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The Time Out Barcelona hot list

The biggest and best things happening in Barcelona this week
Llum BCN 2019
©KyleMcDonal&JonasJongejan Llum BCN 2019
By Time Out Barcelona |
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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, things to do, and whatever else Barcelona manages to think up before our next Hot List is published on Monday.

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Llum Bcn Poblenou 2019
© Kyle McDonal&JonasJongejan
Things to do

Llum BCN Poblenou

icon-location-pin Poblenou, Diagonal Mar i el Front Marítim del Poblenou
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The light festival Llum BCN is back for its eighth year from February 15 to 17, transforming the neighbourhood of Poblenou into a huge outdoor experimental lab, with light as a creative medium and featuring the work of artists, designers and architects from around the world who are exploring the possibilities light offers in an urban space – new techniques such as dynamic lighting, large-scale projections and interactive environments.

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Massive Attack
Music, Dance and electronic

Massive Attack

British duo Massive Attack stop in Barcelona on their world tour to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their third album, the influential 'Mezzanine' (1998), which includes the biggest hit of their career, 'Teardrop', featuring Elizabeth Fraser from Cocteau Twins. According to announcements, Robert Del Naja and Daddy G reimagine the album using old material that's been reconstructed from samples and original influences.

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Pavelló Mies van der Rohe
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Things to do

Santa Eulàlia and BCN Llum: Open doors

icon-location-pin Various venues,
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Barcelona dresses up to celebrate Santa Eulàlia as well as Llum BCN, and one of the most anticipated events that goes along with both is the series of Open Doors days. From Friday, February 8 to Tuesday the 12th (Santa Eulàlia) and from Friday the 15th to Sunday the 17th (Llum BCN), you'll find loads of museums and other spaces around the city open to the public for free. With all these dates and times available, there's no way you can miss out!

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Snow Patrol
Music, Pop

Snow Patrol

Since their 1998 debut 'Songs for Polarbears', Northern Irish outfit Snow Patrol and their epic pop rock have been applauded by plenty of fans and critics. Following their tour for 'Fallen Empires' (2011) in 2012, the members of the group decided to takea  break to focus on personal projects. Now they're back to present their new album, 'Wildness' (2018).

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Yo La Tengo
Music, Pop

Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo are back in Barcelona to present their 15th album, 'There's a Riot Going On' (2018). The trio from Hoboken – Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew – is one of the biggest indie groups around, and fans old and new are set to enjoy one of thie big, intense concerts.

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Divisió. Joaquin Ferronato.
Things to do

OFFLlumBCN’19

icon-location-pin Various venues,
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Coinciding with the Llum BCN Poblenou 2019 festival, OFFLlumBCN'19 is an event organised by some of the associations of Poblenou Urban District, where you can check out an alternative route to that of Llum BCN. Starting at 7pm on Friday, February 15, and on throughout the weekend, artistic and creative spaces around the neighbourhood light up the streets as they present small-format light shows during the festival. Spaces that are usually closed to the public at these times open their doors with plenty of light taking centre stage to wow visitors.

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BIG: Barcelona Improv Group
Comedy, Improv

BIG: Barcelona Improv Group, Prismatic

Join the Barcelona Improv Group for an evening of improvised comedy and drama as once again they take a rollercoaster ride through the inner mind and the outer world of three never-before-seen characters, discovering what has shaped their lives and seeing how those lives are ultimately connected. Using their own original format (Filters), 'Prismatic' takes the audience’s thoughts and philosophies as the core inspiration for the show. Prepare to watch the creation of the human soul before your very eyes!

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Before
Theatre

Before

'Before' is a magnificent rarity of Hiroshima’s programming and a small jewel in new Portuguese dramaturgy. Recently presented at Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Pedro Penim’s text approaches with irony and humour, the feeling of 'saudade' (the longing of the past). It speaks up about the yearning for a return to a past time perceived as glorious and desirable when facing a painful present. (In English with Spanish subtitles.)Text and artistic direction: Pedro Penim. Cast: Pedro Penim, Bernardo de Lacerda and Frederico Serpa.

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[title of show]
© Frankie De Leonardis, Jocular Theatre
Theatre, Musicals

[title of show]

icon-location-pin Almeria Teatre, Vila de Gràcia
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Who says four chairs and a keyboard can’t make a musical? Jocular Theatre are back with their 20th English-language theatre production in Barcelona, presenting '[title of show]', a story about Hunter, Jeff, Heidi, and Susan. They have crappy jobs. They write a musical. All they have are four chairs and a keyboard. No chandeliers. No fancy costumes. Just great songs. A turkey burger. A phone message from Patti LuPone. A box of playbills. Half-naked guys and girl-on-girl action. Sorta. What will happen to them? Will they get into the Musical Theater Festival? Will they get to Broadway? Don't miss your chance to find out!

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Ball de la Laia
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Things to do

Santa Eulàlia

The city commemorates Santa Eulàlia, who met her end at the hands of the Romans after enduring terrible tortures at the age of only 13. Barcelona’s co-patron saint, along with La Mercè, Santa Eulàlia is a special favourite of children. This year, from Friday, February 8 to Tuesday the 12th, the festival boasts some new ways to celebrate, like a concert route through the organs in Ciutat Vella, the Diada Bastonera, and an exhibition of giants. You'll also find traditional dances and parades, as well as a day of open doors in City Hall, and open doors in several museums around Barcelona.

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

Dylan Moran
© Andy Hollingworth
Comedy, Stand-up

Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmos

icon-location-pin Casino de l'Aliança del Poblenou, El Poblenou
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Dylan Moran will once again offer his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life, all served with poetical panache from one of the finest comedians of his generation. Moran has been called the Oscar Wilde of comedy, and his famed style – deadpan, witty and crackpot lyricism – promises to take you on an unmissable journey through his interpretations of the world, swerving cliché to offer a cutting blow to our idiosyncrasies. Moran has toured the world many times, including versions of his show as far afield as Kazakhstan, Ukraine and across the USA.

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