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BARCELONA OPEN BANC SABADELL

April 20, 2018

On the occasion of the inauguration of the club’s new headquarters in Pedralbes, in 1953, Carlos Godó Valls, Count of Godó, decided to establish a tournament that would capture the sporting ambitions of the entire history of the entity.

open sabadellThe new competition inherited the seed of the old International Championships, the great interclub competitions and the Spring and Autumn Contests, to position in the then incipient world tournament calendar.

Disputed for the first time in 1953, the history of the trophy given by the Count of Godó is linked to that of the Spanish tennis club, the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona-1899, owner and host of the tournament.

Over time, the tournament has become an emblem for the city of Barcelona and has become not only the most important sporting event held annually, but one of the most resonant social events. The atmosphere of the club makes, precisely, that it is also one of the most esteemed tournaments for the players of the circuit. Since 1968, the tournament acquires the status of International Championships of Spain.

The entity celebrated its Centennial in 1999, consolidating itself as the most successful club in Spanish tennis, with players such as Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario and Conchita Martínez at the women’s level and Rafa Nadal, Carlos Moyà, Albert Costa, Javier Sánchez-Vicario, Emilio Sánchez-Vicario, Alberto Berasategui, Felix Mantilla, Julian Alonso, Tomás Carbonell, Francis Roig or Galo Blanco.

DATE:  21 / 29 April

TICKETS: https://www.barcelonaopenbancsabadell.com/es/venta-de-entradas

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SANT JORDI IN BARCELONA

April 20, 2018

The Day of Sant Jordi, patron saint of Catalonia, is a celebration that over the years has taken on a vindictive tone of Catalan culture. For that reason, many balconies of the city are adorned with the “senyera”(catalan flag), as it happens in other dates indicated in all the country. The central elements of the celebration are culture and love .Represented with the book and the rose, and in Barcelona the main meeting point is located in La Rambla, which is filled to overflowing with booksellers and florists.

sant-jordi-day-barcelonaBy Sant Jordi is common to find books in all the languages ​​spoken in Catalonia, but there are many specialized posts in the book in Catalan, because it is considered a day of promotion and defense of Catalan culture and language.

Reason

The festival of Sant Jordi is celebrated throughout the country on April 23, the day on which the knight Jordi died. The saint, who was under the orders of Emperor Diocletian, refused to follow the order to persecute Christians, so he was martyred and beheaded. Very soon they began to venerate him as a martyr and immediately appeared fantastic stories linked to his figure.

The cult of Sant Jordi was extended fully to all the Catalan Countries, during the Middle Ages, although in the 8th century this devotion already existed. And since 1456 it is the official patron of Catalonia.

Although the party was celebrated with more or less intensity or less since the 16th century, it was at the end of the 19th century, with the political and cultural movement of the Renaixença, when Sant Jordi was established as the most celebrated patriotic, civic and cultural festivity in Barcelona and in Catalonia.

 

AISHA & THE RAY BAND

April 20, 2018

aisha & the ray bandThe Ray-Band continues with its show “Back to 60’s” and with the same repertoire but from now on we will have the great luck of having the frontwoman AISHA FAY, one of the soloists of the renowned group of Gospel “The Gospel Viu Choir”.

They’ve changed frontwoman but the format, style and repertoire is the same! All very danceable!

Aisha transmits all her strength in a careful selection of songs recovered from the vinyls that have marked a whole era, from such legendary voices as Etta James, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, Arthur Conley, Chuck Berry or James Brown.

This show is a 50 minutes rampant party feeling again the Motown sound and to relive a celebration of Rythm & Blues, Soul and Funk.

 

Date: 27th of April, 2018, 10:00 p.m.

Place: Sala Nota 79

Price: 7 €

Where to buy tickets: https://www.ticketea.com/entradas-concierto-aisha-the-ray-band-en-nota79/

EASTER IN BARCELONA

February 28, 2018

Easter is regarded as one of the most important times of the religious calendar in many places all over the world, and Barcelona is no exception. Celebrations of ‘Semana Santa’, or Holy Week, begin on March 25th and run all the way through to April 1st, providing 8 days of fun activities and traditional festivities for those lucky enough to be in the city during this time.

Although many residents choose to escape Barcelona at Easter time and head to the smaller seaside towns and nearby villages, visitors to the city will still be able to enjoy a plethora of Easter parades, processions and, of course, delicious foods . Whether you’re looking to get involved in the festivities or simply explore the sights, including some of the most beautiful churches and cathedrals in the world, you’ll find plenty to do throughout Semana Santa in Barcelona.

Parades & Processions

The city of Barcelona is known to host some fantastic festivals and parties, and while celebrations in other Spanish cities such as Seville hold processions and parades of a larger magnitude, the Easter tradition in Barcelona surely won’t disappoint.

ester1The first parade of the Easter holiday in Barcelona is known as “El Paso de la Borriquita” and takes place on Palm Sunday in the Ciutat Vella, commemorating the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem on a donkey. Throughout this parade, visitors will be able to find stalls lining up on the streets selling distinctively traditional bleached palm fronds as a procession of floats and costumed participants goes by.

ester2After this first live celebration, a week of devotional parades can be seen in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona and other neighboring towns, as well as on the famous Las Ramblas. The procession of the Virgin de la Macarena takes place on Good Friday, which falls on March 30th this year. It starts at 5 pm in the Raval district at the Sant Agustí Església, and ends at the Barcelona Cathedral at 8 pm. Whether you are particularly religious or not, these parades will offer an unforgettable cultural experience during Easter.

Easter Gifts

easter3Easter traditions vary throughout different parts of the world, and gift-giving for this holiday in Barcelona is not customary, with one exception: Las Monas de Pascua. These are small cakes, eggs or figurines, which are typically given to children by their godfathers. Today, the cakes have many forms, some which include chocolate and marzipan, and all of which are delicious.

Easter Treats in Barcelona

easter4As Barcelona is a predominantly Catholic city, the tradition of not eating meat on Good Friday is one widely observed by the citizens here. Instead, they choose to follow the Easter tradition of eating fish. Cod with chickpeas, cod with potatoes and salted cod are all enjoyed throughout the city on Good Friday. Bakeries and ‘chocolaterías’ around Barcelona create the most delectable desserts, too, so Easter Monday is highly anticipated at this time for those who have given up sweets for Lent. Some of these scrumptious Easter cakes and biscuits include Bunyols, Torrijas, Roscas de Pascua, Pestinos and as mentioned above, the Mona de Pascua.

60TH EDITION OF THE RALLY BARCELONA – SITGES

February 28, 2018

The 60th edition of the Barcelona-Sitges International Vintage Car Rally is held on March 3rd, 4th and 5th.

Once again, as it happens every year since 1959, Barcelona and Sitges will be linked by the caravan of historic vehicles – cars produced until 1928 and motorcycles until 1938. The tour

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will start at Plaça Sant Jaume in Barcelona and will end their tour in Sitges, at the square of La Fragata.

Retro modernity is the image of the 60th Barcelona-Sitges International Vintage Car Rally. The simple lines of the Automobile, inspired by those of a Buick D44 of 1916 that this year will participate in the rally, represent the change towards a new style, a generational renewal that coincides, with the carefree elegance of the spectator who contemplates the vehicles when they pass. They are references to the own evolution of the Rally, in which more and more young drivers are participating.

       sitges2Saturday, 3rd of March 2018. Barcelona:

  • 10: 00h Arrival of the participants of the Sitges 2018 Barcelona Rally at the L’illa Diagonal shopping center in Barcelona. Exhibition of cars and motorcycles until 5 p.m.

The closed park will be installed on Avenida Diagonal, in front of the shopping center, where the technical verifications of the participating cars will be made, in full view of the public, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Sitges:

  • Starting at 11 a.m. at Plaça de la Fragata, a concentration of models T1 and T3 of the Volkswagen brand, organized in collaboration with the Club Escarabats de Catalunya (Club of Beetles of Catalonia), will remain open for the public until about 17 hours.

Sunday, 4th March 2018 

  • From 8.30 to 9:30h am Registered participants dressed in period clothes gather at Plaza Sant Jaume, Barcelona. Breakfast.
  • 10:30h The rally commences. The start will be given by Barcelona’s mayor Ada Colau, Sitges mayor Miquel Forns, the President of the Foment del Turisme de Sitges Mrs. Maria Marin, the “Pubilla de Sitges”  and the “Hereu de Sitges”.

Route of Rally Barcelona Sitges 2017

The rally itinerary runs along the following streets and through the following towns.

From Barcelona  (Pl. Sant Jaume – Ferran – Rambles – Pl. Catalunya – Ronda Universitat – Ronda Sant Antoni – Sepúlveda – Paral·lel – Pl. Espanya – Gran Via – Badal – Constitució), to  L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Santa Eulàlia-Enric Prat de la Riba – Barcelona) – Cornellà de Llobregat (Carretera de l’Hospitalet – Av. de la Fama – Tirso de Molina – Av. Baix Llobregat – Link to C-245), Sant Boi de Llobregat, Viladecans, Gavà, Castelldefels, link to C-246, Costes del Garraf  and arrival to Port de Sitges-Aiguadolç.

  • 12:00 h Arrival of the rally at the Port d’Aiguadolçof Sitges. Reception for participants in the Port d’Aiguadolç.
  • 12:30 hOn Plaza de la Fragata, performance of the swing group Apocadixie 4.

In addition, the square will host, next to the closed park, a village with several tents in which various activities will be carried out, such as tasting of Moritz products to which they are made a selphie in their photocall, or draw of wine tastings and visits to their cavas in the area of Caves Pere Ventura.

  • 13:00 h. Departure of the rally from the Port d’Aiguadolçof Sitges and Cavalcade through the streets of Sitges:

Avenida Port d’Aiguadolç, Emerencià Roig i Raventós, Avenida Balmins, Port Alegre, Rafael Llopart, Jesús, Plaza Cap de la Vila, Parellades, Marquès de Montroig, Plaça Indústria, 1r de Maig, Paseo de la Ribera hasta Calipolis, Paseo de la Ribera (parte tierra), La Fragata

  • 13:00 h. Arrival of the rally at La Fragata of Sitges and Elegance Contest 
  • 13:00h – 17:30h approximately 65 vintage cars will be on display at the Paseo de la Ribera
  • 19:00h  Departure of the vehicles.

WILLIAM MORRIS AT THE MNAC

February 28, 2018

The MNAC is offering a large exhibition on the Arts and Crafts movement and its ideologist William Morris until May 20th

william morrisThe artist William Morris (1834-1896) was the main ideologist behind the Arts and Crafts movement which emerged in Great Britain around 1880 and was linked to design and decorative arts. The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) is offering 300 pieces from this art movement, with works from major British museums forming the exhibition ‘William Morris and the Arts & Crafts movement in Great Britain’.

The exhibition explores the various creative facets of Morris, who was a designer, artisan, businessman, poet, essayist and social activist, as well as one of the main figures of the movement.

The pieces on display include jewels, textiles, furniture, painted papers, ceramics glass and metalwork. Highlights include a huge tapestry by Morris and company about the legend of the Holy Grail, the exquisite wardrobe of Ernest Gimson, painted with images of rural life in the Cotswolds, and the magnificent embroidered panels by Margaret MacDonald.

 

Place: MNAC
Price: general admission: 12€, reduced rate: 8,4€, free admission: under 16 years and over 65 years old, first Sunday of the month (1st of April)

Timetable: Tuesday to Saturday:  10 am – 6 pm, Sundays and holidays: 10 am – 3 pm

Time: Until 20th of May, 2018

THE SCRIPT IN CONCERT

February 28, 2018

freedom childThe Script is an Irish rock band formed in 2001 in DublinIreland. It consists of lead vocalist and keyboardist Danny O’Donoghue, lead guitarist Mark Sheehan, and drummer Glen Power. The eponymous debut album, The Script, peaked at number one in both Ireland and the UK. Their next three albums, Science & Faith  (2010),  #3 (2012) and No Sound Without Silence (2014), all topped the album charts in Ireland and the UK, while Science & Faith reached number three in the US. Hit singles from the albums include “For the First Time“, “Nothing“, “Hall of Fame” and “Superheroes“. The band’s fifth studio album, Freedom Child, was released on September 1, 2017 and features the UK Top 20 single “Rain“.

The band is now in World Tour until July and will come to Spain with two concerts: in Barcelona (March 21st ) and in Madrid (March 22nd) .

Date: 21th of March, 2018, 9 p.m.

Place: Palau Sant Jordi (Passeig Olimpic, 5-7, 08038 Barcelona)

Price: 41.60€

Where to buy tickets: www.ticketmaster.es, www.servicaixa.com, FNAC (Pl. Catalunya, 4, Diagonal, 3, Diagonal, 555).