White Summer Festival

White Summer describes itself as a ‘field for colourful minds’. The uber-hip festival hails from Empordà in the northern part of Catalunya (a region encompassing the beautiful Costa Brava) and for the first time is setting up a city edition in Barcelona, bringing with it a refreshing and eclectic offering of shopping, gastronomy, art, music and live performance.

The gastronomy comes in the form of 24 food trucks offering different international cuisines, vegetarian and vegan delights as well as more traditional Catalan delicacies.

Musical entertainment will be provided by hip-hop act ‘Brodas Bros’, Spanish singer-songwriter Maika Makovaski, as well as other exciting artists.
Acrobatic and dance performances will be spread across the two-day event.

White summer will bring a taste of Empordà to Barcelona’s old Damm Factory venue this month as a prelude to the main White Summer Festival that takes place as usual this summer from July 30th to August the 20th along the Costa Brava.

For more information: http://www.whitesummer.es/barcelona/

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Alice in Wonderland

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s classic Victorian tale, Alice In Wonderland takes to the stage at the Teatre Gaudí from May 12th-29th, but with a twist in a modern musical adaptation that is at once faithful to the original and innovative.

The production is by Barcelona’s Escapade Theatre. Founded in 1997 by Sue Flack, Escapade Theatre aims to produce performances that entertain, provoke and “lay bare the pitiful state of the human condition”, along with a healthy dose of British satire and dark humour. Twenty years later, Escapade has established itself as one of Barcelona’s leading English theatre companies.

Laced with wit, riddles and magic, this production is suitable for both adults and children and of course features such wonderful characters as the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat.

This promises to be Escapade Theatre’s most exciting performance to date. Be sure not to miss it!


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Primavera Sound 2016

According to Time Out International, Primavera Sound is the best music festival in the world. Here at Feelathomeinbarcelona, we are inclined to agree. This year’s festival takes place from the 1st to the 5th of June, at the Parc del Forum venue.

An exciting roster of headline acts includes: Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, PJ Harvey, The Last Shadow Puppets, Tame Impala, Sigur Rós, and none other than Brian Wilson performing ‘Pet Sounds’, the 1960s Beach Boys masterpiece. Nice!

Other highlights confirmed include Animal Collective, Suede, Julia Holter, Destroyer, Manel, Robert Forster, Holly Herndon, Beirut, and Kamasi Washington – all of them with new albums out in 2015 or coming in 2016 – as well as Beach House film-maker John Carpenter.

As well as these international acts, don’t forget to check out some of the great local bands playing. You’ll get plenty of singing in Catalan as well as Spanish and English. For artists from Catalonia and the rest of Spain, check out Manel, Los Chichos, PXXR GVNG, Doble Pletina, Die Katapult, El Último Vecino, Grupo de Expertos Solynieve, Esperit!, Inspira, Joana Serrat, Alberto Montero and Ran Ran Ran.

Primavera Sound started back 2001 as a day of concerts and DJ sessions oriented toward alternative pop-rock and electronic sounds. Fast forward fifteen years, and the festival is a huge global event with an edition in Porto in Portugal (Nos Primavera Sound) as well as its smaller offshoot, Primavera Club, also in Barcelona.

Here is the full list of confirmed acts:

+++, Action Bronson, Air, Alberto Montero, Alessandro Cortini, Alex G, Algiers, Aliment, Andy Shauf, Angel Witch, Animal Collective, Autolux, Autumn Comets, Baby Dee, Bardo Pond, Barry Hogan DJ, Battles, Baywaves, Beach House, Beach Slan, Beak>, Bearoid, Beirut, Ben Watt band feat. Bernard Butler, Big Summer, Black Lips, Boredoms, Bradford Cox, Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, C+C=Maxigross, C. Tangana, Cabaret Voltaire, Cadena, Cala Vento, Car Seat Headrest, Carla, Cass McCombs, Cavern of Anti-Matter, Chairlift, The Chills, DJ Coco, Current 93, Dam-Funk, Daniel Gon, Daughter, Dave P, Deerhunter, Deradoorian, Destroyer, Die Katapult, Dinosaur Jr., Doble Pletina, Downtown Boys Drive Like Jehu, Dungen, El Último Vecino, Empress Of, Esperit!, Evian Christ, Explosions in the sky, Fasenuova, Floating Points, Freddie Gibbs, Goat, Grupo de Expertos Solynieve, The Handclappers, Har Mar Superstar, H09909, Holly Herndon, Holögrama, Hudson Mohawke (DJ Set), Inspira, Invisible Harvey, Islam Chipsy & Eek, The James Hunter Six, Jay Rock, Jenny Hval, Jessy Lanza, Joana Serrat, John Carpenter, Julia Holter, Julien Baker, Kamasi Washington, Kiasmos, DJ Koze, The Last Shadow Puppets, LCD Soundsystem, Loop, Los Chichos, Lubomyr Melnyk, Maceo Plex, Manel, Mar Otra Vez, Mbongwana Star, Moderat, Mueran Humanos, My Expansive Awareness, Nao, Neil Michael Hagerty & The Howling Hex, Neon Indian, Nothing Places, Old King Cole Younger, Optimo (Espacio), Orchestra Baobab, Pacosan, Pájaro Jack, Pantha Du Prince, Parquet Courts, PJ Harvey, Power Burkas, Protomartyr, Psychic TV /PTV3, Pumuky, Pusha T, PXXR GVNG, Radiohead, Ran Ran Ran, Redthread, DJ Richard, Richard Dawson, Richard Hawley, Robert Forster, Roosevelt, Royal Headache, The Saurs, Savages, Selda feat. Boom Pam, SG Lewis, Sheer Mag, Shellac, Shinkiro, Shura, Siberian Wolves, Sigur Rós, Six Organs of Admittance, Steve Gunn, Suede, Suuns, Tame Impala, Thee Oh Sees, Titus Andronicus, Tortoise, Twin Drama, Ty Segall & The Muggers, U.S.Girls, Univers, Unsane, Venom, Vince Staples, Viva Belgrado, White Fence, White Reaper, Wild Nothing, Wind Atlas, Younghusband.

For tickets and further information, see http://www.primaverasound.es

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The Classics at MEAM

The Museu Europeu d’Art Modern (or European Museum of Modern Art in English) is one of Barcelona’s finest art museums. Housed in the hip Born district, you can see some fine examples of 20th and 21st Century art there.

This highly cultured setting is the ideal place to enjoy works of classical music from master such as Mozart, Bach and Beethoven in a series of concerts to be held on Saturday evenings from this Saturday and throughout May.

As well as the chance to enjoy an evening of live music and a drink or two, there is also the chance to explore the museum itself.

The Born is full of excellent restaurants if you want to combine a concert with dinner. We’ll be talking about some of the Born’s best eateries in a post next month.

Tickets are available from €19, for ticket sales and more information see – http://www.meam.es/visita/concerts-dissabte.html

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Fleadonia is a second-hand market in the Raval and a great place to pick up some unusual bargains off the usual beaten track. You’ll find a wide range of items for sale but expect to see second-hand and vintage goods from furniture to clothing and beyond, as well as new items from interesting young local designers and painters selling their original creations.

Established in 2012, Fleadonia is a pop up market organised by the Asociación Cultural Freedonia of Barcelona and held at various locations around the Raval, see their website for details of upcoming events.

Held on the first Sunday of each month, the market is also associated with El Flea.

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D’A Festival 2016

The D’A Festival is a festival of contemporary cinema d’auteur showcasing the best in new cinema, and showing slect films from established names as well as these new talents.

This is not a festival of big names but a chance for cinema lovers to see original and thought provoking films that don’t generate enough revenue to be put on at a multiplex cinema.

It is hard to pick highlights from such a magnificent line up, but to name a few: the festival opens with a screening of A Bigger Splash (2015) from Italian director Luca Guadagnino, which tells the story of a famous rock star on a vacation that is interrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter. The festival ends with La Propera Pell (2016), directed by Isaki Lacuesta, a film that blurs the lines between fiction and documentary with the tale of a missing child, who though presumed dead returns home after six years to reintegrate back into family life, all the while leaving the mystery of his disappearance to be solved.

D’A 2016 takes place from April the 21st to May the 1st at three different locations throughout the city:

  • The Filmoteca de Catalunya in the Raval (Plaça Salvador Seguí)
  • CCCB (Montalegre, 5), at SGAE (Passeig de Colom, 6)
  • Cines Aribau Club (Gran Via 565 on the corner with Aribau)

Prices remain the same as last year, at a very reasonable cost of €4-€7 per screening, with discounts available and sets of five tickets at a reduced price.


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5 of the best spas in Barcelona

Sightseeing is well and good but if you are coming to Barcelona to relax and unwind, why not pamper yourself with a little spa treatment? Here are some suggestions for where to enjoy a spa in Barcelona.

1. Hotel 1898 Spa

The Hotel 1998 is located on Las Ramblas in s stylish colonial building that was once the premises of the Philippines Tobacco Company. The hotel exudes elegance and features a chic basement spa.

As you descend from the entrance hall to the lower floor you are greeted with dimmed lights and original brick walls, a relaxed grotto that feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the rambla above.

Their water zone has a heated pool, whirlpools, therapeutic fountains, a sauna, and a steam room. We recommend also trying a massage from one of their highly experienced team of professional masseurs.

La Rambla 109, 08002 Barcelona

2. Spaciomm – Hotel Omm

The Spaciomm at the Hotel Omm on Carrer de Rosello 265 is a spa featuring a clean lined and minimalist aesthetic that is in keeping with the Hotel’s name.

This zen, oriental atmosphere is a truly calming place. The use of natural materials, such as wood and stone, blended with soft, low lighting, and soothing music creates a feeling of well being and total relaxation. In fact you can easily forget that you are a mere stone’s throw away from Pg. de Gràcia.

Spaciomm features a steam room, an ice fountain, contrast showers and a hydro massage pool, plus an array of wonderful body and beauty treatments from around the world, including Thai and Tuina massage.

Rossello 265, 08008 Barcelona

3. Aqua Urban Spa

Moving a little more uptown towards Gracia, the Aqua Urban Spa in the Jardinets de Gràcia on Gran de Gràcia offers an easy break from the city.

Take advantage of steam baths, a hydro massage pool, contrast showers and a decadent Roman-style pool. Afterwards you can take it easy in the relaxation area where you can enjoy a tipple such as a fresh juice or cava.

Aqua Urban Spa offers body and beauty treatments that can be combined with the thermal circuit.

Gran de Gràcia 7, 08012 Barcelona

4. Mandarin Oriental

The Mandarin Oriental on Passeig de Gràcia is one of Barcelona’s most distinguished Hotels, with interiors by Spain’s uber-famous interior designer Patricia Urquiola.

It is no surprise that the spa in this five-star hotel is as sleek and beautiful as the hotel itself, nor that it doesn’t come cheap!

However this is some high-end spa pampering where therapies are personalised after an initial consultation, and then combine elements of traditional Chinese Medicine and aromatherapy. Your therapy session is then begun with the chime of Tibetan cymbals!

Arrive early to enjoy in the zen style water zone which features a 12-metre pool and oriental steam room.

Passeig de Grácia 38-40

5. Aire de Barcelona

Aire de Barcelona is a feast for the senses inspired by the originators of spa bathing in the Mediterranean, the Greeks and the Romans.

Located in the hip Born area, in a former storage building for the Born market, Aire de Barcelona occupies a huge space with high ceilings. The interior drips atmosphere and relaxation, and with a 90-minute thermal session includes the warm water pool, hot water pool, cold water pools, steam room, jet bath and salt water pool, total relaxation is assured.

Pg. Picasso 22, 08003 Barcelona

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Sant Jordi 2016

The 23rd of April is the Festa de Sant Jordi, when Catalunya celebrates the day of its patron saint, Saint George, and when traditionally men would give their partner a rose (with a sprig of wheat, a symbol of fertility), which would be reciprocated with a book.

So the festival features a strong literary as well as romantic association, and it’s the most important date in the calendar for the city’s publishing houses and booksellers. This year, Sant Jordi is also on the anniversary of the death of two literary giants, Shakespeare and Cervantes.

Sant Jordi is a joyous spring celebration, with bookstalls lining Barcelona’s grandest streets, and everyone carrying roses and books for their loved ones.

Aplecat, popular culture in Nou Barris

The Procat Foundation has organized this exhibition that includes dancing giants and devils, a fair with food and crafts, concerts, and Sardana and Havana dances.

Open doors

Numerous cultural spaces across Barcelona will open their doors for free this Staurday to mark Sant Jordi. Among the highlights are:

• The Modernista complex of the Hospital Sant Pau de Lluis Domenech i Montaner (10am to 6:30pm, with a performance by the Balkan Paradise Orchestra and Barcelona Asian Choir)
• Palau Guell by Antoni Gaudi
• The National Library of Catalunya
• The Archaeology Museum of Catalonia

Multicultural festival in the Rambla del Rava

The lively Raval neighbourhood celebrates with more than 40 activities and 75 entities full of life and culture. It takes place on the Rambla del Raval, the neighboorhood’s artery, with crafts, live music, storytelling and workshops.

Arts Libris

The seventh edition of the International Contemporary Fira de l’Edició is taking place around Sant Jordi at the Santa Mònica Arts Centre on the Ramblas and will be free on the day . The exhibition includes books and photos.

Concerts and autographs at the Apollo Store

The Apollo Hall store on Paral.lel organizes a day of music and literature suitable for the most demanding hipsters, with craft beer, concerts from Gegant Super, Sexy Bicycle, BOIRA and Critters and autograph signings from authors such as Martha Salicrú, Tania Lopez and Alicia Rodriguez.

Themed menus in hotels and restaurants

Some of the most exclusive restaurants establishments in the city will celebrate National Day with special dishes made from pink ingredients, champagne, products with petals, foie gras and ‘pan de Sant Jordi’. Some noteworthy restaurants taking part are Martin Berasategui Loidi, Via Veneto, the Fonda Spain, the Mandarin Oriental and the Shibui Japanese hotel.

So with an exciting array of event son offer, this year´s Sant Jordi promises to be a special one. Whatever you get up to on the day, Feliç Sant Jordi!

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Barcelona Beer Garden 2016

With Sant Jordi on Saturday this weekend promises to be an exciting one in Barcelona. As if roses, books and free entertainment were not enough, the grounds of the Poble Espanyol are being transformed into a traditional German biergarten for the third year in a row.

The German biergarten runs from the 22nd of April to the 1st of May.

As well as the classic Bavarian Weissbier than German beer gardens are famous for, there will German Pilsners, as well as beer from Belgium, Spain and France. A variety of German beer foods will be available to wash the beers down with, including such classic staples as sausages and pretzels.

Apart from good food and drink you can be sure of live music, competitions and workshops.

So head down and make the most of this wonderful spring weekend in Barcelona with a cold beer or two.


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Italian Festival of Barcelona

Italians make up Barcelona’s largest EU foreign community. With their shared love of food, culture, fashion, art, design and literature, Catalunya and Italy are two cultures with a great deal in common. Barcelona is a city that historically has always looked east to the Mediterranean and its trade routes rather than inwards to the Spanish peninsula. Catalan is still spoken on the Italian island of Sicily from the days when it belonged to Barcelona’s court.

Italians continue to make a major contribution to the cultural and economic life of Barcelona.

To celebrate this bond a brand new festival called the ‘Italian festival of Barcelona’ is running from April the 15th to17th. The festival is open to locals, expats and tourists alike.

The Italian Festival of Barcelona will be dedicated to all aspects of Italian lifestyle. It will include an extensive showcase of Italian creativity, including art, literature, food, fashion and music.

If you are in Barcelona exploring the city why not drop in on the Italian Festival and experience two Mediterranean cultures in one day?


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