080 Barcelona Fashion Week 2015

This June Barcelona’s largest fashion event will be taking place at the Estadí Olímpic. From June the 29th to July the 3rd, 080 Barcelona fashion week will bring together the best in Spanish and international design. The itinerary will include catwalk shows, awards, press events and food trucks to keep everyone going. A fashion market will include works from local designers and fashion schools that can be purchased by attendees so this could be your chance to snap up a bargain from the next big name in fashion!

The event follows on from the highly successful winter edition which took place in February, which featured catwalk shows from global brands such as Mango and Desigual, as well as local designers.

080 Barcelona Fashion Week takes place at the Estadí Olímpic Lluís Companys on Passeig Olímpic 17-19, 08013 Barcelona from Jun the 29th 2015 12:00 AM to July the 3rd, 2015 12:00 AM.

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I Am Salsa

Salsa is now a global phenomenon. Originally primarily Cuban, itself a fusion of Spanish guitar and Afro-Cuban percussion, also incorporating North American music styles such as jazz. Salsa simply means ‘sauce’ in Spanish, the dance carries connotations of Latin spice.

If you have tried your hand before or fancy learning to dance Salsa while you are in Spain and closer to its source, you can now participate in an hour of beginners salsa classes, learning the rhythms and steps from the professionals. Admission is free and classes take place every Monday throughout June at Casino Barcelona on Calle Marina 21, 08005 Barcelona .

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Musica als Parcs 2015

Summer is arriving and our thoughts are tuning to those long, hot summer evenings, and to a spot of live music in the park to escape the heat.
Música als Parcs makes live music accessible to all. Now in its 20th edition, it brings a mixture of classical and jazz to parks across Barcelona, from Turó Park to the Ciutadella.

Kicking off on June the 5th, there are no less than 40 concerts programmed over the course of the next three months.

For more information see full programme from bcn.cat/mediambient here.

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OFFF 2015

Described as a ‘post-digital culture festival’, OFFF showcases some of the world’s most exciting new talent in the fields of cutting-edge software, art and digital design.

OFFF is a global event, with editions in cities including Sao Paulo, Amsterdam, New York, Tokyo, London and Paris.

The Barcelona edition is held at the Disseny Hub between El Clot and Poblenou (Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes 37-38, 08018 B). OFFF takes place from May the 28th to May the 30th and will include talks by industry leaders, a full programme of workshops, films, exhibitions and performances.

So, whether you want to network, gets some fresh inspiration or discover the latest global trends, this is the place to head this month.

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AC/DC live

Monsters or rock AC/DC will be storming the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona on the 29th of May on the European leg of their ‘Rock or Bust World Tour 2015′.
AC/DC were formed in 1973 by Glaswegina brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, and having sold a staggering 200 million records worldwide are one of the greatest selling music acts of all time.

In true Rock and Roll fashion the band has seen its share of ups and downs, witnessed by the fact the group has featured over 18 different members in its 40 years. The group has involved 18 members over 40 years! Last year founder member Malcolm Young was forced to retire due to ill health.

However, the show must go on, and after performing ‘Highway to Hell’ at the Grammys in February, they’re once again doing the rounds with sell-out crowds from Stockholm to Sao Paulo.


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LOOP 2015

This year LOOP celebrates its thirteenth edition. The LOOP Video Art Festival Barcelona 2015 takes place from the 28th of May to the 6th of June in various art spaces throughout the city and will host more than 400 artists and 500 works from 45 artists and 45 galleries.

Emilio Alvarez, the co-director of LOOP, reports that 60% of the content posted on the festival was freshly created during 2015. For a nice touch of local authenticity, the first prize will be awarded to Catalan video artist Jordi Colomer for his ‘X-Ville’ project, a reflection on the idea of utopias.

The artistic director of LOOP, Conrado Uribe, has clarified that this edition sets out to “create debate” and acknowledged that want to make LOOP “an event that is at the forefront of discussions on video art” with a total of 23 international speakers taking part in the festival.

Among the many artistic offerings of the festival, Video-Regime stands out in particular, which will looks at the video art collection of the Sorigué Foundation.
At the Jardins de l’Antic Hospital, guitarist Daniel Kessler will be projecting videos from the first album of his new band Big Noble, French artist Emmanuel Lagarrigue is to create a sound installation and Miquel Garcia’s “Democracy” will be on display.


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Primavera Sound 2015

Primavera Sound is a name that does not require much in the way of introduction. To celebrate its 15th edition this May, Primavera Sound, one of Spain’s biggest festivals, will celebrate in style with a lineup that includes The Underworld, The Strokes, The Replacements, The Black Keys, Patti Smith and Band and Ride.

Other performers are to include Antony and the Johnsons, Damien Rice, Belle and Sebastian, The New Pornographers, Shellac, James Blake, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, Earth, Interpol, Babes in Toyland, Mineral, Thurston Moore, The Eels, The Swans, Sun Kil Moon, Jon Hopkins, Dan Deacon, Shabazz Palaces, Simian Mobile Disco, Pallbearer, Benjamin Booker, Tobias Jesso Jr. and many more.

See the full lineup here. Primavera Sound runs from the 28th to the 30th of May at the Parc del Forum and tickets cost €195.

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Night of the Museums 2015

The Night of the Museums is an event we enjoy every year. This free late night viewing of exhibitions is not exclusive to Barcelona but forms a part of an initiative running right across Europe. It doesn’t matter whether you are a local or a tourist. This is simply a great activity for all and it will take part all around the city on May the 16th, from 7pm until 1 am.

Some venues will include special activities such as live performances and music. Here is a guide to Museum Night 2015.


Museu D’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)

If you are into modern art then check out the hip MACBA. Activities happening from 7 pm onwards include tours for families and workshops for teenagers from 14 to 18 years old.

Museu Marítim de Barcelona

The former Drassanes shipbuilding yard, now a museum, gives a fascinating insight into the maritime history of Barcelona.
From the everyday routine of sailors, to how their actual ships operated, the museum is highly educational. To one side of the building (on Paral.lel Street) is the most intact part of Barcelona’s medieval defensive wall.

To celebrate Museum Night there will be a symphonic orchestra performing inside the building from 8.30pm until 12.30am.

Museu de Cultures del Món

Travel through cultures from Asia, the Americas, Africa and Oceania at one of Barcelona’s newest additions. In honour of Museum Night they are putting on a concert of music from Northern India. It starts at 8, 9, 10 and 11 pm, and lasts 30 minutes.


Fundació Antoni Tàpies

Tàpies is one of Barcelona’s most challenging and interesting artists. He is famous for using materials other than oil paint on his canvases.
The Fundació Antoni Tàpies is housed in a building by Domènech I Montaner, one of the earlier works in Catalan Art Nouveau period.

Museu del Modernisme Català

Keeping with the art nouveau theme, be sure to have a peek at the wonderful Catalan Art Nouveau Museum. It features a comprehensive collection of art, furniture and other decorative elements.


Fundació Joan Miró

This exciting 20th century Mediterranean structure holds a detailed and varied collection of Miró’s work. The artist was alive at the time of the construction and was involved in its design.

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC)

The Romanesque mural collection is one of the best in Europe, it features the fully preserved interiors of ancient churches from all over Catalunya. The Gothic Art section also is a delight. Modern collections can be found on the upper floor.

To celebrate Museum Night, a swing concert will be playing in the oval salon from 9 pm until 12 am.

As well as the Museum Night festivities, don’t forget that some museums will offer free entrance on Sunday the 17th or Monday the 18th as part of the International Museum Day programme.

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Earth Markets in Barcelona

On Saturday June the 13th Slow Food Barcelona will kick off the cities first “Mercat de la Terra”, or Earth Market; it is to take place in the Three Chimneys Park at the foot of the Parallel in Poble-sec. The Earth Markets movement originates in Italy and consists of an international network of farmers markets selling local seasonal foods and seasonal grown via traditional processes that are kind to the earth, and sold at accessible prices. The idea has been rolled out across the world in countries including India, Lebanon, Mexico, Israel, and the USA.

Aiming to close the gap between the earth and the table, Earth Markets offer farmers the opportunity to sell their products directly to families.

This is the first of a series of pilot projects to gauge the reception of these markets in the city; an initiative from the Slow Food convivium of Barcelona. The city already has an excellent network of city markets, and Catalunya is lucky enough to have the perfect climate and soils to grow fresh fruit and vegetables of the highest quality.

Over recent years Slow Food Barcelona has organized sporadic Earth Markets, such as the Fira de Sant Ponç or Mercats Monthly Pagès but the aim now is to create a permanent Earth Market in the city, just as already implemented in Italy and elsewhere in the world.
If you are in Barcelona in June and are interested in exploring Earth Markets then why not head on down to the Paral.lel?

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Our 5 favourite paella and rice restaurants in Barcelona

Paella comes from Valencia and is not a native Catalan dish. Here we prefer our rice dishes more soupy, slowly cooked in a rich Catalan fumet fish stock, and full of mouth watering shell fish such as clams, prawns and mussels. We might even add some rich aioli!

Choosing a top 5 was difficult, we had to visit all out favourites again just to be sure!

Arrosseria Xàtiva

Les Corts

With no fewer than 28 different rice dishes, Arrosseria Xàtiva is one we go back to time and time again. Set in a former textile factory in the Les Corts district, they even offer up Paellas to eat straight from the pan with a wooden spoon. What’s not to like?

Be sure to sample the delightful ‘passejat’ rice, not a light or diet option, but utterly delicious. It contains chickpeas, chicken, pig’s ears and ‘morcilla’ blood sausage. Nyam nyam.

El Suquet de l’Almirall

Port Vell

The terrace at El Suquet de l’Almirall is one of the most popular places to enjoy eating and drinking outdoors in the city. Their famous Barceloneta paella is perhaps one of the most popular dishes as well/ dishes. Quim Marquès’s touch is noticeable in the cuisine of this restaurant, especially in the handling of Catalan fumet fish stock that enriches his rices and seafood sauces. This is one of the best and most authentic locations in Port Vell and well deserves its place in our top 5.

La Mar Salada

La Barceloneta

Any discussion of paella in Barcelona cannot avoid mention of La Barceloneta. La Mar Salada is not only famous for its Paellas, it is known as one of the finest seafood restaurants in Barcelona. With a former El Bulli chef, Albert, in the kitchen, it is no wonder that dishes such as their black ‘de senyoret’ rice with razorfish, monkfish and prawns continue to amaze.

Can Solé

La Barceloneta

Another Barceloneta institution, Can Solé has fed seafood rice to its hungry clientele for over a hundred years. To show their appreciation these diners have added to the framed photos, sketches and paintings that line the sky-blue walls.

Tuck in to incredibly fresh shellfish, pulled out of the water just next door. Try a plate of ‘chipirones’ in onion and garlic, Cantabrian anchovies or red shrimp to start. Next you can enjoy fillets of wild turbot, lobster stews and sticky paellas.


El Poble-sec

Away from Barceloneta but still close to the sea, as well as Las Ramblas, is Cheriff. We love this restaurant, as well as the relaxed and friendly neighbourhood of Poble Sec where it is located.

The best seafood paella in Barcelona? Maybe, it certainly comes close, but all our team members have their personal favourite. As well as their seafood rices, be sure to try their incredible lobster stew.

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