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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.
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.
Cosmo Cafe and Gallery is a laid back and colorful space, ideal for meeting up with friends, reading a book with a coffee and watching the hustle and bustle of people passing. Here they serve delicious cakes and pastries and I can also recommend their chai tea latte. Situated in a modern art gallery you will find walls decorated with modern pieces of art and an eclectic mix of graphic designs by newcomers – available to buy in their shop. The space serves as a beautiful merge between interior design and atmosphere making it a great stop for a spot of coffee.
Ever imagined how Barcelona would look with famous landmarks juxtaposed against a different landscape? If so, this is what can be seen at Barcelona’s Multiverse exhibition at Palau Robert, noted as a “photographic stroll through an imaginary Barcelona”.
With our skylines dominated by skyscrapers, it is easy to forget the sheer height and phenomena of these beast of buildings. “Towers and Skyscrapers. From Babel to Dubai“, an exhibition currently running at Caixa Forum, looks at the grand evolution of the skyscraper where mankind embarked on a quest to advance it’s creativity and push boundaries in architecture.
We are all familiar with the famous phrase, “mi casa es tu casa” and we had the opportunity to experience this recently whilst attending the Openhouse gallery. Now, we are huge fans of the design concept store based in Calle Notariat, which is unfortunately closing soon and re-emerging as a different entity, but are happy that the company has extended to The Openhouse Project where Andrew Trotter, Mari Luz Vidal and Nobu Kawagoe house private galleries and dining experiences in their very own home. The project is a growing one, experimenting with opening their home to the public, “our home is open to all”.
It is amusing living in a city like Barcelona, famous for it’s influx of tourism, just how quick it is to identify a tourist or as they say here “guiri”. This has taken the form of incessant bloggers, travel enthusiasts and amateur photographers out and about with the latest Canon camera, fixated on capturing every single moment.The digital age with its social media and fascination with sharing in real time, has transformed the world of capturing the moment – which makes it even easier to identify the tourist. One has to then consider, just how much time is actually lost in the grand mission of collecting.
We had the pleasure of attending the Celia Vela show “…y un vestido esmeralda”, at 080 Barcelona yesterday – one of the key fashion events in Barcelona, showcasing some of the best design talent in the city. This edition was superbly staged at Palau de Pedralbes and served as a magical backdrop for the catwalk that was centered around the fountain. The marquees were brimmed with Catalan press, the fashion pack and up and coming designers so the musing around the gardens was of course inspirational.
Its that time again, fashion, street style, shopping, events, and more at The Brandery Summer edition on July 13th. The three day event takes place over at Fira at Placa Espanya just by Montjuïc, action packed with the opportunity to network with business owners, enter design competitions and a cool place to chill out and have a cocktail- making it the perfect place to shop, mingle and be entertained.
If you are like the girls in our office and have a soft spot for vintage finds you will love Brick Lane BCN - a pop up vintage market that takes place every month at different locations throughout the city under the premise that it brings the vibe of London to Barcelona.
Krystal-Joy is behind the concept, originally born in London this is a woman that isn’t shy when it comes to fashion. With extensive experience in the fashion industry that spans from working in the vintage department of Topshop, styling and producing fashion shows for the likes of Julien MacDonald and Temperly, Krystal-Joy noticed that Barcelona was missing cool, affordable vintage for both men and women like other European cities and created Brick Lane BCN.
This weekend I decided to pop in to Palau de la Virreina where I was pleasantly surprised with the current exhibition Number Three – an adaptation of Jean-Luc Godards Numéro deux (1975) but in exhibition form. For those that aren’t familiar with the film, it explores the key interlacing between the work place and domestic environment. Titled “from home to factory”, one could question if home is indeed the factory or if the factory is home. The film is randomized with breaks and loops, the editing is sharp at times and disconcerting – reflective of the questionable repressive spaces.