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Monday, 1st February  

  • Cine Verdi: Cines Verdi is a 5 screen cinema in uptown Barcelona in the Gracia area. The films on show are a mixture of new releases and art house and are released in their original version with subtitles. Normal tickets cost € 7.50 but every Monday they offer them for only € 4.50. You can buy the tickets online or at the venue. Here you find the program for this week. (venue: Cine Verdi, Calle Verdi 32).

Tuesday, 2nd February

  • BCNEGRA 16: BCNegra16This is a literary event dedicated to crime and thriller novels that takes place in Barcelona during the last week of January and first week of February. Paco Camarasa is the event organiser and owner of the book shop “Negra y Criminal”. BCNegra has been running now for 11 years and has provided plenty of inspiration to all lovers of this gender. Here you find the programme. (venue: various venues in the city).

Wednesday, 3rd February  

  • Copa del Rey: FC Barcelona vc Valencia. This 1st leg of the semi finals is played in Camp Nou stadium. The match starts at 9:00pm.

Thursday, 4th February 

  • Carnival: The Carnival in Barcelona lasts a week and it’s full of events apt for everybody regardless of the age. On Fat Thursday the local markets celebrate the beginning of the carnival with many food events and competitions. Carnival is traditionally the last fun event before Lent, therefore people are encouraged to stuff themselves with delicious sweets and rich dishes.In Barcelona the Carnival King “Carnestoltes” will make his appearance on Fat Thursday. He will carry on his shoulders all sins committed during the year and on the last day of Carnival he will be condemned to burn. There will be several funeral parades and events everywhere to celebrate this occasion. This year, however, the king will be sustituted by Queen Belluga. (venue: various venues in Barcelona, free entry, Thursday 4th February 2016 to Wednesday 10th February 2016).

    © Jordi Boixareu
    © Jordi Boixareu

Friday, 5th February 

  • Orquestra del Montsalvat: The Orquestra del Montsalvat together with the violin musician Sergey Malov will play classical music by Beethoven and Mendelssohn. (venue: Palau de la Música Catalana, Petit Palau, time: 8:30pm, duration: approx. 90 minutes, price: 30€). 
  • GUINNES Laughter Lounge Comedy Barcelona: Stand-up comedian Phil Kay from Scotland is coming to Barcelona to entertain the crowd! He has been participating to the Fringe and UK comedy festival circuits for a while now. Philcaptivates the imagination of his fans with his remarkable freestyle routine and has won the British Comedy Award for best stand-up and a Perrier nomination. You will have Guinness on tap and a jam session after the show. Better to book your tickets in advance through the Guinnes Laughter Lounge website. (venue: Shamrock bar, Calle Tallers, 72, time: 8:30pm-11:30pm, price: 10/12€). Phil Kay
  • Ping Pong Friday: If Friday nights are getting a little bit routine, what better way to shake things up than with a game of ping pong!? Hailing from New York, this trend offers an alternative to hitting the dance floor, and Luz de Gas have brought the craze to Barcelona with #PingPongFriday. Grab a drink and a ping pong bat, and from midnight until 2am play against a friend, or against the mysterious Mister X—if you beat him, you’ll win a bottle of GHMUMM champagne. (venue: Luz de Gas, Muntaner 246)

Saturday, 6th February 

  • Wine courses Level 1 in Barcelona: Make sure you’ve got something to look forward to after Christmas and start your New Years’ Resolutions with a wine course in the center of Barcelona. The Wine and Spirits Education Trust is the only internationally-recognised wine qualification body and Wine Courses Barcelona is running Level 1 on Level 2 as well as evening courses in 2016. On Saturday the 30th of January the Level 1 course starts. It is a full day course from 9.30am – 6pm and costs €180+IVA. Course sign-up closes 27th January. It is a perfect occasion for beginners and wine-lovers to improve the wine knowledge and tasting skills in 2016. Linguabarcelona students get a 10 % discount on the course price. More infos here. (venue: Wine Courses BCN, Carrer del Bruc 136)
  • Arts & Crafts market: different types of hand-made design products can be found here. Check it out! (venue: Centro de arte Mutuo, calle Julia Portrt, 5, hours: 12:00pm – 9.00pm, free entry).  Arts_Crafts

Sunday, 7th February

  • Lindy al Parc – Swing in the parc: Lindy al Parc is the oldest social activity put on by the association BCNSWING, with the first session dating back to 1998. They meet every first and third Sunday of the month. Everyone is welcome, so just turn up and dance! (venue: Parc de la Ciutadella, Passeig de Picasso, 12am – 2.30pm).

It’s calçots time, ladies and gentlemen! Oh yeah, it’s that time of the year again when we can’t stop eating this sort of Catalan “spring onions” dipped in the delicious “romesco” sauce.

We dusted off our barbecue and lit up a beautiful fire on which we grilled a bunch of calçots. Boy, what a smell! Their fragrance filled up our school and made our mouths water.

Both students and staff were enthusiastic and had such a fab time!

Here are some pictures of our calçots Linguaschools style!

© Luc Mercells

Monday, 25th January  

 

  • Cine Verdi: Cines Verdi is a 5 screen cinema in uptown Barcelona in the Gracia area. The films on show are a mixture of new releases and art house and are released in their original version with subtitles. Normal tickets cost € 7.50 but every Monday they offer them for only € 4.50. You can buy the tickets online or at the venue. Here you find the program for this week. (venue: Cine Verdi, Calle Verdi 32)

Tuesday, 26th January

 

  • Australia Day at Flaherty’s: The biggest Australia Day party in Barcelona! Homemade Australian meat pies, Australian BBQ, beers, and a good laugh. Plus, Aussie tunes will complete the experience. Also, the Australians that bring their ID card will score a FREE pint of Fosters, so spread the word!Don’t miss out on our raffle, with many great prizes to be won! (venue: Flaherty’s, near Drassanes metro on La Rambla in Plaza Joaquim Xirau Barcelona, from 20:00, 6,90€).New_Australia day-01

Wednesday, 27th January 

  • A-mnesia: an exhibition of emerging art about the eternal fight against oblivion. The Spanish artist Concha Romeu tries to materialise the passing of time, the emptiness people leave behind once they are forever gone, their impact on our lives through knitted old bed linen. She gives them a new dimension by reflecting on the frugality of life. (venue: Casa Elizalde, Calle Valencia, 302, free entry).amnesia

Thursday, 28th January 

 

  • Comedy shows: Pumpage is pleased to announce 3 brand new shows to hit Barcelona starting this Thursday night. All the events are located at Grizzly 72 in the heart of Barcelona except for Sundays. Expect a lot of people to attend these events and RSVP to ensure your spot. All of my events are 100% free and don’t cost a penny. More information here. (venue: Grizzly 72 Sports Bar,  free entry) pumpage

Friday, 29th January 

  • Born de Cançons: The Born Centre Cultural presents a series of concerts showcasing up-and-coming Catalan artists from January until July. The series of events, Born de Cançons, will take place in the centre’s permanent music space and will feature Catalan pop and jazz concerts delivered by Catalunya’s newest generation of musicians. (venue: Centre Cultural del Born, Comercial 12 Plaç, hours: 8pm – 9.30pm) logoBorn2016
  • Ping Pong Friday: If Friday nights are getting a little bit routine, what better way to shake things up than with a game of ping pong!? Hailing from New York, this trend offers an alternative to hitting the dance floor, and Luz de Gas have brought the craze to Barcelona with #PingPongFriday. Grab a drink and a ping pong bat, and from midnight until 2am play against a friend, or against the mysterious Mister X—if you beat him, you’ll win a bottle of GHMUMM champagne. (venue: Luz de Gas, Muntaner 246)PingPongFridays

Saturday, 30th January 

  • Wine courses Level 1 in Barcelona: Make sure you’ve got something to look forward to after Christmas and start your New Years’ Resolutions with a wine course in the center of Barcelona. The Wine and Spirits Education Trust is the only internationally-recognised wine qualification body and Wine Courses Barcelona is running Level 1 on Level 2 as well as evening courses in 2016. On Saturday the 30th of January the Level 1 course starts. It is a full day course from 9.30am – 6pm and costs €180+IVA. Course sign-up closes 27th January. It is a perfect occasion for beginners and wine-lovers to improve the wine knowledge and tasting skills in 2016. Linguabarcelona students get a 10 % discount on the course price. More infos here. (venue: Wine Courses BCN, Carrer del Bruc 136) wine tasting
  • Concert of Bryan Adams: He has just released his long-awaited 13th album, which was produced by Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra, ensuring it will be an unparalleled musical experience. The nine-track album, entitled Get Up!, contains some of the first original material from Adams in a long time. He has also been putting his filmmaking skills into practice, directing the video for the lead single, ‘Brand New Day’, starring the illustrious Helen Bonham Carter. Produced internationally, the demos were sent between Canada, Europe and L.A., with each contributor adding and editing before sending their changes 5,400 miles back to be checked again. Despite the amount of modern technology used to record it, Adams describes his new material as organic. Although his cover album was a hit, it’s great to hear his original music again. Taking to the stage of Palau Sant Jordi this January, the ‘Get Up!’ tour is definitely one to get along to. (venue: Palau Sant Jordi, Passeig Olímpic 5-7, tickets: from € 54.00, hours: 9.30pm – 11.30pm)  

  • MET Opera at Yelmo Cines: The New York Metropolitan Opera House is renowned for presenting world class operatic performances: now, you can enjoy the show from Barcelona as this series of transmissions at Yelmo Cines brings the best of the 15/16 season to the city. Performances of works such as Verdi’s ‘Il Trovatore’ and composer Alban Berg’s ‘Lulú’ are amongst those being shown. (venue: Yelmo Cineplex Icaria, Carrer Salvador Espriu 61, 6.55pm – 9.55pm)MetOpera

 


Sunday, 31st January

  • Concert of Foals: Oxford’s finest indie quintet released their fourth studio album, What Went Down, in 2015 and they are coming to Barcelona to prove that a lot has happened since their last visit in October 2013. With an intense sound, characterised by the juxtaposition of heavy rock riffs with sensitive lyrics and catchy melodies, Foals have come a long way since they formed in 2005 as university students, playing gigs at house parties organised via MySpace. Their music has featured on gritty, coming-of-age British TV programmes, such as Skins and Misfits, making them an indie household name, and they have played many major festivals both in the UK and abroad. The band have frequently been recognised as one of the best live acts around, having won the 2013 Q Award for Best Live Act and received two nominations for NME’s Best Live Act Award. Quoted in NME, lead singer Yannis Philippakis, an avid fan of the ol’ rock and roll crowd surf, said, “If we had our way, there wouldn’t be any barrier between the band and the crowd.” Expect a night of intense music and wild on-stage antics. (venue: Razzmatazz, Almogàvers 121, tickets: € 31.00, hours: 9pm – 11pm)

  • Lindy al Parc – Swin in the parc: Lindy al Parc is the oldest social activity put on by the association BCNSWING, with the first session dating back to 1998. They meet every first and third Sunday of the month. Everyone is welcome, so just turn up and dance! (venue: Parc de la Ciutadella, Passeig de Picasso, 12am – 2.30pm)

 

Monday, 18th January

  • Fiesta Mayor de Sant Antoni 2016: Until the 24th of January the area Sant Antoni celebrates its festival. During these days the streets are full of activities, from lectures and book presentations, to sports activities or workshops and games for children. Check out the program here. (venue: Sant Antoni)

 

  • Circ Raluy – Altius: The circus is coming to town and will be taking up temporary residency at Port Vell From December until February. With shows on at various times of the day, there are plenty of opportunities to make a trip to Circ Raluy and enjoy the magic and mystery that the circus brings. (venue: Moll de la Fusta, Passeig de Colom 1, shows are until 14th of February, tickets: € 25.00)

  • Cine Verdi: Cines Verdi is a 5 screen cinema in uptown Barcelona in the Gracia area. The films on show are a mixture of new releases and art house and are released in their original version with subtitles. Normal tickets cost € 7.50 but every Monday they offer them for only € 4.50. You can buy the tickets online or at the venue. Here you find the program for this week. (venue: Cine Verdi, Calle Verdi 32)

Tuesday, 19th January

  • Concert of Hozier: Andrew Hozier-Byrne, known simply as Hozier, is quickly becoming one of the biggest names in not only Irish, but world music. Touring internationally and playing sell-out gigs from America to Australia, this Wicklow-born musician is the latest in a long line of talented musicians to come from the Emerald Isle. His simple guitar riffs blend seamlessly with his soulful voice and poetic lyrics, and traces of blues, folk and even gospel run through his music. His most well-known, Grammy-nominated hit, ‘Take Me to Church’, has been occupying the airwaves since its release. Its lyrics touch on social issues, such as religion and homophobia, in Ireland and beyond. Hozier is not afraid to speak out and raise awareness, using his music and new found fame as a platform for LGBT rights. This evening he plays live at Sala Razzmatazz. (venue: Razzmatazz, Almogavers 121, tickets: € 25.00, hours: 9.00pm – 11.30pm)

  • La Mesa Naranja: Every Tuesday, from 2pm to 3.30pm, like-minded entrepreneurs in Barcelona can head to Cerveceria d’Or, Carrer Valencia 263, for the Mesa Naranja lunch. Mesa Naranja is not a club or association, but a simple lunch format. No sign-up is required; if you can make it then come along, but if not, there is always next week. (venue: La Consentida, Passeig de Gracia 71, hours: 2pm – 3.30pm)

Wednesday, 20th January 

  • Concert of The Gramophone Allstars: Formed in 2008 with a desire to merge Jamaican and African-American music, Barcelona based band The Gramophone Allstars now have four albums under their belt and have performed at festivals such as the prestigious Black Music Festival in Barcelona. Their latest and most ambitious project aimed to create a record of Jamaican music, in big band format, and resulted in the 2014 album, Jazzmaica. Now they bring their Jazz and reggae sound to Jamboree. (venue: Jamboree Jazz Club, Plaça Reial 17, tickets: €15.00, hours: 8.00pm – 10.00pm)


Thursday, 21st January 

  • Eat and Sound: Are you ready for eating something delicious and enjoying good music next to it? Tonight Eat and Sound becomes a fusion of music and food at Club Choko in Barcelona. (venue: Club Choko, hours: 9.00pm – 12.30am)eat and sound

 


Friday, 22nd January 

 

  • Ping Pong Friday: If Friday nights are getting a little bit routine, what better way to shake things up than with a game of ping pong!? Hailing from New York, this trend offers an alternative to hitting the dance floor, and Luz de Gas have brought the craze to Barcelona with #PingPongFriday. Grab a drink and a ping pong bat, and from midnight until 2am play against a friend, or against the mysterious Mister X—if you beat him, you’ll win a bottle of GHMUMM champagne. (venue: Luz de Gas, Muntaner 246)PingPongFridays

Saturday, 23rd January 

  • Rock Symphony: Bringing you some of the greatest rock anthems of all time like We Will Rock You, Satisfaction, Hotel California and Sweet Child O’Mine, the quartet The Feel’armonia will be accompanied by the Rock Symphony Orchestra and they promise to deliver an orchestral performance that brings the best of rock and roll to the Palau de la Música. (venue: Palau de la Música Catalana, Carrer Palau de la Música 4-6, tickets:  hours: 10.30pm – 12.30am)

  • Expohogar Spring 2016: International Trade Show of Gift and Home Articles. 51st edition of Expohogar in Barcelona. Expohogar is a bi-annual exhibition in Barcelona of costume jewellery, gifts, fashion accessories and decorative articles. This is a must visit trade show for small enterprises, retailers, chain stores in Catalonia and Spain with thousands of business opportunities and exceptional advantages for exhibitors. Expohogar Primavera welcomes around 125 exhibitors and more than 8,400 trade visitors for the spring edition. (venue: Pavilion 1 – Fira Montjuic Exhibition Centre, Avda. Reina Maria Cristina)fira

 


Sunday, 24th January

  • Best soundtracks of Hollywood: The Cinema Symphony Orchestra presents some of the big screen’s greatest soundtracks, including the famous tracks from Star Wars, Fame, The Lord of the Rings, Schindler’s List and Lawrence of Arabia. The perfect evening of entertainment for film and music lovers. (venue: Palau de la Música Catalana, Carrer Palau de la Música 4-6, tickets: from € 27.00, hours: 7.00pm – 9.00pm)production_detail

  • Lindy al Parc – Swin in the parc: Lindy al Parc is the oldest social activity put on by the association BCNSWING, with the first session dating back to 1998. They meet every first and third Sunday of the month. Everyone is welcome, so just turn up and dance! (venue: Parc de la Ciutadella, Passeig de Picasso, 12am – 2.30pm)

Recommendation for 2016:

Wine courses in Barcelona: Make sure you’ve got something to look forward to after Christmas and start your New Years’ Resolutions with a wine course in the center of Barcelona. The Wine and Spirits Education Trust is the only internationally-recognised wine qualification body and Wine Courses Barcelona is running Level 1 on Level 2 as well as evening courses in 2016. Here is more info:

  • Level 1: Saturday 30th January. One full day, from 9.30am-6pm.
  • Level 2: Day courses: Mondays 1st, 8th, 18th and 22nd February. 9.30am-5pm and 9.30am-12.30pm on the 22nd.
  • Evening courses: Wednesday evenings from 3rd February to 16th March. 6.30pm-9.30pm.

It is a perfect occacions for beginners and wine-lovers to improve the wine knowledge and tasting skills in 2016. Linguabarcelona students get a 10 % discount on the course price. More infos here. (venue: Wine Courses BCN, Carrer del Bruc 136)

wine tasting

Monday, 11th January  

  • Mitsuko Uchida: With the programme including Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 19 and no. 20, Divertimento in B minor “Salzburg Symphony”, one of the world’s most renowned and revered perfomers of Mozart’s work conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra at Palau de la Música. As if her conducting wasn’t impressive enough, Uchida will also perform as a soloist during the performance. (venue: Palau de la Música CatalanaCarrer Palau de la Música 4-6, hours: 8.30pm – 10.30pm)

  • Cine Verdi: Cines Verdi is a 5 screen cinema in uptown Barcelona in the Gracia area. The films on show are a mixture of new releases and art house and are released in their original version with subtitles. Normal tickets cost € 7.50 but every Monday they offer them for only € 4.50. You can buy the tickets online or at the venue. Here you find the program for this week. (venue: Cine Verdi, Calle Verdi 32)

Tuesday, 12th January

  • La Mesa Naranja: Every Tuesday, from 2pm to 3.30pm, like-minded entrepreneurs in Barcelona can head to Cerveceria d’Or, Carrer Valencia 263, for the Mesa Naranja lunch. Mesa Naranja is not a club or association, but a simple lunch format. No sign-up is required; if you can make it then come along, but if not, there is always next week. (venue: La Consentida, Passeig de Gracia 71, hours: 2pm – 3.30pm)

Wednesday, 13th January 

  • Copa del Rey – Espanyol vs. Barça: 2nd leg of Copa del Rey 1/8 final round of 16. Espanyol-Barça. Espanyol and Barcelona are the two Barcelona teams which are the top Spanish premier league. Barca v Espanyol is also the local derby match called the “derbi barceloní” or the Derbi Catalán.  If you don’t have tickets for match but you don’t want to miss the match of the season ike a local then check out the the best bars to watch football live in Barcelona. (venue: Nou Camp, Carrer Aristides Maillol 12, tickets: € 13.00, hours: 8.30pm)COPA-1024x442

Thursday, 14th January 

  • Concert of The Darkness: British rock sensation, The Darkness, burst onto the music scene in 2003 with their debut album, Permission to Land. This month they are back to present their latest, Seventies rock-inspired album, Last Of Our Kind, along with their new drummer, Rufus ‘Tiger’ Taylor, son of Queen’s Roger Taylor. (venue: Sala Bikini, Av/Diagonal 547, tickets: € 25.00, hours: 8pm – 11pm)

 

  • Concert of JV and 2MOONS: This jam session at the Harlem Jazz Club, which swings from rock to blues and back again all mixed up with reggae, jazz and funk. The concert combines classic favourites with original, Mediterranean-inspired tunes in this eclectic and collaborative project. (venue: Harlem Jazz Club, Comtessa de Sobradiel 8, hours: 10.00pm – 11.59pm)

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  • Comedy shows: Pumpage is pleased to announce 3 brand new shows to hit Barcelona starting this Thursday night. All the events are located at Grizzly 72 in the heart of Barcelona except for Sundays. Expect a lot of people to attend these events and RSVP to ensure your spot. All of my events are 100% free and don’t cost a penny. More information here. (venue: Grizzly 72 Sports Bar,  free entry) pumpage

 


Friday, 15th January 

  • Born de Cançons: The Born Centre Cultural presents a series of concerts showcasing up-and-coming Catalan artists from January until July. The series of events, Born de Cançons, will take place in the centre’s permanent music space and will feature Catalan pop and jazz concerts delivered by Catalunya’s newest generation of musicians. (venue: Centre Cultural del Born, Comercial 12 Plaç, hours: 8pm – 9.30pm) logoBorn2016
  • Ping Pong Friday: If Friday nights are getting a little bit routine, what better way to shake things up than with a game of ping pong!? Hailing from New York, this trend offers an alternative to hitting the dance floor, and Luz de Gas have brought the craze to Barcelona with #PingPongFriday. Grab a drink and a ping pong bat, and from midnight until 2am play against a friend, or against the mysterious Mister X—if you beat him, you’ll win a bottle of GHMUMM champagne. (venue: Luz de Gas, Muntaner 246)PingPongFridays

Saturday, 16th January 

  • Johann Strauss – Great New Year’s Concert: The Strauss Festival Orchestra are accompanied by the Strauss Festival Dance Ensemble for tasteful and sophisticated evenings at Palau de la Música, offering a classic combination of orchestral music and ballet. (Palau de la Música Catalana, Carrer Palau de la Música 4-6, hours: 6pm – 9pm)

  • Open House American School Barcelona: The American School of Barcelona is a private, non-profit, co-educational day school serving students aged 3-18 in the greater Barcelona metropolitan area. They are holding an Open House event on January 16th at 10.30am, where you can meet the teachers and see the facilities. (venue: American School of Barcelona, Carrer Jaume Balmes 7, hours: 10.30pm – 12.30pm)american

Sunday, 17th January

  • Musical Residencies at La Pedrera: This season, a careful selection has been made from the most talented young performers currently on the scene in Catalunya. Twenty-three candidates were considered for the 2015-2016 season, assessed on their artistic talent and potential for developing an outstanding career, both at home and abroad. The chosen three are pianist Ricard Rovirosa, harpist Esther Pinyol, and the baritone Josep-Ramon Olivé, representing the great emerging musical talent in Catalunya. (venue: La Pedrera, Provenca 261, hours: 6pm – 8pm)cropResidencies-Musicals(1)

 

  • MET Opera at Yelmo Cines: The New York Metropolitan Opera House is renowned for presenting world class operatic performances: now, you can enjoy the show from Barcelona as this series of transmissions at Yelmo Cines brings the best of the 15/16 season to the city. Performances of works such as Verdi’s ‘Il Trovatore’ and composer Alban Berg’s ‘Lulú’ are amongst those being shown. (Yelmo Cineplex Icaria, Carrer Salvador Espriu 61, hours: 6.55pm – 9.55pm) MetOpera
  • Lindy al Parc – Swin in the parc: Lindy al Parc is the oldest social activity put on by the association BCNSWING, with the first session dating back to 1998. They meet every first and third Sunday of the month. Everyone is welcome, so just turn up and dance! (venue: Parc de la Ciutadella, Passeig de Picasso, 12am – 2.30pm)

Recommendation for 2016:

Wine courses in Barcelona: Make sure you’ve got something to look forward to after Christmas and start your New Years’ Resolutions with a wine course in the center of Barcelona. The Wine and Spirits Education Trust is the only internationally-recognised wine qualification body and Wine Courses Barcelona is running Level 1 on Level 2 as well as evening courses in 2016. Here is more info:

  • Level 1: Saturday 30th January. One full day, from 9.30am-6pm.
  • Level 2: Day courses: Mondays 1st, 8th, 18th and 22nd February. 9.30am-5pm and 9.30am-12.30pm on the 22nd.
  • Evening courses: Wednesday evenings from 3rd February to 16th March. 6.30pm-9.30pm.

It is a perfect occacions for beginners and wine-lovers to improve the wine knowledge and tasting skills in 2016. Linguabarcelona students get a 10 % discount on the course price. More infos here. (venue: Wine Courses BCN, Carrer del Bruc 136)

wine tasting

Monday, 4th January  

  • Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi is best known for these four violin concerti, which capture most sensitively the four seasons that make up the year. From the singing of birds, to the barking of dogs, to the sound of water from streams, this performance incorporates all the sounds and delights within each season and uses the various parts of the orchestra to their greatest effect. The Four Seasons is one of the earliest and most famous pieces of programme music from the Baroque period. (venue: Palau de la Música Catalana, Carrer Palau de la Música 4-6, hours: 9:00pm – 10:30pm)

  • Magic Fountain Christmas Special: Enjoy the colour and excitement of the Magic Fountain as its much-loved Christmas music and water show returns, with the spectacular backdrop of the Palacio Nacional. From the 21st till the 27th of December, you can watch the show every half hour. (venue: Avinguda Maria Cristina, hours: 7pm – 9pm)
  • Cine Verdi: Cines Verdi is a 5 screen cinema in uptown Barcelona in the Gracia area. The films on show are a mixture of new releases and art house and are released in their original version with subtitles. Normal tickets cost € 7.50 but every Monday they offer them for only € 4.50. You can buy the tickets online or at the venue. Here you find the program for this week. (venue: Cine Verdi, Calle Verdi 32)

Tuesday, 5th January

  • Kings’ Day Parade 2016: Barcelona once again welcomes the Three Wise Men from the east, bearing gifts for all the good children and celebrating their special day with a procession through the city streets. As usual, the three kings will arrive by boat at Moll de la Fusta at 4.30pm. From there, they’ll head to Parc de la Ciutadella from where the main parade will begin at around 6pm. The parade lasts around three hours and will finish at the junction of Avinguda Rius i Taulet and Avinguda Maria Cristina next to the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc. Apart from the kings themselves, the procession, which is almost a kilometre long, includes the star of Bethlehem, the Royal Post, which collects children’s letters for the kings, as well as dummies from babies who are ready to give them up. The end of the parade is taken up by a carriage of coal, which is given to those children who have been naughty during the past 12 months. Sweets are thrown out to everyone in the crowds who are eagerly watching as the procession goes by. (venue: Moll de la Fusta, Passeig de Colom 1, hours: 4.30pm – 9:30pm) king
  • The Three Kings Factory: On the night of January 5th—the eve of the Día de los Reyes Magos—the Three Kings arrive in Barcelona ready to deliver presents to the city’s children. And they certainly arrive in style. This huge parade collects children’s wish lists as it makes its noisy way from Port Vell to Plaça Espanya. Barcelona has the honour of being home to the factory where all these presents are carefully made. The Fabra i Coats art factory is the Santa’s Grotto of Spanish Christmas, and visitors can see the Kings’ assistants working hard and making the gifts, ready to be delivered on the 5th. The colour and lights, displayed from the windows of the three floors of the Creation Factory, make for a magical trip to the factory. This artistic façade is the work of artist Xevi Bayona, and the Reyes Factory is the project of the District of Sant Andreu. They have joined forces to ensure that the festive spirit continues right through all twelve days of Christmas. (venue: Fabra i Coats, Sant Adrià 20, hours: 6pm – 9pm, 29th – 30th of December / 2nd – 4th of January)Fabrica
  • La Mesa Naranja: Every Tuesday, from 2pm to 3.30pm, like-minded entrepreneurs in Barcelona can head to Cerveceria d’Or, Carrer Valencia 263, for the Mesa Naranja lunch. Mesa Naranja is not a club or association, but a simple lunch format. No sign-up is required; if you can make it then come along, but if not, there is always next week. (venue: La Consentida, Passeig de Gracia 71, hours: 2pm – 3.30pm)

Wednesday, 6th January 

  • El Trencanous: This ballet is a continued celebration of Christmas, ideal for children and adults. With beautiful set designs and impressive choreography, the Russian Barcelona Ballet bring you a magical performance full of special effects. The fine tradition of Russian ballet is preserved in this interpretation of The Nutcracker. (venue: Teatre-Auditori Sant Cugat, Av. Pla del Vinyet 48, tickets: € 38.00, hours: 5.30pm – 7.30pm)

  • Mississipi Gospel Choir: This Gospel choir is back for its eighth visit to Spain, and is made up of 20 incredibly talented voices who are combining classic hymns and spiritual songs of the 19th century with 20th century protest and freedom songs. With an overall message of peace and solidarity, this performance brings the rhythm of gospel to the New Year celebrations. (venue: Palau de la Música Catalana, Carrer Palau de la Música 4-6, tickets: € 26.00 – € 53.00, hours: 9pm – 11pm) production_detail
  • Copa del Rey – Espanyol Barcelona vs. FC Barcelona: 2016 is derby time. The new year started already with the derby match and draw between Espanyol and Barça. 4 days later they face each other again in the Copa del Rey. This local derby match is called the “derbi barceloní” or the Derbi Catalán. Tickets for this match are on very high demand, so order in advance and be prepared for higher ticket prices. If you don’t have tickets for match but you don’t want to miss the match of the season ike a local then check out the the best bars to watch football live in Barcelona. (venue: Nou Camp, Carrer Aristides Maillol 12, tickets: € 13.00, hours: 8.30pm)COPA

 


Thursday, 7th January 

  • Concert of Gustavo Dudamel: Gustavo Dudamel will be returning to the Palau de la Música, leading the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela. The programme includes French composer Olivier Messiaen’s Sinfonía Turangalila. Although tickets have sold out, keep an eye out for ticket resales. (venue: Palau de la Música Catalana, Carrer Palau de la Música 4-6, hours: 8:30pm – 10:30pm) 


Friday, 8th January 

  • Joe Rooney – Guiness Laugther Lounge: Guinness Laughter Lounge is back on Friday, January 8th with an unmissable comedy show in our new venue. Proudly presenting the hilarious stand-up comic Joe Rooney, best known for his character “Father Damo” in Ireland’s cult TV Series Father Ted. Joe is a regular comedy classic in Ireland, having starred in the Father Ted series as well as RTE’s Killinaskully. Hot Press has described him as “infectiously manic and always riveting” as one of Ireland’s “10 Most Wanted” stand-up comedians; always the headliner in comedy nights across the globe. He also recorded “The Rockier Road to Poland” single with Shane MacGowan. The event takes place in the new and bigger venue “The Shamrock Bar”, where there are seats of 85 approx. and max capacity 100. (Shamrock, Taller 72, tickets: Facebook confirmed list 10€ / walkins 12€, hours: doors 8.30pm / show starts: 9.30pm)guinness laughter
  • Ping Pong Friday: If Friday nights are getting a little bit routine, what better way to shake things up than with a game of ping pong!? Hailing from New York, this trend offers an alternative to hitting the dance floor, and Luz de Gas have brought the craze to Barcelona with #PingPongFriday. Grab a drink and a ping pong bat, and from midnight until 2am play against a friend, or against the mysterious Mister X—if you beat him, you’ll win a bottle of GHMUMM champagne. (venue: Luz de Gas, Muntaner 246)PingPongFridays

 


Saturday, 9th January 

  • Poetry Slam: The cavernous halls of the CCCB are the perfect venue for this multilingual poetry slam. The often overlooked talents of Barcelona’s thriving poetry scene take to the stage to deliver their works with emotion, humour, anger and theatrical enthusiasm. The range of poetry and styles is endless, touching on topics such as current political issues, societal problems, childhood and mental health stigmas. Regardless of the language, the passion of the speakers shines through and consumes the listeners. This regular poetry slam aims to find a place for poetry in a society filled with emoticons, creating a real-life, social network for poets and writers. It reminds us that words are still one of the clearest ways to express ourselves, and gives us a new perspective on the spoken word. Past poets have included Ale Osegura, whose poems portray her experiences in Mexico. Speaking at this month’s events will be Bradford-born, Jimmy the Angry, with his unique style of acerbic spoken word. Words are free and so is the event, so get involved and help regenerate the age-old art of poetry. (venue: CCCB, Montalegre 5, 6:00pm – 8:00 pm) poetry-slam

 

  • Gladiator Live: Released almost 15 years ago, Gladiator is one of the best historical epics of all time. Russell Crowe plays the role of loyal Roman general, Maximus Decimus Meridiul. When the Emperor is killed by his corrupt son, Maximus decides to fight as a gladiator to avenge the murder of his family and his Emperor. For those of you who thought this Ridley Scott classic couldn’t get any better, l’Auditori is screening on the 9th and 10th this January, bringing the cinematic experience to a whole new level by accompanying it with the OBC (Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya) and soloist vocals by Clara Sanabras. Justin Freer’s work, as director of the show, has breathed new life into this classic while the live music of Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard adds drama and intensity to an already passionate film. (venue: L’Auditori, Lepant 150, tickets: € 48.00, hours: 7:00pm – 10:00pm) 


Sunday, 10th January

  • Gladiator Live: Hans Zimmer is one of the most significant film composers of recent years, but it was in 2000 that he really made his name, with the film Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott. For the film he provided music that covers all types of register: epic, energetic, sensitive, etc. It offers a unique experience to go back in time, with a giant screen and a live orchestra. This evening the orchestra performs the film music live at L’Auditori in Barcelona. (venue: venue: L’Auditori, Lepant 150, tickets: € 48.00, hours: 7:00pm – 10:00pm) 
  • Johann Strauss – Great New Year’s concert: The Strauss Festival Orchestra are accompanied by the Strauss Festival Dance Ensemble for tasteful and sophisticated evenings at Palau de la Música, offering a classic combination of orchestral music and ballet. (venue: Palau de la Música Catalana, Carrer Palau de la Música 4-6, hours: 6:00pm – 9:00pm)johann-strauss

 

  • Lindy al Parc – Swin in the parc: Lindy al Parc is the oldest social activity put on by the association BCNSWING, with the first session dating back to 1998. They meet every first and third Sunday of the month. Everyone is welcome, so just turn up and dance! (venue: Parc de la Ciutadella, Passeig de Picasso, 12am – 2.30pm)

Recommendation for 2016:

Wine courses in Barcelona: Make sure you’ve got something to look forward to after Christmas and start your New Years’ Resolutions with a wine course in the center of Barcelona. The Wine and Spirits Education Trust is the only internationally-recognised wine qualification body and Wine Courses Barcelona is running Level 1 on Level 2 as well as evening courses in 2016. Here is more info:

  • Level 1: Saturday 30th January. One full day, from 9.30am-6pm.
  • Level 2: Day courses: Mondays 1st, 8th, 18th and 22nd February. 9.30am-5pm and 9.30am-12.30pm on the 22nd.
  • Evening courses: Wednesday evenings from 3rd February to 16th March. 6.30pm-9.30pm.

It is a perfect occacions for beginners and wine-lovers to improve the wine knowledge and tasting skills in 2016. Linguabarcelona students get a 10 % discount on the course price. More infos here. (venue: Wine Courses BCN, Carrer del Bruc 136)

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