Gay Pride 2016 in Barcelona

Gay Pride 2016 in Barcelona

The Gay pride in Barcelona in 2016 starts on 8th July and finishes on 10th July. The pride starts with a parade on Saturday afternoon from 17:00h, in Avinguda Paral·lel and Passeig Colom and the Pride Village at Moll de la Fusta.Barcelona's Gay Pride is one of the main gay pride festivals in Europe that attracts more than 150k people a year.  Apart from the big parade, there are also many after-march parties in the city and in the surrounding areas.The Gay Pride is a cultural festival and a nonprofit event organized by the LGBT community amd business institutions in Catalonia. The objective is to promote respect for diversity and towards the gay community.Gay Pride Parade in BarcelonaAlthough the Gay Pride Parade is on Saturday 8th, from the previous weekend there are activities being org…

Liceu, enjoy Opera in Barcelona

Liceu, enjoy Opera in Barcelona

The Liceu in Barcelona is the Opera house  in the city, it is also called the Gran Teatre del Liceu and it is located in La Rambla in Barcelona. It has been opened for some centuries now, it was inaugurated on 4th April 1897.In 1837 the Philodramatic Lyceum of Montesión was founded in Barcelona and this is when all started, their objective was to promote musical education in the city and organize opera representations performed by their own students at the Lyceum.A theatre was built named Teatro de Montesión and is where the operas were performed, the first one was Vicenzo Bellini's Norma on 3rd February 1838, the repertoire was Italian.The building of the Liceu in Barcelona was funded by private shareholders which makes this opera house a bit more peculiar as historically the opera house…

BAM (Barcelona Acció Musical)

BAM (Barcelona Acció Musical)

Barcelona Acció Musical (BAM) is a music festival that is celebrated at the same time as La Mercè, gathers different artists from all over the world. The BAM was born in 1993, and since then year after year have offered 60 concerts in each edition with an audience of 168k people.BAM is mainly about dance, electronic, rock or pop music in Catalonia and the world, they seek talent on these types of music to bring them to Barcelona to play.More than 40 groups play in different scenarios in the city, always singular, new and original. The BAM is a festival that is very close to the city and one of the distinctive points in a creative and innovative city BAM (Barcelona Acció Musical)When: During la Mercè (18th to 24th September)

Barcelona International Jazz Festival

Barcelona International Jazz Festival

Barcelona international jazz festival organized by Voll-Damm for more than 40 years the city has hosted this annual festival. The festival takes place in different venues across the city and you can buy individual tickets for each event or bonos that include different ones, but there is no full entrance that covers the whole event.It is very interesting that venues are so different, you can be listening to jazz in Palau de la música or be sitting in a small smoky bar such as Harlem Jazz Club or Jamboree, so there are options for all tastes.The agenda for the festivals includes paid concerts mainly but there are also some free events that take place in public places and do not require to buy a ticket, so keep an eye for those if you wish to experience the festival in a budget.The company w…

Grec Festival

Grec Festival

Grec Festival in Barcelona is an international festival of theatre, dance, music and circus. The festival has been around for more than 40 years in Barcelona, it is one of the main cultural attractions in Barcelona in summer and a must in the European calendar for scenic arts.The Festival is called "El Grec" because of its main location which is an open air amphitheatre called the Greek theatre that was built during the Universal Exhibition in 1929 in Montjuïc. Originally the Grec was held only in this theatre, but now it has grown so much that has other scenarios across the city.The festival presents the best creations of Catalan artists and supports shows that are presented in the festival in Barcelona. Every year gathers the most interesting propositions that get to the stages of Spain…

Sonar electronic music festival in Barcelona

Sonar electronic music festival in Barcelona

Sónar is a three-day electronic music festival held in Barcelona since 1994, it is known to be an advanced music and multimedia art festival and it is divided in Sónar by Day and Sónar by Night. As other pioneer festivals in Barcelona such as the Primavera Sound, the Sónar has a similar story, it started with an audience of 6k and nowadays we are talking about 120k people attending the festival.We have seen in the Sónar names as Holger Czukay, Mixmaster Morris, Laurent Garnier, Sven Väth, Atom Heart, and Trans Global Underground, Spring Heel Jack, Josh Wink, Autechre, Richie Hawtin, Ken Ishii, Slam, Jeff Mills, Scanner, Orbital, Fangoria, John Acquaviva, Kenny Larkin, Daft Punk, Kraftwerk, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Jimi Tenor, Laurent Garnier (under his real name or the alias DJ Jamon), M…

Primavera sound

Primavera sound

Primavera Sound is a famous music festival that takes places in Barcelona since 2001. Primavera comes every year at the end of May and the main objective is to present the last groupd and trends in music genres such as pop, rock and electronics. The agenda for Primavera Sound has not only famous international groups but also new born groups and new talents that have the opportunity to perform in the festival.In the first editiions of the festival the groups performed in different scenarios scattered across Barcelona with names such as Penelope Trip, Beef, Silvania, Honey Langstrumpf, Eliminator Jr., El Regalo de Silvia, Dirty Booties, Australian Blonde, Faded Flower, etcètera.The festival has changed a lot since the beginning, format wise and also the location. Since the beginning though,…

La Mercé festival: Barcelona's patron and party

La Mercé festival: Barcelona's patron and party

La Mercè is a unique festival in Barcelona is what we call the Festa Major, every city and town has a festivity week and in Barcelona is thanks to the Virgin Mercy in September every year, the week of 24th September. It is a good opportunity to get to know catalan traditions such as castellers and gegants, see fireworks and enjoy a different Barcelona for a week full of free activities from dance performance to music concerts etc... Mercè - the patron saint of Barcelona The Patron Saint of Barcelona it was originally Saint Eulàlia but Pius IX declared the Virgin Mercy the patron saint of the city and in her honour festivities started every year in September. In 1902 the festivities for Virgin Mercy were turned into a major festival thanks to the politician Francesc Cambó that serves as a …

Street food festivals in Catalonia

Street food festivals in Catalonia

Street food is ready to eat food sold in the street or a public place, normally from a food booth, food truck or food card. Street food festivals have become very common in Catalonia, they are in every cool event. According to the Food and Agriculture organization 2.5 billion people eat food street every day, in Catalonia I think they were born to stay. The law in Catalonia is very strict on selling products on the street, only in special events and permission is required to the city hall, but now cities have been more flexible with the installation of food trucks in different events such as concerts, fairs and shopping related events. Street food festivals in Barcelona city Van Van Encants by Van Van market We already went around vintage and s…

Gràcia Festival in Barcelona in August

Gràcia Festival in Barcelona in August

In August every year, the streets of Gràcia neighborhood transforms into fantasy streets decorated for Gràcia Festival in Barcelona. In 2015 the festival is held from 15 to 21st August, the festival combined music concerts, activities for kids, chocolatadas – drink chocolate in popular gatherings in the afternoon-, learn how to dance, theatre, magic and much more. Gràcia used to be an independent town and until now it has preserved his identity, an artisan town that was absorbed by the big city of Barcelona at the end of the 19th century. La Festa Major de Gràcia, as we call it, started in Gràcia when it was still an artisan village near Barcelona. The festival started as an agriculture celebration on 15th May for Saint Isidre but then it was moved to 15th August. The festival starts as…

Music and art festivals in Catalonia: spring and summer

Music and art festivals in Catalonia: spring and summer

Summer and spring, this time of the year is when we want to be outdoors and enjoy the landscape, I already gave you some options to enjoy summer in Barcelona but there are so many more activities to do in Catalonia. Catalonia is much more than Barcelona, and you are lucky because it is full of art and culture all year around but in summer some of the most famous musical festivals and theatre performances take place and I want to share them with you. Barcelona music festivals Primavera Sound is one of the most famous ones in Barcelona, it has been running for more than a decade and offers yearly consistently musical events. It is called "primavera" as the festival takes place in spring time. Primavera Sound stands out from the rest of macro musical events as its main characteristic…

Most festival: wine in Penedes along with cinema

Most festival: wine in Penedes along with cinema

Most festival a great initiative in Penedès, a very well known area with a long winemaking tradition in Catalonia. This annual festival combines wine and cinema, it showcases the best international films/documentaries linked to viniculture wine or cava. Penedès region is known by his wine traiditon and also by the quality of wine and tourism related activities linked to the wine industry. I had the chance to assist to the inauguration of Most Festival in Barcelona watching a documentary called Red Obsession. The inauguration started of course with some cava and followed by Penedès wine. After some delish treats we could enjoy Red Obsession, a documentary about the importance of Bordeaux wine. Wine was always seen as a symbol of wealth, power and influence, although it is also a middle…

Interesting events in Catalunya for bloggers in spring

Interesting events in Catalunya for bloggers in spring

Spring has sprung with interesting travel events in Barcelona and Catalunya. As you know I love Barcelona and tourism in the city is one of the main activities, this is no secret. This year I have scheduled this travel events in my calendar to assist and check out the events. See how packed I have my agenda in the next two months: SITC (Saló del Turisme de Catalunya) from 19 th to 22nd April On 19 th April SITC opened his doors, I spent the morning going around the fair and talking with DMO's and companies. Some interesting things that I loved: Girona Tourism organized a lunch, in every stand there was a dish, dessert or tapa that they offered in exchange of tickets. There was a place to buy tickets, 1ticket=1 euro. I am always looking for good deals on food and normally I don't eat in …

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