Barcelona Zoo

Barcelona Zoo enthrals children and adults alike. Featuring over 7,000 animals from over 400 different species, a visit offers primates, felines, tropical birds, elephants, giraffes and dolphins to name a few, making this a perfect day out for all the family.

Situated right on the edge of the Old Town, Barcelona Zoo occupies some 14 hectares inside the green oasis that is the Parc de la Ciutadella.
Founded in 1892, the Zoo was originally located in buildings that had been used for the 1888 Universal Exhibition. At the time, the animals in the Zoo came from the private collection of Lluís Martí Codolar, who kept them on his estate in the neighbourhood of Horta.

From its humble origins, Barcelona Zoo has undergone considerable expansion and modernisation, always with priority being given to the wellbeing and upkeep of the animals and the improvement of their animals living conditions; as well as conservation, with the reintroduction of numerous species in danger of becoming extinct.

As well as animals, Barcelona Zoo offers a number of educational programmes for children and adults, designed to create a greater understanding of and concern for wildlife.

Other attractions at the zoo include a dolphin show (a perennial favourite attraction for younger visitors) and observe mandrills and titis (the world’s smallest monkeys). Kids can come into contact with farm animals at the petting zoo, where they can ride a pony or play in the large children’s park.

Barcelona’s art nouveau past is never far away this city, and Barcelona Zoo is no exception. You’ll come across modernista treasures such as the fountain crowned by Joan Roig i Solé’s sculpture, La Dama del Paraigües (The Lady with the Umbrella -1885), one of Barcelona’s most exquisite and best-loved symbols.

http://www.zoobarcelona.cat/en/home/

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Ropes and Knots

A novel attraction in Barcelona, Ropes and Knots is the brainchild of José Antonio Portillo, an art installation aimed at children from age 6 to 12. It consists of a circular wooden space containing shelves jostling with fragments of everyday life such as unpublished manuscripts, sheets of music and items found in the rubbish.

The aim of Ropes and Knots is to create a dialogue between the gaze of the spectator and the ordinary items that make up a life, and the unusual stories that these items tell.

This edition of the Library of Ropes and Knots is yet more novel, accompanied as it is by the Library of Noises and Sounds. The audience enters an octagonal chamber that is meant to symbolise the brain, where they are guided through an exploration of how we gather, store, transform and react to sound by percussionist Enric Monfort.

More information www.teatrelliure.com

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Bryan Adams live in Barcelona

It is over 30 years since Canadian artist Bryan Adams gained fame with his debut album Reckless. After a career spanning 4 decades, numerous awards, and a successful parallel career as a photographer, Adams is still banging out records like it was 1984; recently releasing his long-awaited 13th album Get Up!
The nine-track album contains some of the first original material from Adams in a long time and was produced by Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra, ensuring it will be an unparalleled musical experience.

As well as music and photography, Adams has been known to dabble with directing, and has directed the video for the lead single, ‘Brand New Day’, starring British actress Helen Bonham Carter.

Produced internationally, the demos were sent between Canada, Europe and L.A., with each contributor adding and editing before sending their changes 5,400 miles back to be checked again.

Despite the extensive modern technology behind Get Up! Adams describes the album’s sound as organic.

Bryan Adams is touring to promote Get Up! and will play in Barcelona on the 30th of January at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona.

For tickets see http://www.palausantjordi.cat/

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Xavier Gosé at the MNAC

As part of a series by the MNAC dedicated to highlighting the work of the region’s most revered artists, an exciting new exhibition in Barcelona showcases the work of Xavier Gosé (1876-1915).

One of the most influential Catalan artists of the early 20th century, Gosé was born in 1876 and began his career as an illustrator, and frequented the famous Els Quatre Gats cafe in Barcelona’s old town – also a frequent rendezvous of Picasso and Joan Miro.

In 1900, Gosé moved to Paris where he soon became renowned for his elegant artwork, which mostly depicted scenes of everyday French society such as people strolling along the boulevards, ladies lounging in cafes and horse races. His work brought fin-de-siècle Paris to life.

After the outbreak of World War I, Gosé moved back to his native Catalunya, and sadly died shortly afterwards from tuberculosis.
This current exhibition coincides with the centenary of Gosé’s death, and celebrates his enduring legacy in both the Catalan and international art scenes.

More information here: http://www.museunacional.cat/es/xavier-gose-1876-1915-ilustrador-de-la-modernidad

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Drawing Barcelona

Art Nouveau, city streets, people, tourists and taxis, lots of taxis. These are some of the popular subjects drawn by illustrators participating in the ‘Barcelona Illustrated’ exhibition, running until the 16th of January in Gràcia at the fashion gallery Las Cosas de Martinez.

This is an exciting exhibition where you can discover the city from the viewpoint of some of Barcelona’s most important established and emerging artists.
“The show is different, diverse and fun,” says Inés García-Albi, curator of the exhibition. “On display are the distinct visions of thirty artists from different spheres, including advertising, the press or editorial”. The illustrators work in various techniques, from watercolours, collage, pencil, acrylic, ink, screen to digital”.

Artists featured in this the exhibition include: Xano Armenter, Ignasi Blanch, Mirthe Blussé, Laura Borràs, Roberta Bridda, Brusco, Lluís Cadafalch, David Elósegui Victor Escandell, Arianne Faber, Africa Fanlo, Flor Garcia, Christian Inaraja, Isamat Marcos, Oscar Julve, Katrina Kalnina, Lluïsot, Eva Miquel, Perico Pastor, Elenio Pico, Imapla, Sonia Pulido, Felix Roca, Max Saladrigas, Gemma Sales, Philip Stanton, Martin Tognola, Luisa Vera, Natalia Zaratiegui, and Lucas Zarraluki.

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Distinction. A century of fashion photography

This fascinating new exhibition at the Museu del Disseny features photographs from the museum’s fashion photography collection, which comprises over 460 images.

Though the world of fashion and marketing has changed considerably in the past two decades thanks to the rise of the internet and new media, throughout the 20th century fashion photography was central to the spread of new fashion styles and trends, and this exhibition explores the evolution of fashion photography during this time period.

Photographs featured date from between 1903 and 2013 and represent the work of 35 different photographers; diverse origins include fashion magazine editorial shoots, work commissioned by fashion brands and work commissioned by designers and companies to use in advertising campaigns.

The exhibition itself is split into seven sections; each one illustrates a different stage in the evolution of fashion photography.

Distinction. A century of fashion photography takes place from the 25th of November to the 26th of March at the Museu Del Disseny.

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The Ethnological Museum

Discover the new Ethnological Museum of Barcelona on Montjuic, next to the MNAC and the old botanical garden. From November the 15th you can enjoy free guided tours every Sunday, up until the 3rd of January.

The newly renovated Museum of Ethnology in Barcelona has been set up as a space where society can reflect upon on itself. Anthropology is the science of people, and the learning that the museum curates is geared to everybody.

The Ethnological Museum is a museum of anthropology that is based on the dual pillars of scientific knowledge and visual aesthetics, with objects that challenge visitors to interpret their social environment.

Until the 4th of December, admission to the museum is free, offering locals a unique opportunity to discover this new cultural centre.

From Sunday November the 15th you can enjoy free guided tours of the Museum of Ethnology. Tours are conducted by a team of anthropologists, researchers and specialists who know the themes and stories that lie behind the exhibits on display.

Guided tours will be conducted in two sessions every Sunday at 11:30 am and 1.00 pm in groups of between 5 and 35 people. Places must be reserved by calling 0034 932563484 or by writing to reservesmeb@bcn.cat.

Located on Passeig de Santa Madrona, 16, 08038 Barcelona, the Ethnological Museum is best reached via Plaça Espanya.

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OFF-FRINGE Barcelona

If you have attended the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe Festival then you’ll no doubt be familiar with the hilarity that goes with it. But you don’t need to suffer the downpours and chill winds of a Midlothian summer.

This year celebrating its ten year anniversary, the Guinness Laughter Lounge brings the best of the Edinburgh Fringe to the sunny Mediterranean shores of Barcelona, presenting a host of comedians as part of this Saturday night comedy series.

This weekend is event’s grand finale, and to close the series, double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Carl Donnelly brings his ‘Jive Ass Honky’ show to the stage.

Proffering a hilarious observation of the foibles of 20th century ideals, the internationally acclaimed comedian brings his show to Barcelona for the first time ever.

As well as Donnelly, the evening will start with a warm up from Dublin’s Ger Staunton, a regular of Ireland’s vibrant comedy circuit as well as festivals such as the Galway Comedy Carnival and of course, the Fringe.

This weekend is the grand finale for the current OFF-FRINGE season but they will be back in January for bit more sun, with more comedy. For more information see https://www.facebook.com/guinnesslaughterloungebarcelona. The show takes place at Sins Restaurant Lounge Bar, Muntaner 7, 08011 Barcelona.

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A magical realist tour of Barcelona’s Latin American literary heritage

There are numerous tourist routes of Barcelona’s cultural wide heritage – modernism, Zafon, Rodoreda, Miró, The Cathedral of the sea.

Now, forty years after Garcia Marquez was first published, La Casa America Catalunya recently launched a tour of places that were significant to the literary group that revolutionized twentieth century literature. Authors such as García Márquez, Vargas Llosa and Donoso all lived in Barcelona and worked under the tutelage of Catalan literary agent Carmen Balcells.

“It was something that the city was lacking” affirms Cristina Osorno, head of the Casa America Cataluny. Most literary tours focused on Catalan authors but there was none dedicated to a movement that has given so much to the city.

Passers-by will not see their landmarks marked by any official signposts. Interestingly, Latin American predecessors Rómulo Gallegos and Ruben Dario have plaques in the places where they lived, but not so with the places frequented Vargas Llosa, Garcia Marquez, Cortazar, Fuentes or Balcells.

García Márquez could never enjoy the gold medal of the city he was posthumously awarded at a ceremony in March.

The new route is being done with the collaboration with the Libraries of Barcelona. It will last about two hours and take place mainly in the Ciutat Vella: the port where boats arrived with the writers, and where they were going. Escudellers, where Mexican Sergio Pitol stayed, the pension where Fernando Vargas Llosa and his aunt-wife Julia spent their first night in the city, the Palau Guell and the Monastery of Sant Pau del Camp Gabo visited with his friend Tísner.

Attendees will read excerpts from the novels they wrote here in certain significant points. “We plan to soon include tours Sarria, where many of the writers lived,” says Marga Arnedo, organizer of the route.

If you enjoy the work of South American authors such as Garcia Marquez and Vargas Llosa, you are sure to enjoy this wonderful tour. See http://www.americat.cat/es/home for more information.

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New Year’s Eve 2015 in Barcelona – what to expect?

With Autumn in full swing and Christmas shopping under way, thoughts turn to New Year. Barcelona’s New Year celebration ritual began two years ago by the local government, in response to a barrage of requests from hoteliers of the city who did not know what to say to their clients when asked where to celebrate the arrival of the New Year in Barcelona.

In the end it was decided that, Barcelona, its neighbours and the thousands of visitors coming to the Catalan capital could celebrate New Year in Montjuic, on Maria Cristina Avenue.

To mark the arriva of 2014, a 15 meter high giant was created, star of a pagan ceremony that would be repeated on 31 December 2014. But what was on its way to becoming a tradition, a hallmark of the New Year Barcelona, has already passed into history. The new municipal government and party organizers have decided to retire the colossus resident to a park in Gava.

So a change in format is to be expected this year, though has not yet been finalised. Though we can count on Montjuic and Maria Cristina avenue as the setting, as well as a festival of light, pyrotechnics and water, using the framework created by the Magic Fountain, the backdrop of the Palau Nacional and the Quatre Columnes Puig i Cadafalch.

The other thing you can be sure of is smiles, plenty of cava, a great party and a warm New Year in Barcelona!

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