Suite Festival 2016

As the Suite Festival returns to the Gran Teatre del Liceu for its second edition it looks set to become a name in Barcelona’s stellar musical line-up to rival Sonar and Primavera Sound.

Musically the festival invites diverse artists from the national and international music scene. This year
Paul Anka, Chris Cornell, and Julieta Venegas are just some of the artists that will perform.

Unlike Sonar and Primavera Sound, Suite Festival unwinds slowly over the space of months. Catalan act Sopa de Cabra opened the festival on January 17th and continues until May 18th. The next concert takes place on March the 8th , when French rock star, Johnny Hallyday takes to the stage.

The event organisers’ objective is to attract a broader public to one of the most wonderful music performance spaces in Barcelona, the Liceu, which is traditionally known as a venue of opera and classical music.

Suite Festival Lineup

  • March 8th. Johnny Hallyday
  • March 12th. Antonio Orozco (sold out)
  • March 21st. Emir Kusturica and the no smoking orchestra
  • April 10th. Julieta Venegas
  • April 13th. Manuel Carrasco (sold out)
  • April 27th. Manuel Carrasco
  • May 19th. Manuel Carrasco
  • April 21st. Chris Cornell
  • May 18th. Michel Camilo

More Information

When: 31st of December – 23rd of May
Where: Gran Teatre del Liceu. Get there via Metro – Liceu (L3)
Price: From €15 – €125 depending on seats and act
Buy Tickets: Tickets available here
Website: Official Suite Festival website here

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Diálogos de la mirada

The Fundació Suñol is exhibiting a collection of works from its own collection that brings together diverse artists, featuring work by Luis Gordillo, Man Ray, Zush, Richard Avedon, Luis Frangella, Carlos Pazos, Jaume Plensa, José Luis Alexanco, Ramon Guillen-Balmes, María José Lacadena, Christo, Jordi Colomer, Claudio Bravo, Ferran Freixa, Ignasi Aballí, Antoni Tàpies, Juan Genovés, José María Sicilia, Alberto García-Alix, Joan Rom, Jaume Xifra, Robert Llimós, Idroj Sanicne, Sergi Aguilar, Federico Guzmán, Manuel Millares, Pello Irazu, Max Bill and Miquel Mont.

The exhibition is grouped into seven different subject areas: gazing; reading; covering up; value; walking/resting; holes; and the colour red. It occupies the first floor of the gallery on Passeig de Gràcia, opens its doors to the public on Wednesday and will run until September.

The tour starts in a silent intimacy with photographs by Richard Avedon and Man Ray and ends in an explosion of colour and violence with the monumental paintings of José María Sicilia and the torn burlap works of Manuel Millares.

Along the way we are treated to extraordinary pieces such as Llibre de vidre (1982), by Jaume Plensa, consisting of torn transparent pages with poems by Antoni Tàpies Barba.

The Fundació Suñol will also feature a monographic dedicated to Darío Villalba, an artist whose work has scarcely been exhibited in Barcelona.
The new ’Nivell Zero’ exhibition space will be dedicated to young artists and will exchange pieces with other similar exhibition spaces.

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El Peso de un Gesto – Julião Sarmento

Portguese artist Julião Sarmento is known for his unique multi-media visual language. This combines film, video, sound, painting, sculpture and installations.

His own work often deals with interpersonal relationships and themes such as psychological interaction, sensuality, voyeurism and transgression.
Sarmento’s upcoming exhibition in Barcelona offers a dialogue between the works of different artists, with pieces originating from three different museums— Barcelona’s MACBA and CaixaForum, and Lisbon’s CAM from the Gulbenkian Foundation.

Opening on February the 11th at the CaixaForum, in this exhibition Sarmento assumes the role of curator and narrator, presiding over a selection of artwork from different periods. These all evolve around an enigmatic painting by the 19th-century French artist, Edgar Degas, one of the founders of the Impressionism movement.

Sarmento’s objective in combining and juxtaposing diverse ideas and images is to stimulate the viewer’s imagination, and lead them to a variety of individual interpretations and new takes upon the works included.

Among the featured artists is Spanish sculptor Juan Muñoz. His large-scale installation, The Wasteland (1987), invites the spectator to be deceived by its optical, Roman-inspired floor.

Also included is a short film by Gabriel Abrantes, Olympia I&II (2006), a diptych of two reconstitutions of Manet’s Olympia. The first tableau features Katie dressed as Olympia; the second one shows Abrantes in a transvestite version of the famous figure. The film deconstructs the mythical aura of the work while simultaneously celebrating its legacy.

Enjoy Sarmento’s vision from February the 11th to March the 10th 2016 at the Caixa Forum.

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Santa Eulália and Llum BCN

Santa Eulália is Barcelona’s patron saint. On February the 12th celebrations, and a public holiday, are to be held in her honour (Santa Eulália was a 13-year-old martyr who was tortured on the orders of the emperor Diocletian, and she is often referred to as the children’s saint). Eulália lends her name to Barcelona’s impressive gothic Cathedral – Santa Eulália – though it is more commonly referred to as La Seu.

A day of street celebrations and parades is planned to mark the occasion. Festivities are to include the La processó de les Laies, a parade of giant statues begins in Plaça Sant Josep Oriol at 7pm, a correfoc (fire run) and musicians and dancers will provide entertainment throughout the Gothic quarter.

Santa Eulalia coincides with Llum BCN, the annual four-day festival of illuminations which transforms Ciutat Vella into a stunning visual light show, lighting up many of the city’s most prominent buildings with colour, music and optical illusions. Three routes through the city are to be adorned with optical illusions – Mar, Catedral and Montcada. You can find out more about these on the website.

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Barcelona Half Marathon

Not quite as famous as its older sibling, the Barcelona Marathon, the Half Marathon is none-the-less a significant event, and the route takes in much of Barcelona’s finest scenery.

Beginning at Passeig de Pujades, the route continues through Paral•lel, Gran Via, Diagonal, Selva de Mar, Port Olímpic and back to Pujades, with the iconic Arc de Triomf as the finishing line.

In total, the race spans over 21 kilometres, and is open to wheelchair users.

If you’re a keen runner, the half marathon is an excellent opportunity to combine exercise with an outdoor experience of the city.

The Barcelona Half Marathon takes places this Sunday, the 14th of February.

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Nuria Graham

Catalan singer Nuria Graham hails from Catalunya’s medieval town of Vic, and owes her surname, as well as her polyglot abilities, to Irish descendants.
Having studied music from a young age, Graham excels at both guitar and piano playing. Her instrumental talents are complimented by a strikingly soulful voice.

Though comparisons to folk musicians are often made, graham is quick to distance herself from such labels.

Having nurtured her talents from an early age, Graham was spotted whilst performing at a concert in La Jazz Cafe in Vic, and the rest as they say is history.
Since then she has supported major acts such as St. Vincent at Apollo, and has played at Primavera Sound 2015. Her latest album, Bird Eyes (2015) was released on Primavera sound’s own record label, El Segell del Primavera.

This February, no longer the support act, Graham will take to the stage of the Apolo on the 12th of February to headline her own performance. See more information here:

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Food & Drink for people with allergies in Barcelona

Allergies and food intolerances are increasingly common. For the traveller with allergies, a source of concern when visiting a new town or city is always this: “what will I be able to eat, and where?”.

Spanish shops and supermarkets cater well to those with intolerances, particularly coeliac disease, and increasingly lactose intolerance.

Barcelona is renowned for its food and drink, and those with intolerances will be happy to hear that that Barcelona also caters very well for their needs.


Ca l’Estevet (Valldonzella, 46. T. 93 302 41 86) offers sumptuous traditional Catalan dishes adapted for people allergic to gluten, dairy or eggs.

Three specials are: bacallà a la llauna – pan-fried salt cod, the Café de Paris entrecote steak and Paella Parellada are three unbeatable options.

Il Piccolo Focone (Dos de Maig, 268. T. 93 450 24 52) serves up gluten-free pizzas. They offer 30 pizzas as well as fresh filled or dried pastas, risottos and tasty desserts.

Pizza doughs are made with cornmeal, buckwheat and potato starch. All the cured meats here are gluten-free so no need to skimp on toppings.

El Gat Blau (Consell de Cent, 139) is also a safe option. Chef Pere Carrió works with local organic produce, and offers fairly- priced dishes such as a confit of octopus with bacon and rosemary, free of gluten, dairy and egg.

4 Capellans, the restaurant at the Hotel Barcelona Catedral (Capellans, 4) is more a fine dining option, though surprisingly for a four-star hotel, the menu is excellent value for money, with few of the main dishes priced above 10€, and nearly all can be adapted to be allergy-friendly.


As an allergic reaction can trigger anaphylactic shock, shops that cater to people with allergies have to know what they are playing at. Here are some of the best choices.

La Botteghina (Clos de Sant Francesc, 55. T. 93 222 95 52): is divided into three areas: one for organic products, one dairy- free and one gluten-free, with a point where all three areas intersect.

Jo També Sóc Al•lèrgic (Vilamarí, 26. T. 93 426 49 48), here everything has a personal touch as the owner’s son was diagnosed with multiple allergies to milk protein, eggs, seafood and nuts at a young age. The experience of raising him left his parents with a store of expert knowledge.

Everything is organised by allergy, and the shop is great fun for kids: there are chocolate bars and chocolate spreads without the ominous warning, ‘may contain traces of nuts’, dairy-free ice cream, and gluten-free pizza and pastries.

Dietètica Glòria
(Entença, 175. T. 93 329 92 51) is another family business. Set-up as a replica of a conventional supermarket but with products for allergy sufferers, 80% of their products are aimed at customers with coeliac disease, but you’ll find a little of everything.


Granja Viader (Xuclà, 4-6), here the lactose-intolerant can sample the thick, Spanish-style hot chocolate, made only with water, cocoa, chocolate and cinnamon. It also has plenty of coeliac-friendly edibiles.

Syngluten (Galileu, 115) make delicious gluten-free ‘churros con chocolate’. These can be prepared lactose-free too.


Celiadictos (La Pobla de Lillet, 5. T. 93 409 31 31), is dedicated to gluten free breads. Their baked goods also satisfy dairy intolerances, as none contain milk.

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Nutcracker / Trencanous

Classic 19th Century ballet The Nutcracker gets a modern reworking; jazz and classical dance are combined for a contemporary spin on this much-loved ballet, creating something for the whole family to enjoy.

The Nutcracker was originally choreographed by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa, with a composition by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. This latest interpretation version deviates from the usual story to reveal the legend behind the boy who turned into a nutcracker after a magical spell was placed upon him by the wicked sorcerer, Drosselmeier.

If you love ballet and contemporary dance be sure not to miss this opportunity to see what Barcelona is renowned as a city of culture.

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Babies at CCCB

CCCB is Barcelona’s main contemporary art gallery. Under usual circumstances, you might think that there would not be much here for small children, and you’d probably be right.

Enter stage ‘Babies at CCCB’ offering dance, music, puppets and art aimed at children aged five and under. Not only with these spectacular shows keep your young ones thoroughly entertained, but they are also an excellent way to introduce your children to interactive learning, and how to use audio and visual prompts to further their minds.

Barcelona-based theatre company Viu el Teatre are the creators of the ‘Babies at CCCB’ shows. Their aim as performers is to create a closer relationship between the spectator and the performer at each of their shows; interaction is therefore a key element of their performances.

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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.

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