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Peralada isn’t just an idyllic town in the Costa Brava where many go to get away from the hustle and bustle of larger cities, but in the summer it is also home to one of the most important culture and music festivals in the whole of Catalonia. From the 6th of July to the 15th of August, the town celebrates the festival Castell Peralada, an event where complete cultural enrichment takes centre stage.
The festival has been known to put on all kinds of shows, but this edition will focus on classical music and opera. During the month of July and the first 15 days of August, you can enjoy breath-taking performances from critically acclaimed national and international artists devoted to all types of performing arts: theatre, dance, music, etc… The most spectacular shows will be courtesy of the St. Petersburg Ballet Mariïnski troupe (one of the best dance companies in the world), the Montserrat Caballé tribute act, the Pink Martini group, Cirque Éloize (one of the most famous circus acts in the world), and above all, international superstar Jessie J, who will perform at the festival on the 12th of August. With no doubt, it would be an amazing experience that you can enjoy with your whole family.
After the incredible success the festival has had year after year, in 2019 the event will also be held in the cities of Girona and Figueres, giving visitors the chance to enjoy a great variety of spectacular concerts and theatre performances.
Don’t forget to check out the festival programme online, so that you don’t miss out on any of the superb performances. You can also buy tickets to the festival for each individual act, prices varying according to who is performing.
Discover this breath-taking spot of the Costa Brava and enjoy the Festival Castell Peralada this summer!Find out more »
All those that have visited Barcelona or live in this spectacular city know about Poble Espanyol, either in terms of its stunning architecture or as the place where some of the biggest parties of the year are held. And this year for the sixth year running, Blues Nights at Poble Espanyol, will return. Every Thursday at 21:00 from the 27th of July to the 29th of August, you can enjoy an incredible Blues concert, in the most “Barcelona” style. There will be 9 concerts in total, those taking to the stage including: Wax & Boogie, The Traitor, The Red & The Rotten, The Flat Pack, WOMBLUES (Big Mama Montse, Sister Marion, Sweet Marta), Johnny Big Stone & The Blues Workers, Chino & The Big Bet + Sax Attack, The Ramblers, and Room 69.
Below is the concert programme:
- 27th of June: Wax & Boogie.
- 4th of July: The Traitors (Inclosa dintre del XVIIè Festival de Blues de Barcelona).
- 11th of July: The Red & The Rotten (Inclosa dintre delXVIIè Festival de Blues de Barcelona).
- 25th of July: The Flat Pack.
- 1st of August: WOMBLUES (Big Mama Montse, Sister Marion, Sweet Marta).
- 8th of August: Johnny Big Stone & The Blues Workers.
- 15th of August: Chino & The Big Bet + Sax Attack.
- 22nd of August: The Ramblers.
- 29th of August: Room 69.
The event takes place at: Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13. The nearest metro stop is Plaza España.
Ticket prices range from 5.50€ to 11€ (depending on whether you only want to go to the concert, or whether you want to eat dinner and have a drink there as well). Don’t forget to check out some of the available discounts online on their webpage.
This year like all years, the Fiestas de Gràcia return to the city to transport you to another world. This amazing fiesta, celebrated this year from the 15th to the 21st of August in the Gràcia neighbourhood, is one of the most anticipated events of the year and sees a week-long celebration of activities, concerts, and non-stop partying that has been going on ever since the start of the 19th century.
During this week, the neighbourhood will put on a large number of activities like live music performances, workshops, food stalls, traditional fire runs and other local celebrations, etc… Here are some of the most important events of this year’s festival:
- The opening proclamation and official start of the festival
- Live music concerts
- Foam festival
- Habanera concerts
- Daily Casteller shows (traditional human towers)
- Traditional fire runs
- Food stalls
- Children’s games
- Open air cinema
But without doubt, the most anticipated event in the festival which encourages hundreds to make their way to the party, is the competition for best decorated street. During the Fiestas de Gràcia, the main streets of the neighbourhood are decorated by those that live there in spectacular themes that make the roads almost completely unrecognisable. These decorations are handmade throughout the year by neighbourhood locals, painstakingly dedicated to taking home the much sought after title for their very own avenue.
On top of all these amazing events and activities, the festival will also host incredible free music concerts around the neighbourhood: spectacular performances in genres such as rumba, rock, jazz, disco, etc… With so many types of music being performed, there will be something for everyone through the week.
- Below is a brief summary of just some of the great performances on the weekend:
Friday 17th: Joan Colomo, Rombo, Marilluïssa, Arrels de Gràcia
- Saturday 18th: Melenas, Power Burkas, Mourn, Aliment, Dj Waterparties
You can also see the official festival programme here. If you find yourself in Barcelona this week, don’t miss out on this truly unforgettable fiesta!Find out more »
Everybody likes to party, spend time with friends and family, dance, laugh, drink, learn of new cultures and have unique experiences… And what if i told you that you could experience all of these things in Barcelona? Did you hear that right? Well, if you are in our city from 20th until 24th September you can´t miss out on La Mercè Festival Barcelona!
Over these 5 days, the best fiesta in Barcelona is celebrated as homage to the Virgin of Mercy, patron of the city (The official day is 24th September) and, also, the locals use this festival to say goodbye to summer and welcome in autumn. In La Mercè Festival Barcelona, everyone is welcome to partake in the, 600 plus, activities throughout the city. Having so many means that everybody has the opportunity to attend a few, at least.Some of the most popular activities at La Mercè Festival Barcelona are: the correfocs, the castellers, light projections onto some of the most important buildings, music accompanied by fireworks, the parade of the giants with large paper-maché heads, etc… There is always something to do during these dates!
Some of the most famous artists playing this year are
- FRIDAY 20:
-Playa de Bogatell: Oques Grasses
-Avenida de la reina Maria Cristina: Carlos Baute, Edurne
- SATURDAY 21:
-Playa de Bogatell: La Pegatina
- SUNDAY 22:
-Avenida de la reina Maria Cristina: Miki Nuñez, Gertrudis, DJ RAC 105
- MONDAY 23:
-Avenida de la reina Maria Cristina: Doctor Prats, Nil Moliner, Buhos, Els Catarres
Also, putting the icing on the cake, each year Barcelona invites a city to share their culture with us and organise activities related to the area. Last year it was Lisbon and this year the chosen city is Beirut, therefore they will put on spectacles, talks and projects about lebanese culture throughout the city. This is the perfect opportunity to fully immerse yourself in a new cultural environment!Find out more »
The neighbourhood of Barceloneta is one of the most historic places in the city, thanks to its great fishing and working traditions. This is exactly why its oldest parties are so special, because you can take in the atmosphere of Catalan tradition, something that has been fading away year on year with other events organised in certain neighbourhoods.
The Barceloneta local festival in Barcelona are celebrated on the 29th September, Saint Miguel of the Port´s day, the patron defender of the neighbourhood. This year the parties begin on Friday 27th September and finish on Sunday 6th October. During these dates a multitude of activities and events take place around the neighbourhood, the majority are free, allowing for as much enjoyment with the family as for having a great time with your friends.
Some of the most important activites are the traditional Sardine dance, popular food, the correfocs, the opening speech… but without a doubt the activities you can´t miss out on are:
- Pescalle de cañon: Undoubtedly the single most traditional part of the whole Barceloneta local festival in Barcelona. It consists of a neighbour spotting a Napoleonic Soldier and giving a ´cannon´ to each street in the neighbourhood. Then each person fires the sweet-loaded ´cannon´ for the kids to collect. It is also tradition that everytime the ´cannon´ is fired, everyone at the event falls to the ground.
- Habaneras: In a neighbourhood where there is a fishing tradition, it is very important not to miss this genre of Cuban music from the 19th Century.
- Decorated streets: The main streets of the neighbourhood are usually decorated in a more traditional style than those of the Grácia festival.
- Fireworks: On Sunday they let off fireworks on the Paseo Marítimo to put an end to these wonderful fiestas.
Don't think twice and discover the most traditional and original atmosphere in the Catalan Capital in the Barceloneta local festival in Barcelona!Find out more »
The International Film Festival of Catalunya returns for another year, commonly known as the Sitges Film Festival in Barcelona. This event consists of the first Fantasy Film Festival in the world, as well as one of the most important cinematic awards in Europe and the highest-regarded Catalonian cultural act on a global level.
This great fantasy and horror film festival is celebrated in the coastal city of Sitges between 3rd and 13th October. Over these days they willl screen long films and short films chosen by a panel of judges for being the standout films of their genre. Candidates for the 33 awards are seperated in recognition of their own fields: Best script, best actor and actress, public award, best director, etc… Also, whoever wishes to attent the inauguration ceremony and the exclusive screenings of the selected films, the prices vary between 6€ and 22€ for tickets.
In this 52nd edition of Sitges Film Festival in Barcelona, we will be able to enjoy a total of 29 selected films:
• 3 From Hell
• Little Monsters
• The Room
• Judy and Punch
• Greener Grass
• Daniel Isn’t Real
• Dancing Mary
• Jesús Shows You the Way to the Subway
• George Hilton – The World Belongs to the Daring
• Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson
• Come to Daddy
• The Lodge
• Jessica Forever
• The Wonderland
• Children of the Sea
• One Piece Stampede
• Breve historia del planeta verde
• Punto muerto
• Soy tóxico
• Deodato Holocaust
The places where the Sitges Film Festival in Barcelona will be celebrated are very diverse as they include as many hotels as cinemas:
• Platja de Sant Sebastià
• Cine Prado
• Hotel Meliá Sitges
• Palau de Maricel
• Espai Movistar
• Hort de Can Falç
• Cine El Retiro Brigadoon – L’Escorxador
• Tramuntana Edifici Miramar
And you, will you spend an evening of terrorfying fun? For more information click here
Everyone knows that there is nothing better than having a refreshing beer, with your friends and having a good time. Precisely down to this, Barcelona pays homage to the festival dedicated to the excellence of beer, Oktoberfest Barcelona, celebrating its 8th year.
From 3rd until 13th October, in the Plaza Universo del recinto Fira Montjuic, next to Plaza España, this unmissable event will take place over 10 consecutive days. For this, they will setup a 5,000 metre squared main tent, with a 3,000 metre squared area kids zone. In this second section, you can enjoy an array of shops, activities and attractions for adults and kids alike so that everyone can enjoy the event.
One of the best parts of Oktoberfest Barcelona is that it is completely free to enter, although this means that it is sometimes hard to find a space in this limited capacity venue. Due to this, we reccommend that, if possible, you reserve a table in due time through the website. This way you can skip the queues, find a spot in the tent, and above all, participate in the raffles that occur during this event (A VIP table costs 24€).
Inside the Oktoberfest Barcelona festival there is more to do than just drink German beer, they also have stalls that sell all sorts of typical German cuisine, with live music and DJs playing in the evening. Sounds good, right? Remember that the times are: Mid-week 17:00pm -23:00pm and on weekends 12:00pm- 01:00am.
Last, but not least, this year the festival will rely on two special guests to be in charge of kicking off the festivities by opening the first barrell of beer for the festival: The actress Andrea Duro, ex –contestant of MasterChef Celebrity 3 and the captain of the Spanish National rugby team, Jaime Nava. Furthermore, whilst inaugurating the eighth edition of this festival, these two celebrities will complete certain challenges inspired by the original Oktoberfest that is celebrated each year in Munich.Find out more »
For another year, fans of anime and manga are in luck because from 31st October until the 3rd November they will be able to attend the Salón del Manga de Barcelona 2019!
The Salón del Manga de Barcelona 2019 is one of the most important anime and manga events in Europe as well as the rest of the world. Here, thousands of fans of this genre come together to share their passion, meet their favourite writers, partake in Cosplay, buy merchandise, play games, try food-trucks that sell Asian food or simply, pass by and take in the environment of this event, which is, without a doubt, worthwhile.
This event is located in a space that takes up, in total, 75,000 squared-metres and 5 separate halls where you will be able to find auditoriums that have musical performances, conferences, projected videos, chats and also; places to relax, stands that sell a range of products related to anime, restaurants, cosplays… Overall, everything and anything you could imagine surrounding Japanese culture and, obviously, the world of manga.
The prices of Salón del Manga de Barcelona 2019 are:
• €11 for a general day ticket
• €33 for a four-day ticket
• €9 for a day ticket with discount from Carné Joven
Where is Salón del Manga de Barcelona 2019 being celebrated?
The Salón del Manga de Barcelona 2019 will take place at Fira Montjuic, in the following wings: 1, 2, 2.1, 3.1, 4 and 5. These are situated in Plaza Espanya and Plaza Univers.
• Metro L1 y L3
• Trains to “Plaza Espanya”
• Buses: L94, L95, H12, 46, 65, CJ…
It is important to clarify that you don´t have to be a superfan of anime and manga in order to attend this event, as each year all types of people, families and groups of friends attend. Wanting to explore this world that is beyond strange to some and equally as ususal to others. So don´t wait around too long and get yourself to the Salón del Manga de Barcelona 2019!
The BIG IF, Barcelona Improv Group 2019 presents one of Europe’s largest English language improv festivals – now in its 6th year!
The BIG IF, Barcelona Improv Group 2019 Improv Festival, brings together two hundred improvisers from more than 20 countries. They will take to the stage across 4 nights to deliver 16 original theatre and comedy shows. Watch as scenes unfold in the moment, based on audience suggestions. Whatever you experience, be it funny, surreal or dramatic, it is made completely for you.
Each night of the BIG IF Barcelona Improv Group 2019 Improv Festival you can see 4 shows. They feature world class groups like Murder of Crows from Copenhagen improvising a Film Noir. London based The Committee, who sold out their Edinburgh run last year will be performing. There will also be our first ever improvised puppet show, and of course the hosts, Barcelona Improv Group. So whatever tickles your funny bone, this comedy festival promises to deliver something for everyone.
Doors open 7.30pm, show begins: 8:00pm
Tickets: 10€ per night on the door. 2-Night Passes (Wed & Thu, 15€) and 4-Night Passes (30€) only available online
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