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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

Club 4: Robert Dietz + Pablo Luque

Robert Dietz is one of the most talked-about DJs on the tech-house scene in his native Germany. He came up under the influence of ven Väth, Robert Johnson and DJ Meat, and since the start of his career he's been known for his elegance at the turntables with the most futuristic house.

  1. City Hall Rambla de Catalunya, 2-4, Eixample Dret, 08007
  2. Thu Apr 17
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Third Seminar of African Music

The third Seminar of African Music heads to the Palau Alòs for three days featuring African artists and performers resident in Catalonia who will explain how African music work, what resources and techniques are used and what they consider when tackling the creation of music. This year, there's a special focus on contemporary music, including insight into thoughts and resources by artists such as Manu Dibango, Ritchard Bona, Tony Allen and Fela Kuty, and and to that end, some of those in attendance will be, Brice Wassy, musician and rhythmologist from Cameroon; Mozambican bassist and expert in fusion; and Xumo Nunjo, Cameroonian musician specialising in fusion, traditional music and technology. The seminar is also expected to address the issue of foreign influence on the continent, callbacks of music, how they've reworked by African artists, and what has emerged from all this, with awareness activities in tandem and discussion of African musical reality now and in the period of modernization. Finally, the seminar will also devote space to traditional elements, with instruments such as the Kora and the Balafon, to teach how to play them and what their own musical characteristics are. This are welcomes artists like Xumo Nunjo, Kalidaf Sangaré, Sengane, Kwame, and specialists and musicologists who explain more about the music of Africa.

  1. Palau Alòs Sant Pere Més Baix, 55, 08003
  2. Thu Apr 17
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Nitsa Club: Suara Night

Suara, Barcelona producer and DJ Coyu's own label, has become one of the hottest around when we're talking about dance music. His stable of artists includes acts like Hot Since 1982 and Tube & Berger. Tonight he appears along with Kaiserdisco.

  1. Sala Apolo Nou de la Rambla, 113, Poble-sec, 08004
  2. Thu Apr 17
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Matthias Tanzmann + Alex Pott

  • Critics choice

Matthias Tanzmann is one of the most popular and sought-after German DJs in the world. His music moves between European deep house and a minimal house that borders on techno.

  1. Ker Club Tarragona, 141, Sants-Montjuïc
  2. Thu Apr 17
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Iceberg. La realitat invisible

  • Rated as: 4/5

'Iceberg. Invisible Reality' offers a journey through a world of appearances that invite visitors to reflect on the images and their partial and selective condition of reality. Nineteen works by Jeff Wall, Tacita Dean, Rodney Graham, Douglas Gordon, Pierre Huyghe, Ignasi Aballí, Stan Douglas, and Dora García, among others, present the paradox, so common in the world today, of confusing reality and appearances.

  1. Fundació Francisco Godia Diputació, 250, Eixample Dret, 08007
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Sun May 18
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Jo faig el carrer. Joan Colom, fotografies 1957-2010

  • Rated as: 4/5

I work the street. Joan Colom, photographs 1957-2010. 'I work street. With my photographs I try to be a kind of notary of an era.' With this statement the nonagenarian Joan Colom (Barcelona, 1921) defines his penchant for flashing into the history of Catalan creativity: the photo essay.Colom began his career in photography soon after he married in 1957, and left it in 1964. In the 1980s, with the return of Catalan self-government and its own cultural base, Colom was made into an institution and filed in the drawer of the generation of 'new art', along with with Ricard Terre, Xavier Miserachs and Ramon Masats.Colom took up photography again in the 1990s, but we knew almost nothing about this period of his work. In 2012 he gave his archives to the MNAC, and now this museum that preserves thousand years of Catalan artistic heritage, after processing and studying over a thousand pieces, brings us a major retrospective exhibition that unveils all of Colom's work for the first time, including unpublished images and historical and contextual interpretations of his work.That said, we have to say that the exhibition is perhaps too extensive. There are too many photos, some too similar to others, while it's one thing in a publication – we're waiting for the catalogue – it can be detrimental if all the photos are crowded onto walls and jammed into corridors. Will we appreciate Colom's work more if we see 500 good photos instead of 200? It's taking things to an extreme if, instead of the

  1. MNAC. Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya Parc de Montjuïc, Sants-Montjuïc, 08038
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Sun May 25
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Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes

  • Rated as: 4/5

At the age of 77, Le Corbusier went for a swim in the Mediterranean and was swallowed by the sea. It was the summer of 1965, and he'd already spent more than six decades fighting with the landscape. Although he was born in Switzerland, or perhaps because he was born in the geographic centre of Swiss timing, he became a poetic machinist who produced housing accommodation (houses and flats), he conceived enormous cities redrawing the landscape from an airplane, and he transformed reinforced concrete into the dominant material of the modern age.You can see this, and much more, in the CaixaForum, itself a modernist building apparently far removed from the theories drawn by the man born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris (La Chaux-de-Fonds, 1887 – Roquebrune-Cap- Martin, 1965) and widely known by the pseudonym Le Corbusier. 'An Atlas of Modern Landscapes', the subtitle of the exhibition, is the most comprehensive ever seen, and will explain the intention of the curator, Jean-Louis Cohen: architecture, which was less appreciated when engineering got in touch with its creative side, searches for a new space in the urban universe and ends up rooting itself in line with the saying taken from the Goya painting, 'the sleep of reason produces monsters'.Le Corbusier, as can be seen through objects, models, photographs, drawings, installations and various documents, was a multifaceted creator. His ideology was above the mainstream: he worked for Soviet communists, Italian fascists, South Ameri

  1. CaixaForum Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8, La Font de la Guatlla, 08038
  2. Wed Jan 29 - Sun May 11
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