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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.

World Press Photo 16

Barcelona's 12th edition of the World Press Photo exhibition is here. Organised in the city by the Photographic Social Vision Foundation, the show features photos that have been given this prestigious international award for photojournalism. Under this year's slogan 'See and understand', the CCCB brings together this year's deserving 155 photographs. The winning entry is 'Hope for a New Life' by Australian photographer Warren Richardson, which shows a baby being passed through an opening in a barbed-wire fence to a Syrian refugee who's managed to cross the border from Serbia to Hungary.

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CCCB. Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona , El Raval Until Sunday December 11 2016

Crystal Fighters + El Guincho

British band Crystal Fighters come to Barcelona to present their third album, 'Everything Is My Family' (2016), the follow-up to 2013's 'Cave Rave', which raised them to the altars of the pop macrofest, after the more tribal sounds of their debut 'Star of Love' (2010). Their concerts are real blasts of adrenaline.

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07 Dec 2016

El Dirty's seventh anniversary

It's been seven years since El Dirty took over Wednesday nights in Barcelona with their theme parties of all kinds – foam, Hogwarts, videogames – and DJs Purpur and Perotutehasvisto transformed Razzmatazz into a fun, fluorescent, wild club for a night. This Wednesday there's a special birthday celebration, with dance group Dance4art and gift cloth bags made by their stage designer, Franchupotter.

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Until Wed Dec 7

Crystal Castles

Canadian band Crystal Castles, a project of Ethan Kath's that brings together electro no-wave and acid punk, which Kath formed with Alice Glass in 2003, are in Barcelona with their fourth album, 'Amnesty (I)', the first the band has released with new singer Edith Frances following the departure of Glass from the band in 2014.

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Sala Apolo , El Poble-sec Saturday December 10 2016

All Those Food Market

All Those Food Market is back again in the historical building of the University of Barcelona. The market brings together in one space offerings from young artisans, chefs preparing quality street food, and a sample of designers and shops that have gastronomy-related accoutrements, such as aprons, pottery and other gifts for cooking enthusiasts.

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Universitat de Barcelona , Eixample Until Sunday December 11 2016

Guim Tió. Now Remember

Right on La Rambla, in Casa Capella, from December 13 to 19 only, you can catch 'Now Remember', the first exhibition in Barcelona in four years from Guim Tió. It's the resulting work of the Barcelona artist's research into memory, forgetting, remembering and his interaction with the passage of time. An ephemeral and multidisciplinary experience exhibited throughout various rooms in the building where the artist strays from memories and transforms them via video, painting, silkscreening, fluorescents and photography – the different forms Tió has used to reinterpret the memories of anonymous individuals.

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La Casa Capella Tuesday December 13 2016 - Monday December 19 2016



'Elektra' is one of the most renowned operas by Richard Strauss as well as one of the most impressive, and now it's back at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, thanks to this coproduction between European theatres in Berlin, Milan, Helsinki and Aix-en-Provence, as well as the New York Metropolitan Opera House. The stage production is that of the late French filmmaker and theatre director Patrice Chéreau. Musical direction is by Josep Pons, and among the stars of the show are featured singers including Waltraud Meier, Evelyn Herlitzius and Adrianne Peiczonka.

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Gran Teatre del Liceu , El Raval Sunday December 11 2016 - Friday December 23 2016

Festivalet 2016

The Festivalet, an independent fair selling products that are either handmade or made on a small scale, is celebrating its ninth edition in Barcelona. They're back to give space for artisans and designers to show off their works, and to provide a space where you can find materials and publications related to crafts, and an area dedicated to companies in the field. You'll also be able to get a bite to eat while you take a break from shopping. Over 100 stalls are setting up shop, where you can find brands including French ceramics Dodo Toucan; rag dolls from Lauvely; responsive objects from Living Things; Martín Andiñach's photography studio, which specialises in the collodion wet plate process; notebooks from design studio Menú Compartido; Rooftop Smokehouse's first line of packaged smoked products; and ice cream from Ice Roll BCN, which are made on the spot.

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Museu Marítim de Barcelona , El Raval Until Sunday December 11 2016

Stand-up Comedy Live! in English

Every Wednesday in the centre of Barcelona, join your host Vincent Valentine for Stand-up Comedy Live, with English-language performances by some of the funniest people in the city. It's an open-mic night that welcomes professional comedians and those brave enough to test their skills in front of an audience. The audience is made even bigger because the show is recorded and broadcast on Barcelona City FM as well. Doors open at 8.30pm so you can grab a craft beer and some nibbles and catch Manchester native Valentine's one-hour live comedy radio show (9pm) with special guest professional comedians and funny folks. After that, settle in for nearly two hours of fresh stand-up comedy (10.15pm). And bonus: it's all completely free.

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Craft Barcelona , El Gòtic Wednesday December 14 2016 - Wednesday December 27 2017

Open Camp Europe

Open Camp is Europe's first theme park dedicated to sport. You'll find it in Barcelona's Olympic Ring on Montjuïc, giving a second life to many of the sport complexes that were built for the 1992 Olympic Games and have since been closed to the general public. The space is like a giant clock, and the idea is that you have one minute for each sporting experience – one minute of glory – and between each event is music for champions to keep you going. You can start off with Open Walk, which lets you imagine you're opening the Olympics for your country, carrying a flag and walking around the Olympic Stadium. Some events are self-explanatory, such as Open Sprint, Open Jump, Open Hurdles, Open Archery and Open Shooting. Test your skills at boxing, football, basketball, motorcycle racing and even shouting the loudest. There are plenty of other activities and experiences, some virtual and some real, and you can get videos and photos of your participation as souvenirs. Take advantage of these spaces made for Olympians that have long been only for show.

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