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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Mas i Mas festival 2015

Barcelona is deserted by locals at this time of year and visitors often find the city at their disposal, things having gone rather quiet. As our blog this month highlights, there is still abundant noise for those seeking it in the form of numerous concerts and festivals. This truly is a great time of year to enjoy music in some really special spots.

The San Miguel Mas i Mas (more and More) festival is one such event and since its launch in 2003 has become a not to miss date in the summer diary.
Conceived of with the objective of providing some “first class cultural activity” during the quiet heat of the summer months, Mas i Mas takes places from the end of July and throughout August, and consists of some fabulous concerts in famous venues in the city, including art nouveau treasure the Palau de la Música and Jamboree.

As ever Mas i Mas doesn’t put music in a box and puts on something for everyone to get down to. Performances will cover everythinge from jazz to techno to flamenco to funk with a line up including Spanish techno pioneer Oscar Mulero, Miles Davis tribute the Miles Tribut Big Band, flamenco act Azahra and chart topper Aloe Blacc.

Mas i Mas starts on the 27th of July and runs through to August the 29th. For more information and tickets see the Mas i Mas website here.

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The delights of Mount Tibidabo

Tibidabo forms a breathtaking backdrop to Barcelona’s skyline. The the hill of Tibidabo sits behind the city on the edge of Colserola National Park and is home to both a funfair and amusement park as well as the Sacred Heart Church, a landmark that can be seen for miles around. Tibidabo is a great spot to visit for its breathtaking views of the whole city, it’s clear air and its attractions that will entertain young and old alike.

Tibidabo Amusement Park

The amusement park is a throwback Barcelona’s find de siècle golden age. Built in 1889, many of the rides date back to this time, creating a sense of another age, so do not expect any white-knuckle rides. However, this does mean that the rides are suitable for small children.

Tibidabo Sacred Heart Church

Well worth a visit while you are on Tibidabo is the Sacred Heart Church. Originally built in 1806 and then renovated in 1902, the neo-gothic structure proudly dominated the city’s skyline. You can take a lift to the top of the church and check out the city from a stunning 575 meters above sea level.
It is worth remembering that there are not many options to buy food and drink once you reach the top of the mountain, and that they tend to be quite expensive. It is worth bringing a picnic as there are areas for eating and enjoying the views.

Getting to Tibidabo

To get to Tibidabo you can take a bus from Plaça Catalunya or you can take a tram and funicular, the latter is a fun activity and worth the effort, especially if you have small children.

Getting to to the tram is easy; simply hop on the L7 metro train from Plaça Catalunya and after a short ten minute ride it drops you in Plaça John Kennedy, right next to the tram stop. The route of the tram ride is highly picturesque, passing through Barcelona’s leafiest and most affluent neighbourhood and also offering some wonderful panoramic views of the city. Lasting around 7 minutes, the ride terminates half way up Mount Tibidabo in Plaça Sant Andreu, where there are plenty of restaurants and terraces from where you can enjoy the views.

From here you can continue up the mountain on the funicular. This is another beautiful journey, this time through the mountain´s forests and up the summit and the amusement park.

By Train: FGC (L7) from Plaza Catalunya to Av. Tibidabo then Tramvia Blau
then Funicular to Tibidabo

Open: Weekends and public holidays check website for dates
Price: Adults €28.50, under 120cm €10.30, under 90cm Free
Plaza del Tibidabo 3-4, Tel. 93 211 7142

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Barcelona Harley Days 2015

If you’re a fan of the Harley Davidson motorcycle, check out this free three-day Harley celebration. There will be activities and festivities (including a custom motorcycle show, guided tours, a country party and live rock concerts) as well as a 25,000m2 display of motorbikes, accessories, clothing and more.

Barcelona Harley Days is the biggest urban Harley Davidson event in Europe, and one of the largest in the world. And better still, it’s a totally free event, and open to all. This three-day Harley celebration is not just directed at Harley fanatics, but also families, casual enthusiasts and tourists eager to participate in biker world culture for three days full of festivities, activities and fun.

This event will take place on July the 3rd, from 11:00 AM to July the 5th, 2015 12:00 AM on Plaça Espanya, Avinguda María Cristina, 08014 Barcelona.
For more information visit the Barcelona Harley Days site here.

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Poblenou Craft Beer Festival – Fira del Poblenou 2015

Poblenou Craft Beer Festival is an event that is close to our hearts here at Feelathomeinbarcelona. Being based in Poblenou, and being known to enjoy a nice refreshing beer, this is an event which we are very happy to share with you.

For three days from the 3rd to the 5th of July, visitors to the Parc del Poblenou will be able to taste different varieties of beer from 35 national and international brewers. In addition, the space will feature 10 stands selling street food, as well as live music and other activities.

This year will be the fourth edition of the Poblenou Craft Beer Festival, after the success of its third edition in 2014, which attracted more than 10,000 attendees.

See you there!

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Piknic Electronik 2015

Piknic Electronik is a global event is making its mark on the electronic music scene globally with editions in Barcelona, Montréal, Melbourne, Dubai, Paris and Cannes. As the name suggests, Piknic Electronik combines a traditional afternoon picnic with the best in cutting electronic music. This year, the lineup features a variety of techno and house veterans as well as new faces, including Detroit godfather of techno Derrick May, as well Fabric resident Crag Richards, Jesse Rose b2b Justin Martin, Detroit Swindle and local Barcelona MOOG resident Gus Van Sound.

The Barcelona edition of the festival is in its fourth year and hosts funky electronic music every Sunday throughout the summer from June the 28th to September the 20th. Set in the natural surroundings of Montjuïc’s Joan Brossa Jardins de, the picnic has a cheerful festival vibe welcoming all, including many a clubber who has grown up and had children! Families are also catered for at a separate ‘Petit Piknic’ area for offering activities, games and workshops for the little ones.

As well as great music, expect a range of Barcelona’s best mobile food and drink trucks, and a vintage market.

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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 here.

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