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's Design Museum brings in the second edition of the Barcelona 360º Virtual Reality Market, from April 25 to 28. The market is divided into two parts, one for professionals and one for the general public. A VR space is open to all so you can experiment, and you'll find a Gamers Zone that's set up like an arcade with the most innovative simulators, along with a VR tournament. In the Gamers Zone you'll also find drones and tech equipment used in making VR films, a 360º sphere, and a Cine VR cinema that features four sessions showing a selection of shorts using VR technology.
The 47th annual April Fair is here! Don't miss this nine-day party that brings all the celebrations, music, dance and food from Seville to Barcelona. It's a festival straight from Andalusia, but with a Catalan twist. You'll have free entry to some 100 tent spaces set up like little houses, where your senses will be wowed by flamenco dress, 'rebujito', fried fish and performances. You'll can also dance sevillanas and gobble up traditional Andalusian food. Bring the whole family, as there's also plenty to see and do for kids.
Barcelona's Tivoli theatre brings to town the original version of the popular musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice that was a triumph in the West End and on Broadway. The show makes its debut in Catalonia, in English (with subtitles). The rock opera stars Ted Neeley as Jesus, a role he made famous in the 1973 film version directed by Norman Jewison.
On April 29 the world celebrates International Day of Dance. The UNESCO International Dance Committee set this day aside to commemorate the birth of Jean-Georges Noverre (April 29, 1727), who's considered the father of modern ballet. Locally, the APdC (Association of Dance Professionals in Catalonia) has organised various dance performances for Friday, April 27 in Plaça dels Àngels in front of the MACBA.
Kevin Martin and Justin Broadrick meet up again after having worked together in the '90s on their project Techno Animal, where they experimented with a mix of industrial, electronica and underground hip hop. Zonal is the latest chapter in their collaboration, where they show they're all for even more intense sound. As part of the DNIT cycle at the CaixaForum, Zonal share the stage with producer, activist and poet out of Philadelphia Camae Ayewa, who rose to worldwide renown as Moor Mother with the album 'Fetish Bones' (2016).
Enjoy the fruit of a collaboration between monthly market Eat Stret and the Mercat de la Terra Slow Food market, which takes place every Saturday in the Tres Chimeneas park in Poble-sec. Parallel Markets sets up in the same spot – Tres Chimeneas – on April 28 from 10am to 11pm, where you'll spend a day in the street at a festival of sustainable gastronomy. Chefs and restaurants show up in the neighbourhood and connect with small local producers. The result? Street food abounds, all made with quality local products.
Barcelona is one of the first cities to host the World Press Photo 2018, an exhibition where the winning photographs of the prestigious photojournalism prize are shown, and ours is also one of the few cities that exhibit the winning works of the Digital Narrative competition. The 14th edition of the World Press Photo exhibition is on at the CCCB, featuring the 134 winning photographs and a programme of parallel activities and guided tours to make the experience even better.
For the fifth consecutive year the Plaza Mayor in Barcelona's Poble Espanyol is being transformed into a traditional German Biergarten. You'll find a wide variety and types of beers and a long list of treats to eat including frankfurts, bratwurst, German potato salad, pretzels... And it's not only about beer and food – there will also be activities for all, competitions, and home-beer-making workshops. All accompanied by DJ sessions and live music. And if you have kids, feel free to bring them along, as there will also be fun for the little ones.
Barcelona welcomes this first edition of the Nomad Festival, a travelling event that's already stopped in other spots around Catalonia and now sets up temporarily in the capital city from April 28 to May 1 at Nau Bostik. This is a festival for everyone that brings together various cultural disciplines in one outdoor space. You'll find design, gastronomy, fashion, music, theatre, workshops and games for all ages.
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 from six paintings and book your spot. Your instructor will walk you through the painting step-by-step, 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.
The Addaura Teatre Visual company presents this show that's based on the visual poetry of Joan Brossa, and which mixes dance, magic objects, video, puppets and shadows, without language barriers. Everything is put together without losing the meaning that the author set out to convey in each of his works.
Popular weekend markets Van Van and Lost&Found are hooking up again to bring you a new joint edition full of food, vintage treasures and live music. Van Van's 15 food trucks offer local and varied cuisine with a new cooking show format with star chefs. Livening up the ambience is music from Black Music Van Van featuring three live acts. And on Sunday, Lost&Found Market brings together a selection of companies selling vintage products: vinyl records, vintage clothing, toys, comics, furniture, decorative objects and much more.
The city's sweetest and wildest monthly party is celebrating even more this month as its host venue, Sala Apolo, turns 75 years old! Your friends at Churros are putting on a special fiesta that winks at the past of Barcelona's famous Av Paral·lel and that also looks toward the future. There's a long list of performers and DJs lined up to keep you moving. It's not every month you get a party like this for a 75th birthday!
The GN|MC company re-creates the repetition and rhythm in the movement of bodies that constantly defy grafity, as a metaphor of the repetitive nature of existence and the idea of persistence. 'Set of Sets' is a journey of joint cooperation, precision and rigour that takes our attention to the perception of infinity, time and memory, creating an endless labyrinth of bodies in action.
Newcastle's Richy Ahmed is part of the new generation of artists who are redefining house music, mixing it with disco, techno, funk, hip hop and pretty much whatever else they fancy. Ahmed is a regular at the best festivals in the world. He's part of the Hot Creations collective along with Jamie Jones and Lee Foss. To sum up, this is one of the biggest names on the nu-school house scene, so if you're into it, you won't want to miss this show.