Apolo gets into the Christmas spirit with a big fun-filled day on December 17. Starting at 11am and until midnight you'll find things to do for the whole family, a market featuring local creators with record labels founded in Barcelona and their wares, a record shop, designers, illustrators, and more creative endeavours. This window into the world of emerging talent in the city also includes Apolo's regular programme of the kids' session Escuela de Rock and the monthly party VenTú, as well as special programming in the other halls, La  and La (3).
Veteran American singer and composer Matthew Sweet is in Barcelona to debut his new album, 'Tomorrow's Daughter' (2018), which consists of 12 melodic tunes reminiscent of his early work.
El Dirty is the definitive theme party that fills up Razzmatazz Wednesday after Wednesday with fun music and plenty of shows. Tonight the world's favourite imaginary nanny takes over the room with her flying umbrella. That's right, it's Mary Poppins night, and she'll dance with you to the beats of music played by Purpur and Perotutehasvisto, along with the usual dancing suspects.
It's been 11 years since the first Festivalet, a fair dedicated to Barcelona's independent craftspeople and designers, which for many is already a must-go place to get your hands on original, signature products, plus you can buy straight from the person who made it – without going through any middleman. They've got together some 100 creators from Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg and Morocco, and this year they're also offering workshops, so you can start making things yourself.
Indie folk artist Tom Walker was born in Glasgow and grew up in Manchester, and now he's in Barcelona for the first time to present his future first album, 'What a Time to Be Alive' (2019), due out in March 2019.
Films played with live orchestral accompaniment have never been more popular. And this time around you won't be in an auditorium but at the cinema. The featured film is Alfred Hitchcock's classic 'Vertigo', starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, with a soundtrack by Bernard Herrmann. Performing Herrmann's score are the Orquesta Sinfónica Camera Musicae, directed by Anthony Gabriele.
Artists who've found success abroad returning home to reconnect with the fanbase that gave them that crucial initial push. This is the premise of Club Circuit, a new project by the Association of Catalonian Concert Halls that seeks to bring music back to Barcelona's most intimate – and culturally relevant – concert spaces. This first edition finishes with three consecutive dates with Christina Rosenvinge, a singer and composer from Madrid. With more than three decades in music, Rosenvinge is performing in small-capacity venues, so you feel the music closer than ever before and completely immerse yourself in her new album, ‘Un hombre rubio’.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, CosmoCaixa, along with Tintin, have prepared this very special exhibition, where you'll find original illustrations from the Hergé Museum in Brussels, as well as a reproduction of Tintin's famous red rocket. And that won't be the only rocket on display. The exhibition also features an official reproduction of the Apollo 11 spacecraft validated by NASA itself. What's more, you can find out what it's like to walk in zero gravity, see how much you weigh on the Moon, and take part in other simulations.
One of Barcelona's most fun vintage and second-hand markets is back with a pre-Christmas edition at Estació de França. You'll find all kinds of treasures, from clothes to music, decoration, toys, books, comics and much more, all at feel-good prices. The singularity of the vendors, the aim of creating a space with a festive ambience, and the environmentally responsible awareness make this ten-year-old Barcelona weekend market worth a visit.
Paul Loraine, owner of the Rhythm Cult label, has a motto: 'Better living through rhythm'. He's released music on Sleep Is Commercial, Indigo Raw, My Favourite Robot, Akbal Music, and Lucidflow. He's got a sixth sense for the dance floor and he can fill it with high emotions.