A Spanish guitar, hands clapping and drumming, passionate voices and the sound of the flamenco dancer stomping on the stage floor are all you need to give you goosebumps of delight. Get ready for a journey of intense emotions because from May 16 to 31 the Ciutat Flamenco festival is back with its 26th edition, and it's set to be spectacular. For 11 days, big names step onto various stages around Barcelona to make flamenco the star of the city.The festival bears witness to the presentation of four new albums, among them two making their debut in Catalonia. Chicuelo kicks off the festival on Thursday the 16th in Luz de Gas, with his latest effort, 'Uña y carne'. On May 29, also in Luz de Gas, Antonio Rey presents 'Dos partes de mi', and for the first time in Catalonia, Rocío Márquez debuts her fifth album, 'Visto en jueves' on the 18th, while María Terremoto presents 'La huella de mi sentío' on the 30th. You can also enjoy the latest creation from Antonio Lizana: a look at his three latest albums in Luz de Gas on Friday the 17th. And what would a flamenco festival be without its dancers (known as 'bailaoras')? On May 31 at BARTS you can check out a powerful show, where the legendary dance of bailaora La Chana meets bailaoras Carmen La Talegona, Lucía La Piñona, María Moreno, Mercedes de Córdoba and Rosario Toledo in 'Bailaora. El nuevo tiempo'. Plus, since the festival is organised by the Taller de Músics, which this year celebrates its 40th anniversary, pianist and composer Ll
Beer lovers, if you haven't been to the Fàbrica Moritz, get there for a great selection of beers as well as some good food. If you have, and you want to know more and do a bit of a tasting, this outing is for you. Note that the tour is given only in Spanish or Catalan, but the beer-tasting part rises above language barriers... If you choose to dive in, the experience includes a guided tour of the inner workings of the Fàbrica and a tasting of five varieties of beer. Discover where they made the first beer in Barcelona and where, more than 160 years later, they're still working at the art of brewing, 365 days a year.
Can't you just picture yourself knocking on Monica's apartment door or having a coffee in Central Perk? What about playing table football at Joey and Chandler's or getting together with your own friends to re-create the opening title sequence of one of the biggest worldwide sensations on television? Now that's all possible, because from May 24 to June 2, the festival dedicated to 'Friends' comes to Barcelona thanks to Comedy Central to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the premiere of the show. Your ticket is valid for a whole day, and you can visit and enjoy the different sets from the series, grab a bite or a beer from on-site food trucks, or show how big of a fan you really are by picking up some merchandise from the shop. If you want, you can also visit Monica's apartment and Central Perk in a guided tour limited to 40 people. You take the tour at a specific time which you can choose when you buy your ticket. But if your Spanish/Catalan skills aren't up to it, just have fun running around on your own. The festival is already sold out in Madrid, so get your tickets in a hurry before Barcelona follows suit!
English markets first promoted this event in 2014 to call attention their value as social centres and souls of their neighbourhoods. Municipal markets in Barcelona and around Catalonia have joined in, and this year marks the sixth edition of International Markets Week. From May 15 to 31, markets around the city host cultural, gastronomic and family activities, many of them free.For example, on Friday, May 17 at the Mercat de Santa Caterina you can indulge in a wine tasting of wines from the Terra Alta, paired with local products to eat (7.30pm, €30), and on Saturday the 18th there's a cooking show at the Mercat de Horta (Tajo, 75; 11.30am) and a night-time tour of part of the excavation area of the Mercat de Sant Antoni, as part of the celebration of Museum Night.Monday the 20th at the Boqueria you can learn how to make healthy juices, Tuesday the 21st in the Mercat de l'Estrella (Pi i Margall, 73) there's a family-orientated class on recipes with chocolate (€3).On Saturday the 25th you can celebration International Hamburger Day at the Mercat de Sant Andreu (Plaça del Mercadal, 41), and the next day, back at Sant Antoni, you'll find poetry readings by Joan Vinuesa and Iolanda López.The celebration wraps up on Sunday, June 2 with a tapas party at the Mercat de Ciutat Meridiana (Costabona, 4).
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, CosmoCaixa, along with Tintin, have prepared a very special exhibition: 'Tintin and the Moon, 50 years since the first manned mission'. 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.
La Pedrera hosts this complete anthology of the work of Gabriel Cualladó (Massanassa, Valencia, 1925 – Madrid, 2003), who has been acknowledged as one of the leading figures in the movement to renew Spanish photography in the second half of the 20th century. His work exudes a personality of its own and stands out from the oeuvres of his peers because it imbues the sad reality of the post-war years with humanism and comprises a universe steeped in lyricism. Cualladó was self-taught and always described himself as an amateur photographer, and indeed he never made a living from photography, which was his great passion and a practice he never abandoned.
The Antoni Tàpies Foundation, which is coming up on the 30th anniversary of when it first opened to the public, presents a block of work by Antoni Tàpies done in 1991. The artist produced a series of works in Barcelona on synthetic textile mats that he used to cover and protect his studio floor while he painted. It was not the first time that Tàpies used this medium. In 1984, he had already experimented with the material, producing two works. However, it wasn't until 1991 that he created a significant set of works in which the use of this material was a common feature. Manuel J. Borja-Villel, the director of the Foundation's museum in 1991, selected some of these to exhibit under the title 'Profound certainty'. Twenty-eight years later, the Foundation is showing this block of work in its entirety, including pieces that have not been exhibited before, and accompanying it with a series of bronze and chamotte clay sculptures from the same period.
Some 70 old master prints by German Renaissance master Albrecht Dürer are on display in Barcelona in an exhibition that spans three spaces in the Barri Gòtic. The works help you discover the artist, a great illustrator and printer who took on a wide range of themes: religious scenes, mythology, portraits, and social and political commentary. They also give you a sense of the time he was working in and show the importance of bankers such as Jakob Fugger, the Medici of Augsburg, and the role of the church in the building of Europe. Highlights among the pieces, which are on loan from an Italian collector, are the 20 sheets of engravings that depict Maximilian's 'Great Triumphal Car', and also 'Malencolia I', a piece created by burin and referenced in the work of Josep Maria Subirachs on the Passion Façade of the Sagrada Família. From the series dedicated to the Life of the Virgin, don't miss the image of the Virgin over the crescent moon. Dürer traded with these prints where he demonstrated an absolute mastery of the drawing, and we still enjoy his anatomies and clothing, and the architecture and landscapes he re-created. The exhibition is on simultaenously at the Reial Cercle Artístic (10am-10pm) and at the Cathedral and the Museu Diocesa (both Jan, Feb, 10am-7pm; Mar-May, 10am-7.45pm).
For architect Lina Bo Bardi, drawing was a primordial way of expressing herself, and in her archives in São Paulo, there are close to 6,000 of these works. This small exhibition brings togeter some 100 images of her drawings, and more of her building work and activity as a designer. In the words of the curator, 'In the face of the loss of skill in hand drawing in the arts in general and architectural practice in particular, Lina Bo Bardi's drawings continue to be an always refreshing discovery of the permanent importance and value of free and authentic thought and of skilled and learned hands.'
This monographic exhibition is dedicated to Max Beckmann, an important 20th-century artist. Beckmann, who was exiled from his native Germany in 1937, believed that exile was the basic condition of modern man, and that was both evoked in his work and is the central concept of this show. The first part of the exhibition includes his works up to 1937. The second part is divided into four themes: loss of individual identity, imbalance caused by the modern city, exile as a synonym of death, and the sea as a metaphor for infinity.