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Essential museums, monuments, walks, talks and tours in Barcelona



Upcoming festivals and major events

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

Wok stir-fry for under €1!

Fast-food stir-fry restaurant Wok to Walk is sparing no expense to celebrate their tenth anniversary. The whole day on Friday November 28 they're offering their base ingredients at just 10 percent of the regular price, which means you can get a noodle stir-fry for just 49 cents! The regular menu gives you a choice of base ingredients (rice, noodles or vegetables), extra ingredients you choose, and the sauces. The base always comes with a mix of fresh veg and egg, and the sauce is always free, so if you don't add extra ingredients, the normal price is €4.95. But to celebrate their birthday, you pay just 10 percent of that. If you want to add more sauces or ingredients, you'll have to add that onto the price of the 49-cent base, but you'll still get a scrumptious, healthy and filling meal for a fantastic price. This Friday, run to Wok to Walk for your stir-fry for under a euro! There are three establishments to choose from in Barcelona: - Wok to Walk Jaume I - Wok to Walk Sant Pau 27 - Wok to Walk Ramblas 95

  1. Wok to Walk Jaume I Jaume I, 7
  2. Fri Nov 28
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Renova la Roba clothing exchange

  • Free

From November 10 to 30 there are 25 clothing exchange points set up around Barcelona. Clothing exchanges allow us to reuse, share and consume responsibly. The initiative is sponsored by local organisations, associations and municipal facilities with the support of the Ajuntament city government. Remember, clothing should be clean, with no holes, stains or other damage. Check the Ajuntament website for the exchange point nearest you.

  1. Various venues
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Sun Nov 30
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World Press Photo 14

The 10th edition of the World Press Photo international exhibition, organized by the Photographic Social Vision Foundation, sets up once again in the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) with the 130 photos that have won this prestigious international photojournalism award. This year, the selection includes four winners from Barcelona: Pau Barrena, 3rd prize for singles in the category of Observed Portraits; and the team of David Airob, David Ramos and José Bautista, who won third prize in the category of Short Feature in the Multimedia section of the contest. This edition of the contest featured 5,754 photographs, of which 254 came from Spanish photographers, and included the participation of 123 different nationalities.

  1. CCCB. Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona Montalegre, 5, El Raval, 08001
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Sun Dec 7
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Mr. Brainwash

  • Free

Born in France but now living in LA, artist Thierry Guetta (Paris, 1966) – who goes under the moniker of Mr Brainwash – is today a global name in urban art. Since his early days in LA in 2006, Mr Brainwash has shown his work in cities such as New York, Miami, Toronto, LA, London and Cape Town, collaborated with Madonna and Seth McFarlane, and starred in a documentary directed by urban art icon, Banksy. 3 Punts Galeria is showcasing a selection of his most emblematic works for the first time in Spain, amongst which you'll find unique pieces on material, cardboard and paper, in small, medium and large formats. In addition, there is a series of small-sized works specially created for this exhibition, as well as a sculpture focusing on one of the city's most-loved and much-missed symbols, the albino gorilla Floquet de Neu (Snowflake).

  1. Galeria 3 Punts Enric Granados, 21, Eixample, 08007
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Sat Jan 17
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On the Table. Ai Weiwei

  • Free

This exhibition has been designed by Ai Weiwei himself especially for the Virreina Centre de la Imatge as a way to get to know the body of work in the artist's long career, from his beginnings in New York in the 1980s until today, making him the most well-known and influential dissident Chinese artist in the world. An activist and a celebrity, Ai's work merges with his militancy in denouncing the lack of freedom in China, while at the same time appearing at major events and in contemporary art collections. The exhibition explores strategies of approach and intervention on reality through images. From an artistic practice that includes photography and documentary film, sculpture, design and architecture, Ai's images are operations that transcend formats and disciplines, infiltrating and circulating through social networks and related areas of popular culture. In addition to several key works to get you deeper into the artist's oeuvre, La Virreina will also present previously unseen works, new productions and an installation conceived by Ai Weiwei specifically for this show.

  1. Virreina Centre de la Imatge La Rambla, 99, El Raval, 08001
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Sun Feb 1
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Gènesi. Sebastião Salgado

  • Rated as: 3/5

Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado presents 'Genesis', a work carried out over eight years of exploring the origins of the world. On a trip to Minas Gerais, to his native Brazil, Salgado was reunited with the deforested land and, along with his wife Lélia Wanick Salgado, decided to restore the rich ecosystem of the farm where he had grown up. This experience was also the start of a series of over 200 black-and-white photographs devoted to landscapes and civilisations that have remained intact and untouched. 'Forty-six percent of the planet is like the day of "Genesis",' says the photographer. 'When I was travelling – on foot, by boat, by plane or balloon – I was also shooting volcanoes, icebergs, deserts and jungles, and I could see that there was a world that hadn't changed over the millennia.' Antarctica; the Falklands; the sanctuaries in Indonesia, Africa and the Kalahari Desert; the landscapes of Alask;a and the Colorado mesa... Salgado takes viewers to vast, remote and silent regions where nature still reigns majestic and fragile, and he pays tribute to 'the splendor of nature'.

  1. CaixaForum Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8, La Font de la Guatlla, 08038
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Sun Feb 8
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The rooftop of Santa Maria del Mar

See Barcelona from a new angle with these guided visits to the rooftop of the city's beautiful Santa Maria del Mar church, inspiration for the best-selling 'The Cathedral of the Sea' novel. The tours take place every hour.

  1. Santa Maria del Mar Plaça Santa Maria, Ciutat Vella
  2. Fri Nov 7 - Thu Dec 31
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