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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.
El petit Príncep The Little Prince
This is the eight year that this wonderful production designed by Àngel Llácer and Manu Guix is being staged. The incredible story created by Antoine Saint-Exupéry has been turned into a spectacular stage production with screenings for every scene, 360º surround sound and songs that will touch the heartstrings of the whole family. This heart-warming story of the little boy who travels from the asteroid B612 to the earth and a series of characters each more captivating than the last will thrill your children this Christmas. The show is performed in Catalan.
Barcelona Obertura Classic Lyric Season 20212022
Among the range of musical activities in Barcelona, there are three classical music theaters: the modernist Palau de la Música Catalana, the Gran Teatre del Liceu -historic opera theater- and the modern L'Auditori. Barcelona Obertura Classic and Lyric is a collaboration created in 2015 to promote a series of events in these three theaters. It is an alternative that put the rich variety of music played in Barcelona on the international map, and places it on the world musical scene as one the the cities that adores classical music.
New edition of the Emergents Barcelona Festival in the Auditori. A festival that showcases the expertise of national and international artists within the world of chamber music and symphonic and jazz music. Over four days, we will have the opportunity to listen to new talent and young groups such as the Membra Jesu Nostri, Mireia Tarragó y Carmen Santamaría, Liceu Jazz Grup, Eudald Buch and Trio Isimsiz, and much more.
Throughout the summer, most evenings see special cultural and gastronomic activities held at venues around the city. Many modernista spaces, such as La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, host concerts, suppers, drinks and audiovisual shows. In turn, several cultural venues, including Poble Espanyol, CaixaForum and El Born Centre de Cultura i Memoria, open late at least one night a week, allowing you to enjoy their exhibitions and special activities away from the daytime crowds and heat.
Film fans can head to open-air screenings like Sala Montjuïc, which shows movies at the castle on top of Montjuïc, Gandules, an event at the CCCB where the audience sits in deckchairs (gandules in Catalan), and Cosmonits, a whole programme of sci-fi films at CosmoCaixa.
So, if you are looking to enjoy summer nights, Barcelona has a wide range of options for you.
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.
The best in current electronic music and EDM (Electronic Dance Music) is showcased, once more at the Platja del Fòrum and the Parc de la Pau in Barcelona, at this year's Barcelona Beach Festival 2022. Each year, this festival gains in reputation as the greatest contemporary dance music extravaganza, with line-ups that bring together the very best Spanish and international DJs. In an incomparable setting with the beach as a backdrop, and nearly 14 hours of uninterrupted music, the BBF has established itself as the best one-day electronic music festival in Spain.
67th Maria Canals International Music Competition of Barcelona
Date not yet confirmed
The Palau de la Música Catalana is hosting the Maria Canals International Music Competition, which has been attracting renowned young pianists to Barcelona for 65 years. The aim is to take advantage of the presence of this young talent in the city to bring piano music to the general public.
As they do every year, the OFF Competition will be distributing pianos throughout different spaces in Barcelona, so that anyone who is able to can play and enjoy them.
Perhaps not as well-known as its Barcelona summer music festival peers, Primavera Sound and Sónar, Cruïlla is ideal for those people looking for top-notch indie and alternative musicians, along with smaller crowds and a more compact programme.
Every September, the beautiful central Catalan town of Vic hosts an extensive 'market of live music', which this year celebrates its 34th anniversary, aimed at giving both professionals and the public the chance to hear a wide range of different genres and discover new acts, as they enjoy of concerts and related activities. A lot of the focus is on artists from Catalonia, Spain and the Mediterranean area, but musicians from other places can also be found on the programme.
Performances, some of which are free, are given across the city at venues both indoors and out, including the emblematic Plaça Major, and throughout the event the streets are filled with buskers, adding to the musical extravaganza taking place. While there, it's also worth taking the time to explore Vic, a place rich with history, from the Roman temple to the cathedral, ecclesiastical museum, and medieval and modernista buildings. And don't forget to try the local gastronomic speciality, cured meats.
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