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March 2019

Music in the Parks | Summer in Barcelona

March 31 - August 30
Unnamed Venue,
Barcelona, Spain
Music in the Parks

Every year, Barcelona council organises the ‘ Music in the Parks ’ festival, an event where the most important parks and green spaces in the city, are transformed into open air stages. On these, many talented groups perform free, the majority within the classical music genre, so that everyone can enjoy a relaxing evening accompanied by the stunning sounds of some of the best bands in Barcelona.

This event will take place every week between the 31st of March and the 30th of August, so if you don’t have any plans for June, July, or August, there’s no excuse not to go to these concerts! Also, as these performances will take place in more than 30 parks and green spaces all around Barcelona, it’s also a great opportunity to discover some of the most important parks in the city: Ciutadella Park, Park Güell, Joan Miró Park, Barceloneta Park, Estación del Norte Park, and many more…

Those performing will mostly be young people, between the ages of 16 to 35, who have been specially selected for their talent in performing arts and their many years of dedication to music. In total, more than 50 performances will take place, showcasing all types of music, amateur composers, orchestras from local schools, choirs, etc… playing a variety of musical genres such as classical, blues, jazz, among many more. Check out the ‘Music in the Park’ festival programme on their official website.

As well as the concerts organised by Barcelona council, there will also be a number of guided tours around the city’s most important parks (la ciutadella, el parc Güell, etc...) explaining the history of the park, its biodiversity, how it has changed through time, and many other unknown and interesting facts about the green space. If you are interested in going on one of these tours, don’t forget to reserve in advance as places are limited.

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April 2019

Opening the Golden Door: Sacred dance workshop with Zola Dubnikova

April 26 @ 6:00 pm - April 28 @ 4:00 pm
Hara Yoga Studio,
Via Augusta, 165
Barcelona, 08021
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Zola

Sacred dance & life practices to awaken feminine wisdom

When Spring comes, it is time for the life which has rested dormant in the bosom of the earth during winter, to slowly re-emerge. In harmony with this natural cycle, it is the right moment for us to let our inner world re-awaken & bloom. It is time to vision clearly our intentions toward creation & manifestation.

Fusing contemporary body science, movement energetics, breath work, seed mantras, circle practices for women, ritual, and mystical eastern dance techniques drawn across time and worlds, this healing experience opens the heart, releases the pelvis, strengthens the core, roots the feet and moves the soul. We dance the trance of release, letting go of what we don’t want to hold in the body; we build inner softness & strength; we listen to our inner voice; we take a journey to release all tension & to connect with inner power. Through the therapeutic practices of this work, we have the opportunity to listen inside slowly & deeply, we have the opportunity to open a golden door within to regenerate our internal feminine forces.

In this workshop we are going to explore the delicate balance between emptiness and fullness, nothingness & our highest potential; we reveal hidden layers of our dormant wisdom, awakening the wise woman - the creator of our deepest dreams, and the highest version of who we envision ourselves to be. We receive keys for integrating ourselves as mystical beings in everyday mundane reality - from the outside, we appear the same as always, but reconnecting to our divine source through these unique practices, we receive a map toward deeper freedom & ecstasy.

Through our collective empowerment as women, we support the healing of our selves & mother earth; we send a gentle, powerful whisper to the world which ripples out the possibility for a new earth consciousness amongst humanity.

PROGRAM INCLUDES:

• Earth practices (slow movements with a focus on deep inner listening & release)
• Movement medicine & energetics, physical training & breath re-patterning
• Contemporary body science & sacred physical geometry
• Sacred feminine teachings & evolutionary circle practices
• Ritual & mystical eastern dance drawn across time & worlds

HOLISTIC DANCE LANGUAGE PRACTICES:

• Regenerate feminine life force & vital energy
• Release unhealthy physical patterns & tension
• Cultivate a deep sense of humbleness, gratitude, and surrender
• Reconnect us to our divine source and the wisdom carried within
• Open the doors of spiritual ecstasy & intuitive power

HOW TO BOOK:

Places are limited. Please remind that dates to confirm your place. This is a non-residential workshop.

Friday 26 April 18.00 - 21.00
Saturday 27 April 10.00 - 18.00
Sunday 28 April 10.00 - 16.00

On Friday we have an introduction evening that can be followed separately from the workshop. If you are in the workshop this evening is not an extra cost. To join ONLY this evening is 35€.

The whole weekend will be 290€ early bird until Feb 15, after this the cost is 335€.

Please send an e-mail to book your place.

If you need further information call me or send a message.

I'm happy to meet you and very grateful for this magical encounter.

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€5

World Press Photo 2019 Barcelona

April 27 @ 8:00 am - May 26 @ 11:00 pm
Press

Barcelona returns as one of the first cities to host World Press Photo, an exhibition showcasing winning photographs from photojournalism awards and global contests in digital storytelling.

This year, the theme of World Press Photo was Stories that Matter. The exhibition highlights the reality of the world we live in, that which is often hidden by the mass media, and shows what it is really like to live in different countries around the world. The photos attempt to portray the real life situation of what is happening around the world.

If last year's exhibition highlighted what it was like to live in Venezuela, this year's theme has been borders, one of those the Mexican border. Barcelona wants to offer visitors an experience that goes beyond just looking at photos, and the educative area of the Photographic Social Vision Foundation offers a varied programme of supplementary activities and guided tours.

There have been 140 winning photos selected from a total of 78,801 photos: entries from 4,738 photographers and international photographers.

The exhibition of winning photos will be set up in the CCB from the 27th of April to the 26th of May. Prices from €5.

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May 2019

Master tast – Beer Tasting at Moritz Factory, Barcelona

May 15 @ 7:00 pm - May 31 @ 8:30 pm
Unnamed Venue,
Ronda Sant Antoni, 39
Barcelona, Spain
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Moritz

Barcelona's Moritz factory opens its doors for all lovers of beer. In this factory situated in the centre of the city, fresh unpasteurised beer is produced 365 days a year.

Moritz invites you to visit their factory and taste 5 of their best beers. In this guided tour you can delve deep underground to the basement of the factory and visit their microbrewery, find out how a typical day in the factory is spent, and learn how beer is made. After the visit, you can taste 5 of the best Mortiz beers.

The duration of this tour is 1hr 30 minutes and the days that it runs are:

Wednesdays: 19:00
Friday: 19:00
Saturdays: 12:00 and 18:30
Sundays: 11:00 and 13:00

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Flamenco City – Flamenco Events in Barcelona

May 16 @ 8:00 am - May 31 @ 5:00 pm
Flamenco-city

During all its 365 days of the year, Barcelona offers tourists and locals an impressive variety of Flamenco shows. This year, it's the 26th edition of Ciutat Flamenco, an event that doesn't just showcase some of the most well-known Flamenco singers in the world, but also promotes new projects related to the world of Flamenco that have just been launched. Ciutat Flamenco has put on performances on some of the city's biggest stages like Luz de Gas, L’Auditori de Barcelona, Sala Barts, and Taller de Músics 24.

On top of this, Ciutat Flamenco also offers an interesting and unique opportunity: the chance to take part in a Flamenco Masterclass that is taught during the festival.

This event will take place in various spots around Barcelona, for more information about timetables and locations, visit the official Ciutat Flamenco website.

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Museums Night – La Nit Dels Museus

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - May 19 @ 1:00 am
Barcelona
nit-museus

More than 80 museums and cultural centres are open in Barcelona on the evening of the 18st from 19:00-1:00, with free entry. A corncupia of cultural delights awaits, such as live music, theatre and dance performances, poetry, workshops, guided tours, gastronomy, storytelling and other interactive themed shows. You can't miss this special event!

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Flors al Mercat

May 19 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Plaza Margarida de Xirgu,
Plaza Margarida de Xirgu
Barcelona,
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flors al mercat

On May 19, from 10 am to 7 pm, the first edition of Flors al Mercat will take place. This is a new spring event that will brings together flowers, plants, handicrafts, brunch, vermouth and sustainability in the square of Margarida Xirgu del Poble-Sec, with free admission. It’s an ideal place to enjoy the outdoors and a family atmosphere, surrounded by flowers, plants and crafts inspired by nature, with activities and creative workshops and sustainability, good music and delicious proposals of brunch and vermouth.

Flors al Mercat is a flower and plant market that wants to go much further and become a platform for growing flower culture and learning about urban sustainability initiatives. It counts with the participation of local florists and artisans inspired by nature, as well as sustainability initiatives.

There will also be workshops and activities of floral and botanical techniques - kokedamas, urban garden, terrariums, as well as workshops dedicated to discussing and sharing ideas about urban sustainability initiatives, with the aim of also creating a meeting point for learning and dissemination where institutions can collaborate.

You can also enjoy live jazz by Diorama Jazzband and a delicious gastronomic offer of both vermouth and aperitif, as well as brunch and international breakfast, with the specialty coffees of The Milk & Coffee and the El Colectivo cakes, among others. All the gastronomic offer is coordinated by Eat Street.

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July 2019
€50

Festival Castell Peralada

July 6 @ 10:00 pm - August 15 @ 10:00 pm
Unnamed Venue,
Peralada, Spain
Festival Castell Peralada

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!

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€10

Blues Nights at Poble Espanyol

July 27 @ 9:00 pm - August 29 @ 9:00 pm
Unnamed Venue,
Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13
Barcelona, Spain
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Blues nights

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.

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August 2019

Fiestas de Gràcia | Summer in Barcelona

August 15 - August 21
Unnamed Venue,
Barcelona, Spain
Fiestas de Gràcia

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
  • Parades
  • 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!

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