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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
Autumn fashion and accessories at tantalising prices in a lovely location with sea views. This month, Downtown Market presents its autumn/winter 2014 collection, with a wide variety of products with style, including fashion for men, women and children, acessories and decor, all based on what's trending this season.
it's called SoundEat! What could it be? Yep, music and food. Electronic music, that is, and sponsored by Moritz beer. Spend your Halloween hangover at the Moll de la Marina, between Barceloneta and Port Olympic, from noon to 10pm. It's free if you can manage to get there before 2pm, and if you can't quite swing such an early All Saints Day, it'll only cost you a fiver in. There will also be a space for kids, with games and fun activities for the youngest festival-goers among us. As for the food part of the day, there will be a bit of everything, brought in by food trucks – Eureka Streetfood's California-style recipes; a variety of sandwiches from Caravan Made; and gorgeous crepes from Creperie Marione, among others. Restaurants are also represented, including Surf House Barcelona, with a selection of their best dishes: refreshing salads, home-made pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, hot dog and a long list of other delights. So what about the music? This is the other vital part of the festival, and representatives of Barcelona's emerging electronic scene such as Clip!, DJ and producer Shelby Grey, Pau Roca, Boreals, DJ Lui, Razzmatazz resident, and Sau Poler, the diamond in the rough of the current state of electronica, presenting a new EP, 'Paradoxes of Progress', from the Atomnation label.
- Moll de la Marina Platja Bogatell, 6, Sant Martí
- Sat Nov 1
The Casa Sagnier civic centre is transformed into a terrifying nuthouse for a day. For a month, 11- to 14-year-old members of the centre have been preparing this tunnel of terror for the neighbours and visitors to the Sant Gervasi barrio. They've set up workshops for scary make-up, speciall effects, costumes, arts, building figures and sets, and other specialities in the world of all that frightens you. And really, what's scarier than a bunch of teens?
The city's scariest party comes to Poble Espanyol to scare the giggles out of the kids. With a pile of Halloween-related activities – workshops, bouncy castles, films – the little ones can run wild the whole day from 10am to 5pm in various areas of the venue.
The CCCB turns 20 this year, and to celebrate they're organising 20 things to do. Among them is the opening of the Mirador (lookout point) on the fifth floor. The first Sunday of every month from 11am to 8pm you can gaze through the glass facade and contemplate Barcelona from a new perspective, taking in the sea the Barri Gòtic, the Ciutat Vella, Montjuïc, Tibidabo and the Collserola tower, all from one spot.
- CCCB. Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona Montalegre, 5, El Raval, 08001
- Sun Nov 2 - Sun Dec 7
The Manga Fair is back, and this year it's a full-on Japanese cultural invasion. Something new this year in the 20th edition is the creation of a space called The Spirit of Japan, dedicated to Japanese traditions, culture and natural therapies. This is where you'll find an exhibition of Ikebana created by Reiko Ishitmatus, from the Ikebana Bonsai school; a showing of masks of mythological Japanese beings Kappa and Yokai, put on by the Wa Rei Ryu association; and an exhibition dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Barcelona Manga Fair. There will also be workshops on macrobiotic cooking, how to wear a kimono, and Japanese natural therapies, among others. Dive in and immerse yourself in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Following the huge success of the third year of Piknic Electronik, the organisers of the summer Sundays festival are welcoming autumn with a Halloween party in both rooms at the Apolo, with Philip Jung from MANDY, Ivan Smagghe, the vibrant live performance of Germany's Isolée, the analog sound of the young and promising Orson Wells, and last but not least, local DJs Shelby Grey and DJ Fra.
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