Plan the perfect start to your weekend in Barcelona with our editors' selection of the best galleries, concerts, gigs, cafés, restaurants, bars, clubs, films and more that you won't want to miss this Friday in Barcelona.
The barrio of Gràcia throws Barcelona's most popular Festa Major (basically, a big street party that goes on for days and days) of the year. A huge attraction is the effort the neighbours put in to decorating their streets for bragging rights of having done the best job. A tip: Wander the streets during the day to see the most decorations and avoid the sometimes overwhelming crowds at night. It's also best to check out the street dressings earlier in the week in case the elements or over-excited revellers disturb the works of art. There's also a packed programme of concerts, events and activities, so to help you out, we've made a selection of our favourites. Get over to Gràcia and enjoy the fun and festivities any or all of the seven days of the festival.
Jim Jarmusch. USA, 1995. Original language, Spanish subtitles. 120'.
Accountant William Blake (Johnny Depp) loses his job, and then a series of events lead to a bullet being shot into him near his heart, and making him into an unwitting outlaw. Filmed in black and white, Jim Jarmusch's foray into the world of the western makes for a wonderfully strange film with a metaphysical, ghostly air about it. With music by Neil Young. Keep your eye out for Robert Mitchum, John Hurt, Billy Bob Thornton, Gabriel Byrne and even Iggy Pop.
The black music festival par excellence of the Festa Major de Gràcia celebrates its fifth anniversary with a class line-up. Two nights of the best rhythm and soul from Konguito DJ, Blackcelona Sound Selector and Molly Varlet. Plus special concerts from The Slingshots, one of the best deep funk and soul bands in southern Europe, and Shirley Davis, the new diva of European soul, accompanied by The Silverbacks.
Ølgod Craft Beer Bar presents a member of its own family as Oscar (aka Opoku) sets up to spin the whole night through, celebrating his birthday by giving you the gift of music, including sounds from West Africa and Brazil as they meet and are mixed with Latin American, African and European beats. Opoku describes his sound on his Mixcloud page as 'outernational exploration; black music; and head, heart and body music.