The Best Things to Do This Week in Barcelona
The Sónar festival of arts, design, and electronic and advanced music, which won the Time Out Barcelona Award for 2018, fills up the summer in the city once again – from Thursday, July 18 to Saturday, July 20 – with top-notch artists such as A$AP Rocky and MC Skepta, as well as emerging stars like Ross From Friends, Octavian, Murlo, Bad Gyal and DJ Andy C. Bad Bunny is one of the big draws to Sónar by Night this year. As for experimental music during the festival, Sónar closes out this year's edition with The Matthew Herbert Brexit Big Band. The audiovisual projects from Daito Manabe and ZA! show us how music affects our brains. Other big draws to this 26th edition are British band Disclosure with their quality house with mainstream potential and a new DJ show, and the new live show from Paul Kalkbrenner, one of the most homegrown producers on the Berlin techno scene; performances by Four Tet, Arca, Vince Staples, DJ Koze, Underworld, Holly Herndon, and so much more!
The Grec festival links up with Sónar with this concert from the fabulous Matthew Herbert, a pioneer when it comes to combining sounds and techniques of electronic music with big band outfits. This time around, Herbert is on hand to present an album created in collaboration with more than a thousand musicians and singers from around Europe that he planned to release the day the UK leaves the EU. It couldn't be more timely.
On the nights of July 18 to 20, at 10.30pm, SónarMies – the sound performance programme at the Pavelló Mies van der Rohe – is back, with 'Dazwischen', by Lucrecia Dalt. Dalt will put on three unique shows, featuring artists Camille Mandoki, Sarah Winters and Jordi Salvadó, which encompasses the acoustics, architecture and aesthetics of this building. Think of it as a sound sculpture spread out over time, where sound appears from its spatial dimension, without a fixed listening point and instead creates a wonderful ecosystem which almost seems to participate in the listening and allows you to discover this space through sound.
MisDigest drops its very first Off Week party presenting Kiwi Rekords ‘Klub Kiwi’ for the first time in Barcelona, bringing none other than bass music royalty to city in the form of Conducta, Mind Of A Dragon, and the ever mysterious Sharda. This no-holds-barred showcase has been months in the working so it's bound to be a special one! Expect surprises on the night and the finest in garage, funky, bassline and grime.
Enjoy a film on the big screen in the outdoor setting of the Montjuïc Castle gardens. Tonight Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz spar for the affections of their queen in Yorgos Lanthimos's swooningly rude period piece, for which Olivia Colman won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role. As usual, there’s a concert before the film, this time with jazz, swing and blues from The Monkey Men. Plus you can catch the short film 'Ser o No Ser', by Ether Paredes. The feature film is shown in its original English language with Spanish subtitles.
This exhibition is really two in one: 'The Feminist Vanguard of the '70s'. Works from the Verbund Collection, Vienna' and 'Choreographies of the genre'. The first exhibition presents 200 works by artists from Europe, North and South America and Asia that help to rewrite the history of art. The exhibition puts the spotlight on current stories, told via some 15 works; feminism has expanded massively over the past 50 years, with the concept of gender as the focus.
Chilean singer, composer, and instrumentalist Mon Laferte, who currently lives in Mexico, enjoyed extraordinary success with her fifth album, ‘La Trenza’ (2017) and that record's extensive international tour #AmárrameTour. She's also received major awards in recent months, including a Latin Grammy, so you won't want to miss your chance to see her perform at BARTS as part of the Grec Festival, where you'll also hear tracks from her latest LP, ‘Norma’ (2018).
'White Bouncy Castle' is a choreographic space that's the brainchild of the great American choreographer William Forsythe, in collaboration with performance artist Dana Caspersen and composer Joel Ryan. There are no performers other than you, the public, and all you have to do is enter castle and jump, dance, and bounce around. Fall and get up again, getting a feeling of instability in your body, and awareness of all your movements, all to the soundtrack of a composition by Ryan.
On July 19, from 9pm to 1am, the Bernat Picornell swimming pool in Montjuïc's Olympic Ring hosts their big summer event, called Summer Night. This year's Wild West theme features dinner, music, loads of swimming, and plenty of surprises. You'll be splashing around in a space that hosted the Spanish Swimming Championships, the Waterpolo Final Six, and two World Swimming Championships, but tonight it's all about escaping the summer heat to enjoy dinner right by the pool with family and friends, lots of floaty toys and heaps of fun.
Pati Tamarit (between C/Urgell and C/ Comte Borrell) and the Mercat de Sant Antoni host this dynamic show that mixes hip hop with the history of dance and music from the last few decades. Through explanations, choreographies, and humour, five dancers and one musician show audiences the difference between popping, locking and b-boying. They also cover beatbox, scratch and funk, and you might get your chance to get on stage and join in, if you're keen!