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LA MODEL OPENS UP TO THE CITY

January 30, 2018

Barcelona residents are invited to make the former Model prison their own as from Sunday January 21st , with the first of the weekly opening days.

La ModelLa Model will be opening its doors every Friday from 3 pm to 8 pm and every Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm (last group enters at 6 pm). The facilities at the former penitentiary center can be visited for free, without reserving in advance. Groups of a maximum of thirty people will set off around the building every 15 minutes. Visitors will be able to see areas such as the entrance yard, the post room, the phone booths, the center of the panoptic viewpoint, galleries 4 and 5 and the multi-purpose sports yard.

In the spring, the free visits will be combined with guided and themed tours, allowing for more in-depth knowledge and content relating to the old prison, as well as with the different collectives it housed over its history.

The public will also be able to visit the new interior yard, a green space which will be open from Mondays to Saturday, from 10 am to 7 pm.

Coinciding with the opening up of La Model, visitors will also be able to see the photography display ‘Inside La Model’, which will be exhibiting a series of large format photos of the inside of the prison on the outside of the perimeter wall. The exhibition is the work of Josep Maria de Llobet, whose images offer an account of what the inside of the prison was like when it was definitively closed down in June 2017.

Where:  The Model Building (c. Entença, 155, Barcelona)

Price: free entrance

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CARNESTOLTES – CARNIVAL OF BARCELONA

January 30, 2018

“Carnival fifteen laps and Christmas was every month that every day was Easter and Lent never came”. The popular wisdom makes it very clear that carnival is one of the most ingrained festivals of the calendar. In the case of Barcelona, it is one of those that gets most people’s involvement. That is why every year, for a week, the city transforms itself with snacks in which the egg yolks, masquerade balls, roots and burials of the sardine predominate. But there is no carnival without a monarch and King Carnestoltes will arrive at the center of the city on February 8th, the day of Fat Thursday, to proclaim his reign of disgrace.

carnaval 2018

The party has changed a lot in the city since the first documented reference to Carnival: a provision of the Council of Hundred of 1333 that prohibited the launching of oranges and regulated the use of masks. Now, the desire to have fun and disgrace remain intact 685 years later. The 21st century carnival in Barcelona is, above all, participatory. It also implies a degree of transgression and, therefore, constitutes a spontaneous exercise of individual and collective freedom.

Massive roles, carnival dances, trout contests, collective meals, costume contests, sardine burials, ballot readings … For carnival, it’s all worth it! And in the city a lot of diverse activities are carried out, which include children’s activities, masks workshops, make-up courses and also exhibitions and talks about the carnival cycle.

When: 8th – 14th of February

“PALAU” LOOKS AT PICASSO

January 30, 2018

It’s the exhibition of photographs and documents attesting to the research work carried out by Josep Palau i Fabre on Pablo Picasso and revealing the friendship between poet and artist.

picaso palauJosep Palau i Fabre (1917-2008) liked to say that the bibliography on Pablo Picasso was as extensive as the one that had been written about the Renaissance. However, the Catalan poet, who this year celebrates the centenary of his birth, omitted with caution that he had been one of the fundamental pieces in the study and dissemination of the life and work of the Malagan genius.

Palau made his own human and literary experience revolving around the painter, devoting efforts and sacrifices. As a result of all this is a considerable number of essays that study in detail different facets of Picasso, as well as the construction of a file enriched by the personal contact with the painter.

This exhibition is an open door to this knowledge and to learn to look with the poet’s eyes the paintings of who wanted to be with the brush. A dialogue enriched with the photographs that Palau captured from Picasso and his human geography.

Place: Diputación de Barcelona, Can Serra (Rambla Catalunya, 126, Barcelona)

Price: free entrance

Timetable: Monday to Saturday:  10am – 8pm

Time: Until April  5th, 2018

STAR WARS SOUNDTRACK

January 30, 2018

None of them would be the same without the music that defines them: not the powerful Superman, the endearing ET, the brave Princess Leia nor the nasty Darth Vader. All are indebted to John Williams, author of the best film music in the past 50 years.

star warsThe soundtrack album of Star Wars was released by 20th Century Records as a double–  LP record in the United States on May 25, 1977. The album’s main title peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, with a disco version of the film’s theme by Meco becoming a number one single hit in the United States in October 1977. The soundtrack album itself went on to become certified Gold and Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, and won numerous accolades including Academy AwardGolden Globe AwardBAFTA Award, and Grammy Awards in the categories of best film score and soundtrack album. In 2004, it was preserved by the Library of Congress into the National Recording Registry, calling it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. In 2005, the American Film Institute named the original Star Wars soundtrack as the most memorable score of all time for an American film.

Date: 28th of February, 2018, 6 p.m.

Place: l’Auditori (c/ Lepant,150, 08013, Barcelona)

Price: 18 – 25€

Where to buy tickets: www.ticketmaster.es, www.servicaixa.com, FNAC (Pl. Catalunya, 4, Diagonal, 3, Diagonal, 555).  L’Auditori https://auditori.koobin.com/index.php?action=PU_evento&Ev_id=2483&idioma=EN&act=1&_ga=2.187675178.321446836.1516962025-402637949.1516962025&_gac=1.246607152.1516962025.EAIaIQobChMI-cvZ8rP12AIV7RDTCh2FhAJtEAAYASAAEgJ-qPD_BwE

SANTA LLÚCIA FAIR 2017

November 28, 2017

Christmas 2017. The Santa Llúcia Fair, the city’s most popular Christmas market, sets up in Pla de la Seu, on Av. Catedral.

santa lucia 2017The Santa Llúcia Fair, the oldest and best-known Christmas fair in Catalonia, opens to the public from November 24th  to December 23rd . This year the fair marks its 231st anniversary with 287 stalls offering traditional Christmas products. This year there are 123 stalls selling nativity scene items and figures, 96 selling trees, moss and herbs, 64 selling craft items and 4 selling friction drums and musical toys.

Various parallel activities are being organized for this year’s fair, such as the giant Tió pooping log and the parade featuring the Christmas Carassa figure. This year also brings the 24th meeting for Catalan Christmas traditions and customs, with the Firaire d’Honor award being presented on December 16th  at 7 pm.

In addition, less than 100 meters from the fair, at the Museu Frederic Marès (Pl. Sant Iu, 5) a nativity scene using a display unit format of over 35 square meters will be set up, with figures up to 40cm tall.

 

When: From November 24th to December 23rd

Opening hours:  Monday to Friday from 10:30 to 20:30 and Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 to 21:30h

Address: in front of the Cathedral, on avenida de la Catedral, entrance per Vía Layetana.

LEARNING TO DANCE THE “SARDANA”

November 28, 2017

The sardana is a type of circle dance typical of Catalan culture. The dance was originally from the Empordà region, but started gaining popularity throughout Catalonia during the 20th century.

There are two main types, the original sardana curta (short sardana) style and the more modern sardana llarga (long sardana), which is more popular. Other more unusual sardanes are the sardana de lluïment and the sardana revessa.

sardanasAs a relatively slow, non-performance dance, the sardana does not require special fitness. The dance circle can be opened to a highly variable number of dancers. When danced in the streets and town squares, small circles of dancers can be seen to form and grow: these are open circles called rotllanes obertes, and passers-by can join, leaving their bags in the center of the circle. The dancers are alternate men and women – with the man’s partner on his right – and care must be taken by those joining not to split partners. Another kind of circle may be formed by members of organised sardana clubs called colles, and each colla may wear its own costume.

In order to dance sardanes comfortably the footwear must be flexible enough to allow the dancer to jump slightly when the llargs come. Traditionally sardanistes wear special dancing shoes called espardenyes made of esparto grass fabric and with two long fabric strips to tie them up around the ankle. Nowadays most people have replaced these with regular trainers.

Casa dels Entremesos will be offering public classes for dancing the sardana, every Saturday of the year that does not fall on a public holiday (from January to June and from September to December). The classes will be given from 12 pm to 1.30 pm in the Sardanista Iris Group’s sardanas classroom.

 

When: Every Saturday except holidays, from 12 to 1 pm

Price:  Free entrance, but with prior registration (vicicli2@yahoo.es or gestio@lacasadelsentremesos.cat or calling to 670010502 / 93210410)

Address: Pl. Beates, 2, 08003 Barcelona

DEPECHE MODE IN CONCERT

November 28, 2017

There is no need to introduce this English electronic band. Depeche Mode released their debut album Speak & Spell in 1981, bringing the band onto the British new wave scene. The band’s last albums of the 1980s, Black Celebration and Music for the Masses, established them as a dominant force within the electronic music scene.

Depeche Mode has had 50 songs in the UK Singles Chart and seventeen top 10 albums in the UK chart; they have sold over 100 million records worldwide. ‘Qincluded the band in the list of the “50 Bands That Changed the World!” Depeche Mode also ranks number 98 on VH1‘s “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. In December 2016, Billboard magazine named Depeche Mode the 10th most successful dance club artist of all time.

spirit.jpgIn October 2016, the band announced that their fourteenth album, titled Spirit and produced by James Ford, would be released in spring 2017. The Global Spirit Tour officially kicked off on May 5th  2017. On December 7th  the group is arriving to Barcelona with the great show.

Date: 7th of December, 2017, 9:30 p.m.

Price:  From 78 € – 106,50 €  

Address: Palau Sant Jordi (Passeig Olímpic, 5-7, 08038 Barcelona)

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