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This weekend in Barcelona

Our editors' selection of the best galleries, concerts, gigs, cafés, restaurants, bars, clubs, films and more that you won't want to miss this weekend in Barcelona

Africa Fashion Week Barcelona 2017

Our editors' selection of the best galleries, concerts, gigs, cafés, restaurants, bars, clubs, films and more that you won't want to miss this weekend in Barcelona.

Barcelona Surf Film Festival 2017

The Baluard Gardens of Barcelona's Museu Marítim are the location for this year's edition (which is the fifth) of this international film festival dedicated to the theme of surfing, which has become an annual gathering-point for the thriving Barcelona surf community. From June 28 to 30, all kinds of movies will be screened where the common dominator is the popular water sport. There will also be live performances, a market featuring key local brands, discussions and conferences. 

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Museu Marítim de Barcelona , El Raval Wednesday July 5 2017 - Friday July 7 2017

Music in the Parks 2017: Trio Sotto Voce

Every summer Barcelona City Hall organises a series of free open-air concerts in different spaces around the city of both instrumental and vocal performances. This concert falls into the latter category, with a show from the group Trio Sotto Voce, featuring singers Elionor Martínez and Mar Esteve, with Rubén Russo on piano. They will perform songs, arias and duets by composers including Granados, Rossini, Delibes and Offenbach.

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Jardins de la Tamarita , Sarrià - Sant Gervasi Friday June 30 2017 - Friday July 14 2017

Vida 2017: Fleet Foxes + The Flaming Lips + Phoenix + Devendra Banhart...

The Vida festival has become one of the biggest summer music festivals in Spain. This year the programme features an even bigger and stronger line-up on the inaugural day, with French band Phoenix as proof. The Vida festival is on from June 29 to July 2 in the natural surroundings of the old Masía de Can Parellada farmhouse in the community of Vilanova i la Geltrú.

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La Masia d’en Cabanyes , Areas Thursday June 29 2017 - Sunday July 2 2017
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Nakany Kanté

Nakany Kanté, a young jewel on the local African scene, was born in Conakry, Guinea, and now lives in Sabadell. She presents her second album, 'Naka' (2016), a good sampling of her Mandinka pop music with touches of soukous, mbalax and Afro-reggae.

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Centre Cultural Albareda , El Poble-sec Friday June 30 2017

Letter to a man

Authors: Robert Wilson and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Director: Robert Wilson. Performer: Mikhail Baryshnikov. The director Robert Wilson and the legendary dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov come together to create a work based on the famous diaries of Russian dancer Vaslav Nijinsky, published in 1936 and about which Henry Miller said, 'It is a communication so naked, so desperate, that it breaks the mold... Had he not gone to the asylum we would have had in Nijinsky a writer equal to the dancer.' 

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Teatre Nacional de Catalunya , Fort Pienc Thursday June 29 2017 - Sunday July 2 2017

Rock Fest 2017: Aerosmith + Alice Cooper + Deep Purple + Avantasia + Rosendo...

This is the fourth edition of a festival that has become unmissable for lovers of seriously hard rock. It takes place from June 30 to July 2 in the Parc de Can Zam in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, one of Barcelona's closest neighbours and reachable by metro. The festival features three days full of sharp, heavy guitar sounds with headliners Aerosmith back in Catalonia seven years after their last visit, as part of their 'Aero-Vederci Baby' tour, a farewell event after 45 years together, over 100 million records sold and countless awards. Also visiting Can Zam will be the legendary Alice Cooper, king of shock-rock, and the British icons Deep Purple, who have a new record out, 'Infinite' (2017). 

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Parc de Can Zam Friday June 30 2017 - Sunday July 2 2017
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Palo Alto: Electric Market

The final edition of Palo Alto Market for this year sees electronic music from the local scene take centre stage. Getting behind the decks at different times will be Sau Poler, the DJ legion from Discos Paradiso, the online radio collective Dublab, the eclectic, feminine formation EVA and Pau Roca, the 'new housemaster' in Barcelona according to Sónar, among others. In the market itself, you'll find numerous craft products and design items from local brands. 

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Palo Alto , El Poblenou Saturday July 1 2017 - Sunday July 2 2017

Stop Motion Barcelona Short Film Festival 2017

This is the second edition of the Stop Motion Barcelona Short Film Festival, Spain's first festival dedicated exclusively to stop motion animation. The festival, whose inaugural event last year was a big hit, returns with a larger programme and takes place at the Centre Cívic Can Felipa in Poblenou. For three days, as well as the official selection of short films that are in competition, you can also see student projects, a selection of new Czech works curated by the Czech Centre in Madrid, and a retrospective of work by the winners from the last eight editions of the Stop Motion Montreal festival.

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Centre Cívic Can Felipa , El Poblenou Thursday June 29 2017 - Saturday July 1 2017

Van Van Market L'Hospitalet

The food trucks of Van Van Market park themselves for this edition of the popular gastro market in L'Hospitalet for the first time. Barcelona's biggest neighbour plays host to the event in the Parc de la Marquesa, close to the metro stop of Collblanc (L5), for an authentic cultural experience that combines street food with some of the city's best food trucks like Kraken, Eureka Street Food, Pulponeta, Deligotessen – the dishes on offer include Mexican, Asian, Mediterranean, Hindu and French. On Saturday 1 there's live music with rock from Mala Vida, Havana salsa with Kola and a session by DJ Francis. 

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Saturday July 1 2017 - Sunday July 2 2017
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Grec 2017: Bill Evans & Dean Brown Band Featuring Étienne M’Bappé & Keith Carlock

Bill Evans saxes, Dean Brown guitars, Etienne Mbappé bass, Keith Carlock drums. Bill Evans, the sax player who received the blessing of Miles Davis and who has been one of the leaders in jazz fusion of the last few decades, comes to the Jamboree with the polyhedric guitar of Dean Brown; the bass player of the Zawinul Syndicate, Etienne Mbappé, and the crushing drums of Keith Carlock. Four aces of the most eclectic, electrifying jazz.

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Jamboree , El Gòtic Saturday July 1 2017 - Sunday July 2 2017

Africa Fashion Week Barcelona 2017

This is the fifth edition of Barcelona's annual event dedicated to African and African-American design and fashion. African Fashion Week Barcelona aims to be the preferred platform and reference-point for fashion designers from Africa and the Caribbean, as well as African Americans, who want to gain a global standing via the Catalan capital. These creatives come here to present the best elements of their latest collections, and the catwalk shows start each day at 6pm. There will also be a Fashion Market, with various clothing and accessory brands selling their wares for the two days of the event. 

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El Born Centre Cultural , Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera Saturday July 1 2017 - Sunday July 2 2017

Vida 2017: Fleet Foxes + The Flaming Lips + Phoenix + Devendra Banhart...

The Vida festival has become one of the biggest summer music festivals in Spain. This year the programme features an even bigger and stronger line-up on the inaugural day, with French band Phoenix as proof. The Vida festival is on from June 29 to July 2 in the natural surroundings of the old Masía de Can Parellada farmhouse in the community of Vilanova i la Geltrú.

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La Masia d’en Cabanyes , Areas Thursday June 29 2017 - Sunday July 2 2017
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Grec 2017: Jacopo Godani / Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company

Choreography, lighting, wardrobe and set design: Jacopo Godani. The Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company opens this year's festival Grec at the Teatre Grec (an open-air theatre on Montjuïc designed in the style of a ancient Greek performance space) with choreographies by the company's director, Jacopo Godani, an artist who controls all aspects of the shows he puts on, and who presents a new, vibrant choreographic language based on virtuosity. 

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Teatre Grec , Sants - Montjuïc Saturday July 1 2017 - Sunday July 2 2017

Secret City Trails

This Secret City Trail across Barcelona’s Old City is a playful and immersive adventure where you can experience the city in a different way. You will solve 11 cryptic clues via a web app. As you follow the trail, you discover the secrets of the Barri Gòtic, seeing well-known sights from a different point of view and being guided to lesser-known spots. You'll finish in approximately one to two and a half hours (though there is no time limit), having explored approximately two kilometres. The app and all clues and instructions are in English.

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Plaça Reial , El Gòtic Until Sunday December 31 2017

Arte Bar: Paint. Drink. Fun!

Looking for something different and fun to do in Barcelona? Arte Bar offers no-experience-required painting parties in their studio. Join in on your own and meet new people or bring some friends and do something creative and fun together. Choose which painting you want to create and book your spot. Your instructor will walk you through the painting step-by-step (in English, Spanish, Catalan), while you enjoy some local wine, beer or soft drinks. At the end of the night you'll leave with your finished painting and a memorable experience. Arte Bar also hosts private parties for a variety of occasions.

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Arte Bar , Dreta de l'Eixample Until Monday July 31 2017
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The Way Things Do

In 1987, the Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss presented their film 'Der Lauf der Dinge', known internationally as 'The Way Things Go'. The film shows the chain reaction of a long sequence of objects and substances that activate and connect with each other, as if they were predetermined by a continuous cause-and-effect relationship. The sequence, that appears to be arbitrary and chaotic, is actually meticulously choreographed. 

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Fundació Joan Miró , Sants - Montjuïc Friday June 30 2017 - Sunday October 1 2017

Two Market. Barcelona Second Hand

The second-hand market with the biggest pirate spirit in Barcelona is back. Find the most unusual stuff at great prices – including clothes starting at €1. The philosophy is that reuse is the best way to recycle.  

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L'Ovella Negra , Sant Martí Sunday July 2 2017

Africa Fashion Week Barcelona 2017

This is the fifth edition of Barcelona's annual event dedicated to African and African-American design and fashion. African Fashion Week Barcelona aims to be the preferred platform and reference-point for fashion designers from Africa and the Caribbean, as well as African Americans, who want to gain a global standing via the Catalan capital. These creatives come here to present the best elements of their latest collections, and the catwalk shows start each day at 6pm.

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El Born Centre Cultural , Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera Saturday July 1 2017 - Sunday July 2 2017
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Spectacular invertebrates 2

The Barcelona Zoo presents the second edition of the exhibition 'Spectacular invertebrates' in the Gorilla Space. Through observation, direct contact and explanations on panels, you can learn details and curious facts about centipedes, spiders, ladybirds, butterflies and many other spectacular animals. You can also attend workshops to see these animals closer, along with Sergi Romeu, a specialist in exotic invertebrates. The price of the activity is included in the price of the zoo entry ticket.

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Zoo de Barcelona , Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera Friday June 30 2017 - Sunday October 15 2017

Grec 2017: Un tret al cap

Author and director: Pau Miró. Starring: Emma Vilarasau, Mar Ulldemolins, Imma Colomer. The playwright Pau Miró brings us a bittersweet story performed by three women who talk to us about the different ways that they've faced censorship both in the public and private sphere. It's in Catalan – but don't let the language barrier come between you and good theatre!

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Sala Beckett - Poblenou , El Poblenou Friday June 30 2017 - Sunday July 30 2017

Daddy Yankee

Daddy Yankee, one of the pioneers of reggaeton, returns to Barcelona as part of a European tour. The Puerto Rican artist, creator of hits like 'Gasolina', 'Rompe' and 'Lo que pasó, pasó', has become one of the most influential Hispanics on the planet after selling over 11 million copies of his first album, 'Barrio fino' (2004).

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Poble Espanyol , Sants - Montjuïc Sunday July 2 2017
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Cor de Noies de l'Orfeó Català

This choir of young women, part of the iconic Orfeó Català choir and directed by Buia Reixach, presents a new recital at the Petit Palau of the Palau de la Música Catalana. Accompanied by a small instrumental group made up of Esther Pinyol (harp), Pawel Marciniak and Enric Martínez (horns) and Josep Surinyac (piano), they perform works by different composers, such as Jenner, Rheinberger, Brahms, Dvorák, Schubert and Schumann. There will also be a video mapping, designed by Aleix Viadé. 

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Palau de la Música Catalana , Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera Sunday July 2 2017

Post Malone + DJ2D2

US rapper Post Malone uses a heady, invigorating mix of genres in his work to great success. His single 'White Iverson' reached number 1 on Rhythm Radio, and he's worked with Kanye West, 50 Cent and Justin Bieber. He comes to Barcelona to present his first LP, 'Stoney' (2016).

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Razzmatazz , El Parc i la Llacuna del Poblenou Sunday July 2 2017

Magic nights at Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló opens its doors to welcome you into the universe of Antoni Gaudí by the light of the moon. You're invited to spend magic summer nights with a cava, nibbles and live music under the stars on the gorgeous mosaic-covered Dragon Terrace. There are two types of tickets: the Casa Batlló + Magic Nights ticket gets you a full tour of the Casa Batlló, one of the Catalan modernista architect's signature buildings, with SmartGuide's augmented reality, and afterwards the concert on the rooftop terrace and two drinks (€39; €19.50 for residents of the Barcelona province); the Magic Nights ticket (€29, shows at 9pm) includes the rooftop concert and two drinks without the tour of the building.

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Casa Batlló , Dreta de l'Eixample Until Sunday October 1 2017
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