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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
From April 24 to April 26, DIY fans have a date with the Handmade Festival Barcelona. the second edition of the fair, held in the Fira de Barcelona's Plaça de l'Univers, will feature 235 national and international exhibitors (a 44 percent increase on the 2014 edition) who will be showing off all sorts of products, materials and all that's new in the world of handmade crafts. You'll also find more than 250 activities including workshops, master classes, tastings, concerts and exhibitions, for a full experience at the Do It Yourself fair.
The Earth Day Festival, a major event that seeks to promote a respectful way of living with the planet, is celebrating its 20th edition in Barcelona, with its core them as anti–nuclear weapons. This year the Mercado de Llaurador is also back, with stalls by local farmers and with local and organic agricultural products, and you'll find the traditional fair of artisans and crafts associations. Among the many activities planned are conferences, workshops and family activities that revolve around the rethinking of the way we live.
Various professionals and aficionados, producers and collectors of books are in Barcelona with the aim of promoting and disseminating the publication of books in the worlds of art and graphic experimentation. What they have in common is a passion for the book. The Barcelona International Fair of Books and Art, Photography and Design Publications has got something new this year: to support new projects, they'll publish the first artesanal book that will mark the start of a series called Series AL. Mexican writer Iñaki Bonillas will be the author of the first in the series. There's also an exhibition showing the photographic work of actress Jessica Lange and another on international artesanal books. On April 23, Sant Jordi Day, admission is free.
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.
For the first time, work by two of the last century’s most brilliant artists is brought together. You can observe how, following their first meeting in Paris in 1926, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí echoed and challenged each other in their work. The show is produced with the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida (USA), where it was exhibited for four months from November 2014; Barcelona’s Museu Picasso is its only other venue. More than 80 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures are on display, many of them rarely seen in public before. The overlaps in the men's lives, such as a shared fidelity to surrealism, beg the question as to why we've never seen this exhibition until now.
Foo Fighters add Barcelona to their long world tour celebrating their 20th anniversary. In the two decades since the 1995 release of their self-titled debut album, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear and Chris Shiflett have grown enough to be considered the last great American stadium rock band, having won 11 Grammy, 4 Brit Awards and 4 NME Awards and have sold over 25 million albums, with rock anthems like 'Everlong', 'Monkey Wrench' and 'My Hero'. The tour also serves to promote their latest album, 'Sonic Highways' (2014), the eighth of their career.
Barcelona's Poble Espanyol is being transformed for four days into a traditional German Biergarten, where beer and food mix in with workshops, competitions, gifts, music, surprises and fun. The Biergarten dates back to 19th-century Bavaria, and has since become a tradition with many followers. When the weather's fine, streets, squares and parks in the region fill up with these terraces that star beer and typical German food. Poble Espanyol adapts this festive tradition, which welcomes fun-lovers of all ages and nationalities, and presents for the second year in a row the Biergarten in Barcelona, where you can take part in various beer classes and try German culinary specialities: frankfurts, bratwurst, German potato salad, pretzels... And it's not only about beer and food – there will also be competitions (lifting the giant beer steins, 'the giant sausage' and 'the spicy sausage', among others) and home-beer-making workshops. All accompanied by DJ sessions and live music. And if you have kids, feel free to bring them along, as there will also be fun for the little ones.
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