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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.
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.
The Grec Festival of Barcelona is one of the most important cultural events in Europe, and definitely the most exciting summer cultural event in BCN, with theatre, dance, music, circus and other stage arts.
The Drap-Art’11 festival focuses on the possibilities of creative recycling: group exhibitions of art and designer objects made from recyclable materials, interventions in public space, participative workshops -with children, -instrument making (Let’s recycle, Let’s sing!), -objects (making flowers from coffee capsules) -performances, and several round table discussions (- The infinite possibilities of recycling. – The culture of squandering in times of crisis). continue reading
Curated by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, this touring retrospective gives an insight into the transformative role of the Russian Ballet and the grand impresario at its heart, Serge Diaghilev.
While the man cut an intimidating figure, his groundbreaking vision led to the conception of what some now refer to as the greatest ballet company in history – one whose techniques many continue to use as a source of inspiration in devising contemporary ballets today. continue reading
There is something distinctively festive about ballets – all that plush white tulle against an inky black stage, the porcelain ballerinas floating in mid-air like delicate snowflakes. Restore the rosiness to your cheeks this winter with an opulent ballet by the world-famous Russian Mariinsky School at the stunning Liceu Teatre. continue reading
The Beefeater In-Edit festival has finally returned to Barcelona for its ninth edition, opening our eyes and ears to the world of music documentaries between 27th October and 6th November. In the arena for the opening ceremony are both music heavyweights and the creator of the Music Documentary genre, Michael Nyman – all expected to pack a strong punch at the 2011 event. continue reading
This Halloween prepare yourselves for short, sharp bursts of gore, blood and guts in the shape of a locally-produced, low budget cortometraje (short film) festival at the Antic Teatre. Straddling the Gotic/Borne district, the Antic Teatre is a hidden gem of cultured performance-art shows, and is one of the few real “creation” hubs in the centre of the city with an in-house theatre. continue reading
Until a few weeks ago it may still have been possible to cling onto the last slivers of late summer warmth but we can no longer deny Autumn’s golden glow. With dark winter nights looming ahead of us, it’s the perfect time to think about one of our most exciting festive knees-ups: Halloween on 31st October. continue reading
“For an inhabitant of New York, Paris or London, death is a word that is never spoken, because it burns the lips. The Mexican however is on good terms with her, sleeps with her, courts her; she is one of his favourite playthings and his most lasting love.”
Octavio Paz. The solitary labyrinth, 1961 continue reading