Read on for our guide to the week's coolest events and most interesting venues. If you manage to tick off all ten, head back to our home page for daily updates on the best restaurants, cultural events, nightlife, and whatever else Barcelona manages to think up before our next Hot List is published on Monday.
Barcelona's 13th edition of the World Press Photo exhibition is here. Organised in the city by the Photographic Social Vision Foundation, the show features photos that have been given this prestigious international award for photojournalism. The migration crisis is still present in this year's edition, as are political conflicts, human mobility and the influence of technology on connectivity and information trafficking, as well as the impact of humans on the environment.
The first Biergarten beer festival at Poble Espanyol took place over a weekend, and by the third they were up to six days. This fourth edition is going on just a bit longer, over two weekends, from April 28 to May 1, and again from May 5 to 7. You'll find craft beer, gastronomy, workshops, contests, live music and fun for adults, and also areas for kids. Poble Espanyol brings this Bavarian tradition to the venue's Plaza Mayor on a huge open terrace for people of all ages and descriptions.
The kings of shoegaze and post-punk in the '80s, and possibly one of the best Scottish bands ever, The Jesus and Mary Chain kicked off their career in 1984 and broke up at the end of the '90s, though they enjoyed a brief moment of glory in 2003 when their song 'Just Like Honey' was included in the soundtrack for 'Lost in Translation'. Following a few solo disappointments, the Reid brothers got the band back together with Phil King, Brian Young and Mark Crozer to do the festival circuit, including Coachella, Primavera Sound and BBK Live. Their new album, 'Damage and Joy' was released at the end of March, and they're in Barcelona to show it off barely a month afterwards.
Barcelona's Passejada amb Barret (Stroll with a Hat) is a cultural event that invites everyone who wants to go for, you guessed it, a stroll, while wearing a hat. It's a traditional way to welcome spring and have a bit of fun. Organised by the Hat Association and Barcelona milliners Nina Pawlowsky and Cristina de Prada, the event was inspired by the American concept of the Easter Parade, which is particularly popular in the city of New York, where traditionally Easter Sunday is closed to traffic along stretch of 5th Avenue for people to take a walk in their Easter bonnets. This 13th edition of the Passejada begins at noon at Rambla de Catalunya and Diagonal, at the Girafa Coqueta ('flirty giraffe') sculpture, and ends up at Plaça Catalunya.
The 46th annual April Fair is here! Don't miss this nine-day party (April 28 to May 7) that brings all the celebrations, music, dance and food from Seville to Barcelona. It's a festival straight from Andalusia, but with a Catalan twist. You'll have free entry to some 70 tent spaces set up like little houses, where your senses will be wowed by flamenco dress, 'rebujito' (typical Andalusian sherry-based drink), fried fish and performances. You'll also have the chance, should you choose to take it, to dance sevillanas and gobble up traditional Andalusian food. Bring the whole family, as there's also plenty to see and do for kids.
Narrator/performer: Adam Cridland. The Little Prince: Oceane Cronin. Sand animation artist: Macarena Reydet. Music: Marc Barrera Marin.
Studio 45º brings a new version of the classic Little Prince story to the Eixample Teatre. The show is in English and features sand animation to accompany the narration of the story, creating a lovely visual effect for kids and grown-ups alike.
Why not keep the spirit of Sant Jordi going along with the Swedish population in Barcelona at this Swedish literary event? A handful of Swedish authors read their own texts in Swedish, and you can get books signed and do a bit of mingling. Participants include Tor-Bjorn Fjellner, Mia Raderud, Natalia Kim, and more.
Van Van Market and Lost&Found Market join forces for an edition full of good food, vintage treasures and live music. As part of it you'll find the third edition of Black Music Van Van, a series of concerts of soul, jazz and R&B that create a special atmosphere to go along with the usual offering of quality and local gastronomy with a total of 15 food trucks on hand. Live performances and DJ sessions are on throughout the day on Saturday. On Sunday Lost&Found Market celebrates with a selection of the market's regular vendors of vintage products, as well as a representation of various collectives linked to Barcelona's vintage universe. You can find vinyl records, clothing, toys, comics, furniture, decorative objects, and much more.
The Earth Day Fair, a major event that seeks to promote a respectful way of living with the planet, is celebrating its 22nd edition in Barcelona. You'll find all kinds of information from organisations and groups who want to draw attention to the aggressions that modern society puts on our natural and social systems. On April 29 and 30 in the Parc de la Ciutadella and along Passeig de Lluís Companys you'll also find the Mercat de la Terra (Earth Market), for the promotion of local goods and services made and carried out with respect for people and natural systems.
Mag Fest Barcelona, the city's first International Festival of Magic brings together some of the best magicians in the world for nearly 20 shows in April and May. The festival will take place on different stages in Barcelona. See magicians from Barcelona, the USA, Ukraine, Germany, Madrid and Korea as they wow you with close-up magic, dramatized acts, blink-and-you-miss-it quick change acts, magic comedy, disappearing and reappearing acts, and visual and jaw-dropping magic.