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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
Food enthusiasts will be happy to hear about Chef Ferran Adrià ‘s planned Nikkei cuisine restaurant – set to be located adjacent to Tickets in the popular Parallel district of Barcelona city. In an interview with Peruvian newspaper El Comercio, Adrià said he planned to “put Peru on the map” with his brother Albert and given his previous success we are very excited about this next venture. Nikkei food is a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian food and makes an exciting project for Adriá as it combines two of his great culinary interests and will give him more creative freedom.
Barcelona’s Beefeater In-Edit Festival of music documentaries celebrates its 10th edition and runs from today until 4th November. With 26 select films focusing on a variety of genres we say now is the time to take advantage and go to the festival if you haven’t been before. The life of pre-Civil War Catalan soprano Conxita Badia Millàs, life with The Beastie Boys and the world of techno are just some of the subjects to be featured.
Mapping Barcelona Public Art (MBPA) kickstarts the autumn with their first exhibit Las Calles Hablan (The streets speak). Created by Katrine Knauer, this exhibition is a collection of images of street art throughout Barcelona city to help redefine the importance of graffiti. Many tend to have an immediate reaction when it comes to street art, they either love it, hate it or perhaps simply don’t understand it.
In the ever popular era of digital media it is refreshing to see that the film strip is still alive in the form of polaroids. For those that thought were sure that all would conform to digital, how very wrong they were. Instead polaroid cameras have cult and memorabilia kudos and upon entering Impossible Project Barcelona in the Born district, it is easy to understand why. The space houses a variety of merchandise from polaroid cameras from all drags, formats, uses colors, accessories and more. You can even find collectable books, magazines and special editions in this store that serves more as a gallery space.
La Virreina´s current exhibition From the Factory to the World. Photography and the Warhol Community, examines the pivotal role played by photography in creating the Factory’s elaborate bohemian culture. The Factory was Andy Warhol’s New York studio, which, was renowned for it’s huge parties and celeb musings. Here you can see printed works, polaroids and videos of this hectic lifestyle and artists and celebrities such as Edie Sedgwick, Cecil Beaton, Christopher Makos and Stephen Shore are just some of those that are included.
The New York Times Magazine is the Sunday supplement, famed for it’s photography particularly with regards to fashion and style. You can see the new promo video for The New York Times Magazine Photographs exhibition—currently on view in Barcelona’s Palau Robert below. At this exhibition, you see the sheer effort visible over the past fifteen years in shaping what is now one of the most iconic and noted magazine’s for photography. Photo Editor and curator, Kathy Ryan, provides a behind-the-scenes look at the collaborative, creative processes that have made the magazine a leading entity in visual storytelling.
Drap-Art, the international recycling festival is back in Barcelona and will display over a hundred different artists from varying fields of speciality (including painters, musicians and film-makers) most of which will be showcased at CCCB and other public places in the city.
Bar Cañete is a busy tapas restaurant located right off Las Ramblas on Carrer de la Unió. It offers more than the usual tortilla and pan con tomate, this place is simple yet elegant with the waiting staff more than happy to talk you through the menu and attend to your needs. It isn’t recommended for those that have a nervous disposition about being in imitate spaces, as your elbows basically meet your neighbors but that is all part of the fun.
The Sitges Film Festival, held in seaside town Sitges in Catalonia, is one of the most renowned film festivals in Europe, and focuses mainly on the horror and fantasy genres. The 45th festival takes place from the 4th-14th October and this year a tribute will be paid to Quentin Tarantino, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Reservoir Dogs. The festival will hold a special screening in Tarantino’s honor on October 5th at 13:45. The theme of this year’s festival is the apocalypse, very fitting with talk of Mayan’s end of the world fresh on people’s tongues in addition to the constant reminder of the economic meltdown.