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In its eleventh edition, the Barcelona's D'A Film Festival has become in an essential springtime event for the fans of contemporary indie and auteur cinema, both local and from around the globe. Some of the films shown have already won awards at other festivals while many are getting their Spanish premiere. With close to 100 films being presented, one of the highlights of D'A is always the attendance of many of the directors whose works are being shown for round tables and Q&A sessions about their productions.
Throughout the summer, most evenings see special cultural and gastronomic activities held at venues around the city. Many modernista spaces, such as 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, an event at the CCCB where the audience sits in deckchairs (gandules in Catalan), and Cosmonits, a whole programme of sci-fi films at CosmoCaixa.
So, if you are looking to enjoy summer nights, Barcelona has a wide range of options for you.
Created in 2003, Loop is a platform that focuses on the possibilities and challenges presented by video art, one of the key artistic movements of modern times. Each year, Loop hosts professionals and the public for a gathering where they can explore the latest technological and other developments in the moving image sector and see the work of new and established creatives who use video as their main tool.
Loop Festival runs for around 10 days and includes screenings, exhibitions, concerts, talks and other live events at numerous venues around the city.
The Independent Cinema and Human Rights Festival has now reached its 17th edition and has established a major international reputation for itself. Lots of films, some of which are being shown for the first time, and several discussion panels, workshops and master classes have packed out this Festival schedule which seeks to promote human rights, a culture of peace and sustainable humanity.
Within the documentary world, documentaries about music have a category all of their own. The In-Edit Festival has become a benchmark event in this category. Coordinated and held in Barcelona, it also touches down in Madrid, Chile, Brazil, Netherlands and Greece.
Since 2020, you can download a selection of musical documentaries from the online platform In-Edit TV and enjoy them at your leisure from any mobile device, and see live streaming events that will be held during the festival.
10 districts, 29 venues, five disciplines. The Barcelona Cultural District is a circuit of professional performances but also a program of artistic community project creation. Culture is brought to your doorstep but citizens themselves can also become active cultural agents. Music, theater, dance, circus and audiovisual displays by a wide variety of artists (professionals and amateurs alike) invade city spaces. Other free of charge activities also take place at the same time, such as workshops and talks.
The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) brings you the opportunity to enjoy iconic works by South African artist William Kentridge. He combines a broad spectrum of techniques and disciplines to construct his work and create his own distinctive style.
The exhibition also includes the European premiere of Kentridge's latest film, City Deep.
Following the cancellation of some scheduled screenings, due to COVID-19 health restrictions, the Pantalla Barcelona Festival is resuming its program from 19 January to 9 March. Seven of Barcelona's civic centers will be showing films from the fifth edition of the festival, which took place between 2 October and 18 December 2020 This festival offers films made, shot or produced in Barcelona, but this year the program has been expanded to include a wide variety of international films, to support filmmaking in these challenging times. All the screenings will follow the strictest security measures.
It's impossible to get bored in Barcelona: the best concerts, exhibitions and events related to art, culture and leisure await you, week after week. Here are some of the main ones. Don't miss anything this constantly moving city has to offer.
The former Farinera del Clot stands on one side of the Plaça de les Glòries, and its new facilities have been open since 1995. Long gone is the industrial past of an aesthetically elegant building which combines the characteristic elements of the original mill with contemporary structures.
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