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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
The magazine 'BCN Mes' first organised Eat Street a year ago. The Street Food International festival was set up to show that Barcelona could do quality street food. Past editions have been held at CREC in Poble-sec and the Fundació Palo Alto in Poblenou. This time around you'll head to the Moll de Santa Bertrà in the Port de Barcelona. From noon until 1am (yes, one in the morning), the wharf area will become an attractive space where loads of local and international chefs will be cooking up a variety of dishes from around the world, and serving beers, wines, and many other delicacies to fill your stomach with quality, affordable food.
Sant Jordi 2015: Nuria Graham + Ferran Palau + Senior i el Cor Brutal + The Excitements + Sidonie + Joan Dausà...
To celebrate Sant Jordi, Catalonia's patron saint, on April 23, the Antiga Fábrica Damm fills up with music with a bill boasting 14 concerts that will showcase today's Catalan pop and rock. Among the perfomers will be revered bands such as Cris Juanico and Sidonie; up-and-comers like Núria Graham, who will present her highly recommended new album, 'Bird Eyes'; big draws like Blaumut; soul from The Excitements; pop with a folk accent from Ferran Palau, with songs from his 'Santa Ferida'; as well as Senior i el Cor Brutal, Qu4rt Primera, Anna Roig i l'Ombe de Ton Chien, Mi Capitán, Guillem Roma, Èric Vinaixa and Joan Rovira, many of whom have new albums out.During the festival, starting at noon, lots of musicians will be at the old beer factory ready to sign albums and books, including Santi Balmes, David Carabén, Joan Miquel Oliver, Sisa, Pau Riba and Xarim Aresté. Space is limited, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time.
SerielizadosFest is a festival for TV series addicts. The multifaceted event goes beyond the usual viewing, and instead focuses on reflection, the new media surrounding television fiction, and enjoying live music and comedy shows. It's a unique experience designed exclusively for series junkies. You'll find humour, screenings and debates, but not only that: the SerielizadosFest aims to provide a perspective on the future of television in a world increasingly tied to technology and interaction. In short, it's a meeting point for all out and proud TV lovers that fits perfectly in a city like Barcelona, which is the capital of and benchmark for so much, now also including 'the eighth art', television series. This year the festival welcomes A-lister in the world of US TV series Dan Harmon, creator of 'Community'.
Record Store Day is an international event celebrated on the third Saturday of April which started in a record shop in the USA. The aim is to promote the sale of albums in shops, as opposed to other avenues. This year the number of shops participating has gone up to 60 nationwide, and the releases have gone up to around 400. In Barcelona there will be free concerts all day in La  de l'Apolo, Apolo Store, Disco 100, Discos Revolver and Revolver Records.
It's here at last! The 33rd Salón Internacional del Cómic de Barcelona (International Comic Fair) is on from April 16 to 19 in Palau 2 and Plaça Univers of the Fira de Barcelona. Just like every year, you can expect big names in national and international authors of comics and graphic novels, as well as conferences, workshops, exhibitions, and a space where the authors will be signing their works. Some of those confirmed to appear are Milo Manara, José Luis García López, David Finch, FrederikPeeter, Brian Tal, Mary M. Talbot, Jérémie Moreau, and Branden Lamb, Shelli Paroline and Ryan North, creators of 'Adventure Time'.As far as the exhibitions go, expect one dedicated to sci-fi and heroic fantasy comics; monographs dedicated to the Joker and Captain America (who are each turning 75); and shows featuring prize-winners from the last edition: Miguel Gallardo, Paco Roca, Clara Soriano and 'Arròs Negre'. The Gat Perich International Humour Prize (Premi Internacional d'Humor Gat Perich) will also be awarded during the fair, and there will be an exhibition dedicated to the work of Jaume Perich (the award is given in the Catalan cartoonist's memory). Be sure also to check out the Cosplay contest, educational activities and kids' area.
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.
These are our picks of the city’s best live music, art exhibitions, festivals and sporting events for 2015
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