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The Santa Eulàlia Festival, the winter festival of Barcelona, is for all the family. During these magical days, tribute is paid to the brave Laia, the girl who rebelled to defend her aims. For the city of Barcelona, this girl was a symbol of solidarity, in defence of justice and commitment to young people. Santa Eulàlia and la Mare de Déu de la Mercè are co-patron saints of Barcelona. To celebrate this festival, different activities are organized for all the family. You can’t miss the giants, the processions or the firework street run, human towers, sardanas dancing and musical bands throughout different routes of the city, apart from other activities for both young and old.
On 12th February, the Santa Eulàlia feast day, several events are held, such as raising the Penó de Santa Eulàlia (reproduction of an old banner of the city) on the balcony of City Hall, sardanas dancing, giants...
During the weekend of 12th and 13th February, there is an extensive programme for both young and old to commemorate this festival.
It dates back to over half a century and can boast that it offers live music 356 days a year. The Sala Jamboree is the Barcelona temple of jazz par excellence, where great legends and young promises of jazz have played. Figures like Bill Coleman, Kenny Drew, Chet Baker, Ponny Poindexter, Art Farmer, Lou Bennet, Stéphan Grappelli, Kenny Clarke, Cecil Taylor, Elvin Jones, Steve Grossman and Al FosGordon have all been on stage.
All styles are represented, from vanguard to Dixieland passing through bop, fusion, vocal jazz, mainstream, nu-jazz, tango-jazz, flamenco jazz and Latin jazz, without forgetting other Afroamerican styles such as blues and gospel.
This venue is a cultural benchmark of Barcelona, which won the Gold Medal of the city.
Date not yet confirmed.The time has come to get the cosplay costumes out of the wardrobe once again for this new edition of the manga fair in Barcelona. The fact that there has been an event dedicated to this Japanese art form for almost a quarter of a century demonstrates the commitment of fans of all ages, in and around the city, to the popular Japanese comic and its pop culture in general.
For a whole week there will be appearances by scriptwriters and cartoonists from all over the world, new publications, film marathons and workshops that explore different aspects of manga and anime or offer the opportunity to dress up as our favorite characters. In addition, of course, to a large number of CD, DVD, comics, books, illustrations and merchandising stands.
Date not yet confirmedCreated in 2003, Loop is a platform that focuses on the possibilities and challenges presented by video art, one of the key artistic movements of modern times. Each year, Loop hosts professionals and the public for a gathering where they can explore the latest technological and other developments in the moving image sector and see the work of new and established creatives who use video as their main tool.
Loop Festival runs for around 10 days and includes screenings, exhibitions, concerts, talks and other live events at numerous venues around the city.
May sees two excellent events for those who love visiting museums. On May 18, International Museum Day is celebrated, a European initiative that sees numerous institutions open their doors for free and put on a special programme of activities. The aim is to raise awareness in visitors about the key role museums and other cultural centres can play in the development of society.
At the same time, Barcelona holds its Night of Museums, when participating venues stay open until night, offering a different way to experience the permanent and temporary exhibitions currently on show, as well as the chance to enjoy different activities, such as family workshops, live performances and guided tours. This is also a global event, one that started in Berlin in 1997 and is now celebrated in around 120 European cities each year. Signed up to the two events in Barcelona are a wide variety of centres whose specialisations include art, archeology, history, author, ethnology, paleontology, ceramics, zoology, movies, design and much more.
The starting point for this exhibition at Barcelona's Museu del Disseny is the role of art nouveau as the originator of design. A reinterpretation of the art déco movement that developed in Europe, and its Catalan offshoot, modernisme, based on the importance of the decorative, applied and industrial arts and crafts in design. The exhibition features lights, gold and silverware, decorative elements and unseen pieces by Gaudí to show the great splendour of the arts in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
During the Christmas holidays, the museums of the city are offering a very interesting alternative to get out of the house but without going out in the cold. It consists of various activities, workshops and proposals scheduled for these holidays, and which complement the interesting exhibitions currently being held. Many options, that will make your Christmas a cultural and artistic adventure.
Macba is opening an exhibition featuring the collection of works put together by Rafael Tous, one of the most important art collectors in Catalonia. The collection consists essentially of conceptual art, and stands out as having been constructed from a sense of complicity and proximity. Drawn to committed art as a young man, Tous forged close links with artists of his generation. His collection includes pieces by Antoni Llena and Àngel Jové, representative of the Catalan conceptualism of the 1970s, the political criticism of Francesc Abad, Francesc Torres, the Grup de Treball and Muntadas, the social art of Joan Rabascall and Eulàlia Grau, the material and object research of Pere Noguera, Jordi Pablo and Jaume Xifra, views of the body and nature by Jordi Benito, Àngels Ribé, Fina Miralles and Carles Pujol, and the ritual ceremonies of the group known as Els Catalans de París (the Catalans of Paris), among other interests and artists.
Date not yet confirmedBarcelona is once again celebrating its grand festival, in honor of its patron saint. A program full of different activities is planned for all the public, with music, dance, circus and street arts. And not forgetting the giants, dragons, fire beasts, human towers and sardana groups.
La Mercè is also a festival of street arts with the MAC festival, Mercè Arts de Carrer. This is a festival which has become a showcase of new creations, and the meeting place for many artists, both from the city and overseas. The BAM Festival, Barcelona Acció Musical, will fill the streets with today's popular rhythms and concerts.
La Mercè will end, as always, with the traditional fireworks and music display. an explosion of light and sound, which has become one of the most expected and acclaimed events for the people of Barcelona and its visitors.
Date not yet confirmedThe Swab contemporary art fair has now been running for twelve years, and remains faithful to its mission of acting as an experimental platform for emerging artistic ideas. Founded by the architect and collector Joaquín Diez-Cascón, Swab is an event that brings together some 80 galleries from the international art scene. The fair strives for close contact with the public, selecting and presenting the freshest proposals on the international scene, reflecting the latest trends and innovations in the art world.
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