Summer House Music in Barcelona

This August in Barcelona there is plenty happening for house music lovers.

Down in Barceloneta until the 2nd of September, WEDJ’s festival brings top DJs to the dancefloors of Opium Mar beach club.
On Thursday August the 12th Axwell will be playing, and a week later on the 19th of August Otto Knows will be gracing the turntables. Other confirmed names include Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano, among others.

The WEDJ’s festival is now in its sixth edition this year. As always it combines guest spots with the club’s two resident DJ’s Frank Caro and Danny Cardenas.

The other big house music event this August is at the nightclub Pacha Barcelona which recently reopened next to the beach in the basement of the Hotel Arts and will be packing in several famous international DJs at the Roots festival.

The schedule at Pacha this month this month includes the Shapeshifters (August the 13th), Bob Sinclair (August the 20th), Dennis Ferrer and Andre Hommen (August the 27th).

So if you want to dance into the small hours and beyond, head on down to Barceloneta!

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Vilabirra 2015

Barcelona gets pretty hot at this time of year, as you probably have heard. So what better than a nice cold beer? Spain is famous for its love of a cerveza and we are happy to inform you that this weekend Barcelona is in for a treat in the form of the Vilabirra festival, which returns to Gracia for the third year in a row.

From August the 14th to the 19th beer will be flowing freely, with over thirty draft beers on offer. Live music will be on offer as well as activities such as a brewing workshop where you can learn how to perfect your home brew skills. Needless to say there will also be plenty of tasting sessions where you can sample some new craft beers.

Prices range from €5 to €15. Un brindis! Cheers!

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IBStage Barcelona

IBStage was begun in Italy seven years ago as a result of the idea of joining young students of classical dance with major ballet stars on the stage. IBStage is now a worldwide event.

This year Barcelona again hosts this un-missable classical dance event, held on the 10th and 29th of August, with a totally new performance.

Gran Gala Liceu

As a novelty this year, IBStage 2015 will hold its closing night gala at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, where young dancers will perform alongside dancers of international renown such as Julie Kent- lead dancer of the American Ballet, Marianela Nuñez – lead dancer of the Royal Ballet, Daniil Simkin – another lead dancer at the American Ballet, Timur Askerov – lead dancer at the Mariinsky Theater, Rodkin Denis – first Soloist at the Bolshoi Theatre, and Natalia Osipova – a lead dancer at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

The IBStage Dance Galas are theatrical productions of high quality artistic excellence. Up until now these have usually only graced the stages of cities such as London, New York or St. Petersburg, and now Barcelona.

This August a splendid program, which the public can enjoy a series of ‘passos a dos’ as well as excerpts from classical dance repertoires, two things rarely seen in the same program in theatres in Barcelona.

The performance will take place on the 28th and 29th of August at the Gran Teatre del Liceu at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased on the Liceu’s website.

IBStage classes 2015

This seventh edition of the IBStage course brings together more than 120 young dancers in training from the best schools in Catalonia, Spain, Japan, USA, Germany, England, Italy, France and Portugal among other countries.

The course will be held on the premises of the Institute of Theatre and will feature more than 20 internationally renowned dance teachers belonging to prestigious dance companies such as American Ballet Theatre, the English National Ballet, Mariinsky Theatre, the Ballet Nacional de Cuba and the Bolshoi.
Classes and rehearsals will be open free of charge to professionals (registration required) between the 11th and 22nd of August, and to the general public at the Ovid Montllor theatre of the Theatre between the 22nd and 26th of August.

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The Roca brothers will open an ice cream parlour in the Liceu

The Celler Can Roca in Girona is one of the world’s most famous restaurants. After the legendary EL Bulli closed its doors a few years ago, the Roca brothers slipped from second into first place in the San Pellegrino restaurant rankings.

Not content with running the finest restaurant in the world, the Roca brothers will launch their first venture in Barcelona, an ice cream shop in the Gran Teatre del Liceu. This is a recent announcement and full details are being kept firmly under wraps.

But this much we do know. Josep, Joan and Jordi Roca have come up with a gastronomic journey in ice cream, Rocambolesc. The concept is an exploration of Catalunya’s gastronomy through ice cream flavours. So probably no raspberry ripple on the menu. But this will be no mere ice cream parlour. Artisitic direction from Franc Aleu also will add a visual dimension to the flavour experience. This all sounds rather intriguing so far.

The main Rocambolesc outlet is in the Roca brother’s hometown of Girona, to the north of Barcelona, though last September a similar Rocambolesc concession was launched in El Corte Ingles in Madrid. Pop up events have taken place on Barceloneta beach at the gourmet snack bar in the Guinagueta, and in Platja d’Aro in the Costa Brava.

One more reason to visit Barcelona’s legendary Liceu theatre!

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Xavier Coll

Listen to classical guitarist Xavier Coll play during the ‘Masters of Spanish Guitar’ series this August. The concert takes place in a landmark historical monument in Barcelona’s old town, Santa Maria del Pi, on Placa del Pi. Its distinctive octagonal tower reminds us of Barcelona’s medieval past, as does the atmosphere inside.

Xavier Coll was born and raised in Barcelona and has studied historical instruments such as the tiorba, vihuela and baroque guitar.

In 1989 Coll formed a renowned classical flute-guitar duo with Monserrat Gascón. Later he played in a group with Pedro Javier González, Yoshimi Otani and Alex Garrobé and more recently with the Barcelona Guitar Trio, along with Luis Robisco and Manuel Gonzalez.

Coll has released albums both as a soloist and in collaboration with other artists, including the aforementioned flutist Montserrat Gascón, as well as mezzo-soprano Margarida Lladó.

Barcelona is rightly proud of Xavier Coll and the multiple awards he has won throughout his career. Catch him in Barcelona on various dates throughout August and September.


Aug 25, 2015 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sep 1, 2015 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sep 14, 2015 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sep 24, 2015 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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Sala Montjuïc 2015

If you love outdoors cinema then the Sala Montjuïc is for you. Every summer this outdoors cinema sets up shop in the beautiful grounds of Montjuïc castle for more than two weeks from July the 31st.

Screening this year are a selection of recent classics such as Reservoir Dogs and Moulin Rouge, as well as more recent releases such as Grand Budapest Hotel, Boyhood and Nebraska.

Take advantage of the setting as Montjuïc affords stunning views across the city – take in the old town and views of the Sagrada Familia.

As well as films you can enjoy concerts, picnics and short films, plus three themed nights to get involved in, and a surprise film on the last night. All films are screened in their original language.

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Nits Gaudi 2015

Following on from our post on Summer Nights at La Pedrera comes another exciting musical event hosted in a Gaudi masterpiece. This time the building in question is the Torre Bellesguard, which is located uptown in Sarria and only recently opened its doors to the public in 2013, meaning it is one of the architect’s less explored works.

Bellesguard (meaning beautiful view in Catalan) is also known as the Casa Figueres, is a manor house designed by Gaudí between 1900 and 1909 that plays with gothic forms in Gaudi’s characteristically flamboyant style.

This summer the Torre Bellesguard will be the venue for no less than 47 open-air jazz, blues and flamenco concerts in its spacious gardens, taking place on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer. Some of the well-known names to be be appearing on the ‘Nits Premium’ (premium nights) include Mishima (July the 28th), Andrea Motis (August the 18th) and Jarabe de Palo (September the 15th).

Ticket prices start from €19, and in addition to entry include a free glass of cava and a guided tour of the property.

The Torre Bellesguard is located at Carrer Bellesguard 16-20, 08022 Barcelona.

Concerts take place from Tuesday to Sunday, from 7.30pm to 10pm, right through the summer until September. For tickets and a full schedule, see

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Summer Nights at La Pedrera 2015

For a truly memorable night out in Barcelona, La Pedrera is set to launch its iconic rooftop summer jazz concert series.

Known affectionately to locals as ‘La Pedrera’,the Casa Mila was designed by Gaudí between 1906 and 1910 for businessman Pere Milà i Camps. Its undulating stone facade and twisting wrought iron balconies and windows were a surprising source of controversy. The design continues to fascinate, for good reason; the house is formed of a constant curve, both outside and in.

One of the most interesting and most visited parts of the Pedrera is its roof and this is where the concerts take place. As well as a breathtaking view of the city and Passeig de Gracia, arguably one of its most beautiful boulevards, this highly atmospheric setting for the Summer Nights concerts is crowned with sculptural skylights, staircase exits, fans and chimneys, constructed with limestone, broken marble and glass. Not to be missed!

The schedule for Summer Nights at La Pedrera

Giulia Valle Trio
24 and 25 July, 8.30pm

Ofri Nehemya Quartet & Fèlix Rossy
31 July and 1 August, 8.30pm

Àrid Feat. Kathryn Christie
7 and 8 August, 8.30pm

Garcia / Richardson / Warburton Three
14 and 15 August, 8.30pm

The Threejay & David Pastor
21 and 22 August, 8.30pm

Guillem Arnedo Band & Celeste Alías
28 and 29 August, 8.30pm

JP. Derouard & Ignasi Terraza & Juli Amy Recordant a Louis
4 and 5 September, 8.30pm

Susan Sheiman Open Gate
11 and 12 September, 8.30pm

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The Spanish National Ballet at Barcelona’s Liceu

The new performance from the Spanish National Ballet, Sorolla, will arrive in Barcelona’s Liceu on the 23rd of July where it will run for four nights until the 26th of July.

Sorolla is inspired by the Valencian painter Joaquín Sorolla’s ‘Visión de España’, or ‘Vision of Spain’. This series of immense canvases was painted in 1911 in outdoor locations all around Spain, in Navarre, Aragon, Catalonia, Valencia, Elche, Seville, Andalusia, Extremadura, Galicia, Guipuzcoa, Castile, Leon, and Ayamonte. Each canvas depicted a model posed in local costume with a landscape in the background.

Quite fittingly, Sorolla’s collection depicts the rich diversity of Spanish identity and traditions and the Ballet Nacional de España, which celebrates its 35th birthday this year, reflects this same diversity through a combination of modern and traditional dance. Stage direction comes from Franco Dragone and Choreography from Arantxa Carmona, Miguel Fuente, Manuel Liñán and Antonio Najarro.

The Spanish National Dance Company, or Compañía Nacional de Danza, was founded in 1979 originally under the name of the Ballet Nacional de España Clásico.

To buy tickets, click here.

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Barcelona, one of the world’s safest cities says the Economist

The fact that Barcelona is such a safe and peaceful city earned it a top ranking in this week’s Economist Magazine’s study ‘The Safe Cities Index 2015′, ranking 15th in the world, and beating the Spanish capital Madrid which came in at number 21.

Asia triumphs in the study, with Tokyo, Singapore and Osaka taking the first three places.

The study looks at 50 of the world’s most important cities and gives a position to each city based on four criteria. These are:

  • Personal security, including illegal activity and the prevalence of violent crime.
  • Infrastructure – taking into account the quality of roads, traffic accidents and pedestrian deaths annually, deaths from natural disasters and the percentage of the population living in slums.
  • Health, this takes into account the proportion of hospitals in relation to the size of the population as well as life expectancy.
  • Digital security – cyber crime vulnerabilities such as identity theft and online fraud.

Barcelona and Madrid both ranked highly for health, obtaining the seventh and eleventh places respectively. The Catalan capital also gained a good rating in public safety, with eleventh position overall; the European third behind Stockholm and Amsterdam.

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