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CHRISTMAS SEASON IN BARCELONA

December 19, 2019

Christmas in Barcelona, and Spain more widely, is a magical time. We have all you need to know about the region’s Christmas rituals. Merry Christmas!

FIRA DE SANTA LLÚCIA Lots of small markets can be found throughout Barcelona at fira st luciaChristmas time. However, by far the largest and most popular is the Fira de Santa Llúcia, located outside Barcelona Cathedral in Plaza de la Seu. With lots of handmade decorations and gift ideas in a stunning setting, it is the perfect place to make you feel thoroughly festive. This year, the fair begins on 29th November and ends on December 23rd.

light pg de graciaThe Christmas lights in Barcelona will be on from 28th of November to 6th of January. Various streets and squares in the city centre are being lit up for the first time in years this Christmas, the aim being to add more vitality to the area. In all, a hundred kilometres of city streets will have Christmas lights in Barcelona.

 PLAÇA SANT JAUME NATIVITY SCENE This year’s nativity scene in Plaça de Sany nativityJaume has been created by the set designer Paul Bosch.

The nativity scene in Plaça de Sant Jaume will be on display from 29 November to 6 January and contains everything needed to celebrate Christmas in city homes. The scene is based

around the boxes full of objects and decorations that are brought out at Christmas.

The scene if full of all sorts of boxes, big, small, containing different materials, shoe boxes, others covered with paper etc. The objects inside each box remind us that Christmas is here: the Christmas soup bowl, pasta galets for the Christmas soup, cava glasses, grapes, Christmas polvoron shortbreads, different nativity scenes, big and small and with figures old and new, pieced together or in pieces, garlands, Christmas trees, moss and more.

There are actually two sides to the scene: the part behind the boxes offers a view of a city with illuminated windows, streetlamps, cables connecting houses to each other etc.

 

CLASSIC NATIVITY SCENE As ever, this Christmas you can visit the classic  monumental maresnativity scene in the courtyard of the Museu Frederic Marès.

The monumental nativity scene at the Museu Frederic Marès typifies the classic style of the Barcelona school and takes its inspiration from the Catalan landscape, with figures from the Italian firm Original Heide produced specifically for this scene and natural greenery.

This year’s nativity scene takes its inspiration from the mountain of Montserrat. The visit is free.

SANTS INNOCENTS (Holy Innocents Day) 28th OF DECEMBER Holy Innocents’ Day, when practical jokes and pranks can catch you by surprise at every turn. You can find a paper doll hung on your back, just as you can leg pulled reading a newspaper that published a news they have made up. It appears this day of jokes has a pagan origin, although it has been linked to the slather of innocent children ordered by King Herod, according to St. Matthew.

THE DAY OF THREE KINGS At 4 pm on 5 January, Their Majesties the Kings of Orient reis 20will arrive at Barcelona Port on board the Santa Eulàlia ship. The ceremony to welcome them will be held on the quayside and they will be presented with the key to the city, enabling them to open all of the homes in Barcelona on the magical night of 5 January and leave their presents.

Having crossed the Mediterranean from faraway lands, Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar and their entourage of fantastical creatures will arrive at Moll de la Fusta, where the mayor of Barcelona will greet them and hand them the keys to the city. This will mark the start of the parade along the city’s main streets, finishing around 9 p.m. at the Magic Fountain. This year, the Kings will be accompanied by a retinue of curious characters, including the toy inventor, the gift wrapper and the tree planter. And don’t forget the royal pages who will collect the last remaining letters for the Kings, the coal float, the dummy collectors and the sweet distributors. And many of them have new outfits that will shine like the sun!

All the poetry of Christmas concentrated in one of Barcelona’s biggest street spectacles.  A burst of creativity, light and colour!

The 2020’th Parade will start at 6pm on Av. Marquès de l’Argentera. The Kings and their retinue Will then parade along Pla de Palau, Pg. Isabel II, Vía Laietana, Pl. Urquinaona, Rda Sant Antoni, c. Sepúlveda, Av Paral·lel, Av. Maria Cristina and Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia.

 

CULINARY TRADITIONS:

GALETS: Soup made with galets is a typical Christmas Day dish. This pasta, shaped like snail shell, is genuinely Catalan, at least the big shell, which is the typical on the Christmas

canneloniCANNELLONI: Cannelloni arrived here in the 19th century, courtesy of the Italian chefs who worked for bourgeoisie at the time. The recipe rapidly became popular among all social classes, although it is somewhat different to the Italian version. Very likely you will find it on the dinner table on Boxing Day. There is a theory that cannelloni is served up the day after Christmas Day, so families can make it with the leftovers from Christmas broth and roast.

CAVA: No Christmas meal could be complete without cava, the drink preferred for toasting the festive occasions, from Christmas Day to New Year’s Eve and even King Day (January 6th).

neules 20NEULES: These are a typical Christmas sweet, and are probably the oldest in Catalonia. King Jaume I used to eat them in the Llibre de les Meravelles and the Santes Creus Monastery made them in the 14th century. They say it must be nun who invented the neula, when she was rolling a consecrated wafer. Slowly the recipe for this rolled wafer was perfected and it became crispier. Even in medieval times it was normal to drunk it in piment, wine spiced with honey and pepper

tortell 20TORRONS: Although it is not known for certain, it is belived that torró is of Arabian origin, if only for te ingredients of the most common variety, namely almond, honey and egg. The Christmas sweet, which also existed in Middle Ages, was reserved for the rich, who ate it for dessert on special occasions. The varieties range from more traditional Xixona and Alacant (soft and hard nougat) to more fancy ones, like chocolate and glazed fruit, without forgetting the more sophisticated, desiners ones, such as mojito turron.

GRAPES: The Catalan saying goes “eating grapes on New Year’s Eve will bring you money all year round”. The tradition of eating grapes on midnight is just 100 years old.

TORTELL DE REIS:  The ring shape kings cake, with glazed fruit and stuffed with marzipan and cream, is the real king of Kings’ Day. What’s special about it is a bean and a figurine of a king hidden inside. Whoever finds the bean has to pay for the cake, while whoever finds the figurine will be crowned king.

ENJOY THE CHRISTMAS SEASON!

” PREHISTORY. CATALONIA BEFORE CATALONIA”

October 17, 2019

The new long-term exhibition at the Museu d’Arqueologia offers a tour through the Palaeolithic Age, the Bronze Age, Megalithic art and the Iron Age to discover the origins of today’s Catalonia.

Prehistories.-Catalunya-abans-de-Catalunya_slider_big-760x428 There were significant technological advances in the prehistory period, as revolutionary as those today but more spaced out over time. These improvements helped consolidate communities and stimulate material progress.

The display explains the origins of Homo sapiens, the development of agriculture and livestock farming, the first stable villages and mines, the development of metal utensils, stone monuments and funeral vaults. It ends with the Iron Age, when contact between the different communities and the application of new technologies helped metallurgy and agriculture evolve.

Little by little, prehistoric cultures started to definitively bring together the European collective spirit. We are the direct heirs of that world.

Timetable: Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 to 19:00. Sundays and holidays from 10:00 to 14:30.

Place: Archeology Museum of Catalonia, Pg. Santa Madrona, 39-41

Price: Geeneral admission: 5,05€, reduced: 4,05€, children under 16 years old – free

MUSHROOMS

October 17, 2019

 

fira_boletus_isona_mg_9492Catalonia enjoys a well-known tradition for mushroom picking. The moment the autumn rains begin to fall, a huge number of people head for the woods eager to spend some time relaxing and filling baskets with mushrooms.

More than 2000 types of the mushrooms can be found, being not only the essential part of our gastronomy but also the social and cultural encounter: a huge number of festivities and fairs.

In pre-Pyrenees area there is a mushroom fair is in Isona, a village in Pallars Jussa. This year “Buletos”, apart from collecting mushrooms, offers talks, gastronomic show, mushroom exhibition and different kind of contests for all families.

 

Address: Isona, Pallars Jussa

Ticket: free entrance and participation

Time: 26th of October

JAMES BLAKE IN CONCERT

October 17, 2019

james-blake_12_658x347James Blake Litherland is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer from London. He first received recognition for a series of 2010 Eps including CMYK and Klavierwerke, and he released his self-titled debut album in 2011 to critical prize. His second album “Overgrown” was released in 2013 and awarded a Mercury Prize. He released his third album “The Color in Anything” in 2016. His fourth album “Assume Form” came out in 2019.

After teasing fans with the album’s title on sites in Los Angeles, New York and London, Blake confirmed details about its release including some feature guest appearances from the likes of Andre 3000, Travis Scott, ROSALÍA, Metro Boomin and Moses Sumney.

Over the past few years, the enigmatic multi-instrumentalist has also worked with artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Bon Iver, Chance The Rapper and Frank Ocean, not to mention collaborating on arts’ projects with Quentin Blake and Natalie Portman as well as appearing on The Black Panther soundtrack.


Address: Auditori CCIB Forum (Pl. Leonardo da Vinci, s/n, 08019 Barcelona

Date: 27th of October

Time: 21:30 h                                                       

Ticket: 38,25 – 64.01€ https://www.ticketmaster.es/event/james-blake-entradas/19555

7th FESTIVAL JARDINS of PEDRALBES

June 6, 2019

The Jardins Pedralbes Festival is a Concert Studio project. It has been 7 years since the first Jardins Pedralbes Festival, which was created by our passion for music and the city of Barcelona. We dreamed of an open place, outdoors, in contact with nature and history. With the support of the City Council of Barcelona and the Ministry of Culture of Generalitat de Catalunya, the idea ended in the Gardens of the Pedralbes Palace. Today, thanks to all of you, the festival has grown, becoming a reference in Europe.

festival pedralbesA few minutes from away the centre, behind a wall covered with bougainvillea, is one of the lungs of Barcelona and one of the most beautiful gardens we can find in the city: the Palace of Pedralbes, a magnificent place to run, walk, rest and, for two months during summer, listen to music!

The 7th Festival Jardins Pedralbes once again offers summer evenings full of musical attractions, with a line-up including the likes of Diego el Cigala, Joan Dausà, Los Planetas, Woody Allen, Izal, The Beach Boys, Ramon Mirabet, Juanes, Gilberto Gil, Christopher Ross and Gipsy Kings.

The Italian singer-songwriter and French national Carla Bruni will be opening the festival on 5 June with a concert presenting her latest disc, French Touch.

The Gala de Ballet Étoiles de l’Òpera de París will be performing on 8 June, offering fragments from Swan LakePas de Deux, by Balanchine, and The Dying Swan, by Fokine.

Mariah Carey, the best-selling woman artist of all time, will be playing at the festival as part of her Caution World Tour on 10 June, while Diego el Cigala will be marking the fifteenth anniversary of Lágrimas Negras on stage at the Jardins Pedralbes.

Where to buy a ticket: https://proticketing.com/festivaldepedralbes/es_ES/entradas/evento/14228

More info: https://www.festivalpedralbes.com/en/

LUXURY. FROM ASSYRIANS TO ALEXANDER THE GREAT

June 6, 2019

luxuryIvories, jewels, reliefs, glassware and gold from the British Museum. The ancient Assyrian, Babylonian, Phoenician and Persian empires shared with Alexander the Great the goal of extending their power beyond their own borders.

Their territories were the scene of incessant struggles, but also intense commerce in raw materials, precious metals and manufactured items.

Evidence remains of the exceptional quality and refinement of the luxuries acquired by elites over hundreds of years. A fine selection of these objects, from the British Museum, are now on display in this exhibition at the CaixaForum.

 

Date: until 11/08/2019

Where: CaixaForum (Av. Francesc Ferrer Guàrdia, 6-8, 08038 Barcelona))

Tickets: general: 5€, children under 14: free, CaixaBank clients: free

Timetable: Monday to Sunday from 10:00am – 8:00pm; In July and August: Wednesdays until 11:00pm

ED SHEERAN IN CONCERT

June 6, 2019

Edward Christopher Sheeran; (born 17 February 1991) is an English singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actor. He attended the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford as an undergraduate from the age of 18 in 2009. In early 2011, Sheeran independently released the extended play, No. 5 Collaborations Project. After signing with Asylum Records, his debut album, +(pronounced “plus”), was released in September 2011. It topped the UK and Australian charts, reached number five in the US, and has since been certified seven-times platinum in the UK. The album contains the single “The A Team“, which earned him the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. In 2012, Sheeran won the Brit Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act. “The A Team” was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards, where he performed the song with Elton John

ed sheeranSheeran has sold more than 130 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling music artists. Two of his albums are in the list of the best-selling albums in UK chart historyx at number 20, and ÷ at number 34. An alumnus of the National Youth Theatre in London, as an actor Sheeran has portrayed a recurring role on The Bastard Executioner, and in 2019, he will appear in the Richard Curtis/Danny Boyle film Yesterday.

On 10 May 2019, Sheeran released the single “I Don’t Care“, a duet with Justin Bieber, from his upcoming fourth studio album No. 6 Collaborations Project. On Spotify, “I Don’t Care” debuted with 10.977 million daily global streams, breaking the platform’s single-day streaming record and topping the previous record of 10.819 million, set by Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want for Christmas Is You“. The song debuted at number one in the UK, Australia and other markets, and number two in the US.

 

Date: June 7th, at 9:00pm

Where: Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys: (Passeig Olímpic, 15-17)

Price: 63 – 91€

Where to buy a ticket: https://www.ticketmaster.es/event/ed-sheeran-entradas/13045?track=DiscoveryAPI&camefrom=GLSFNAC_ENTRADAS&brand=es_fnacc

CRYSTAL FIGHTERS BARCELONA 2019

February 25, 2019

Do not miss the Crystal Fighters concert in Barcelona, next Wednesday March 13th, 2019 in the Hivernacle Room – Poble Español. Since their songs began to be heard in 2010, the mix of genres offered did not attract attention just because it was genuinely new, also because in its live version it added an extra euphoria and passion with a marked festive component that without doubt “hooked”. With clear reminiscences of Spanish house, drum’n’bass, 80s punk or experimental electronic music, and playing continuously with a rain of rhythms, the band formed between London and the Basque Country uses both electronic guitars and acoustic instruments such as synthesizers, percussion or instruments of Basque folkloric tradition.

cristal fightersTheir first singles had an overwhelming success that was later confirmed with their first long work, Star of Love, but above all with Cave Rave (2013), which that amazing electronic pop style and was able to exponentially multiply the popularity of the group. Later would come Everything is my Family, which brought a more commercial tone to their previous work, and now they present Hypnotic Sun, a jewel that transmits the best vibrations from the first theme to the last. And, as they claim, Crystal Fighters learns from the most ancient traditions of humanity to make music with a view to the future.

The awaited concert of Crystal Fighters in Barcelona is coming!

Date: March 13th from 9:30pm                            

Place: Poble Español

Price: 35€                                                  

Tickets: https://www.ticketea.com/entradas/crystal-fighters-barcelona/ 

GRAN GALA FLAMENCO 2019

February 25, 2019

Gran Gala Flamenco makes the viewer travel through the heart of the deepest Flamenco. Let yourself be captivated by all the intensity and passion of the gypsy people and enjoy the perfect union of strength, music, soul, dance and get excited with the most touching rhythms of Flamenco, interpreted by the new generation of Catalan artists.

flamenco galaGran Gala Flamenco has the musical direction of Juan Gómez “Chicuelo”, one of the most important guitarists of contemporary flamenco and one of the most prolific and interesting composers of the last generations of Spanish artists. The Teatre Poliorama was inaugurated in 1906; it was built inside the building of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona. Located in the heart of Las Ramblas in Barcelona, one of the most famous and visited streets in the world, the Teatre Poliorama always played a prominent role in Catalan cultural life.

Date: From 08/03/2019 to 30/08/2019     

Place: Poliorama Theater

Price: 35€                                                  

Tickets: https://www.ticketea.com/entradas-gran-gala-flamenco-teatre-poliorama-barcelona/?a_aid=TKTOWN&a_bid=48201ed1

BARCELONA VINCENT VAN GOGH EXPERIENCE 2019

February 25, 2019

You can’t miss the Vincent Van Gogh Experience exhibition starting Thursday, Marchvan gogh 14th, 2019 at Pla de Miquel Tarradel in Port Vell, Barcelona, ​​from 10:00 am. The Vincent Van Gogh Experience, the first official exhibition created by the experts of the Van Gogh Museum, arrives in Barcelona from March 14th to June 2nd, 2019. It attends the European premiere of a contemporary and fully interactive experience, which aims to make known the life and work of the artist.

This temporary experience, designed for the whole family, does not exhibit the artist’s original works, as they are too fragile for his transfer. Instead, the true story about Van Gogh comes to life thanks to the best audiovisual techniques. You can enjoy multisensory scenes, sets that recreate the works of the painter, intriguing narrations, and you can also see the details of his paintings through a special microscope. The visitor can touch with their own hands the reproductions of the original works of art, the stroke of the brushstrokes, and contemplate through real-time projections, photographs, video fragments, detailed reproductions, interactive multimedia animations and applications, theatrical sets, audio-visual fragments and quotes extracted from more than 800 letters.

During the tour, supported by an audio guide, numerous characters will come to life. Since the visit begins, you will be surrounded by a sea of lights and colors that will make you believe that you are part of the painting and you are not a mere spectator. The objective of the work is that you can enjoy a multisensory experience that allows you to interact with it.

Date: From 14/03/2019 to 02/06/2019     Place: Pla de Miquel Tarradel in Port Vell

Price: 9€                                                  

Tickets: https://www.ticketea.com/entradas-meet-vincent-van-gogh-experience-barcelona/?a_aid=TKTMKTG&a_bid=1fb72797&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI5eW–Pup4AIV7RXTCh1nDw0FEAAYASAAEgIWBfD_BwE