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
English pop star Charli XCX, who first played Barcelona as Katy Perry's opening act in 2015 and who came back this year to perform at Primaver Sound, is here again starring in her very own show for the first time in Barcelona. She presents 'Charli' (2019), her anticipated third album, which is sure to wow fans with a new and interesting batch of PCmusic, synth pop and pop punk.
Find discounts of 50, 60 and 70 percent on more than 600,000 top brands is the name of the game at this year's Radical Market BCN, a space that brings together more than 300 exhibitors in just three days, featuring the biggest steals of the season. The market features top brands such as Calvin Klein, Le Coq Sportif, Ray-Ban, Pepe Jeans, Adidas, Carhartt, Fila and many more. But Radical Market is much more than just a discount fair. They've thought of everything, including a space for kids to play, food trucks where you can refuel, and music throughout the day.
Robert Forster, who, together with the late Grant McLennan, formed part of the legendary band from Brisbane, The Go-Betweens, is back in town to present his latest album, 'Inferno' (2019). This is Forster's third solo effort following the death of McLennan, to whom he dedicated his celebrated and captivating autobiographical book 'Grant & I: Inside and Outside the Go-Betweens'.
The Barcelona Comedy Festival (aka Festival Internacional de Comedia, or FIC) once again goes on the hunt for the best amateur comic in the city. Twenty-seven hopefuls start out, and three elimination rounds produce just nine contestants for a final with only one winner. The Funniest FICer competition has become the annual focus for the ever-burgeoning local amateur English-language comedy scene in Barcelona. Head out for any or all of the heats to see some great local comedy in English for free!
Nearly a decade after their last live performance in Barcelona the near personal project of Ezra Koenig, Vampire Weekend, is back in town to present their much-anticipated fourth album, 'Father of the Bride' (2019). This fourth record, published six long years after their previous effort, 'Modern Vampires of the City' (2013), has been well-received by fans and critics.
Fans of 'Fantastic Beasts', 'Harry Potter' and all things to do with the J.K. Rowling universe will be thrilled to know that the Witch Market is setting up for the fourth time in Barcelona. Mere muggles can feel like magicians for a whole weekend, on November 23 and 24 at the University of Barcelona. Paying tribute to the fourth and darkest installment of the saga ('Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire', of course), this year's market and fair will feature darker tone and theme than in previous editions. Even so, the cosplay contest with prizes for the best costumes are still on the bill, and taken very seriously.
Open Day at the Palau de Música Catalana has become something of a tradition, and we're all for it! You can visit at your leisure the different areas of the World Heritage modernista building, including the Concert Hall, the Lluís Millet Hall, and the Petit Palau. The Orfeó Català also offers guided tours of their facilities on the fifth floor, where they store documents dating to the 12th century. Outside, in the Plaça del Palau, you'll also find a piano set up for anyone who wants to play, thanks to the Maria Canals competition. Plus, the Palau is offering choral workshops, where participants rehearse various pieces and then perform in the Concert Hall before an audience!
English writer Jeanette Winterson's work is an unusual mix of reflections on love, fanaticism, time travel and quantum physics. She chats with Catalan feminist writer and activist Bel Olid about who we are and how we love each other, but also where we are going. Without feminism there is no democracy. And with feminism, will there be? How can we take advantage of the increased presence of robots and other technologies in our lives to make them better? Where do the classifications of sex and gender, the natural and the artificial end? To what extent are we cyborgs? Can we escape the dystopian future that so many current fictions predict?
This shopping experience in Estació de França is a bit different in that its 150 exhibitors sell all sorts of items made with reused materials. The idea is to be a big part of the three Rs – reuse, recycle, reduce – and at the same time make available to you second-hand items at affordable prices. Plus, you'll find a space where Barcelona's young designers and emerging brands can show off and sell their older collections. The market offers not only clothing, accessories, jewellery, vinyl records, books and the like, but also household appliances, plants, decorative objects and cosmetics.
Just a few days after the opening of 'In Free Fall', Àngels Ribé, the artist who created the exhibition's central piece 'Labyrinth', just happened to win the National Prize of Plastic Arts. Taking the structural crisis in which we live as a starting point, curator João Laia has commissioned a space for reflection on ecological, economic, political and social instability. Ribé's sinuous yellow plastic maze, which was first presented at Verderonne Castle in 1969, functions as a magnetic field around which 13 works orbit. The works in turn were created between the late 1960s and the present by a total of 11 artists, among them Dar Birnbaum and Dan Graham, Andreas Gursky, Georg Baselitz and Rosemarie Trockel.
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Time Out Barcelona in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food, Estrella Damm and other entities invite you to the first edition Time to Eat on November 30 at the Maritime Museum in Barcelona. Catalan products are the star of the day, and they make up all the ingredients that make up all the dishes at this gastronomic festival. And who will be cooking up the recipes using said Catalan products? Sixteen top chefs in Barcelona wouldn't miss the party, and they're participating with sample dishes that are representative of their signature cuisine. Not only will you want to fill your belly with the best food around town at friendly prices, but you can also participate in the various gastro-related activities on throughout the day. You'll find tastings and pairings, workshops, talks and things to do for the kids in the family.
What's On: Music and Art in Barcelona
Barcelona is a city brimming with music that spans genres. Concert halls, bars, and big clubs invite all kinds of acts to their stages, from freshly pressed indie bands to globally famous international superstars. To make sure you don't miss any of your favourites, including major festivals, check here for our top picks for the best live music and concerts in Barcelona.
Calling all lovers of painting, photography, sculpture, and art in general: we know one of the biggest things to do in Barcelona for you is to check out the best exhibitions on in the city right now. This is our selection of what you won't want to miss in Barcelona's museums and galleries.