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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.
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PlátanoMelón celebrate their launch into the world of sex toys and workshops with an invitation to Erotic Workshops & Vermouth, an event they're organising in Happ Barcelona, a shop just next to the Born Market. It's a weekend of sensuality that's ideal for igniting the Christmas flame whether you take part in their exclusive TupperSex workshops or listen to saucy interviews and readings, all with a glass of vermouth on the house. Live interview subjects include writer Venus O'Hara and comics maestro Kano (who writes for Marvel and DC comics). Also on hand will be blogger Kahlo de Dadanoias reading a selection of her censored posts that come with a lot more bang Check the event's Facebook page for timetables.
The Parc del Fórum hosts the Festival of Chinese Lanterns, a traditional show of giant silk figures lit from the inside like a lantern, which represent typical symbols and motifs of ancient Chinese culture. All the figures – more than 500 large-scale lanterns – boast an original design and are crafted by a score of Chinese artists with painted, non-flammable silk. Lanterns shows have a long tradition in China, where the Festival of Lanterns is just one of their big parties, held during Chinese New Year celebrations as well as the Moon Festival.
BCN Mes magazine presents another edition of Eat Street, a Street Food International food festival that sets out to show that Barcelona and really do quality street food. You'll find more than 20 chefs and stalls, and in this Christmas edition, collaborators also include FAD and the fair organized by the Disseny Hub, located very close to Eat Street's venue.
After three years in the works the Museu de Disseny, Barcelona's new design museum, finally opens on December 14 to show off all its charms. To celebrate the grand opening, you're invited to take in the whole collection, made up of more than 70,000 pieces, for free until January 31. Visit the space and learn how it is that an everyday object deserves to be a museum piece, how the concept of design has evolved over time, and why Barcelona is one of the world's leading cities in the field.
Born in France but now living in LA, artist Thierry Guetta (Paris, 1966) – who goes under the moniker of Mr Brainwash – is today a global name in urban art. Since his early days in LA in 2006, Mr Brainwash has shown his work in cities such as New York, Miami, Toronto, LA, London and Cape Town, collaborated with Madonna and Seth McFarlane, and starred in a documentary directed by urban art icon, Banksy. 3 Punts Galeria is showcasing a selection of his most emblematic works for the first time in Spain, amongst which you'll find unique pieces on material, cardboard and paper, in small, medium and large formats. In addition, there is a series of small-sized works specially created for this exhibition, as well as a sculpture focusing on one of the city's most-loved and much-missed symbols, the albino gorilla Floquet de Neu (Snowflake).
This exhibition has been designed by Ai Weiwei himself especially for the Virreina Centre de la Imatge as a way to get to know the body of work in the artist's long career, from his beginnings in New York in the 1980s until today, making him the most well-known and influential dissident Chinese artist in the world. An activist and a celebrity, Ai's work merges with his militancy in denouncing the lack of freedom in China, while at the same time appearing at major events and in contemporary art collections. The exhibition explores strategies of approach and intervention on reality through images. From an artistic practice that includes photography and documentary film, sculpture, design and architecture, Ai's images are operations that transcend formats and disciplines, infiltrating and circulating through social networks and related areas of popular culture. In addition to several key works to get you deeper into the artist's oeuvre, La Virreina will also present previously unseen works, new productions and an installation conceived by Ai Weiwei specifically for this show.
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Script and direction: Gemma Beltran. With: Robert González, Queralt Albinyana, Anna Herebia, David Marcè and Albert Mora (alternating with Marc Pujol and Toni Viñals). The Dei Furbi company, winner of the Premio Max 2014 for best musical for 'The Magic Flute', debuts its new show in La Seca Espai Brossa. This is a very loose interpretation of the famous trilogy in the history of opera: 'The Marriage of Figaro', 'Don Giovanni' and 'Così fan tutte'. The company, led by Gemma Beltran, continues the search for the poetic, lyrical and visual language of performance, always seasoned with a good dose of humour, with a combination of theatre and music from the synthesis of the three operas they created with a little help from Mozart and Da Ponte.
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