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The Time Out Barcelona hot list

The biggest and best things happening in Barcelona this week

Read on for our guide to the week's coolest events and most interesting venues. If you manage to tick off all ten, head back to our home page for daily updates on the best restaurants, cultural events, nightlife, and whatever else Barcelona manages to think up before our next Hot List is published on Monday.

Barceloneta's Festa Major

Barcelona's seaside neighbourhood celebrates its Festa Major from September 25 to October 5 in honour of Sant Miquel, the patron saint of Barceloneta. You'll come across ten days of parties in the decorated streets that feature the famous Barceloneta Cannon which shoots out treats; a kids' foam party; the 'correfoc' (fire run); 'havaneres' sung at the beach; Sant Miqel devil dialogues; parades of giants and other beasts; and fireworks at Passeig Marítim, along with 'coca' pastry to eat and 'rom cremat' (hot rum with fruit and spices) to drink.

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Various venues Until Wednesday October 5 2016

Jazz & Food 2016

It's the second edition of Jazz & Food, a free party in the Poblenou Central Park, with 12 hours of music and food. The musical line-up features Ray Cuza & Septeto Sazonando, Llibert Fortuny Gas Band, Cyrille Aimée, Tori Sparks & Calamento, Pedro Javier González & Horacio Fumero, the Liceu Big Band, and the Barcelona Street Parade. And that's all accompanied by a gastronomy zone that will take your tastebuds on a journey around the globe, from India to Japan, Colombia and Peru, and nearly all the countries on the Mediterranean, with cuisine that includes options for vegetarians, vegans, and those who eat gluten-free.

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Parc del Centre de Poblenou , Sant Martí Saturday October 1 2016

BIG: Barcelona Improv Group, 2016/17 season opener, The Universe

BIG's season opener is going to have EVERYTHING. Fast-paced comedy, truthful improvised narratives, and a garnish of playful fantasy. The players will take your suggestions and show you everything that can be created with them – EVERYTHING. See the theatrical comedy that's made Barcelona Improv Group a standard in English-language entertainment in the city.

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Until Fri Sep 30

Swab 2016

Welcome to the ninth edition of Swab, Barcelona's Contemporary Art Fair, where collectors, art lovers, and the general public can enjoy emerging art and artists, and make affordable purchases. Participating this year are 73 galleries from 25 countries. There are also five new programmes among the nine total programmes, and they are Focus Magreb, which hones in on artistic collectives from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia; In / Out, a commissioned project about artists from Barcelona galleries; Cross-Boundaries: Moving Images from China, a selection of pieces from three emerging Chinese filmmakers that inaugurates the Swab House, an artists' residence; and Sonido Close, So Far, a reflection via photography on the borders and the current geopolitical context.

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Fira de Barcelona , Sants - Montjuïc Until Sunday October 2 2016

OBC: Inaugural concert of the 2016/2017 season

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Japanese director Kazushi Ono, the new music director for the Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra (OBC), is in charge of inaugurating the OBC's new season, as is tradition. The programme features three concerts, with compositions by Catalan composer (and Paris resident) Hèctor Parra, whose music has inspired Ono; Rachmaninoff (Piano Concerto No 4) and Tchaikovsky (whose Third Symphony the OBC will be performing for the first time). Guest soloist is Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes.

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L'Auditori , Eixample Until Sunday October 2 2016

Renoir Among Women. From the Modern to the Classical Ideal

Forget the 'among women' part of the title. And forget the 'from the modern to the classical ideal' part of the subtitle. And if you like, ignore the explanations on the signs in the museum. Hang on to the part about 'Renoir'... and friends. Because here you'll find Picassos, Cézannes, Maillols, and even some Casas and Santiago Rusiñols. Years and years ago you wouldn't have seen such quality paintings exhibited in Barcelona, but not even a year has passed since the inaugural exhibition at the Fundación Mapfre in the Casa Garriga Nogués, with masterpieces from the Orsay and the Orangerie. Who needs to go to Paris?

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Fundació Mapfre , Dreta de l'Eixample Until Sunday January 8 2017

Luther Dickinson

Luther Dickinson is one of the sharpest blues guitarists of the last 20 years. Already familiar with the hill country blues of legends such as R.L. Burnside, Othar Turner and Junior Kimbrough when he was a child, Dickinson, who's part of the North Mississippi Allstars, was also one of the lead guitarists for The Black Crowes, a member of supergroup The Word, and session musician for John Hiatt. He makes his solo debut in Barcelona to present 'Blues & Ballads: A Folksinger's Songbook, Vol. I & II' (2016).

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Until Fri Sep 30

La puça del Clot (Clot flea market)

Market Barcelona and Garage Barcelona are joining forces for a new edition of La Puça, this time in the Clot neighbourhood. They're bringing together some 100 exhibitors to sell their wide variety of wares. You'll be able to refuel from food trucks, chill out with DJs spinning tunes, and there will be other surprises awaiting you.

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Parc del Clot , Sant Martí Saturday October 1 2016

65th Bargain, Antique and Modern Book Fair

Year after year, this book fair lines Passeig de Gràcia with thousands of hard-to-find books at bargain or affordable prices. This year you'll find 35 exhibitors with stalls set up between Plaça Catalunya and Consell de Cent. Andreu Martín is the writer the fair pays tribute to, and you can also see the exhibition '150 Years of Illustrated Covers', with covers like 'La Atlántida' and by such artists as Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer, Picasso, Miró, Tàpies, Montaner and Torres García, among others. Book lovers and collectors, even with a language barrier, are sure to find some treasures here.

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Passeig de Gràcia between Consell de Cent and Plaça Catalunya , Dreta de l'Eixample Until Sunday October 2 2016

Recondite live! + RNDM + DJ Fra

Recondite is a German producer with a weakness for the deepest and most melancholy side of club electronic music. His tracks are dark and mystical, and they evoke tranquil and relaxed atmospheres. The bulk of his work is released on his own label, Plangent, though he's also released an EP with Hotflush, and his debut LP was with Absurd Recordings.

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Until Fri Sep 30

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