us to his manuscripts and his sources, the connection between his writings and paintings and, above all, his ingenuity as a poet.
A tour of Roman Barcelona is a box of surprises containing archaeological remains dating from the time the city was established. Barcino, the Roman city founded in the 1st century BC, has left us a valuable legacy, which can be found in the Gothic Quarter, the site of the early walled city.
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