Jun 17 2016

Events in Madrid July 2016

July is hot! Not only the weather but also the events will be fantastic. Experience great exhibitions and festivals all over Madrid – the heart of Spain.

 

Festival Cultura Inquieta 2016
30th of June 2016 – 16th of July 2016

Festival Cultura Inquieta 2016. (2016). [image] Available at: http://rockthebestmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/CUL-628×356.jpg [Accessed 16 Jun. 2016].

There is no way around this festival in Getafe (district of Madrid) during July. Many musicians from all genres are combined in 3 weeks of good music. Hip hop, jazz, rock, soul, classic and blues – sounds for everyone is the slogan of these concerts. They will take place in the Polideportivo de San Isidro – a multifunctional arena next to the the metro station “Alonso de Mendoza”.

In the daytime there are several exhibitions, conferences and different activities at the impressive Mercado de Abastos (Getafe). Young and also experienced painters have the space to display their work and discuss with people about different aspects of life.

To get a better overview of all the events and activities visit the website of Cultura Inquieta

 

Universal Music Festival 2016
5th of July 2016 – 30th of July 2016

Universal Music Group, (2016). Universal Music Festival – 2016. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_58AcFnpXMU [Accessed 15 Jun. 2016].

After last year’s great success, the Universal Music Festival is this time in Madrid.  On the occasion of its 200th anniversary, the Teatro Real – Opera House features seven of the best international and national artists. The most influential singer is Rod Stewart (05. July) who is providing several generations with his unique music.

But also Rufus Wainwright (16. July) and Enrique Bunbury (26. July) are going to show an unforgettable performance in one of Europe’s most famous theatre halls. The Teatro Real at Plaza de Isabell II (s/n) is easily reachable by public transport.

It is a “must-hear” for people of all ages and a good reason to visit Madrid July. But be careful – the tickets for the single artists go quickly out of stock! You can simply buy them here.

 

Bosch – the 5th Centenary Exhibition
31th of May 2016 – 11th of September 2016  

Jheronimus Bosch: Garden of Earthly Delights – central panel (fountain). (2016). [image] Available at: http://www.artbible.info/images/bosch_tuin_fontijn_grt.jpg [Accessed 16 Jun. 2016].

Jheronimus Bosch is one of the most renowned painter of the renaissance. Due to the fifth centenary of the Dutchman the Museo del Prado is presenting his paintings from art museums all over the world. In this exhibition visitors could not only admire his creations but also get an insight into the life of people in that epoch.  

The Museo del Prado is well known for his exhibitions and different collections of coins, sculptures and drawings. Its location at the park El Retiro allows visitor to stroll through the green heart of Madrid. For further details or tickets visit the website of the museo. 
 

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Jun 17 2016

Events in Barcelona July 2016

Summer has finally arrived in Barcelona! July in Barcelona means many outdoor events and activities all around the city, such as music festivals, various annual local festivals, the festival of performing art and so on! In order to discover the best events in July in Barcelona, we made a selection just for you!

 

Música als Parcs (Music in the parks)
(June, July and August)

One of the outdoor activities that takes place throughout July (also June and August) is the Música als Parcs festival. As part of this festival, all sort of outdoor concerts are organized in various parks in the city. All concerts are free of entry.

Musica als parcs, (2016). Musica als Parcs. [image] Available at: http://www.pensio2000.com/cat/files/2012/07/Musica-als-parcs-G.png [Accessed 14 Jun. 2016].

 

The annual Poble Sec Fiesta
(Mid-July)

One of the most charming areas in Barcelona is the Poble Sec area. However, the Poble Sec area is not a popular area among tourists. Despite not being a touristic area, the Poble Sec area celebrates its annual fiesta in mid-July. There are many various events, one of the highlights are the many outdoor concerts. When you decide to visite this lovely fiesta, do not forget to visit Carrer Blai, where you will find many bars and restaurants with outdoor terraces.

Festa Major Poble Sec, (2016). [image] Available at: http://www.seriebcn.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Festa-Major-del-Poble-Sec-2013.jpg [Accessed 14 Jun. 2016].
 

The annual El Raval fiesta
(Mid-July 2016)

Another annual local area fiesta will be held in the El Raval area of Barcelona. El Raval is also an area that is not quite popular among tourists, however it is also one of the most central disctrics in Barcelona. Throughout the festival, the Raval neighbourhood organises various events. The most interesting events are the events connected to discovering the culturale heritage of the area and also concerts. The majority of the events takes place on the Rambla, where you will also find the great sculpture of ´El Gat´ (The Cat) by Fernando Botero.

Fiesta Rambla del Raval. (2016). [image] Available at: http://irbarcelona.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/fiesta-rambladelraval.jpg [Accessed 14 Jun. 2016].

 

Sala Montjuïc
(Various days throughout July 2016)

On various days throughout July, there are open-air cinema screenings held at the Castle Montjuïc. These open-air cinema screenings are one of the events that are very popular among tourist and locals. The open-air cinema is set-up with a huge screen and the screenings always take place after it gets dark. All films are shown in their original language with Spanish subtitles. Before the screening, there are short sets of live music to keep you entertained.
 

Going to one of the open-air screenings at Castle Montjuïc is more than only watching a movie: it is also a social evening which you can enjoy together with your partner, friends, family or all of them together as one group. A lot of families decide to make a picnic out of the event and take tupperwares with their own food and drinks.

The entree for this lovely event is €6. To buy tickets, you can visit their website.

Sala Montjuïc, (2016). Sala Montjuïc. [image] Available at: http://www.esencialblog.es/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/salamontjuic-1.jpg [Accessed 17 Jun. 2016].

 

If you are planning to come to Barcelona and are looking for somewhere to stay then check out Habitat Apartments where you will find a whole range of different apartments throughout the city. Featured below is the lovely Baoqueria Plaza Apartment   which comfortably sleeps 5.

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May 19 2016

Events in Barcelona June 2016

Summer has arrived and Barcelona is getting ready for some great events that it will host in June 2016. We listed the events that you just cannot miss when you are in this lovely city!

 

Primavera Sound Barcelona
1 June 2016 – 5 June 2016

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Contactmusic, (2016). Primavera Sound 2016. [image] Available at: http://www.contactmusic.com/images/feature-images/primavera-sound-2016-poster-670-220.jpg [Accessed 19 May 2016].

 

During the first days of June, Barcelona will be the host for Primavera Sound. For fifteen years now Primavera Sound has been offering successful music events and its festival Primavera Sound has been taken place in Barcelona since 2001.

Primavera Sound is considered internationally as a must-visit music event. Pixies, Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, Kendrick Lamar, Neil Young, Sonic Youth, Portishead, Pet Shop Boys, Pavement, Echo & The Bunnymen, Lou Reed, My Bloody Valentine, El-P, Pulp, Patti Smith, James Blake, Tha National, Cat Power, Public Enemy, Grinderman, Franz Ferdinand, The White Stripes, LCD Soundsystem, The Cure, Bon Iver, La Buena Vida, Death Cab For Cutie, Iggy & The Stooges, De La Soul, Marianne Faithfull, Mazzy Star, Blur, Wu-Tang Clan, Phoenix, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Tame Impala, are just a few of the many artists who have played on the stages of the festival to this day.

Primavera Sound Festival is located in Parc del Forum. The festival location is easy accessible with public transport. If you want to experience a great music festival, with excellent artist and an amazing atmosphere, then you should definitely visit Primavera Sound in Barcelona! For tickets and more information, please visit their website.

 

Sónar Barcelona
16 June 2016 – 18 June 2016

    
  
   

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Sonar, (2016). Sonar. [image] Available at: https://sonar.es/es/2016/galerias/sonar-de-dia-2015-sabado-20-de-junio [Accessed 19 May 2016].

 

 

Mark these dates in your music agenda! Sónar, one of the most well-known electronic and advanced music festivals in the world will take over Barcelona for three days in June! The first Sónar took place in 1994 and since then its fame and recognition has grown rapidly, which gave the organizers the opportunity to run similar Sónar festivals in different cities all around the world. The edition in Barcelona is the first and best-known and takes place during the middle of June. The crowd of Sónar consists out of visitors from all over the world. For this event, there are day and night tickets available. It is also possible to purchase a ticket for all the three days and    nights.

If you haven´t decided yet to visit one of the best electronic music festivals in the world, we recommend you to take a look at their website!

 

Nit de Sant Joan – Saint John Festival

23 June 2016 – all evening until dawn

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Wikipedia.org, (2016). Nit de Sant Joan. [image] Available at: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3c/Fuegos_artificiales_hogueras_4.jpg [Accessed 19 May 2016].

 

Saint John´s Festival is Barcelona´s most festive, loudest and craziest fireworks night. The festival has many names: Nit de Sant Joan, La revetlla de Sant Joan in Catalan or Verbanas de Sant Joan in Spanish. All names refer to the same festival of Saint John the Bapist to celebrate the Spanish midsummers eve during the evening and night of 23rd of June every year. The day after ´Nit de Sant Joan´ is ´El día de Sant Joan´ – also known as Saint John´s day which is a public holiday in Barcelona and Spain.

There is no official program for Nit de Sant Joan. All Sant Joan events and fireworks are organized by the families, friends, local districts and civil centers of Barcelona. Everyone is Barcelona celebrates the evening with dinners, parties, fireworks and there are many bonfires in Barcelona, which attracts crowds of more than 100.000 people.

The metro is open all night and the beaches will close at 06:00 AM.

 

Piknic Electronik
Every Sunday from 28 June 2016 – 20 september 2016

Looking for something that both your family and friends can enjoy? Don´t look further as Barcelona has just the perfect event for you called ´Piknic Electronik´.

This extremely popular Sunday event in Barcelona is a get-together that combines something as traditional and outdoors as a Sunday afternoon picnic with something as cosmopolitan and urban as electronic music.

Besides the lovely atmosphere, catchy electronic beats, another reason to visit this event it because of its amazing location: Jardins Joan Brossa (Montjuïc Park). Buy your tickets here.

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Parcjeandrapeau.com, (2016). Piknic Electronik. [image] Available at: http://www.parcjeandrapeau.com/medias/images/header/piknic-electronik.jpg [Accessed 19 May 2016].

 

If you are planning to come to Barcelona and are looking for somewhere to stay then check out Habitat Apartments where you will find a whole range of different apartments throughout the city. Featured below is the lovely Barcelona Augusta Attic Apartment which comfortably sleeps 6.

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May 19 2016

Events in Madrid June 2016

June is here and we have a list of the best events in the capital of Spain, Madrid!

 

MadrEAT: thé streetfood event of Madrid

18 June 2016 – 19 June 2016

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MadrEAT, (2016). MadrEAT. [image] Available at: http://www.eladerezo.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/madreat5.jpg [Accessed 19 May 2016].

On every third weekend of the month, Madrid is hosts its street food market named ´MadrEAT´. In this original street food market on wheels, there are food offers for all kind of tastes.

If you want to enjoy a lovely meal in an original setting, then this event is a must-visit for you!

The event is located at next to Pabellón de Ondarreta; Inside “Recinto Ferial of Casa de Campo. (Calle Principal de Provincias, s/n, 28001, Madrid). The location is easy to reach by public transport. If you want more information about this lovely foodie-event, we recommend you to take a quick look at their website.
 

MULAFEST

23 June 2016 – 26 June 2016

Urban art, music, an island of more than 2000 m2 with different activities, an urban park and more… Combine all of these together and you will have MULAFEST. MULAFEST is Madrid´s Urban Trends Festivals and will be held from 23rd of June till 26th of June.

If you want to experience a festival with a touch of urban to it, do not look further then as MULAFEST is exactly the urban festival that you are looking for! To buy your tickets, you can visit their website here.

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MULAFEST, (2016). MULAFEST. [image] Available at: http://www.videology.es/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Mulafest.jpg [Accessed 19 May 2016].

 

Noches del Botanico

27 June 2016 – 29 July 2016

"Botanical Nights" is a new series of concerts for summers in the capital. A stable supply, for lovers of quality music in a unique atmosphere.

From 27 June to 29 July an exquisite selection of national and international artists will display their latest works and successes live at the Royal Botanic Garden Alfonso XIII, a privileged natural area in the heart of Madrid. 

It is a multifaceted festival where generations and styles (jazz, Brazilian music, Latin, flamenco, electronic, rock and pop) are mixed, making eclecticcism your cover letter (nochesdelbotanico.com, 2016).

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Noches del Botanico, (2016). Noches del Botanico. [image] Available at: https://media.notikumi.com/e/2016/06/27/o/2016-6-27-noches-del-botanico-2016.jpg [Accessed 19 May 2016].

 

If you are planning to come to Madrid and are looking for somewhere to stay then check out Habitat Apartments where you will find a whole range of different apartments throughout the city. Featured below is the lovely Madrid Latina Nature which comfortably sleeps 4.

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Apr 29 2016

Highlight of events in Barcelona May 2016

With a new month come new events. We will tell you the most popular events that are going on in May in the city of Gaudí: Barcelona.

 

A rare view of Barcelona: visit the Mirador at CCCB
1 May, 2016 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM

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The CCCB is one of the most popular cultural institutions and opens its roof space for once one day each month, to give visitors the chance to experience the viewing point on the fifth floor. Through a glass façade, you can view Barcelona from a rare perspective, catching a glimpse of Barri Gótic, Ciutat Vella, Montjuïc, Tibidabo, the tower of Collseral and the sea.

Admission is free.

Picture by: http://www.cccb.org

 

Formula 1 Gran Premio de España 2015
8 May 2016 – 10 May 2016

One of the biggest weekends on the Barcelona sporting calendar, the Spanish F1 Grand Prix drives into town once more at the Barcelona-Catalunya Montmeló circuit, where it has been held since 1991. The main event is the Sunday race, but there are lead-up events, starting with a pit lane walkabout on Thursday 7th (for holders of a three-day or Sunday ticket), before the qualifying sessions on Friday and Saturday. If you go with your family, a kids' zone offers entertainment for 3- to 12-year-olds.

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Museum Night – La Nit Dels Museus
21 May, 2015 7:00 pm – 22 May, 2016 1:00 am

The idea of visiting a museum at night holds a strange allure – it will give visitors a different kind of experience. A visit that is more mysterious in any kind of way.

More than 80 museums and cultural centers are open in Barcelona on the evening of the 21st from 19:00-1:00, with free entry. Many cultural delights awaits the visitors, such as live music, theatre and dance performances, poetry, workshops, guided tours, gastronomy, storytelling and other interactive themed shows. The popular Eat Street festival sets up mobile kitchens that will satisfy those midnight cravings near Plaza de la Glòries.

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