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.
Every year on Corpus Christi, Barcelona celebrates with L'ou com balla, that is, the dancing egg. If you think seeing an egg being tossed and turned atop a water fountain sounds silly or boring, think again. Visitors are mesmerised yearly when they come upon the few fountains around the city that are elaborately decorated with flowers, and of course the egg on high. The first L'ou com balla reportedly took place at the Barcelona Cathedral in 1637. Corpus Christi this year is on Thursday May 26, and up to 19 buildings in the city will feature the dancing egg for three days, from May 26 to 29. There's also an Open Day on May 26, and a traditional closing parade on May 29.Read more
From May 26 to 28, the Barcelona Design Museum hosts the 16th edition of the OFFF festival, a huge international event in the creative sector full of new trends in graphic design, videos, photography, advertising, cinema and editorial art that features, among other things, workshops, conferences and talks from big names in the field. This year, for example, in the big tent are Aardman Animations, Carl Sprague, Daniel Aristizábal, and Somerset + Mills. Tickets for OFFF 2016 sold out so quickly that this year the organisers are including a Fun Zone this year, where you can go and see what's going on in the festival for free on the big screens they're providing, and there will also be food trucks so you won't go hungry or thirsty.Read more
Escapade Theatre presents a punchy, irreverent and sexy English-language performance of this Victorian fairy tale with a very modern twist. The Barcelona-based theatre company adds its own musical Steampunk spice to Lewis Carroll's classic story about a girl who falls down a rabbit hole into an incredible world of adventure. It's a story of wonder and nonsense laced with lethal wit, riddles and magic in which everyone, young and old, can revel. Welcome to Wonderland, where things get curiouser and curiouser...Read more
Loop is an international gathering for the video art community – artists, gallery-owners, curators, collectors and researchers – and also a festival that brings challenging contemporary art to the heart of the city. The three-day Loop Fair is a curated selection of artists' films presented by galleries; Loop Studies offers panels and professional meetings at which experts share knowledge; and the Loop Festival shows video art in venues all over the city, from museums to cinemas.Read more
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Catalan Cultural Club TR3SC, the Catalan History Museum opens its doors and invites you to an enogastronomic festival, where you can sample Catalan wines and cheeses. Ten local wines are paired with ten Catalan cheeses on the stunning terrace at the Museu d'Història de Catalunya and Restaurante 1881, with top views of the Barcelona port. Pay €12 for 10 tickets (five cheeses and five wines) or €20 for 20 tickets (ten cheeses and ten wines). At the entrance you can pick up your tickets, a glass, and a booklet that explains the products. Then it's just time to enjoy!Read more
Brian Hill, Sam Benstead. UK, 2015. Original language, Catalan subtitles. 77'.
An original music documentary showing a school within Bombay’s Dharavi quarter, the largest slum in Asia. The observation of the children’s day-to-day life is combined with Bollywood-style choreographies, where the children tell about their hopes and dreams through song.
From the Abbey Road Company.One of the top Beatles tribute bands, Abbey Road, brings this show to Barcelona. It's a journey through the Fab Four's best songs aimed at children in a completely interactive musical event.Read more
Shxcxchcxsh is a mysterious duo from the industrial Swedish town of Norrköping. The two met in Stockholm and soon started sharing their passion for dark and experimental techno sounds. Their own highly melodic work combines industrial sounds and abrasive textures with lovely soundscapes, which have made them one of the most interesting and singular acts in contemporary underground electronica.Read more
Louie Palu, Devin Gallagher. Canada, 2015. Original language, Catalan subtitles. 76'.This documentary tells the story of photojournalist Louie Palu at the front of the combat in Kandahar, in the south of Afghanistan. Through the diary he wrote between 2006 and 2010, the audience discovers his psychological evolution amid the harshness and tedium of an absurd violence disconnected from reality. Viewers experience the harshness and tedium of the war as told in the first person, from an unprecedented point of view constructed through Palu’s perception, as he fails to understand the situation around him. The chaos at the firing line is combined with Palu’s banal life in North America, and this strong contrast helps us understand the complex inner world of a war photographer.Read more
#LikerART is a new art, original art festival, which will be held in five Barcelona neighbourhoods from April 30 to May 28, and will feel like a tour around landmark, unique and unusual spaces. More than 30 artistic projects will invade the most singular places in the city, enabling you to (re)discover Barcelona. It aims to throw the spotlight on the artistic creativity of as many disciplines as possible and, in particular, highlight some of the atypical spots that the city has.Read more
Plus, you won't want to miss...
Just 15 km from the city centre of Barcelona are vineyards that face the sea and produce salt- and mineral-infused wines from local grapes. Enjoy this day trip, where you can not only visit these vineyards but also experience an incredible wine pairing with a five-star menu prepared by the principal chef from SlowFood in Barcelona, Gonzalo Martínez. Catalan winemaker Oriol and Martínez will put on a dazzling food and wine show, and guide you on your exploration of wines from Alella and Mediterranean cuisine.Read more
Travel round Catalonia via its wines, vineyards and wineries. From north to south, east to west, with this Catalan wine tasting you'll discover the terroir that makes Catalan wines so special and unique. Learn about traditional Catalan wine varieties and new trends. Each and every one of the wines you sample come from small producers who work their land using organic methods and with care and respect. Your three experienced sommeliers welcome you to La Festival in Gràcia, and all the tastings at the event are paired with Catalan tapas.Read more