What’s on this week in Barcelona: 11 – 17 February

What’s on this week in Barcelona: 11 – 17 February

No plans after your Spanish class? Cara•B Festival, Llum BCN Poble Nou, El Gran mercado de Gracia and much more…

Monday, 11th February

  • The Advertising boom. Tin cardboard and tile posters. 1890-1950: The exhibition, with over 250 pieces, focuses on products for everyday use, from food or beverage packaging to pharmaceutical and tobacco products. In order to highlight the qualities and advantages of their products, manufacturers tried to create a name for themselves and grow within the market by generating an attractive image that emphasized their name in the design. Until 31 March at Disseny Hub Barcelona, Plaça de les Glòries, metro Glòries (L1).

Tuesday, 12th February

  • Survival Programmes: In Britain’s Inner Cities: For the first time in Spain, this exhibition presents, in full, Survival Programmes: In Britain’s Inner Cities, the emblematic work by the Exit Photography Group – Nicholas Battye, Chris Steele-Perkins and Paul Trevor. Carried out between 1974 and 1979, this work documents the impoverishment of the working classes in seven of the United Kingdom’s inner cities. Until the 3rd of March at Palau de la Virreina, La Rambla 99, metro Liceu (L3). Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays, 11:00 to 20:00. Free entrance.

Sunday afternoon, Mozart Street, Granby, Liverpool, 1975 from Survival Programmes_Side Gallery

‘Sunday afternoon’, Mozart Street, Granby, Liverpool, 1975 © Paul Trevor

Wednesday, 13th February

  • Visit Casa de les Punxes:  Immerse yourself in the history of Casa de les Punxes (build for three single daughters), soak up the medieval atmosphere that inspired the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch in his design and discover all the hidden secrets and symbolism of this building. During this visit you will also discover the legend of sant Jordi and experience it for yourself. Thanks to a fun, interactive and all-enveloping experience you will discover first-hand Catalonia’s most important legend and hear a story that will captivate and amaze you. Open every day from 09:00 to 20:00, €12,50 (audio guided visit). Avenida Diagonal 420, metro Verdaguer (L4 and L5), metro Diagonal (L3).

Thursday, 14th February

  • Before (Teatro Praga) at Hiroshima: Before is a magnificent rarity of Hiroshima’s programming and a small jewel in new Portuguese dramaturgy. Recently presented at Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Pedro Penim’s text approaches with irony and humour, the feeling of saudade, the longing of the past. It speaks up about the yearning for a return to a past time perceived as glorious and desirable when facing a painful present. This disease, shared by many civilisations throughout history, always diagnoses the end of an era. The mise-en-scène presents a simple but surreal situation; a dinosaur exposes its reflections and anguishes to a sort of condescending therapist who listens to it. Teatro Praga is a collective of artists born in 1995 in Lisbon and which has been presented in festivals and theatres around the globe. They mock the established order and believe that unpredictable variations of themselves are a way of broadening the concept of predictability. A fundamental piece of the season. The show is in English with Spanish subtitles. Tonight and tomorrow at 20:30 at Hiroshima, C/ Vilà i Vilà, 67, metro Parel•lel (L2 y L3).

Friday, 15th February

  • Cara•B Festival: An independent and urban music culture festival that takes place this Friday and Saturday at the Barcelona’s Fabra i Coats Art Factory and is positioned as the main showcase of musical trends and the freshest alternative sounds of the moment. Get your tickets in advance (one day €25, two days €40). Fabra i Coats Art Factory, C/de Sant Adria 20, metro Sant Andreu (L1).

Saturday, 16th February

  • Llum BCN Poble Nou:For the second year running, Llum BCN transforms the streets of Poblenou into a huge, open-air experimentation laboratory using light as the creative medium and the work of artists, designers and architects from all over the world who are exploring the possibilities offered by new technologies in urban spaces such as dynamic lighting, large-scale projection and interactive environments.. There will be routes, transformed courtyards, light shows and an exhibition. Friday, Saturday and Sunday in various places in Poble Nou, check out the full program here. We went last year with students and we are definetley going again this year!

Sunday, 17th February

  • El Gran mercado de Gracia: Fashion, crafts, gastronomy, music and art. A space where you can find unique products, handcrafted at super affordable prices: paintings, design objects, crafts. But also conscious consumption, to give a new opportunity to things / clothes that look for a new home and a new history. Local crafts, because the best is made at home. Plus French food, delicious crepes and quiche, sweets with calories, cakes and chocobomba! Today from 12:00 to 22:00 at Susurro, Carrer de Quevedo 29, metro Joanic (L4).

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