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Rally BCN – Sitges 2019 BARCELONA

February 25, 2019

The Barcelona-Sitges International Vintage Car Rally has already completed the main details of its 61st edition, which will take place from March 16th to 18th, 2019.

rallyOn the occasion of the celebration of 100 years of Citroën has been chosen a Type A, first car manufactured by the signature of the two chevrons, as inspiration for the design of the official poster of the test. A perfectly restored unit of this model can be seen in the car exhibition of C.C. L’illa Diagonal (from February 25th to March 16th) and will be responsible for opening the Rally this year.

On Saturday 16, the technical verifications will take place, prior to the Rally the following day. The participants will be concentrated in the Plaza de Sant Jaume in Barcelona on Sunday, March 17 in the morning and will leave in the direction of Sitges at 10:30am.

The first edition of the Rally was held on February 8, 1959, with a score of vintage cars that left from the Plaza Sant Jaume surrounded by a large crowd of visitors.

The caravan already took, at that time, the only road that linked Barcelona with Sitges, the well-known ‘Carretera de las Costas’ of Garraf. From the beginning, the organization made it a condition that the participants were dressed according to the time of manufacture of their vehicle. The reason for this condition is that the Rally was part of the Sitges Winter Festival; Carnival was also held at that time favored that this premise was accepted with enthusiasm.

In the beginning, the Rally was proposed as a regular sporting event, in which the vehicles had to maintain the same speed of descent of the Coasts as of ascent. This “sportsmanship” was regulated under the regulations of the FIA.

When arriving at Sitges, the caravan of cars paraded by the walk of the promenade until arriving at the “Fragata” where, in the same way as it is done at present, they were received by the authorities and later they parked so that the pubic one could admire them. The good general reception encouraged the organizers to repeat the event in the following years, during which they finished giving shape to the Rally as we know it today.

UNBOUNDED DANCE

February 5, 2019

We live in such a strange age, caught up in accelerated times and a multiplied space that no longer seems human, saturated with images, events, and data: our hyperactive senses cannot cope with so much information. Dance must prevail; we need the body, a human here and now, natural high technology to cope with a reality that threatens to overwhelm us.

This year the dance presents unbounded, going beyond bodies, formats, disciplines, spaces, times, audiences and ideas. And in this breaking of boundaries and breaking of new ground, in this overflow, it blurs its limits by creating and making visible unexpected territories, undisciplined voices, surprising dialogues and indeterminate frameworks that are not easily catalogued, showing the infinite possibilities that creation has of capturing and transforming reality, inventing futures, sensing paths, projecting desires.

In February there are several options of the shows to see:

  • February 21 to 24th Batsheva Dance Company, Sala Mac, 8pm

In Venezuela Naharin and the dancers explore dialogue as well as conflict between movement and the content it represents. Many questions and a few answers arise about the choices the choreographer has. Naharin attempts to include the audience in this freedom of choice along with its endless scope of possibilities, while making a critical comment about all of us. “Venezuela, with its wonderful dancers, is a fascinating and multifaceted piece that contains a surprise that remains with the viewer long after leaving the theater“. (Yael Efrati, Timeout, May 2017)

  • February 16 and 17th, Christian Rizzo / Ici –Cnn Montpellier, Sala Mac, 6pm

rizzoThis tale captures the evolution of three creatures, and sees dance and objects converse with light and sound while a dreamy space unfolds where each of the three protagonists invites the other two into their own particular world. After working with various choreographers, Christian Rizzo founded his company L’association fragile in 1996; to date he’s created over 30 pieces with it. In 2015, he was named director of the Centre Chorégraphique National Montpellier.

  • February 23 and 24th GN / MC / Guy Nader / Maria Campos, Sala PB, 23rd 6pm, 24th

tarannaTarannà is a solo work around the concept of “transformation” through the object, space and body. The yellowish jute fabric resembles silk cocoon which holds one of the most dramatic moments of metamorphosis. The transformation is seen as a drastic but subtle process, leading from one state into another and it is throughout this process of reorganization and deformation that culminates in the formation of the imago. It’s a game and a series of images where you are invited to follow the thread of magic and let go your imagination.

Where: Mercat de les Flors / Barcelona Dance House (c. Lleida, 59, Barcelona)

Tickets and more information: https://es.patronbase.com/_MercatFlorsEn/Productions?_ga=2.159682676.855589025.1547722101-845200913.1547722101

TINTIN AND THE MOON

February 5, 2019

“Tintín and the Moon” is an exhibition organized by the Obra Social “la Caixa” to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of humans to the moon. On 21st of July 1969, he first came to the moon aboard the ship Apollo 11. Neil Armstrong took the first step on the lunar surface and gave a historical statement: “It is a small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” The event was received at the control centre in Houston and broadcast worldwide.

tintinSome years ago, however, Tintin had gone ahead in the world of science fiction from the hand of its author, Hergé, with two titles mythical Objective: the Moon and Explorers on the Moon, which saw the light in shaped magazine Tintin periodical instalments between 30th of March 1950 and 30th of December 1953.

Often science fiction and reality are related in different periods of history. Tintín and the Moon exhibition aims to disseminate and document the Apollo 11 project, for how was the before, during and after the arrival to the moon; present scientific studies and technological achievements that made this feat possible, and display objects, interactive experiences and explain how the trip was and what progress meant for mankind. The exhibition will allow visitors to make a journey since Galileo first observed the moon until finally we humans are to leave our mark. It was a key moment in the history of the conquest of space that allowed having another vision of the Earth and space.

Where: Cosmocaixa – c. Isaak Newton, 26, 08022 Barcelona

When: until May 26th

Timetable: Monday to Sunday from 10am to 8pm

Tickets: General admission: 2,50€, children under 14 years old: free, clients of BankCaixa: free

080 BARCELONA FASHION

February 5, 2019

Independent designers and young talents return to the catwalk.

Independent designers and young talents from the Catalan fashion world will be presenting their collections at the show, which aims to consolidate Catalonia as leading location for fashion design, boosting its international profile and helping attract textile production to Catalonia.

080The last edition, held in June last year, brought together nearly 31,000 people and over 1,200 communication professionals.

The 080 Barcelona Fashion presents 24 designers and brands for its upcoming 23rd edition that will take place from the 4th to the 7 of February at the Sant Pau Modernist Complex, home to the catwalk in its last editions.

In addition, a programme of parallel activities will run along the fashion shows to open the event not only to the professional public and fashion students but also to a broader audience and contribute to establishing Catalonia as a reference in the production and projection of fashion design.

These are the 24 brands and designers that will take part in the 080 Barcelona Fashion 23rd edition: 113 MAISON; AGNÈS SUNYER; Antonio Miro; Aubergin; BRAIN&BEAST; Custo Barcelona; Escorpion Studio Barcelona; Jnorig; Killing Weekend; Lebor Gabala; Little Creative Factory; Maite by Lola Casademunt; Mans Concept Menswear; Menchén Tomàs; Míriam Ponsa; NAULOVER; Oscarleon; Pablo Erroz; Rubés Galarreta; Sita Murt; Teoh & Lea; Txell Miras; Ze García; and Z1.

More info: http://www.080barcelonafashion.cat/en

SNOW PATROL

February 5, 2019

Snow Patrol is a Northern Irish rock band formed in Scotland in 1994. Initially an indie rock band, the band rose to prominence in the early-mid 2000s as part of the post-Britpop movement. During the course of their career, Snow Patrol has won seven Meteor Ireland Music Awards and has been nominated for six Brit Awards. Since the release of Final Straw, the band has sold over 16 million records worldwide.

snow patrolMusicians, such as Ozzy Osbourne, Bono (of U2), Michael Stipe (of R.E.M.), and Nikki Sixx, have also expressed their admiration for Snow Patrol. Terri Hooley, founder of the Good Vibrations label and a lifelong supporter of local Northern Irish music, has expressed pride in bands like Snow Patrol.

On January 28th 2018, the band’s social media announced the upcoming release of their seventh studio album, entitled Wildness, which was released on 25 May 2018. The promotional video simply showed lead singer Gary Lightbody floating on a raft with a piano and seemingly trying to phone someone who is engaged.

Wildness Tour will come to Spain and they are going to do two concerts; first on February 13th in Barcelona and the next day in Madrid.

 

Date: 13th of February 2019, 9:00pm

Place: Razzmatazz, Sala 1, c. Pamplona, 88, 08018 Barcelona

Price: 46€

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

MONTSERRAT

January 9, 2019

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe mountain and Benedictine monastery of Montserrat, which was founded in 11th century, is located in a natural park 60 km to the west of Barcelona. The Patron of Catalonia, Saint Mary of Montserrat, is worshipped at the shrine in the Monastery. The Benedictine community, now numbering some eighty monks, has served the shrine for almost a thousand years. They are dedicated to a life of prayer, and culture.

Beside the monks, the Escolanía, the oldest boys choir in the Europe, also live in Montserrat. Visitors can attend the choral concert given by the escolans every day at 13:00h (Sundays, at 12:00) in the basilica, except in July and from 26th of December to 8th of January. They can also take part in the conventual mass (11h) and vespers (18.45h).

Apart from this, it is very interesting the visit to the Museum of Montserrat, which comprises, among many artistic objects, an important collection of painters such as Picasso, Dalí, El Greco, Caravaggio, Degas, Monet, Casas or Nonell.

 

How to get there:

From BARCELONA. Leaving the city by Avinguda Diagonal:

— B-23 dual carriageway and A-2 Barcelona -Lleida motorway (Manresa exit); C-55 road

to Monistrol de Montserrat and BP-1121 to Montserrat.

— B-23 dual carriageway and A-2 Barcelona -Lleida motorway (Montserrat exit); BP-1103

road to Montserrat.Museu Egipci de Barcelona, c/ València, 284. Barcelona

From BARCELONA. Leaving by the Vallvidrera tunnels:

— Vallvidrera tunnels, C-16 motorway(Montserrat exit) C-55 road to Monistrol de

Montserrat and BP-1121 to Montserrat.

VELAZQUEZ AND THE GOLDEN AGE

January 9, 2019

The Caixa Forum presents a selection of paintings by Velázquez and his contemporaries. This exhibition presents seven works by Velázquez and fifty other pieces by some of the Sevillian maestro’s finest international contemporaries. The themed display offers a contextualization and better understanding of the originality of Velázquez as a narrator, breaking down the barriers of national schools.

velazquezThe paintings of this genius are imbued with cosmopolitanism and his art takes on another dimension within the international context. Because of this the exhibition proposes a dialogue with works by artists such as Tiziano, Rubens, Giordano, Ribera, Brueghel the Elder, Van Dyck, Claudi de Lorena, Zurbarán and Murillo.

Place: CaixaForum Barcelona (Av. Francesc Ferrer Guàrdia, 6 – 8, Barcelona)
Price: General admission: 4€, Free Admission for: CaixaBank customers and children under 16 years old)

Timetable: Monday to Sunday:  10am – 8pm,

Time: Until March 3rd, 2019

TORUK “CIRQUE DU SOLEIL”

January 9, 2019

Toruk – The First Flight is a Cirque du Soleil touring production that premiered in December 2015, and is inspired by James Cameron‘s film Avatar. It depicts a world before the events depicted in the film.

toruk“I am the last living member of the Anurai clan. When I connect with Eywa, I hear the voices of our distant ancestors; I hear the time when their lives were threatened. This is that story.”

Toruk is the central character of the show, and will be brought to life as a life-sized puppet, along with Pandoran animals such as the Direhorse, the Austrapede, the Turtapede, and a Viperwolf.

The word ‘Toruk’, in the Na’vi language, refers to the great leonopteryx that rules over the Pandorian sky. Fundamental in Na’vi lore and culture, this perplexing creature is critical to the Na’vi clans’ sense of destiny and interconnectedness with members past and present.

The European tour has begun in Rotterdam on 10th of October 2019 and will come to Barcelonaon January 18th. In Spain there will be a possibility to see the show in Madrid and in Pamplona.

 

Date: 18th to 27th of January 2019

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

Price: 43.50 – 107.50€

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

SNORKLING IN COSTA BRAVA

June 28, 2018

Summer is coming! Don’t miss the best opportunity to discover the Underwater Treasures of the “Costa Brava” on Spectacular Snorkel Experience.

FreedivingSnorkel Medas: Once on board, the experienced monitors will equip you with a mask, flippers, wet suits and life jackets. They’ll also give you a new snorkel which is yours to take home. The journey to the Medas Islands will take about 10 minutes. On arrival they’ll give you a short briefing in different languages, help everyone into the water, and take you on a guided snorkel tour. The crystal clear water provides great visibility, and the Islands, which have been protected for 20 years, are a haven for a rich variety of marine flora and fauna including Grouper, Sea Bream, Barracuda and Octopus. Occasionally Dolphins can be seen. You will have approximately one hour and ten minutes to snorkel or relax on board of the comfortable boat which is fully equipped with a bar, bathroom facilities, lift access to the water and both shaded and sunny seating areas. On the way back to port, they take a cruise around this beautiful and unique archipelago of 7 islands that forms part of the Montgrí, Medas Island and Baix Ter Natural Park.

Safari Cruise: On this two-hour long trip they set sail along the attractive coast-line to a protected bay with crystal clear water. The monitors will equip you with a snorkel, mask, and life jacket before instructing you on the use of the equipment and helping you into the water. They’ll show you some of the best places to snorkel, and you can view some of the many different species of marine fauna to be found here through our glass-bottom section. The whole family will love the inflatable water slide, and floating sunbeds. Afterwards, relax and cool-off with our complimentary alcohol- free Sangria and fresh fruit. On the way back to port we take a cruise around the beautiful Medas Island archipelago, The boat is fully equipped with a bar, bathroom facilities, lift access to the water and both shaded and sunny seating areas.

Address: Diving Center La SirenaPasseig Marítim, 2 – L’Estartit (Girona – Costa Brava)

Booking: from June until September 686 48 33 15 www.la-sirena.net/gb

Price: Snorkel Medas: Adults: 29€ Childs: 23€ Snorkel Safari: 20€

How to get there: From Barcelona take the highway A-7, direction Girona / La Jorquera. After around 80km take exit 6 toward C-66 and continue 16 km in direction Girona/Figueres, then turn left to GI-642 (3,5km), continue Carretera de Torrent/GI-643 (8km) and look for Carretera de l’Estartit/GI-641

GREC FESTIVAL 2018

June 28, 2018

The Grec Festival of Barcelona is the main event in the city with theatre, dance, music and circus. It’s a festival with a long history and which in 2018 celebrates its fortieth-two edition. Not only has the Grec become the main cultural attraction of the summer in Barcelona during this time, but also as a reference point in the European festival calendar.

grec 2018It takes its name from the main festival space, where the inaugural sessions are invariably organized: The Grec Theatre of Montjuïch, an open-air theatre inaugurated during the 1929 Universal Exhibition.

The Grec is promoted by the Barcelona City council, which at the same time involves a large number of private entrepreneurs and city developers/promoters who largely organize the shows and assume the production duties. The festival is funded by public money, the contributions of sponsors and ticket sales.

After more than 40 years of history, the Grec Festival of Barcelona has become the leading producer of shows in Catalonia. Its mission is twofold: on the one hand, it gives support to local productions showing some of the best creations from Catalan collectives and artists, and on the other, it wants to be a window that is open to the world which presents from the city some of the most interesting proposals from other countries. Currently, the Festival is, in fact, the city’s main showcase for showing productions from abroad.

You can already buy tickets on the websites of the specific venues where the concerts will be held. Check out the page of the festival where you will find everything, and from there you can also access the concert you like.

More Info:  http://lameva.barcelona.cat/grec/en