New openings June 2016

It seems that every week there are new and exciting bar and restaurant openings in Barcelona. So we decided to round up some of the best here in our blog. This week we bring you Le Petit Brot and Imprfecto.

Le Petit Brot

The warm intimacy of Le Petit Brot gives you the sensation of being in a country kitchen, but in the centre of the Raval.

Le Petit Brot is a vegan juice and smoothy bar serving ‘living juices and foods’ with shelves lined with fresh wheatgrass and bean sprouts, it is clear that the produce here is fresh as well as organic. The organic ethos also influences the design of the space, which has been constructed and designed using recycled materials and natural paints.

A selection of daily dishes, homemade raw food snacks such as kale chips, sprout salads and even raw vegan cheesecake are also on offer.

Le Petit Brot. Doctor Dou 10.

Imprfcto

Imprfcto is one of the most original new openings in a long time. A favela-inspired bar, with tables made from repurposed washing machines, a toilet door constructed from a British red telephone box as you enter the toilets, and a toilet used as cdecoration inside the bar.

It could havebeen designer by Renée Magritte so no surprise that the owner is Belgian artist Maxence Dopchie, who considered 20 different cities before he finally decided on setting up in Barcelona.

All beers are imported from Belgium, including Hoegaarden, Leffe and Trappist. The menu is also Belgian, with mussels, waffles, fries and sauces on offer.

This highly original Sant Antoni bar is an experience not to be missed.

Imprfcto. Paral•lel 104.

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Tardes Musicals D’Estiu 2016

The Barcelona Maritime Museum is located in the cities former shipyard, Drassanes, at the end of Las Ramblas and next to the old port. The museum offers a fascinating insight into the cities nautical history and ancient link with the sea and trade that dates back to Roman times.

This June, the Maritime Museum begins its annual cycle of musical summer evenings, where live music can be enjoyed in the calm and serenity of its delightful outdoor garden, a million miles from the hustle and bustle of las Ramblas that lies but a stone’s throw away.

Various English musicians will perform in a range of musical styles including jazz, blues and swing. Classics are reinterpreted in these performances, which feature classics, including music from Tom Jones, Nina Simone and Grease (1978). The season starts with a performance from the Jazz Society of University College London.

Concerts are held on June the 14th and 28th, and July the 4th 12th, 19th and 26th.

Find more information http://www.mmb.cat/

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156 Engravings, Museu Picasso

As well as perhaps the greatest painter and sculptor of the twentieth century, Pablo Picasso was also its foremost printmaker. His published prints total approximately 2000 different images pulled from metal, stone, wood, linoleum and celluloid.

In 1963 Picasso acquired a hand press at his home and studio in Mougins, where the artist had settled permanently. By then in his eighties, Picasso actively resumed etching and engraving and about 500 intaglio plated from this period of his career have been published. Finally, in 1972, a year before his death, Picasso etched two intaglio plates, his last prints.

These prints can be split into two groups, the second of which is currently on display at the Picasso Museum. Created between October 1968 and March 1972, the engravings explore the theme of eroticism that was so recurrent in his work. These are scenes of a fun, joyful and idle world, with an undercurrent of frustrated desire.

References to masters of the art world abound in these works, alluding to many of those great masters who continuously inspired Picasso over the span of his lifetime, including Rembrandt, Velázquez, Goya, Ingres, Delacroix, Manet and, in particular, Degas.

http://www.bcn.cat/museupicasso/en/exhibitions/future.html

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El Divino Morales

An interesting new exhibition at the MNAC in Barcelona revealing the life and work of Spanish renaissance painter, Luis de Morales, opens this month.

The Italian Renaissance spread to Spain by the 15th century where it coincided with the unification of Spain, the conquest of the Moors at Granada and the subsequent expulsion of non-Christians and the inquisition.

Though the Spanish Renaissance is less widely known, it was a very important time culturally for Spain. Luis de Morales was a contemporary of the writer, Cervantes, who wrote Spain’s most famous masterpiece Don Quijote, and of the painter El Greco.

The work of Morales is best understood against the backdrop of the religious upheaval Spain was going through at this time, with the creation of a new unified Spanish Christian identity.

Known as ‘El Divino Morales’ (‘the divine Morales’) , his devotional paintings espouse the Christian faith, and were used as altarpieces and religious artworks for churches, monasteries and palaces. Morales’ work demonstrates realism and meticulous attention to detail, which itself reflects the religious enthusiasm of his day.

This collection of 54 paintings at the MNAC, which includes Morales’s most iconic work, the Virgin of the Bird (1546), is united by a certain melancholy to the scenes depicted.

Taking inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci, these works by Morales forgo background scenery and instead focus on the detailed portraiture of Saints, the Virgin Mary and other key religious figures.

Running from June the 17th to September the 25th, this delightful exhibition is a unique opportunity to see Morales’ work at the MNAC in Barcelona.

http://www.museunacional.cat/en/divine-morales

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Sala Montjuic

Following on from our last post about Summer Nights at the Castle we highlight another event held outdoors in the grounds of Montjuic Castle, the Sala Montjuic.

Every year in July, the former moat of Montjuïc Castle (it has been drained, fortunately) is converted into an outdoor cinema, hosting a series of world-class movies and wonderful live music concerts.

Sala Montjuic’s organisers describe the event thus: “A selection of the best movies of all time, with concerts, picnics and short films”. It is hard to find fault here. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in July, Sala Montjuic is screening a selection of films of all genres, from the classics to the latest international hits.

All films are movies are displayed on a huge screen in their original language with Spanish subtitles.

Performances are proceeded by a concert starting at 9pm, and the concert often has a theme to ties in with the movie that is about to be screened.

Curtains usually draw on the film itself at about 10 pm, when night falls over the city. Visitors can bring a picnic, or indulge in the local specialties and beers offered at food stalls.

With a authentic tranquil setting on Montjuïc away from the hustle and bustle, a laid-back summer vibe, and breathtaking views of Barcelona’s beautiful skyline, it is no wonder this open air cinema has become one of the season’s highlights.

For more information see http://salamontjuic.org/en/

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Summer Nights at Montjuic Castle

This Friday, the second of three ‘Summer Nights at the Castle’ takes place, with the castle on Montjuïc transformed into a place of fun, frivolity and entertainment. The former castle moat will be used as a venue for art performances, music, dance and food trucks.

The programme features a concert-cabaret Circ amb Violeta, music from Slingshots and Claqué & Percussió – an exciting performance combining tap dance and musical percussion.

Access to the castle is free from 8pm onwards, and from 10pm there will be a free shuttle bus linking the castle with Plaça Espanya. Next Friday, the 17th of June, the last installment of Summer Nights at Montjuic will take place.

What better way to start the long, hot summer weekends? A fun activity with a safe and friendly atmosphere, suitable for all the family.

For more information see http://salamontjuic.org/en/

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Sonar 2016

Sónar lands in Barcelona one more fromt he 16th to the 18th of June. Sonar was first begun in 1994 in Barcelona as the “Festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art”. The first festival took place at the CCCB.

Born out of the boom in electronic music happening at the start of the 1990s, its very first edition featured such legends as Mixmaster Morris, Laurent Garnier and Sven Väth. The festival has made gained fame by showcasing avant-garde artists predominantly from the worlds of dance, electronic music and digital culture, with its creative and sensory series of activities appealing to a more grown up cerebral crowd (also thanks to the Sonar by Day party) as well as youngsters and party people.

Still going strong after 22 years, Sónar has gone from strength to strength and is now an international smash. This year’s line up includes both emerging and well established names, with the likes of Jean-Michel Jarre, New Order and Fatboy Slim confirmed.

Over the years the event has moved venue from the CCCB to the Fira Gran Via in Hospitalet de Llobregat, before settling down in its current home shared between the Firas of Montjuïc and Gran Via.

Since its inception Sónar has been split between the family-friendly Sónar by Day and then Sónar by Night for those who want party a bit harder.

https://sonar.es/

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Pop Up Barbershop Barcelona

Italian born chef Walter El Nagar found fame with the much lauded LA pop-up Barbershop Ristorante.

This summer El Nagar moves his pop up magic across the Atlantic on a Mediterranean European tour that will take in Barcelona, Ibiza and Milan. Barcelona is one of Europe’s most important gastronomic destinations and El Nagar’s first stop on tour is Barcelona.

With a menu that offers an original take on traditional Italian cuisine by combining Californian and other international influences, El Nagar is set to bring the culinary excellence that has dazzled the citizens of Los Angeles over the past four years to Catalunya’s capital with a tasting menu that offers 11 tantalising treats to the city’s eaters at the Gothic Quarter’s Foodieteca.

Pop Up Barbershop Barcelona takes place over six evenings in June. You can experience Barbershop’s cooking for yourself on June 10th, 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th and 19th. Seatings take place at 7pm and 8.30pm.

The menu is reasonably priced for a restaurant of this stature, at 75 euros for dinner and 25 euros for drinks.

More information: http://www.barbershop-ristorante.com/

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Utopia Photo Market

The Utopia Photo Market is a pop up photo gallery and market that takes place at the Utopia 126 creative space from the 10th to the 12th of June.

In the age of smart phones, Instagram and Snapchat, selfies and social shares, the value of the traditional art form of old-fashioned photography is in danger of being diminished. Utopia Photo Market is part of a movement that aims to reverse this trend.

So, whether you’re a professional or a novice behind the lens, the Utopia Photo Market allows you to develop your art, have your work seen by a wider audience, and to take further steps into the world of photography.

Utopia Photo Market also offers you the chance to buy works by some high-profile photographers who will be attending the market, including the winner of the 2012 World Press Photo contest, Samuel Aranda.

As well as shopping, the event hosts activities such as the opportunity to have your digital portrait created by the iconic Spanish artist and designer, Javier Mariscal, whose body of work ranges from Barcelona’s Gambrinus sculpture, to the set design for Big Brother and for Oscar-nominated film, Chico and Rita (2010).

Other activities include a hands-on workshop led by Wet Plate Studio, looking at how analogue cameras work, photo auctions and plenty more surprises.

Places for some activities are limited so do keep an eye on the website for updates.

Tickets cost from €3. More information see http://www.utopiaphotomarket.com/

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Catalan wine and cheese tasting in the Port Vell

The Catalan History Museum in Barceloneta is opening its doors to an enogastronomic (wine and cheese) festival which gives visitors the chance to sample some of Catalunya’s finest wines and cheeses. This gourmand’s delight takes place on Saturday the 28th of May.

Catalunya is famed for its wine production. While Cava is probably the best known Catalan wine outside of Spain, fine wines such as Penedes, Priorat and Montsant are widely enjoyed within Spain. Catalan food is internationally renowned and the region produces many fine cheeses, particularly in its northern reaches close to the Pyrenees.

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Catalan Cultural Club ‘TR3SC’, ten local wines are being paired with ten Catalan cheeses and made available on the stunning terrace of the Museu d’Història de Catalunya and Restaurante 1881, all to be enjoyed with some delightful views of with top views of the old port of Barcelona.

You pay €12 for 10 tickets (these will buy you five cheeses and five wines) or €20 for 20 tickets (ten cheeses and ten wines) and are provided with your tickets, a glass, and a booklet that explains the products. Then all you need to do is enjoy yourself. Bon profit!

http://www.en.mhcat.cat/

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