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  • European Balloon Festival

    European Balloon Festival

    The European Balloon Festival in Igualada is the biggest gathering of hot air balloons in Spain (this year is the 22nd edition) and welcomes around 25,000 visitors over four days at the start 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.

  • MOOG Club

    MOOG Club

    Moog is a little club that, back in 1996, opted to differentiate itself from the prevalent mass market version of techno and go for a small underground format. Since then, the best international DJs have passed through here. The turntables and electronic rhythms are currently in the hands of Dj Loe and electronic music fans can enjoy a large number of proposals and a high-level musical program. Resident DJs Olmos, Gus Van Sound, Rubén Seoane, Uroz, David Lost and 6tma are in charge of ensuring the dance floor is always full.

  • Medieval dinner and show in Palau Requesens

    Medieval dinner and show in Palau Requesens

    Join our historians for a tour of Palau Requesens (13th C.), who will explain the fascinating life of Isabel de Requesens, the Vice-Reine of Naples, and everything they know about the Palace. For the first time the watchtower and the terrace will be open to visitors, with views over the whole Gothic Quarter.

    The evening begins in the Palace courtyard with a welcome glass of cava followed by a guided tour of the building,

    A dinner of medieval inspiration, served in the Tinellet room to the sounds of soft medieval music, will make you feel like an honored guest of the Vice-Reine.

    After dinner, the show recreates the kind of medieval entertainment that Isabel de Requesens might have offered to her most illustrious guests.

    An unmissable experience!

  • Llum BCN 2018

    Llum BCN 2018

    Running since 2012, Llum BCN is a festival of light that aims to counter the darkness of winter with the splendour of light (llum means 'light' in Catalan) reflected on some of the city's most beautiful buildings and spaces. This year the Llum BCN festival has not only doubled in size, it's also moved to a new home: Poblenou, a district currently immersed in an intense process of transformation.

    Over a dozen well-known Spanish and international artists have created installations that bring transformation by using light in six of the most emblematic locations in Poblenou; this year's guest artist is the Canadian Monique Saboya, who brings a selection of immersive art projects. At the same time, to demonstrate the city's emergent creativity and talent, students from 14 Architecture, Art and Design schools have prepared special artworks based on the creative use of illumination. Both series can be seen by following an easy-to-walk itinerary around the district.

  • Grec Festival de Barcelona

    Grec Festival de Barcelona

    For many enthusiasts of Barcelona culture, summer means the Grec Festival. This is a wide variety of artistic events (theater, dance, music, circus and children's activities), held during the month of July, at the iconic Teatre Grec, the outdoor amphitheater of Montjuïc, which hosts some of the most suggestive performances.

    This year, 4 itineraries have been created to hold the maximum number of performances. These include theater, directed by Oriol Broggi and Mario Gas; songs from Carousel, the Broadway classic; dance by La Veronal and IT Dansa; the Rhum & Cia; circus, and the creations of Albert Pla, plus many more.

    Similarly, music of the Grec Festival will be held at different venues of the city. Both the Harlem Jazz Club and the Jamboree will hosting concerts of the program. And for the 50th anniversary of the Jazz Festival, Pat Metheny will be performing at the Teatre Grec and there will be other performances at the Sala Barts.

    Lastly, movies will also have their space. Firstly the Filmoteca, with a cycle dedicated to an independent Filipino film-maker; and secondly, the Sala Montjuïc, at the Montjuïc castle, a classic summer venue to see good movies.

  • International Musem Day & The Night of Museums

    International Musem Day & The Night of Museums

    May sees two excellent events for those who love visiting museums. On May 18, International Museum Day is celebrated, a European initiative that sees numerous institutions open their doors for free and put on a special programme of activities. The aim is to raise awareness in visitors about the key role museums and other cultural centres can play in the development of society.

    The following evening, Barcelona holds its Night of Museums, when participating venues stay open late into the night, offering a different way to experience the permanent and temporary exhibitions currently on show, as well as the chance to enjoy different activities, such as family workshops, live performances and guided tours. This is also a global event, one that started in Berlin in 1997 and is now celebrated in around 120 European cities each year. Signed up to the two events in Barcelona are a wide variety of centres whose specialisations include art, archeology, history, author, ethnology, paleontology, ceramics, zoology, movies, design and much more.

  • Festival Jardins de Pedralbes

    Festival Jardins de Pedralbes

    Only created six years ago, the Festival Jardins de Pedralbes has enjoyed a rapid rise to success thanks to three key features.

    The first is the setting. Pedralbes Palace is a splendid 1920s building located in the uptown part of the city, and its landscaped gardens of fountains, statues, lawns and many types of flora, the perfect place to host the festival's concerts.

    The second key is the programme. From esteemed stars such as Tom Jones, Zaz, Angus & Julia Stone, Jessie J, to cult figures including Simple Minds or Goran Bregovic and local acts like Miguel Ríos, Sara Baras, Niña Pastori, Ainhoa Arteta & Josep Carreras, Miguel Poveda or Pastora Soler, the bill is always carefully curated.

    The third one is the special day dedicated to families (1st July, 4:30pm), with workshops, musical activities, concerts and much more.

    Finally, festival organisers Concert Studio have consistently made gastronomy a priority. On the one hand you can enjoy a open-air dinner on the secret terraces next to the Palace of Pedralbes. On the other, at the Village you will find a wide selection of tempting dishes to try just before the concerts begin.

  • Festival of Sant Joan

    Festival of Sant Joan

    The festival of Sant Joan (Saint John in English) is one of the most popular festivals among the residents of Barcelona. It commemorates the arrival of summer, and the occasion is marked with bonfires and fireworks, as has been the traditional way of doing it for generations.

    Throughout the city people burn piles of wood and old furniture, while fireworks and firecrackers fill the air throughout the night. Music and popular festivities flood the streets, the squares and the beach.

    The coca de Sant Joan (a sweet flat bread traditionally topped with fruit and pine nuts, although other varieties are also available) is a must-try. It's a delicious dessert that's typical of the night of Saint John and is usually eaten accompanied by a glass or two of cava. And even though this is really the shortest night of the year, for many people it is, without a doubt, the longest one.

    Celebrate #SantJoan at #MiradorColom! Come to the monument, make a wine tasting ... and you can taste the delicious coca of the Mistral and Elias 1917 bakeries!

  • Nits d'Estiu (Summer nights)

    Nits d'Estiu (Summer nights)

    Throughout the summer, most evenings see special cultural and gastronomic activities held at venues around the city.

    Many modernista spaces, such as Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, Palau Güell, Casa Amatller, La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, host concerts, suppers, drinks and audiovisual shows.

    In turn, several cultural venues, including Poble Espanyol, CaixaForum and El Born Centre de Cultura i Memoria, open late at least one night a week, allowing you to enjoy their exhibitions and special activities away from the daytime crowds and heat.

    Film fans can head to open-air screenings like Sala Montjuïc, which shows movies at the castle on top of Montjuïc, Gandules, a free event at the CCCB where the audience sits in deckchairs (gandules in Catalan), and Cosmonits, a programme of sci-fi films at CosmoCaixa.

    Finally, the city's parks host evening concerts and the Liceu goes al fresco with the outdoor screening of one its operas.

  • Mercat de Música Viva

    Mercat de Música Viva

    Every September, the beautiful central Catalan town of Vic hosts an extensive 'market of live music', which this year celebrates its 30th 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.

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