The Time Out Barcelona hot list

The biggest and best things happening in Barcelona this week
© Maria Dias Festa Major de Gràcia 2017. Carrer Joan Blanques de baix.
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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, and whatever else Barcelona manages to think up before our next Hot List is published on Monday.

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Festa Major de Gràcia 2016. Carrer Providència
© Maria Dias
Things to do, Festivals

Festa Major de Gràcia: Daily programme

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The neighbourhood of Gràcia gets dressed for its annual Festa Major, one of the favourite street festivals of the year, as much for locals as for visitors who come through for the festivities. From August 15 to 21 you'll find a massive programme of activities for all tastes filling the streets and squares of Gràcia with music, food and parties, including concerts, fairs, the 'correfoc' ('fire run'), the 'castellers' and things to do for kids. And of course you can't miss the traditional decorating of the main streets in the barrio just for the occasion.

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Sons of The East
Music, Pop

Sons of the East + Ocie Elliott

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Sidecar Factory Club welcomes indie-folk band Sons of the East to Barcelona for the first time. With two EPs under their belt, the trio's modern, alt-folk sound features piano, guitars, organ, banjo, and even the didgeridoo from their native Australia. Opening the night is Ocie Elliott, the Canadian folk duo of Sierra Lundy and Jon Middleton.

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Girlie Legend
LGBT

Girlie Circuit: The Legend Party

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The most famous lesbian rave touches down in Barcelona. Good music and an ideal location at the CDM Beach Club. The stars of the night are DJs Lydia Sanz, Sofía Cristo and Efrat Naaman, who share the turntables with Girlie DJ Nuria Scarp and vocalist Elena Farga.

CDM Beach Club, Port Forum Marina, Port Esportiu, 14P, 08930

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Za!
© Irene Fernández
Music, Pop

Festigàbal

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The Jardins de la Sedeta gardens once again fill with the best independent music under a Barcelona summer sky for the 13th edition of Festigàbal, which is back stronger than ever this year on August 17 and 18. On Friday the 17th you can catch performances by Me and the Bees, The Zephyr Bones, Sandré, L'Hereu Escampa, and Disco Las Palmeras!. Saturday the 18th brings in live shows from Agost, Jupiter Lion, La Plata, and ZA!, and a DJ session from Museless.

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Circuit 2018
LGBT

Circuit Festival: Papa Main Pool Party

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The Circuit organisers are experts in summer mega fiestas, and the Papa Main Pool Party is proof of that. It's a refreshing pool party that goes on all from afternoon into the night with the soundtrack provided by internationally renowned DJs like Teddy Clarks, Tomo Woodland and Enrico Meloni in quite the exclusive space – the CDM Beach Club – right at the Barcelona seaside.

CDM Beach Club, Port Forum Marina, Port Esportiu, 14P, 08930

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Sabor de Gràcia
Music

Gràcia Festival: 'Folk Square'

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Every year during the Gràcia Festival this popular cycle of folk concerts is organised by the Centre Artesà Tradicionàrius and put on in the Plaça del Sol (aka 'La Plaça del Folk'). This year, from August 15 to 21, it's the 14th edition of this week full of roots music, folk dancing, rumba, fanfare, folk fusion and Balkan fusion, performed by established groups and emerging artists.

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Poetry & Storytelling Barcelona – Open Mic
Things to do, Performances

Poetry & Storytelling Barcelona – Open Mic

icon-location-pin Dreta de l'Eixample
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Poetry & Storytelling Barcelona gives you the chance to showcase your own work. The format is completely up to each performer, and includes but is not limited to: poetry readings, storytelling, slam, stage readings and inspirational speeches. If you're interested in getting a slot to do your thing onstage, just talk to the host at the beginning of the event. If you'd rather just relax and enjoy the performances, you're perfectly welcome.

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Capvespres a Santa Maria del Mar
Things to do

Evening tours of Santa Maria del Mar church

icon-location-pin Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera
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Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening throughout summer (at 9pm and 9.30pm), the church of Santa Maria del Mar offers guided visits for small groups, which allows you to wander through this historical church practically alone. The crypt, neoclassical chapel and other spaces that are not usually open to visitors are included in this tour. Access to the rooftop terraces through the towers provides a new perspective on the church, and allows visitors to get closer than ever to the rose window, gargoyles and buttresses.

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El mal trato
LGBT

Circuit Festival: ‘El_Mal_Trato’. Ramon Guimaraês exhibition

icon-location-pin El Raval
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Circuit is more than just one of the biggest and oldest festivals on the LGBTI scene in the city (and beyond) – for the last several years it's also been committed to the LGBTI cultural and associative fabric. This year be sure to visit the exhibition 'El_Mal_Trato', by Ramon Guimarâes, a show about abuses related to gender issues, whether or not they have to do with the LGBTI community. The exhibition is curated by Franco de Toledo.

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Faraó. Rei d'Egipte
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Art, Sculpture

Faraó. Rei d'Egipte

icon-location-pin La Font de la Guatlla
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One of the latest exhibitions from the Obra Social la Caixa, in collaboration with the British Museum, 'Pharaoh. King of Egypt', explores the symbolism and ideology of the Egyptian monarchy, revealing the stories behind the 164 pieces in the show as a representation of this ancient civilisation. Standouts include goldsmithing works, as well as the monumental statues and the precious reliefs of temples that bring you closer to the real life and power of Ancient Egypt.

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