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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

Julio Muñoz Ramonet gardens open to the public

  • Free

Los Jardines de Muñoz Ramonet (Muntaner, 282), in the district of Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, open their doors every Saturday and Sunday until March when works on the gardens begin to renovate and provide better accessibility, thanks to the pressure from neighbours. The grounds are of great historical value, and were designed in 1916 by Jean Claude Nicolás Forestier as commissioned by the Marquis of Alella. In 1933 part of the property was sold to build housing, doing away with a big part of the gardens. After Julio Muñoz Ramonet became owner of the property, the gardens were remodeled, between 1956 and 1957 by Joan Mirambell, which was the last time they were improved. The grounds of the  Muñoz Ramonet estate are an important addition to the city's historic gardens of as a well-preserved example of the gardens of the 20th-century Barcelona bourgeoisie.

  1. Muntaner, 282, 08021
  2. Sat Jan 31 - Sat Feb 28
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Open doors at BCN's new Design Museum

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After three years in the works the Museu de Disseny, Barcelona's new design museum, finally opens on December 14 to show off all its charms. To celebrate the grand opening, you're invited to take in the whole collection, made up of more than 70,000 pieces, for free until January 31. Visit the space and learn how it is that an everyday object deserves to be a museum piece, how the concept of design has evolved over time, and why Barcelona is one of the world's leading cities in the field.

  1. Museu del Disseny de Barcelona Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37-38, 08018
  2. Sun Dec 14 - Sat Jan 31
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Ruta de la Tapa 2015

The dining area at Glòries isn't your run-of-the-mill shopping centre food court – there are even some first-rate restaurants. So to show off what they've got, they're putting on a tapas route until February 20, where you can get a tapa and a drink for €2.95. How do you get in on the offer? Easy: just ask for the Tapaporte card in any of the 18 participating restaurants, and show it when you head to the next spot to be sure you get it stamped. Some of the mouth-watering dishes include grilled foie escalope with cream of corn, and Casa Palet's 'ensaladilla rusa' (a type of potato salad, usually with tuna and mayonnaise), served with yucca crisps. Or you might go for the crispy coca bread with 'morcilla' (Catalan blood sausage). Other spots participating in the Ruta de Tapas are: Frutas del Mundo, Andrés, Giovanni, McDonalds, Udon, Butipà, Casa Palet, Can Culleretes, Shokolatt, Mediterranean, Drink & Eat, Be Japó, Panchito, Enrique Tomás, Cañas y Tapas and Ingredientes Café. Once you've acquired a minimum of five stamps, you'll get a gift on the spot from the Customer Service Point, and you'll be entered to win four coupons worth €500 toward dining in Glòries and a voucher for Carrefour Travel Agency valued at €1,000.

  1. Centre Comercial Barcelona Glòries Plaça de les Glòries, s/n, Sant Martí
  2. Fri Jan 16 - Fri Feb 20
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Sónar 2015

If you know anything about electronic music, you know about Sónar. Now in its 22nd year, with the official title of International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art, these days the parallel activities generate as much excitement as the live acts at the main day and night sessions. Art installations, a conference dedicated to digital culture and decibel-appropriate kids’ specials are just part of the extended Sónar programme that takes over many corners of the city. The live performances feature top electronic acts new and old.The first artists confirmed for the 22nd edition include, as usual, a mix of the sacred classics as well as the ones to watch for the future. Among the first of the more than 150 acts that will make up this year's edition of Sónar by Day (Fira Montjuïc) and Sónar by Night (Fira Gran Via) are the new show from that Manchester due The Chemical Brothers, who have spent the last 20 years redefining the concept of live electronic music and who will once again collaborate with director and visual artist Adam Smith; Autechre, one of the most admired and respected duos of abstract and experimental electronica, who are back at Sónar nearly two decades after their only concert in the festival in 1996.Other big names are the UK's Tahliah Barnett, better known as FKA Twigs, who was hailed at Sónar 2014 thanks to her debut album 'LP1', released the same year; Irish singer Róisín Murphy, formerly of Moloko; as well as superstar DJs Skrillex and Jamie xx. Amo

  1. Fira de Barcelona Av. Reina Maria Cristina, s/n, Sants-Montjuïc
  2. Thu Jun 18 - Sat Jun 20
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1 day 1 photo. 31 photographers, 365 days, Catalonia 2014

  • Free

Let's break down the numbers: 365 photographs because there are 365 days in a year, 31 photographers because there are a maximum of 31 days in a month, and 2014 because it was an important year in the history of Catalonia. Each photographer had a specific day assigned to him or her in each of the 12 months of the year – the 1st, the 2nd, the 3rd... until the 31st.

  1. Arts Santa Mònica La Rambla, 7, Ciutat Vella, 08001
  2. Sat Jan 31 - Sun Apr 12
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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. Sat Jan 31 - Sun Feb 8
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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. Sat Jan 31 - Sun Feb 1
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