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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

Palo Alto Market

The weekend of May 2-3 brings with it a new edition of the Palo Alto Market with fresh and succulent new offerings. For one, there'll be great food. The gastronomy side of the market, this time around called Bella Italia, will feature Venetian pasta from the Colombo brothers (of Xemei, Bar Brutal and Can Pizza fame), as well as La Porchetta, Melocomo and Pizza Truck. There won't be a lack of local flavour, with Urban Food Yango, a new concept in urban eating created by Carles Abellan with Catalan sausages fused with culinary traditions from around the world. And thanks to chef Albert Adrià, you'll get to know the tinned delicacies from La Cala, a selection of classic products that go with the popular vermouth hour. In addition to all the foodstuffs, of course, Art Gallery shows of some works, and industrial designer Enoc Armengol presents Panpaati, a totally organic design with biodegradable furniture made with bread.Live music comes in the form of Spike Heel Sex Sound and a jam session from musicians chosen for the Formentera Jazz Festival. And lest we forget what's actually on sale at the market for you to take home with you: signature objects like Rowdy Bags leather backpacks, Gur tapestries, illustrated T-shirts from Lindo Killer and handmade denim aprons from Bramby Supply. Juanjo Sáez is back again to present his limited series of glasses designed for Uniqbrow. And if you're in the mood for creating, take part in workshops with paper and cardboard as the basics, for kid

  1. Palo Alto Pellaires, 30, 08019
  2. Sat May 2 - Sun May 3
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Biergarten 2015

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.

  1. Poble Espanyol Av. de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13, Sants-Montjuïc, 08038
  2. Thu Apr 30 - Sun May 3
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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. Tue Apr 28 - Sun May 3
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La Gran Ilusión

  • Rated as: 4/5

The magic revolution is here, and the man behind the curtain is Antonio Díaz. On the popular Spanish chat show ‘En el Aire’ (‘On the Air’), he teleported himself from the live set before host Andreu Buenafuente and the stunned audience to New York’s Times Square and back. And his television show, ‘El Mago Pop’ (‘The Pop Illusionist’) on Discovery Max is becoming more popular throughout the world. His new live show ‘La Gran Ilusión’ is sure to be a major turning point in his career. With a loose back story inspired by the film ‘The Truman Show’, the Mago Pop discovers that his entire life has been a lie created for a television broadcast and decides to show the world what he’s capable of. ‘La Gran Ilusión’ is his test.The show itself has everything that you could hope for – and everything you didn’t expect – from a show where the goal is to leave the audience amazed.  For 90 minutes you can’t help but pick your jaw up off the floor over and over, unable to complete a single thought: ‘No...’, ‘But how did...’, ‘Noooooo...’. Díaz loves doing close-up magic, and the audience gets a look at his technical precision and the poetic rhythm in his work that makes all the little hairs stand on end. Even if you’re one of those trying to find the mirrors, the hidden spaces, and the holes in the ground, at some point – with his illusions of levitation, or his travels in the time machine – he’ll take your breath away.Onstage, Díaz is intelligent and charismatic, easily engaging his audience

  1. Coliseum Gran Via, 595, Eixample, 08007
  2. Wed Apr 29 - Sun Jun 7
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Picasso/Dalí. Dalí/Picasso

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.

  1. Museu Picasso Montcada, 15-23, Ciutat Vella, 08003
  2. Tue Apr 28 - Sun Jun 28
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Spanish sculpture. 20th-21st centuries

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Free

The title of the exhibition says it all – or almost. We are talking about a grouping of Spanish sculpture from over the last 100 years. Curated by Kosme de Barañano, the exhibition includes pieces by some of the most important sculptors in Spain, but not all of them. 'This is a personal selection,' as De Barañano pre-emptively defends himself in the catalogue before any possible attacks. 'It is my thoughtful choice that starts with the best Basque sculptor, Paco Durrio, and ends with the work of a student from years ago, David Rodríguez.' And in between, a journey is plotted along the winding roads – by techniques, materials and concepts – of the art of sculpting and modelling. Twenty works that give a general idea of ​​what has been done and what is being done today.Durrio's 'Gran medallón con figura o El sueño de Eva' (1908) starts things off. Next, it's two etchings by Picasso, part of the wonderful 'Vollard Suite' (1930-1937), attesting to the artist's interest in sculpture. It's a shame that it wasn't possible to include any sculpture by the Malagan artist, who, once again, took one of the leading arts to unsuspected limits. Back to the exhibition, you see it isn't necessarily in chronological order, with 'El Picador' (1925), by José de Creeft; two self-portraits by Julio González and his bronze 'Femme dite "Les trois plis"' (1931); and Chillida's wooden sculpture 'Ilarik II' (1954). The exhibition also unfolds with a roll call fairly predictable names (not to say they'r

  1. Marlborough Enric Granados, 68
  2. Tue Apr 28 - Sat May 9
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Sophie Calle. Modus vivendi

  • Free

Retrospective of the French artist that looks at her work from the mid-'80s to the present. Among the artist's diverse experiences over four decades, what's clear is her relationship with others and with herself – that is, her ability to observe others and herself. Her works are done in the first person. And her relationship with 'the other', with others, is also implicit in this search for beauty and art in its various aspects.

  1. Virreina Centre de la Imatge La Rambla, 99, El Raval, 08001
  2. Tue Apr 28 - Sun Jun 7
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