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The 10 biggest and best things happening in Barcelona this week



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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.

The best things to see and do in Barcelona this week

Mas i Mas Festival 2014: Aloe Blacc

Aloe Blacc is the latest sensation on the international soul&funk scene. The excellent reception he's had from his latest album, 'Lift Your Spirit' (2013), has helped the mega hit 'Wake Me Up', which he made in 2013 with Swedish DJ Avicii and which reached number 1 in 102 countries, keep its crown. Among the partnerships that have reaffirmed the sound of his new album include top producers like Pharrell Williams, DJ Khalil and Rock Mafia, beyond the admiration of Bruno Mars, who he was with on his last US tour. The association with these big names alone is more than enough to give you an idea that Blacc is one of the most exciting musical phenomena of contemporary pop & soul. His concert at the Palau de la Música Catalana is a coup for the San Miguel Mas i Mas Festival, bringing the festival to a close with the added incentive of one of the breakthrough artists of Spanish R&B, Izah.

  1. Palau de la Música Catalana Palau de la Música, 4-6, Ciutat Vella, 08003
  2. Fri Aug 29
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Sardines & Rumba

For the fifth year running, Moritz brings us its summer sardine grill with salads and Catalan rumba, every Wednesday at the Caseta del Migdia in Montjuïc park. Enjoy good food, one of the best views of Barcelona, and the best Catalan rumba live. The evening includes a menu of salad, grilled sardines, melon and watermelon skewers, a jug of wine and beer.

  1. La Caseta del Migdia Passeig del Migdia, Sants-Montjuïc, 08038
  2. Wed Aug 27 - Wed Sep 17
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Mas i Mas Festival 2014: Trio Arriaga

  • Critics choice

The concert series that has been entertaining those around the city all August in the History of Barcelona Museum is coming to an end. This final date is with the trio made up of Daniel Ligorio, Felipe Rodríguez and David Apellániz, who will perform works by Albéniz, Mompou, Fernández Arbós and Shostakovich.

  1. MUHBA Museu d'Història de Barcelona Pl. del Rei, Ciutat Vella, 08002
  2. Sun Aug 31
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Sopars amb estrelles (Dinners with the stars)

The Fabra Observatory is the stage for another year of a one-of-a-kind event that combines gastronomy and science. Summer nights are full of science, astronomy and gastronomy in one of the most impressive viewpoints of the city. The evening begins with a gastronomic proposal designed with astronomy in mind, with quality ingredients and good food served on the terrace at 9pm. After the meal is a 30-minute science talk, with questions taken from the audience. Afterwards it's a visit to the museum, the Noucentisme hall, and the telescope, and then it's into the hall with the great dome, which still boasts original materials. (read more)

  1. Camí de l'Observatori, s/n, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, 08035
  2. Wed Aug 27 - Sat Oct 11
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El Born by night: 1714 evening tour and tasting

Discover the secrets and beauty of the old Born market and its archaeological site on Wednesdays and Thursdays in July and August. Three different routes show Barcelona as it was in the 1700s, along with a tasting session at El 300 del Born. The first route explores the commercial activity in the area before its collapse; with the second route, discover how people from Barcelona spent their leisure time in the 1700s; while the third route winds through the archaeological remains and the permanent exhibition, showing the traces of the people who once filled the city wth life.

  1. El Born Centre Cultural Pl Comercial, 12, 08003
  2. Wed Aug 27 - Thu Aug 28
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Days of Wine and Roses

Blake Edwards. USA, 1962. Original language, Spanish subtitles. 117'.   

From the finest comedy to absolute pathos. In this film Blake Edwards gives us a ruthless image of alcoholism, which begins with a drunken night and ends with a suitably monumental hangover. The music is by Mancini, as you might expect.

  1. Filmoteca de Catalunya Plaça Salvador Seguí, 1, El Raval, 08001
  2. Fri Aug 29 - Sat Aug 30
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Piknic Electronik: Michael Mayer

If you find yourself at a loose end on Sunday, don't forget about the Piknic Electronik. This week, the DJ in charge of brightening and lengthening your weekend is Michael Mayer, owner of the Kompakt label.

  1. Jardins de Joan Brossa Av. Miramar-Pl. de la Sardana
  2. Sun Aug 31
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©Kevin Morgan

Waterplace Pool Club

Every Monday during the summer in Carpa Barcelona you're invited to a big gay pool party, where you can do more than just swim. There's also foam, fun inflatables to float on, attractions and a dark room. And it all goes on until 5am so you can make the most of the summer fun with locals and tourists on holiday who are up for a party. DJs include Jonathan Tamayo, Juseph Leon and Lady Chuss.

  1. Av. Manuel Azaña, 21-23
  2. Mon Sep 1 - Tue Sep 2
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Mac, film poster designer

Macario Gómez Quibus is, since 1955, Mac, one of the best film poster designers in Spain. The Filmoteca de Catalunya is exhibiting a selection of his posters from the more than 500 held in its archives.

  1. Filmoteca de Catalunya Plaça Salvador Seguí, 1, El Raval, 08001
  2. Wed Aug 27 - Sun Sep 14
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©Javier Carvajal

Spanish Pavilion, 1964/65. New York World's Fair

The Loewe Gallery reopens with an exhibition dedicated to the architect Javier Carvajal, who designed the interiors and buildings of the luxury Spanish fashion house from 1950 to 1960. The exhibition also highlights and celebrates the 50th anniversary of another of his major projects: the Spanish Pavilion designed for the 1964 New York World's Fair.

  1. Galería Loewe Passeig de Gràcia, 91, Eixample Esquerre, 08008
  2. Wed Aug 27 - Sat Sep 6
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