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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).

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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

 

 

PICASSO’S KITCHEN

June 28, 2018

“Picasso’s Kitchen” is the first exhibition to look at the constant presence of the kitchen in the life and works of Pablo Picasso. The display offers nearly 200 works from museums, institutions and private collections, offering a new perspective on the artist.

picasso cookingThe exhibition offers a chance to discover the restaurants which helped shape Picasso’s career, such as Le Catalan, located near his workshop in Rue des Grands-Augustins; to see still life works such as those depicting the tomato plant growing in his studio or an eel stew made by Jacqueline, and to discover the iconography and culinary references in the artist’s poetical and theatrical writings. Summarizing; it is reflect on the kitchen as a metaphor of the creative act.

The chef Ferran Adrià is a collaborator with the display, establishing a dialogue between Picasso’s creative process and contemporary culinary creation.

Nearly 200 works from museums, institutions and private collections from over, have a chronological journey through the life and work of Picasso and allow us to consider new perspective from the artist.

The exhibition is a part of the project “Picasso-Mediterranée”, an initiative of Paris-national Picasso museum.

 

Where:  Museu Picasso

When: Until 30th of September, 2018

Tickets: Collection + temporary exhibition: 14€, Temporary exhibition: 6,50€, Reduced price:  Collection + temporary exhibition: 7,50€, Temporary exhibition: 4,50€, Children under 18 years old: free

Timetable:  Monday: 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sundays:  9am to 9:30pm, Thursday: until 9:30pm