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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.
World Press Photo is one of the most established and prestigious photojournalism competitions in the world. Think – 156 award winning photos, eight cities of forty countries and I think you can understand the depth that much more. The exhibition is on in Barcelona at the CCCB until 6th January and is a sure hit in the city, last year saw 35,159 visitors attend.
El Parallel is the underground neighborhood that was once the go to place for sheer entertainment and marvels. Xavier Alberti and Eduard Molner attempt to rescue the cultural locality that sent tremors in what was the polite society during 1894-1939 with a curation of Parallel’s theatrical, political and sexual world during the exhibition, aptly named “El Paral•lel, 1894-1939, Barcelona and the Spectacle of Modernity”.
Now it is not hard to notice that there has been somewhat of an influx in bakeries offering more than just a magdalena, we have already blogged about the infamous Cup&Cake and then there is Lolita Bakery amongst others here in the city. There has equally been a rise in baking at home with more people taking an interest and taking classes, offered by those such as Diary of a Cake Maker. So if like us, you have a sweet tooth and don’t mind getting elbow deep in harina (flour), you may want to visit the BCN&Cake event taking place this weekend at Fira Barcelona.
There is nothing like a visit to the museum to make you realize just how much talent one individual encompassed, in what was somewhat limited times. This is what can be seen from the multifaceted and talented Italian artist Giambattista Piranesi (Venice, 1720 – Rome, 1778) - who was an architect, etcher, and designer. Obra Social La Caixa Foundation presents The Arts of Piranesi an exhibition that brings extensive works such as engravings and sketchings from the artist.
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.
La Virreina 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.
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.