Aracaladanza – Pequeños Paraisos

If you are looking for ways to entertain your small ones this Christmas in Barcelona, contemporary children’s dance company Aracaladanza, is performing “Pequeños Paraisos”, a spectacular children’s performance.

Pequeños Paraísos is based on Bosch’s painting The Garden of Earthly Delights, which coincidentally has been on display at the Caixa Forum in Barcelona this year, and is the first in a trilogy. The show is full of light and wonder, and promises to bring out the child in all of us, no matter what age we might be.

Aracaladanza hails from Madrid and is described by its owner, Enrique Cabrera as follows: “Aracaladanza invites you to dream little sips of happiness with which we hope you enjoy fleeting moments of joy”. The company have performed in theatres across Europe, Africa and Asia.

Performances run from the 26th to the 30th at the Mercat dels Flors, see the event website for more information.

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Joaquin Sabina at the Palau de La Musica in Barcelona

Singer, songwriter, and poet Joaquin Sabina is an icon of Iconic Spanish music. Tomorrow he returns to the stage in Barcelona at the Palau de La Musica, after a long five year break from touring; his much anticipated return is timed to celebrate the 15 year anniversary of one of his critically acclaimed ’19 Dias y 500 Noches’. Sabina will only perform two dates in Spain on this tour, which is actually an extension of his sold-out tour in South America.

Sabina suffered from a serious stroke in 2001, and although he was able to make a full physical recovery, he entered a deep depression which resulted in a four year break from his work. In 2012 he released ‘La Orquesta Del Titanic’ album in collaboration with Joan Manuel Serrat.

Doors open at 9pm, Tuesday the 23rd of December 2014.

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Boulevard Sou d’Art at the Casa Batllo

High end fashion, design and gastronomy come together at Boulevard Sou d’Art in the Casa Batllo on Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona. This Christmas the iconic art nouveau building by Antoni Gaudí will open its doors once again, to celebrate the fourth edition of Sou Boulevard d’Art.

This is an event offering shoppers an alternative to Christmas shopping on the high street and will be open to all on the 20th and 21st of December from 11.30 to 22.30.

Sou Boulevard d’Art is effectively a designer Christmas market promoting emerging creative presences in the fields of design, fashion and decoration. Attendance has grown steadily and it is fast becoming a fixture of Christmas in Barcelona for local residents and tourists alike. If you are after interesting and unique Christmas gifts for your loved ones then Sou Boulevard should not be missed.

This weekend more than 70 firms will be offering their Christmas gift suggestions. Highlights include brands such as Uia Design, The Chorum, Depelea, Gemma López Barcelona, Rosa Tejada Joies, Pallerols or Uniqbrow. The experience will be further enriched with good music, exhibitions and workshops for children.

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Pastorets at the Liceu

This Christmas the Liceu in Barcelona will hold a performance of a traditional Catalan “Pastorets” on the 20th and 21st of December. The performance coincides with the 15th anniversary of the reopening of the theatre after the fire in 1994.

A Pastorets play is a Catalan nativity play dating back to at least the 15th century. The plot combines the contents of the birth of Jesus, the struggle between good and evil angels and demons, and the Shepherd’s experience of the first Christmas.

Since then have been many authors who have written their own version of the nativity, or Pastorets, and they have taken place in numerous cities, towns and villages throughout Catalunya.

But the humble Pastorets formula has never before been performed at the Liceu on Barcelona’s Ramblas.

Composed by Albert Guinovart and Jordi Galceran , the Liceu’s Pastorets will be performed by its own Symphony Orchestra, and by singers Cor Vivaldi – Petits Cantors de Catalunya.

Tickets for the show are on offer at a flat price of at a single price of 15 euros in order to be affordable for everyone.

The story of the cantata will be performed by Elizabeth Egea, with Albert Guinovart himself playing the piano. Songs are in Catalan and subtitled in Castilian.
If you are in Barcelona this Christmas then why not take the chance to enjoy this authentic and ancient Catalan tradition.

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Mostra de Cinema Italià de Barcelona (MCIB)

If you fancy a break from Christmas shopping why not check out a wonderful cultural offering currently happening in Barcelona, the “Mostra de Cinema Italià de Barcelona (MCIB)” brings the best in Italian cinema to town. The Mostra, or film festival, will show eight of the best Italian films of 2014, none of which was commercially released in Spain. The festival also includes nine short films, also unpublished, within the 9×10 NOVANTA project, in which Italian directors mount a short based on recovered archive footage from the Italian Instituto Luce Cinecittà.

The line up includes: Piu’Buio di Mezzanotte by Sebastiano Riso, La mafia uccide solo d’estate by Pierfrancesco Diliberto, Anime nere by Francesco Munzi, I nostri ragazzi by Ivano De Matteo, Smetto quando voglio by Sydney Sibilia, Hungry Hearts by Saverio Costanzo, Le meraviglie by Alice Rohrwacher and The Lack del dúo by videoartistas Masbedo

This is a selection curated by the critic Italian film critic Maurizio di Rienzo, a selection which has Italiabeen shown at international film festivals in Locarno, Venice, Toronto and London.

The event is rounded off with a series of special screenings, with Il giovane favolose by Mario Martone; five films on immigration (La nave dolce by Daniele Vicari, La mia classe by Daniele Gaglianone, Sette opere di misericordia by Gianluca De Massimiliano Serio, Là -bas educazione criminale by Guido Lombardi e Into paradiso by Paola Randi); and inaugural film today, In grazia di Dio by Edoardo Winspeare, a director awarded the CSCI of Honour this year.

The Mostra will be held from the 12th to the 18th of December in the Verdi cinemas. Cines Verdi are known in Barcelona as the cities leading group of art house cinemas.

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Festival de la Infancia 2014

Barcelona’s children’s festival El Festival de la Infancia takes place between December the 27th and January the 4th, a time of year when some parents may welcome some activities for over-excited children on their school holidays.

The stated aims of the festival are “to provide a fun and educational environment for children to learn the values of solidarity, culture and sustainability through play”.

This means that children will have the opportunity for plenty of hands-on experiences: they can learn to milk a cow or how grow their own organic garden in the farm area, or visit a section dedicated to understanding how a city functions, or experience professions such as being a doctor, fireman or police officer for the day.

Other activities include sports, dance, theatre, music and cookery lessons. With so many activities on offer, both children and their parents are assured something fun to do.

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The Fira de Santa Llúcia has opened

The ancient Fira de Santa Llúcia de Barcelona opens today in Barcelona. This Christmas market takes place in front of Barcelona’s Cathedral La Se and is a Christmas tradition dating back several centuries. The festival features many stallholders selling small Xmas gifts, decorations, and some food items as well.

This year’s festival has been decorated to resemble a small mountain and will be open from today, November the 28th to December the 23rd.

This year there will be a total of 287 stands. As usual, during the Fira de Santa Llucía entertainment is provided by musicians playing traditional Catalan music, creating a wonderful festive Christmas atmosphere. If you are in the city centre in December be sure to swing by and join in the fun and perhaps pickup some novel Christmas gifts!

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Ruta de tapas Barcelona 2014

We love to discover a new tapas bar or indeed a special offer on tapas in Barcelona. So we are very excited to see the arrival of ‘Ruta de Tapes Barcelona 2014’ now running until the 30th of November. This year is the 9th the Gothic Quarter , Sants , Les Corts, Sarria , Poble Sec and Gràcia.

Each bar will offer a signature taps accompanied by a caña at a fixed price of 2.5 euros. Who can resist the offer of a cheap tasty morsel washed down with a delicious Spanish beer? Especially at this time of year, with all the expenses of Christmas, some cheap enjoyment goes down a treat.

Popular establishments taking part include bar 1800, bar Núria, Bar restaurante Victoria, la Cabaña de los Ángeles, la Masia o La Monroe de la Film. For a full list of bars taking part click here.

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Barcelona Flux Festival 2014

Barcelona is a city in love with all things new and contemporary and Barcelona’s Flux Festival is a festival that showcases innovative video art. This year featured the event will be held in the Santa Monica Arts Centre on Las Ramblas, lcose to Drassanes though there will also be events held in other locations around the city. Flux starts today (the 25th) and runs to the 30th of November.

Enjoy films from filmmakers including Juan Bufill, Kòmic Thtr and Lydia Zimmerman. Make sure to catch the closing film of Flux Festival: Zimmerman’s Baby Boy vs. Baby Doll in La Galería de Arte Escalera de Incedios.

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Ice Rink 2014

As we have mentioned previously in our blog, sunny Barcelona is gearing up for the festive season, thought the weather outside is far from Christmassy at the moment! Yesterday the Barcelona Trade Foundation opened the ice rink in Plaza Catalunya. In recent years this has become a regular part of Christmas in Barcelona, and has been enjoyed by locals and visitors to the city alike.

Dubbed BarGelona (gel is Catalan for ice), the skating rink is open to the public from today, Friday, November 21 and will remain open until Sunday the 11th of January 2015.

BarGelona is run by the Barcelona Trade Foundation as a contribution to the Christmas atmosphere of the city. As well as creating some festive fun, Christmas is of course the year’s biggest shopping event and this is a way to stimulate spending in the nearby shops on Passeig de Gràcia and El Portal Del Angel.
This year will be BarGelona´s fourth edition, and this year new features include an emphasis on construction from sustainable materials, and a winter sports program.

The latter is linked to the Barcelona-Pyrenees bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games. Though Barcelona is not typically associated with winter sports, the Pyrenees are just two hours from the city.

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