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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OFFF 2016

This weekend, from May the 26th to May the 28th, the Barcelona Design Museum will host the 16th edition of the OFFF festival.

OFFF is a huge international event in the creative sector that showcases new trends in graphic design, video, photography, advertising, cinema and editorial art.

This year the event features workshops, conferences and talks from some of the biggest names in the field.

For example, talents such as Aardman Animations (the studio behind Wallace and Gromit), designer Carl Sprague (an illustrator who works in cinema and designed the illustration concepts for films such as ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ’12 Years a Slave’), Daniel Aristizábal (a designer who mixes elements of cubism, dadaism and futurism in his work) and Somerset + Mills (a highly innovative production studio working in the fields of music, video, cinema and fashion) will be present at OFFF.

Tickets for OFFF 2016 sell out quickly, so this year the organisers are including a free Fun Zone where you can go and see what’s going on in the festival on large screen. There will also be food trucks so you won’t go hungry or thirsty.

Edifici Disseny Hub Barcelona
Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37-38
Barcelona
08018

http://ajuntament.barcelona.cat/museudeldisseny/en

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Coco Rosie live at the Apolo

The American sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady, A.K.A Coco Rosie, are playing in Barcelona at the Sala Apolo (c/ Nou de la Rambla 113) on the 26th of May; on tour to promote their new album ‘Heartache City’, an album filled with lyrics of love and loneliness.

Coco Rosie formed in Paris. Their distinct sound is hard to pin down, though some describe it as ‘freak folk’, as it incorporates elements of pop, blues,opera, electronica, and hip hop.

Heartache City moves a away from the experimentation with psychedelic, electronic sounds on albums and returns to their roots with a sound somewhat resembling their first album, La Maison de Mon Rêve (2004). The album was recorded at their farm studio in the south of France, using ‘minimal equipment, vintage toys and antique instruments’, according to online music magazine Pitchfork.

A live set from Coco Rosie at the Apolo is sure to be an unforgettable evening.

For tickets see the Apolo website here: https://www.sala-apolo.com/

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Tallers Oberts

Tallers Oberts, or ‘Open Studios’ offers the public the rare opportunity to step inside Barcelona’s art studios to meet and interact with the artists at their work.

Following on the footsteps of events such as ‘Museum Night’, when galleries and museums across a city are opened to the public for free, ‘Open Studios’ is part of a wider trend to make art accessible to a wider public.

Barcelona is a city with a long and distinct history of artists and crafts people working from small studios that dates back to the flourishing medieval guilds of crafts people that once sustained the economic life of the Old Town. It is rare to find such a tradition alive and well in a 21st century global city and this is something very unique about Barcelona, making this opportunity all the more valuable.

The open door philosophy highlights that creativity is not sealed off and confined to the studio space, but is open to outside factors. Everyday life and passers-by also can influence artistic output, just as they are in turn affected by art.

The initiative is to be spread across two long weekends and the inauguration of ‘Open Studios’ takes place on May the 19th, at 8pm, in the Sala A of Disseny Hub Barcelona,

As well as an open studio to view, activities, demonstrations and music are also planned. See here to download the guides to each area.

Openings are scheduled by area of the city, see below for the dates:

Poble Sec: May 20th, 21st & 22nd
Ciutat Vella: May 20th, 21st & 22nd
Sarriá: May 27th, 28th & 29th
Gràcia: May 27th, 28th & 29th

http://tallersobertsbarcelona.cat/

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Loop Festival 2016

The Loop Festival is an exciting showcase of video art that takes place every year in Barcelona. This year’s edition takes place across more than 100 different venues in the city, together creating a collective exhibition of video art or any art that requires moving images to portray its message.

While last year’s edition was based on the audiovisual, this year returns to the visual. Loop 2016 asks an interesting question – does an absence of dialogue and sound facilitates a universal understanding of film?

One film being screened at this year’s Loop is ‘Incluso El Silencio Es Causa De Tormenta’ (Even Silence Causes Torment); a collaboration between filmmakers Luis Macías and Adriana Vila, and Portuguese multimedia artist Alfredo Costa Monteiro that explores the relationship between sight and sound and our perception of them.

Another interesting piece is ‘Solid Light ‘by British-born, New York-based artist Anthony McCall, whose work turns projected light into a three-dimensional space to a dazzling, almost sculptural effect.

Loop takes place from the 26th of May to the 4th of June. See the event website for more information, here: http://loop-barcelona.com/

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Casa Batlló tours with Antoni Gaudi

The Casa Batlló is one of Gaudi’s masterpieces, and one of the jewels of the city. Located on Passeig de Gràcia, where the main concentration of Barcelona’s finest historical art nouveau buildings can be found, though many other fine examples exist throughout the Eixample area, as well as some notable works in the old town – such as the Palau de la Musica – this is perhaps the most famous home designed by Gaudi.

A novel new historical tour of the Casa Batlló is conducted by an actor dressed as the young Gaudi, who then explains the historical home in detail. This is a fun and entertaining tour, suited to people of all ages as well as being aimed at children; it is not a dry historical account at all, rather, the narrative includes numerous anecdotes, and peculiar and funny stories of the construction of Casa Batlló in 1904.

The performance is available in both English and Spanish and lasts approximately one hour. Groups number around 20 people per session. The tours will take place two Saturdays per month, in English at 4pm and in Spanish at 6pm, from March the 12th onwards. Tours cost €35 for adults and children under 7 are free.

These tours at offer culture and entertainment for all ages and introduce children and adults to Gaudi´s universe.

For more information, visit: http://https//www.casabatllo.es

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White Summer Festival

White Summer describes itself as a ‘field for colourful minds’. The uber-hip festival hails from Empordà in the northern part of Catalunya (a region encompassing the beautiful Costa Brava) and for the first time is setting up a city edition in Barcelona, bringing with it a refreshing and eclectic offering of shopping, gastronomy, art, music and live performance.

The gastronomy comes in the form of 24 food trucks offering different international cuisines, vegetarian and vegan delights as well as more traditional Catalan delicacies.

Musical entertainment will be provided by hip-hop act ‘Brodas Bros’, Spanish singer-songwriter Maika Makovaski, as well as other exciting artists.
Acrobatic and dance performances will be spread across the two-day event.

White summer will bring a taste of Empordà to Barcelona’s old Damm Factory venue this month as a prelude to the main White Summer Festival that takes place as usual this summer from July 30th to August the 20th along the Costa Brava.

For more information: http://www.whitesummer.es/barcelona/

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Alice in Wonderland

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s classic Victorian tale, Alice In Wonderland takes to the stage at the Teatre Gaudí from May 12th-29th, but with a twist in a modern musical adaptation that is at once faithful to the original and innovative.

The production is by Barcelona’s Escapade Theatre. Founded in 1997 by Sue Flack, Escapade Theatre aims to produce performances that entertain, provoke and “lay bare the pitiful state of the human condition”, along with a healthy dose of British satire and dark humour. Twenty years later, Escapade has established itself as one of Barcelona’s leading English theatre companies.

Laced with wit, riddles and magic, this production is suitable for both adults and children and of course features such wonderful characters as the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat.

This promises to be Escapade Theatre’s most exciting performance to date. Be sure not to miss it!

http://www.escapadetheatre.com/

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Primavera Sound 2016

According to Time Out International, Primavera Sound is the best music festival in the world. Here at Feelathomeinbarcelona, we are inclined to agree. This year’s festival takes place from the 1st to the 5th of June, at the Parc del Forum venue.

An exciting roster of headline acts includes: Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, PJ Harvey, The Last Shadow Puppets, Tame Impala, Sigur Rós, and none other than Brian Wilson performing ‘Pet Sounds’, the 1960s Beach Boys masterpiece. Nice!

Other highlights confirmed include Animal Collective, Suede, Julia Holter, Destroyer, Manel, Robert Forster, Holly Herndon, Beirut, and Kamasi Washington – all of them with new albums out in 2015 or coming in 2016 – as well as Beach House film-maker John Carpenter.

As well as these international acts, don’t forget to check out some of the great local bands playing. You’ll get plenty of singing in Catalan as well as Spanish and English. For artists from Catalonia and the rest of Spain, check out Manel, Los Chichos, PXXR GVNG, Doble Pletina, Die Katapult, El Último Vecino, Grupo de Expertos Solynieve, Esperit!, Inspira, Joana Serrat, Alberto Montero and Ran Ran Ran.

Primavera Sound started back 2001 as a day of concerts and DJ sessions oriented toward alternative pop-rock and electronic sounds. Fast forward fifteen years, and the festival is a huge global event with an edition in Porto in Portugal (Nos Primavera Sound) as well as its smaller offshoot, Primavera Club, also in Barcelona.

Here is the full list of confirmed acts:

+++, Action Bronson, Air, Alberto Montero, Alessandro Cortini, Alex G, Algiers, Aliment, Andy Shauf, Angel Witch, Animal Collective, Autolux, Autumn Comets, Baby Dee, Bardo Pond, Barry Hogan DJ, Battles, Baywaves, Beach House, Beach Slan, Beak>, Bearoid, Beirut, Ben Watt band feat. Bernard Butler, Big Summer, Black Lips, Boredoms, Bradford Cox, Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, C+C=Maxigross, C. Tangana, Cabaret Voltaire, Cadena, Cala Vento, Car Seat Headrest, Carla, Cass McCombs, Cavern of Anti-Matter, Chairlift, The Chills, DJ Coco, Current 93, Dam-Funk, Daniel Gon, Daughter, Dave P, Deerhunter, Deradoorian, Destroyer, Die Katapult, Dinosaur Jr., Doble Pletina, Downtown Boys Drive Like Jehu, Dungen, El Último Vecino, Empress Of, Esperit!, Evian Christ, Explosions in the sky, Fasenuova, Floating Points, Freddie Gibbs, Goat, Grupo de Expertos Solynieve, The Handclappers, Har Mar Superstar, H09909, Holly Herndon, Holögrama, Hudson Mohawke (DJ Set), Inspira, Invisible Harvey, Islam Chipsy & Eek, The James Hunter Six, Jay Rock, Jenny Hval, Jessy Lanza, Joana Serrat, John Carpenter, Julia Holter, Julien Baker, Kamasi Washington, Kiasmos, DJ Koze, The Last Shadow Puppets, LCD Soundsystem, Loop, Los Chichos, Lubomyr Melnyk, Maceo Plex, Manel, Mar Otra Vez, Mbongwana Star, Moderat, Mueran Humanos, My Expansive Awareness, Nao, Neil Michael Hagerty & The Howling Hex, Neon Indian, Nothing Places, Old King Cole Younger, Optimo (Espacio), Orchestra Baobab, Pacosan, Pájaro Jack, Pantha Du Prince, Parquet Courts, PJ Harvey, Power Burkas, Protomartyr, Psychic TV /PTV3, Pumuky, Pusha T, PXXR GVNG, Radiohead, Ran Ran Ran, Redthread, DJ Richard, Richard Dawson, Richard Hawley, Robert Forster, Roosevelt, Royal Headache, The Saurs, Savages, Selda feat. Boom Pam, SG Lewis, Sheer Mag, Shellac, Shinkiro, Shura, Siberian Wolves, Sigur Rós, Six Organs of Admittance, Steve Gunn, Suede, Suuns, Tame Impala, Thee Oh Sees, Titus Andronicus, Tortoise, Twin Drama, Ty Segall & The Muggers, U.S.Girls, Univers, Unsane, Venom, Vince Staples, Viva Belgrado, White Fence, White Reaper, Wild Nothing, Wind Atlas, Younghusband.

For tickets and further information, see http://www.primaverasound.es

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The Classics at MEAM

The Museu Europeu d’Art Modern (or European Museum of Modern Art in English) is one of Barcelona’s finest art museums. Housed in the hip Born district, you can see some fine examples of 20th and 21st Century art there.

This highly cultured setting is the ideal place to enjoy works of classical music from master such as Mozart, Bach and Beethoven in a series of concerts to be held on Saturday evenings from this Saturday and throughout May.

As well as the chance to enjoy an evening of live music and a drink or two, there is also the chance to explore the museum itself.

The Born is full of excellent restaurants if you want to combine a concert with dinner. We’ll be talking about some of the Born’s best eateries in a post next month.

Tickets are available from €19, for ticket sales and more information see – http://www.meam.es/visita/concerts-dissabte.html

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