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Upcoming festivals and major events

It's not just about Sónar and Primavera Sound. For an unforgettable year of music, art and cultural experiences, follow Time Out's guide to festivals and events. The coming months promise an endless array of events showcasing the best in Catalan and international culture - from hip hop and documentary filmmaking to religious and traditional celebrations. Plan your year here.

This week and beyond

Palo Alto Market

This street market set up in an old factory in Poblenou (a fantastic space!) celebrates its fourth edition with a new selection of designers, exhibitions, and food stalls. The patio space hosts live music and DJ sessions.

  1. Palo Alto Pellaires, 30, 08019
  2. Sat Mar 7 - Sun Mar 8
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Lost in sushi: all-you-can-eat sushi + 'Lost in Translation'

Fancy a visit to the Tokyo of 'Lost in Translation'? You can do just that every Tuesday at Iki restaurant, where they are organising 'Lost in Sushi' dinners. For €15, you get all-you-can-eat sushi, a glass of wine or beer, and the soundtrack of the Sofia Coppola film playing in the background. The offer is on at lunchtime as well as for dinner. According to the restaurant, if any Tuesday gets out of hand, bar could very well end up becoming an impromptu karaoke room. You aren't likely to run into Bill Murray or Scarlett Johansson, but you're sure to leave full and happy after eating all the sushi you can.

  1. Iki Aribau, 174, Eixample Esquerre, 08036
  2. Tue Mar 3 - Tue Apr 7
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Susi Sweet Dress

  • Free

Susi Sweet Dress is a market for fans of one-of-a-kind dresses with a vintage touch, where you can also get skirts and T-shirts, tote bags and the creations of Fauna y Flora. The market has also invited one of today's top creators, Lara Costafreda, to liven up the return of Susi, and you can also see Nico & Sunset perform live. 

  1. Rambla del Prat, 27
  2. Fri Mar 6 - Sun Mar 8
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Brunch Electronik is back!

After hanging out the 'sold out' sign at every one of its 2014 editions, Brunch Electronik is back, stronger than ever, with more events, more activities, more music and a new space in Poble Espanyol. As far as the music goes, the special guests for the first date of the season are Kristian Beyer (one half of the duo Âme), who plays a deep house with Detroit influences; Ibizan DJ Rainer, a producer who works under the influence of techno and house; and Germany's Session Victim, who love vinyl and pushing the limits of house. As usual, the Brunch Electronik gang are out for fun and entertainment for the little ones as well. For this first session there are art and cooking workshops, yoga, trampolines, a reading corner and even a climbing wall for the most daring. The adults can enjoy a street market with a selection from local brands and vintage treasures. There will also be brunch of course, which is how the event got its name, after all. The menu this year is brought to you by the team at Filete Ruso, with high-quality fresh, organic and local products to keep your energy up for the DJ sessions.

  1. Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13, 08038
  2. Sun Mar 15
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Pixar. 25 years of animation

The most adorable animated characters in recent years all get together at the CaixaForum to commemorate Pixar's 25th anniversary. After touring great museums around the world, including the MoMa in New York, this exhibition touches down in Barcelona with a look at the feature and short films made in the Pixar studios, getting to know the characters deeper as well as the worlds created for them.   Since the premiere of 'Toy Story' (1995), the first feature film created entirely with digital animation effects, Pixar has garnered success not only among filmgoers but also with critics who have recognised the savoir faire of the team with 26 Academy Awards and 7 Golden Globes. Storyboards, layouts, hand drawings and much more await visitors big and small.

  1. CaixaForum Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8, La Font de la Guatlla, 08038
  2. Fri Mar 6 - Sun May 3
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1 day 1 photo. 31 photographers, 365 days, Catalonia 2014

  • Free

Let's break down the numbers: 365 photographs because there are 365 days in a year, 31 photographers because there are a maximum of 31 days in a month, and 2014 because it was an important year in the history of Catalonia. Each photographer had a specific day assigned to him or her in each of the 12 months of the year – the 1st, the 2nd, the 3rd... until the 31st.

  1. Arts Santa Mònica La Rambla, 7, Ciutat Vella, 08001
  2. Fri Mar 6 - Sun Apr 12
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Open Doors at the Museu de Cultures del Món

  • Free

The Museum of World Cultures serves as a platform of preservation, dissemination and social outreach of artistic heritage and knowledge of cultures from Asia, Africa, America and Oceania, all within the frame of Barcelona's heritage and culture made of the buildings that house the museum: the medieval-origin Nadal and Marquès de Llió noble houses in C/Montcada. The formerly private collection that has never been shown to the public represents a big part of the 20-year bailment loan to Barcelona City Council of nearly 2,400 works from the Folch Foundation – of which 529 are on display. There are works from Africa, Asia, America and Oceania also supplemented by works from the Ethnological Museum of Barcelona and important pieces from private collections in Catalonia such as from the Clos Archaeological Foundation and the Duran Vall-llosera Archaeological Collection. Pieces from the Museum of Archeology & Anthropology of Cambridge will also be shown. Apart from the original works, the permanent exhibition is strengthened with a set of interactive and audiovisual museum resources based on the collections of images, films and documentaries from the Ethnological Museum of Barcelona and the Folch Foundation, which gives insight into different aspects of cultures and landscapes in the rooms.

  1. Museu de Cultures del Món Montcada, 14, 08003
  2. Fri Mar 6 - Tue Apr 7
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