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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.

Souvenir : A photographic exhibition by Martin Parr

30/07/2012

Souvenir : A photographic exhibition by Martin Parr

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.

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02/07/2012

“We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us” – Number 3 exhibition

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.

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15/11/2011

The Russian Ballet: When art dances with music

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

la maleta mexicana

07/11/2011

La Maleta Mexicana – The Mexican Suitcase

The legendary Mexican Suitcase, a priceless record of the Spanish civil war, has recently made its journey from New York to Barcelona’s very own cultural epicenter, MNAC, el Museu National d’art de Catalunya. continue reading

...the never-ending mexican obsession with skulls continues

25/10/2011

El día de los muertos, Mexican style

“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

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18/05/2009

Sonar Festival 2009. June 18, 19 and 20, 2009

The start of summer in Barcelona looks like a postcard, smells like the ocean and sounds like… Sonar. Yes folks, time flies and The International Festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Arts is upon us again. Major names in electronica and rising stars destined for all tomorrow’s parties will mingle with around 80 thousand partygoers. Nobody in his or her right mind could have an excuse big enough to miss it!

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