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El Barcelona Obertura Spring Festival, a new venture of Barcelona Obertura Classic & Lyric, spreads classical music around the city and, for fifteen days, the best international artists are on stage at the three main venues: Gran Teatre del Liceu, Palau de la Música Catalana and L'Auditori.
Barcelona Obertura Classic and Lyric brings together the city's key classical music venues to extend their global reach and reputation even further, and demonstrate Barcelona's wealth of classical music programming.
This may essentially be a festival based on only one instrument, but the sounds, performers and styles on the programme could scarcely be more wide-ranging. The skill of the organisers, leading Spanish music promoters The Project, in bringing together Catalan, Spanish, European and international performers from a variety of musical genres is quite something. Flamenco to pop, classic Cuban to contemporary Catalan, acoustic and electric, emerging and veteran acts – all this and more fills the many city venues that take part in Guitar BCN.
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 anybody who's got married will say, organising a wedding takes a lot of work. Thank goodness then for events such as the Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week, which is just as relevant for anybody planning a wedding as those working in the bridal industry. Barcelona has a long tradition of creating bridalwear, thanks to local brands such as Pronovias and Rosa Clará, and this event attracts close to 300 labels from almost 90 different countries, making it one of the biggest in the world.
The trade fair is ideal for professionals to network with designers and manufacturers. And if you're getting married and looking for a classic dress, want to discover cutting-edge trends or simply need inspiration, the fashion shows feature beautiful outfits for the whole bridal party as well as party dresses and accessories for any special occasion. So prepare to be wowed by romantic, trendy, avant-garde and generally breathtaking creations that will make any wedding day one to remember.
Pride BCN has been celebrated in Barcelona every year since 2008; a whole week during which the city reconfirms its commitment to the LGTBI community and highlights the struggle for rights and freedoms for all. Concerts, marches, trade shows, and many more activities aimed at the widest range of audiences, including families, flood the streets of Barcelona.
One of the most highly awaited music festivals of the season, the Festival del Mil·lenni will be celebrating its 21st edition. Spread out over several months, the Festival program schedules a series of concerts in the city's best theaters and auditoriums to cover almost all musical genres: from pop to Flamenco, as well as classic, folk and jazz music. Each year prominent international artists touch down in Barcelona and this year will be no different. This year's Millenni festival will be hosting artists of the likes of Saint Etienne, Mika, Glen Hansard, Diego el Cigala, Manolo García and Amaia.
They have been at the helm of the prog rock genre since 1969. Jethro Tull is now coming to Barcelona, for Guitar BCN 2020 in order to show us that five decades after the "prog" years they are still as dynamic as ever. This band fronted by Ian Anderson will offer a set featuring all their classics and will undoubtedly transport us back to the exciting beginnings of this genre.
The Cuban Pablo Milanés was the leading figure in "feeling", a Cuban style of music influenced by romantic songs and North American jazz, in which feelings defined the performance. His 1965 album "Mis 22 años" was a bridge between feeling and the Nueva Trova Cubana, a movement which he shared in the 1960s with artists such as Silvio Rodríguez, Vinicius de Moraes and Víctor Jara. As a composer he has taken on many styles such as the Son Cubano and the Canción protesta. Some of his more famous songs are "Yolanda", "Yo me quedo" and "Para vivir". Pablo Milanés has collaborated with several artists such as Maná, Silvio Rodríguez, Joaquín Sabina, Ana Belén, Joan Manuel Serrat and Ismael Serrano. At 76 years old he is returning to Barcelona for the Guitar BCN 2020 in order to perform "Esencia", a small-scale show where he will treat us to a pared-down version of his five decades of work featuring only a cello and a piano.
There have now been 20 editions of this festival of magic that started out 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 includes an extensive program which, in addition to performances of magic, features magic workshops and workships and talks aimed at encouraging people to continue learning and appreciating the art of the illusionist.
Craft beer lovers will not want to miss out on the Barcelona Beer Festival on 13, 14 and 15 March. The competition, which will be hosting 250 exhibitors and 150 beer taps, offers beer lovers the chance to discover up to 650 different beers, with some hailing from parts of Mexico (guest country) or Sardinia. The festival also features numerous activities such as showcooking, presentations and beer tasting.
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