Festa Major de Gràcia 2016

Located 20 minutes on foot north west of the city centre of Barcelona, Gràcia, once a quiet village outside the city, retains a distinct and independent feel, and is now one of its most bohemian districts, much loved by those into ethnic restaurants and days spent lounging on café terraces.

It is also home to a vibrant street festival of over with 600 events spanning dance, theatre and, music, taking place over 7 days and nights.

The Festa Major de Gràcia (Gracia Festival) is considered by many to be Barcelona’s most festive and most fun street festival.

The Festa Major de Gràcia rages day and night for a week, turning 20 streets in Gràcia into their own new worlds for the duration.

Although drinking, dancing and partying dominate proceedings by night, the festival also offers children’s activities during the day, allowing the entire family to partake.

Residents of this usually-quiet neighbourhood also fiercely compete for the best decorated street. Decorations are themed, and often are made from recycled materials.

Each street works together to adorn their corner of the district in a riot of colour. Decorations are stretched between buildings to create-like passages exploding with color and papier-mâché sculptures, and balconies are outfitted with everything from streamers to basketball hoops and giant scissors.

The Festa Major de Gràcia takes place from the 15th to the 21st of August.

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Festa Major de Sants 2016

With the Grácia Festa Major recently finished, it’s time for Sants to throw their own neighbourhood bean feast, a close runner-up for the liveliest such party in the city. While it’s not quite as impressive as Gracia’s 7 day event, it’s still rather impressive.

This year, from August the 20th to the 28th, Sants will decorates its streets in its own spirit for its very onw Festa Major, which takes place in the sixteen close-knit streets around the Parc de l’Espanya.

Watch and join in a ‘correfoc’ (fire run). These start at Plaça Osca on Saturday 27th August at 8pm for children and at 10m for adults. Or simply enjoy dances, lunches and dinners set up in the open air. See giants and big heads – gegants and capgrossos – on various occasions, including at the opening parade, and at the giants ball.

The Festa Major Alternativa features live concerts including the Troba Kung-Fu, on Thursday the 27th at 9pm.
Other highlights include Castellers, with a special “Diada Castellera” that showcases the best colles (teams) in Catalonia. There is also a bike race and a 2km run towards the end of the event.

The Festa Major de Sants finishes with a “Piromusica” fireworks and music display on Sunday the 28th August from 10pm at the Parc Espanya Industrial. Check the latest news on Twitter using search tag #fmsants16 and theFesta Major de Sants twitter page and visit the Festa Major Sants website www.festamajordesants.cat for a full festival programme and map of decorated streets.

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Sardines & Rumba

One of the joys of summer is outdoor living and outdoor dining in particular. Few things can better a good meal accompanied by some good music out in the open to while away the long summer days and nights. And these are the liberally sprinkled ingredients of “Sardines&Rumba“, an exciting culinary event taking place on Montjuïc this summer.

For the fifth year in a row, Barcelona’s Moritz brewery (the sponsor) invites you to ‘Sardines & Rumba’ every Wednesday evening at La Caseta del Migdia on Montjuïc.

Enjoy some local fare with grilled sardines served alongside fresh and flavoursome salads and enjoy some of the best Catalan rumba music, all set against the backdrop of Barcelona’s skyline.

Tickets cost €25, including a sumptuous feast consisting of a starter, sardines, pa amb tomaquet, watermelon, two beers and wine to share.

To reserve a place, email marc@desconnecta.com.

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Silke Rooftop

The Hotel Silken Diagonal is an upmarket hotel on the Avinguda Diagonal that from time to time hosts select house music parties on its roof, especially during Sonar Festival.

The rooftop is a magnificent party venue with views across the old city centre. The wood-panelled space also features a small pool to cool down in. Mobilee, Resident Advisor and local promoter Monkey Bar have all put on daytime soirees there, usually running from 2:00 PM until 9:00 PM.

One such event is the Mobilee Records annual poolside party, with some of the hottest international DJs and a top-of-the-range sound system in a glorious setting.

Due to the small capacity of the space, most events are invite-only but this year they’re extending the invitation to everyone ,with a series of parties throughout the summer at this intimate 200-capacity venue. Artists such as French electronic artist Lee Van Dowski and German house DJ Anja Schneider are all set to play by the pool on the rooftop terrace in the series, every Sunday, from the 10th of July to the 11th of September.

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Vivian Maier

The Fundació Foto Colectania hosts ‘Vivian Maier. In Her Own Hands ‘ an exhibition of photos taken by Vivian Maier, an amateur French-American photographer who was discovered by chance a couple of years before her death in 2009 and in a short space of time rose to global fame.

Maier worked as a nanny in the Chicago area for over 40 years and took her photos in her spare time. Mostly she photographed the people and architecture of Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, and she often recorded the daily life of the undertrodden of these cities.

The exhibition features over 100 photos dating from between 1950 and 1980, both in black and white and colour. Through these photos one can appreciate Maier’s unique photographic language and how her visual experience of discreet and silent observation of the world around her. Maier’s images offer touching insights into the everyday life of post war America offering humour as well as tragedy.


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Summer Acoustic

The Summer Acoustic festival will be holding a range of delightful free acoustic concerts, every day, at locations across the city.

The festival’s aim, apart from to entertain, is to create a platform for local artists to perform in front of international audiences. Some concerts are to operate on the idea of ‘if you like it you pay’; whereby audiences are only asked to give money to the acts they enjoy most.

As well as live music, Summer Acoustic is organising a series of conferences called ‘Music Meets’ where industry professionals, such as managers, songwriters and record label representatives, will provide advice and guidance on pursuing a musical career.

On July the 30th, as the festival nears to an end, there will be an afternoon of entertainment, with DJs, artisan markets, poetry recitals and vegan food.

More information: www.summeracoustic.com

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Barcelona Yoga Conference

Barcelona is a city much in love with Yoga, with a host of small independent studios right across the city, where teachers from Catalunya, Spain, and all over the world impair their knowledge.

This July Barcelona will hold the sixth Barcelona Yoga Conference in the Sarriá neighbourhood, a quiet residential district high above the city towards the mountains and the Collserola Park.

With over 800 participants, the event attracts people of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience—even complete beginners those who have never set foot on a yoga mat before.

Taking place from the 16th to the 24th of July, at the conference you can experience 20 different yoga styles as taught by 60 international teachers, allowing yogis to try out new and unfamiliar techniques.

As well as Yoga practice the schedule includes music intervals and an array of activities also related to health and wellbeing, such as Thai massage, therapeutic workshops, guided meditations and Dutch acrobatics.

The ‘Stand Village’ is a Yoga and wellbeing related market with over 45 stalls selling products such as essential oils, healthy food and ethical clothing.

Tickets for the Barcelona Yoga Conference are available now and prices start at €115. Three percent of the price is donated to charity.

More information here: http://www.barcelonayogaconference.cat/index.php/en/

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BBF – Barcelona Beach Festival

The combination of a beach, sunshine and house music may have originated in Ibiza, but can work just as well in Barcelona, where all of the necessary ingredients are found in plenty at The Barcelona Beach Festival.

Headlining the proceedings will be global DJ, super-star and super-producer, David Guetta, who has found international fame through his work with such
names as Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj and Sia.

Also on the line up are Swedes Axwell and Ingrosso, previously members of the Swedish House Mafia, who after going duo, burst onto the scene in 2014 under the auspices of industry giants Def Jam Recordings.

You can look forward to dancing the night away to their hits ‘Thinking about you’ and ‘Sun is Shining’.

As well as fully established global names, other acts on the bill include up and coming fresh talents such as Martin Garrix, Brian Cross, Hardwell, and many others.

Produced by Live Nation, Barcelona Beach Festival takes place on the 16th of July at the , and Platja del Fòrum i Parc de la Pau is set to become one of the biggest electronic music festivals in the Mediterranean alongside the likes with Sonar and Primavera Sound.


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Raval Festa Major

Barcelona’s Raval is one of its most vibrant, colourful districts. Home to people from all over the world, this part of the old town possesses a distinct energy, one that is multicultural, young and decidedly bohemian.

This Thursday the Raval district comes to life with the opening of its annual festa major, a grand Spanish street party that offers one and all the opportunity to discover and to celebrate the Raval’s rich cultural diversity with an eclectic mix of world music and food incorporated into a more traditional Catalan celebration featuring ancient traditions such as castells (human towers) and correfocs (fire runs).

Festivities commence on a rare low-key note with a parade of choral music, the tempo quickly dancing gains pace with gegants (giants), and continues to provide a range of activities for all ages and tastes throughout the weekend, including music, gastronomy, sports, children’s workshops, cinema, dance and games.

The Festa Major del Raval last from the 14th to the 17th of July.

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Infinite Sequence

Infinite Sequence is an exhibition at the Joan Miro Foundation on Montjuic dedicated to the work of conceptual artist Ignasi Aballí.

Following his being awarded the Joan Miró Prize last year, a selection of Aballí’s pieces are on display until October, offering the chance visitors to discover some of the key aspects of his work.

This exhibition starts with Aballí’s pieces dealing with temporality, followed by a room dedicated to his work on colour, then a room dedicated to the topics of absence and invisibility and finally it concludes with a projection room featuring his video work on processes of semantic slippage.

The organisation of this exhibition follows a strict retrospective format with work ranging from the 1990s up until the present day. There will also be a number of new and exclusive productions to enjoy.

Jul 1, 2016 to Oct 2, 2016

Fundació Joan Miró Parc de Montjuïc s/n, 08038 Barcelon


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