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The best events in Barcelona – what's on this week

The Time Out hot list. The biggest and best events happening in Barcelona this week

Friendsfest
FriendsFest
By Time Out Barcelona |
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Read on for our guide to the week's best events on in Barcelona. If you manage to tick off all ten, head back to our home page for daily updates on the best restaurants, cultural events, nightlife, things to do, and whatever else Barcelona manages to think up before our next hot list is published on Monday.

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The Best Things to Do This Week in Barcelona

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Friendsfest
Things to do, Festivals

FriendsFest at Poble Espanyol

icon-location-pin Poble Espanyol, Sants - Montjuïc
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Have you ever fantasized about hanging out in Monica's apartment, having a coffee in Central Perk or playing table football at Joey and Chandler's? Now you can do all that and more, because from May 24 to June 2, the festival dedicated to 'Friends' comes to Barcelona thanks to Comedy Central to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the premiere of the show. Your ticket is valid for a whole day, and you can visit and enjoy the different sets from the series, grab a bite or a beer from on-site food trucks, or show how big of a fan you really are by picking up some merchandise from the shop.

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Philip Glass
Philip Glass
Music, Classical and opera

Philip Glass

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The Palau de la Música Catalana dedicates this season to Philip Glass, an important figure in musical composition over the last last decades. And one of the highlights is this particular concert, which features the American musician himself, performing on the gorgeous stage at the Palau, with a programme of his own works on piano. Glass is accompanied by pianists Maki Namekawa and Anton Batagov, as well as the Orfeó Català choir.

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Dead Can Dance
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Music, Pop

Dead Can Dance

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Dead Can Dance, started in the early '80s by Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry, are considered one of the most influential bands around. They've inspired the likes of Björk, Enigma, Florence and the Machine, This Mortal Coil and Cocteau Twins. The duo are back in Barcelona to play two nights at BARTS as part of their tour called A Celebration. Life & Works 1980-2019, where they celebrate their 40th anniversary of a career filled with beautiful and eclectic music.

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Thai Festival Barcelona
Things to do

Thai Festival Barcelona

icon-location-pin Passeig Lluís Companys,
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Welcome to the third edition of this free festival at the Arc de Triomf that will fill the space with traditional Thai activities. From 11.30am to 6pm you can find traditional dancing, exhibitions of Thai boxing, cooking demos and many more surprises. The day is all about re-creating the most popular celebrations in Barcelona's Thai community, which are Songkran (the new year) in mid-April, and Loi Krathong, or the Festival of Lights, in autumn.

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Peter Loveday + Sara Davison + Naomi Wedman
Music, Rock and indie

Peter Loveday, with Sarah Davison and Naomi Wedman

icon-location-pin Heliogàbal, Gràcia
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Barcelona-based Australian singer-songwriter Peter Loveday, is with us once more to present his seventh album, this time released with an illustrated book of lyrics. This latest collection of songs, 'Through the Mirror', speak of things found and lost, of memories and souvenirs, of the signs along the road, from its beginning to its end. A prolific and assiduous artist, Loveday performs live with regular collaborators Sarah Davison (vocals, guitar, percussion and flute) and Naomi Wedman (vocals and violin), delivering these new songs and creating emotional landscapes spanning from the intimate to the grand.

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Cellar Door BCN
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Things to do

Cellar Door BCN

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Cellar Door BCN is a monthly English-speaking event showcasing the best spoken word artists in Barcelona. The phrase 'cellar door' is considered by many writers as the most beautiful phrase in terms of its sound (euphony), regardless of its prosaic meaning (semantics). With the diversity of voices represented, Cellar Door BCN aims to broaden the audience for poetry and include poets who may not have found a space in the pages of books or traditional readings. Go along on May 21 to the exclusive club El Bis in Casa Gracia for a special evening of spoken word and hip hop.

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The Menzingers
Music, Pop

The Menzingers

icon-location-pin La [2] de l'Apolo, El Poble-sec
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While we await the release of their sixth album, American punk band The Menzingers hit the ground in Barcelona with their sound that conjures the energy of Anti-Flag, the romanticism of Springsteen and the nostalgia of The Replacements.

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Silence, Escapade Theatre
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Theatre

Silence

icon-location-pin Almeria Teatre, Vila de Gràcia
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Theatre company Escapade are back with another of their popular English-language plays, which they've been bringing to Barcelona stages since 1997. When a powerful Hollywood film producer discovers a budding actress, and promises to make her a star of the silent movies, she believes her dream will finally come true. Little does she realise that he's not as interested in her acting skills as in her other attributes. Will she succumb to his evil advances and become an icon of the era, or will she defend her honour in the name of all acting women? In English with Catalan subtitles.

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Fábrica Lehmann
Things to do

Open Day at Fàbrica Lehmann

icon-location-pin Fàbrica Lehmann, La Nova Esquerra de l'Eixample
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The Fàbrica Lehmann is a place many visitors describe as a Berlin-style oasis. The epicentre of the factory is a patio with old cobblestones that has changed little since 1936, and where you'll find a towering 25-metre-high chimney that reveals the industrial past of the space. The Fàbrica invites you to an Open Day (from 11am to 8pm) where the 20 creative spaces that live together there show off their interiors. There will also be workshops, book stalls, displays of artisanal products, and activities, storytelling, and shows for the little ones. You'll also find street food and be treated to live music.

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Gutter Fest
Things to do

Gutter Fest #7

icon-location-pin Hangar, Sant Martí
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The seventh annual Gutter Fest is here. This is a self-publishing graphics and sound fair, where you'll find stalls featuring works by collectives and creators from all around Spain and beyond. Also on tap are materials for sale, concerts, projections/screenings, presentations, exhibitions and more. It's a celebration of independent publishing where the stars are paper, music and anything created with tools at hand, without middlemen.

Plus, you won't want to miss...

Comedy, Stand-up

Jim Gaffigan Spanish Tour

icon-location-pin Coliseum, L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample
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Stand-up Comedy Live & Pumpage Network are hosting legendary Jim Gaffigan's Spanish Tour 2019. Gaffigan is one of the top stand-up comedians in the USA. His comedy is so good he was nominated for a Grammy. He has his own TV show and several Netflix specials. His tickets sell out everywhere – in 2014 he sold out New York's renowned Madison Square Garden – we're incredibly lucky to be getting him on stage in Barcelona. Don't miss out on this one-night-only show!

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