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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.

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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).

THE OCEANS, SEEN AS NEVER BEFORE

November 28, 2017

The exhibition “Oceans”, the last wild territory’ invites you to take a visual journey through the seabed from a selection of 480 hours of unpublished images of the documentary Oceans, the largest ever filmed testimony about seabed. One of the attractions of the exhibition is a large curved screen that multiplies the effect and allows immersive doubly enjoy this unique opportunity to plunge into the oceans of five continents. The tour also includes a circuit of 14 high-definition big screens, mirrors marine animals scale or stereoscopic 3D images to be seen with special glasses. Rounding out the show with interactive devices and basic information about the oceans and an area for children’s activities and a “photocall”.

oceansThe support audiovisual exhibition of the documentary Oceans won the César for best documentary in 2011. It required seven years of work, 75 exhibition, the participation of 500 people and 50 million euros. Directed by Jacques Perrin and Jasques Cluzaud (nominated for the Oscar for best documentary Nomads of the Wind 2003), Oceans opened new perspectives on knowledge of life in the oceans. It was developed specifically for the project, innovative firm technology that made it possible to keep the camera at the same speed marine species such as dolphins and tuna; reach depths where man had never been before and discovering new species.

This exhibition, the purpose of which is to arouse emotions and consciousness, adapts the format of narrative in which the viewer is the one who is moving. “Oceans more unknown lunar surface, Earth is the only country that has no physical boundaries. Animals can be moved freely as they did before and the continent: it is the last wild territory” said Òscar Vega, curator of the exhibition.

 

Date: Until 14th of September 2018 (Tuesday to Friday: from 10 am to 6 pm,  Saturdays: from 10 am to 7 pm, Sundays: from 10 am to 8 pm)

Price:  General admission 6,05 €, children under 16 years – free admission.         

Address: Museum of Natural Sciences – Blue Museum (Pl. Leonardo Da Vinci, 4, 08019, Barcelona)

GAME OF THRONES: THE TOURING EXHIBITION

November 3, 2017

The travelling global exhibition makes its first stop in Barcelona.

The Museu Marítim is the first to offer this itinerant global exhibition giving fans of the TV series a chance to step inside the world of Westeros and beyond. The exhibition is a mix of immersive environments, interactives, and multimedia content, offering visitors a unique experience.

game of thronesBesides costumes, props, weapons and armour used in the series, fans of Game of Thrones and will be able to explore the wintry landscapes of the North, the treelined pathway of the Kingsroad, the setting for the King’s Landing, the conquered city of Meereen, the mysterious House of Black and White and the frozen lands of Beyond the Wall.

The iconic Iron Throne Room, the seat of Westero power, is another spectacular mock-up visitors can see at the exhibition.

Date: Until 7th of January 2017 (Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday: from 10 am to 8 pm, Fridays and Saturdays: from 10 am to 9 pm)

Price:  General admission 5,15 – 18,05€, children from 3-14 years from 10 – 12€, Audio guide: 6€                                              

Address: Maritime Museum (Av. Drassanes, 1, 08001, Barcelona)

LA CASTANYADA – Catalan Halloween

November 3, 2017

While English-speaking countries celebrate Halloween on the 31st of October, Catalonia has its own popular festivity on the same occasion, La Castanyada. Like Halloween or the Celtic Samhain, its origins are in ancient ritual festival of the dead ahead of All Saints’ Day.

castañadaTypically La Castanyada is celebrated around meals consisting of chestnuts, marzipan sweets called “panallets”, sweet potatoes and preserved fruits with moscatell to drink. If you are staying in apartment in Barcelona around this time of the year, do not be surprised if you bump into some streets vendors selling hot toasted chestnuts or sweet potatoes traditionally wrapped in newspaper, called “paperina”. It is also common that children learn how to make their own “panallets” at school, which will later be eaten with their family dinner.

At the end of the 18th century the tradition of eating chesnuts around these dates became widespread all over Catalonia. That is how the figure of the “castanyeres” emerged in the society. “Catanyeres” were chesnuts sellers typically represented by old women humbly dressed up in the peasant’s clothing and wearing a handcraft. While the figure of the “castanyeres” does not exist anymore as it used to be, many traditional songs learnt by kids in school still recall them as the celebration is the first of the four main schools festivals in Catalonia, alongside Christmas, Carnestoltes and Sant Jordi, without reference to the commemoration of the dead. . The current “castanyeres” in the street of Barcelona are now usually young students who see La Castanyada as a good occasion to make some pocket money.

The day after La Castanyada, Catalans celebrate All Saints as it is celebrated in most culturally Christian countries in the world. Given the occasion, you can take this chance to visit the historical Cementary of Montjuïc free of charge: http://www.cbsa.cat/montjuic-route/?lang=en

SHAKIRA “EL DORADO” WORLD TOUR

November 3, 2017

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, known mononymously as Shakira, is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, and record producer.

shakira-dorado-tourShakira has received numerous awards, including 5 MTV Video Music Awards, 2 Grammy Awards, 13 Latin Grammy Award, 7 Billboard Music Award, 33 Billboard Latin Music Awards and has been Golden Globe-nominated. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and sold over 125 million records worldwide with 25.4 million record sales in the United States (as of 2014), making her the bestselling South American singer and one of the bestselling artists of all time. She carries out well-known philanthropic activities through charity work most notably through her Pies Descalzos Foundation. In 2011, she has been appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama to the President’s Advisory Commision on Educational Exellence for Hispanics  – a four-person group that will give advice to the president and Education Secretary Arne Duncan. In 2014, she was listed as the 58th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.   

Shakira began to work on her eleventh studio album in the beginning of 2016. Finally “El Dorado” album was released on 26th of May 2017. Now in Tour she will visit four cities in Spain: Bilbao, Madrid, A Coruña and Barcelona, with 2 concerts in our city.

Date: 25th and 26th of November, 2017, 9:15 p.m.

Price:  From 60€  

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

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