Summer Nights at Montjuic Castle

This Friday, the second of three ‘Summer Nights at the Castle’ takes place, with the castle on Montjuïc transformed into a place of fun, frivolity and entertainment. The former castle moat will be used as a venue for art performances, music, dance and food trucks.

The programme features a concert-cabaret Circ amb Violeta, music from Slingshots and Claqué & Percussió – an exciting performance combining tap dance and musical percussion.

Access to the castle is free from 8pm onwards, and from 10pm there will be a free shuttle bus linking the castle with Plaça Espanya. Next Friday, the 17th of June, the last installment of Summer Nights at Montjuic will take place.

What better way to start the long, hot summer weekends? A fun activity with a safe and friendly atmosphere, suitable for all the family.

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Sonar 2016

Sónar lands in Barcelona one more fromt he 16th to the 18th of June. Sonar was first begun in 1994 in Barcelona as the “Festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art”. The first festival took place at the CCCB.

Born out of the boom in electronic music happening at the start of the 1990s, its very first edition featured such legends as Mixmaster Morris, Laurent Garnier and Sven Väth. The festival has made gained fame by showcasing avant-garde artists predominantly from the worlds of dance, electronic music and digital culture, with its creative and sensory series of activities appealing to a more grown up cerebral crowd (also thanks to the Sonar by Day party) as well as youngsters and party people.

Still going strong after 22 years, Sónar has gone from strength to strength and is now an international smash. This year’s line up includes both emerging and well established names, with the likes of Jean-Michel Jarre, New Order and Fatboy Slim confirmed.

Over the years the event has moved venue from the CCCB to the Fira Gran Via in Hospitalet de Llobregat, before settling down in its current home shared between the Firas of Montjuïc and Gran Via.

Since its inception Sónar has been split between the family-friendly Sónar by Day and then Sónar by Night for those who want party a bit harder.

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Pop Up Barbershop Barcelona

Italian born chef Walter El Nagar found fame with the much lauded LA pop-up Barbershop Ristorante.

This summer El Nagar moves his pop up magic across the Atlantic on a Mediterranean European tour that will take in Barcelona, Ibiza and Milan. Barcelona is one of Europe’s most important gastronomic destinations and El Nagar’s first stop on tour is Barcelona.

With a menu that offers an original take on traditional Italian cuisine by combining Californian and other international influences, El Nagar is set to bring the culinary excellence that has dazzled the citizens of Los Angeles over the past four years to Catalunya’s capital with a tasting menu that offers 11 tantalising treats to the city’s eaters at the Gothic Quarter’s Foodieteca.

Pop Up Barbershop Barcelona takes place over six evenings in June. You can experience Barbershop’s cooking for yourself on June 10th, 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th and 19th. Seatings take place at 7pm and 8.30pm.

The menu is reasonably priced for a restaurant of this stature, at 75 euros for dinner and 25 euros for drinks.

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Utopia Photo Market

The Utopia Photo Market is a pop up photo gallery and market that takes place at the Utopia 126 creative space from the 10th to the 12th of June.

In the age of smart phones, Instagram and Snapchat, selfies and social shares, the value of the traditional art form of old-fashioned photography is in danger of being diminished. Utopia Photo Market is part of a movement that aims to reverse this trend.

So, whether you’re a professional or a novice behind the lens, the Utopia Photo Market allows you to develop your art, have your work seen by a wider audience, and to take further steps into the world of photography.

Utopia Photo Market also offers you the chance to buy works by some high-profile photographers who will be attending the market, including the winner of the 2012 World Press Photo contest, Samuel Aranda.

As well as shopping, the event hosts activities such as the opportunity to have your digital portrait created by the iconic Spanish artist and designer, Javier Mariscal, whose body of work ranges from Barcelona’s Gambrinus sculpture, to the set design for Big Brother and for Oscar-nominated film, Chico and Rita (2010).

Other activities include a hands-on workshop led by Wet Plate Studio, looking at how analogue cameras work, photo auctions and plenty more surprises.

Places for some activities are limited so do keep an eye on the website for updates.

Tickets cost from €3. More information see

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Catalan wine and cheese tasting in the Port Vell

The Catalan History Museum in Barceloneta is opening its doors to an enogastronomic (wine and cheese) festival which gives visitors the chance to sample some of Catalunya’s finest wines and cheeses. This gourmand’s delight takes place on Saturday the 28th of May.

Catalunya is famed for its wine production. While Cava is probably the best known Catalan wine outside of Spain, fine wines such as Penedes, Priorat and Montsant are widely enjoyed within Spain. Catalan food is internationally renowned and the region produces many fine cheeses, particularly in its northern reaches close to the Pyrenees.

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Catalan Cultural Club ‘TR3SC’, ten local wines are being paired with ten Catalan cheeses and made available on the stunning terrace of the Museu d’Història de Catalunya and Restaurante 1881, all to be enjoyed with some delightful views of with top views of the old port of Barcelona.

You pay €12 for 10 tickets (these will buy you five cheeses and five wines) or €20 for 20 tickets (ten cheeses and ten wines) and are provided with your tickets, a glass, and a booklet that explains the products. Then all you need to do is enjoy yourself. Bon profit!

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OFFF 2016

This weekend, from May the 26th to May the 28th, the Barcelona Design Museum will host the 16th edition of the OFFF festival.

OFFF is a huge international event in the creative sector that showcases new trends in graphic design, video, photography, advertising, cinema and editorial art.

This year the event features workshops, conferences and talks from some of the biggest names in the field.

For example, talents such as Aardman Animations (the studio behind Wallace and Gromit), designer Carl Sprague (an illustrator who works in cinema and designed the illustration concepts for films such as ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ’12 Years a Slave’), Daniel Aristizábal (a designer who mixes elements of cubism, dadaism and futurism in his work) and Somerset + Mills (a highly innovative production studio working in the fields of music, video, cinema and fashion) will be present at OFFF.

Tickets for OFFF 2016 sell out quickly, so this year the organisers are including a free Fun Zone where you can go and see what’s going on in the festival on large screen. There will also be food trucks so you won’t go hungry or thirsty.

Edifici Disseny Hub Barcelona
Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37-38

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Coco Rosie live at the Apolo

The American sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady, A.K.A Coco Rosie, are playing in Barcelona at the Sala Apolo (c/ Nou de la Rambla 113) on the 26th of May; on tour to promote their new album ‘Heartache City’, an album filled with lyrics of love and loneliness.

Coco Rosie formed in Paris. Their distinct sound is hard to pin down, though some describe it as ‘freak folk’, as it incorporates elements of pop, blues,opera, electronica, and hip hop.

Heartache City moves a away from the experimentation with psychedelic, electronic sounds on albums and returns to their roots with a sound somewhat resembling their first album, La Maison de Mon Rêve (2004). The album was recorded at their farm studio in the south of France, using ‘minimal equipment, vintage toys and antique instruments’, according to online music magazine Pitchfork.

A live set from Coco Rosie at the Apolo is sure to be an unforgettable evening.

For tickets see the Apolo website here:

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Tallers Oberts

Tallers Oberts, or ‘Open Studios’ offers the public the rare opportunity to step inside Barcelona’s art studios to meet and interact with the artists at their work.

Following on the footsteps of events such as ‘Museum Night’, when galleries and museums across a city are opened to the public for free, ‘Open Studios’ is part of a wider trend to make art accessible to a wider public.

Barcelona is a city with a long and distinct history of artists and crafts people working from small studios that dates back to the flourishing medieval guilds of crafts people that once sustained the economic life of the Old Town. It is rare to find such a tradition alive and well in a 21st century global city and this is something very unique about Barcelona, making this opportunity all the more valuable.

The open door philosophy highlights that creativity is not sealed off and confined to the studio space, but is open to outside factors. Everyday life and passers-by also can influence artistic output, just as they are in turn affected by art.

The initiative is to be spread across two long weekends and the inauguration of ‘Open Studios’ takes place on May the 19th, at 8pm, in the Sala A of Disseny Hub Barcelona,

As well as an open studio to view, activities, demonstrations and music are also planned. See here to download the guides to each area.

Openings are scheduled by area of the city, see below for the dates:

Poble Sec: May 20th, 21st & 22nd
Ciutat Vella: May 20th, 21st & 22nd
Sarriá: May 27th, 28th & 29th
Gràcia: May 27th, 28th & 29th

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Loop Festival 2016

The Loop Festival is an exciting showcase of video art that takes place every year in Barcelona. This year’s edition takes place across more than 100 different venues in the city, together creating a collective exhibition of video art or any art that requires moving images to portray its message.

While last year’s edition was based on the audiovisual, this year returns to the visual. Loop 2016 asks an interesting question – does an absence of dialogue and sound facilitates a universal understanding of film?

One film being screened at this year’s Loop is ‘Incluso El Silencio Es Causa De Tormenta’ (Even Silence Causes Torment); a collaboration between filmmakers Luis Macías and Adriana Vila, and Portuguese multimedia artist Alfredo Costa Monteiro that explores the relationship between sight and sound and our perception of them.

Another interesting piece is ‘Solid Light ‘by British-born, New York-based artist Anthony McCall, whose work turns projected light into a three-dimensional space to a dazzling, almost sculptural effect.

Loop takes place from the 26th of May to the 4th of June. See the event website for more information, here:

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Casa Batlló tours with Antoni Gaudi

The Casa Batlló is one of Gaudi’s masterpieces, and one of the jewels of the city. Located on Passeig de Gràcia, where the main concentration of Barcelona’s finest historical art nouveau buildings can be found, though many other fine examples exist throughout the Eixample area, as well as some notable works in the old town – such as the Palau de la Musica – this is perhaps the most famous home designed by Gaudi.

A novel new historical tour of the Casa Batlló is conducted by an actor dressed as the young Gaudi, who then explains the historical home in detail. This is a fun and entertaining tour, suited to people of all ages as well as being aimed at children; it is not a dry historical account at all, rather, the narrative includes numerous anecdotes, and peculiar and funny stories of the construction of Casa Batlló in 1904.

The performance is available in both English and Spanish and lasts approximately one hour. Groups number around 20 people per session. The tours will take place two Saturdays per month, in English at 4pm and in Spanish at 6pm, from March the 12th onwards. Tours cost €35 for adults and children under 7 are free.

These tours at offer culture and entertainment for all ages and introduce children and adults to Gaudi´s universe.

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