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The pyromusical of La Mercè 2016

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[tentblogger-youtube akB-GJemO-s] La Mercè is Barcelona's biggest festival, celebrated to honour the city's patroness saint, Mercè: concerts, traditions and family activities that you won't want to miss. It's celeb...

Caganers and the Nativity scenes in Christmas

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A caganer (Catalan pronunciation: [ka-gah-neh]) is a figurine depicted in the act of defecation appearing in nativity scenes in Catalonia and neighbouring areas with Catalan culture such as Andorra, Valencia, former N...

Baixada de Falles at the Pyrenees

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The popular tradition of the baixada de falles (running of the falles), a sort of march from the mountains to the town carrying a flaming torch, is a traditional festival of many towns at the Alta Ribagorça, Pallars J...

The pyromusical of La Mercè 2014

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La Mercè is Barcelona's biggest festival, celebrated to honour the city's patroness saint, Mercè: concerts, traditions and family activities that you won't want to miss. It's celebrated for five days nearly at the end...

If you like art museums, Articket is your pass

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The Articket BCN is a single ticket to visit several art museums in Barcelona. It is valid for three months after first use; within this time you can visit any of the participating museums once. The ticket is also val...

The CMMB playing the Spanish classics at the Auditorium

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Concert at the Barcelona Auditorium by the Municipal Band of the Barcelona Conservatory of Music (CMMB). Why not attend one of their performances? (see links) More information: http://www.cmmb.cat/ca/ http://en...

Dan Dan Dansa (dan,dan,dance)

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The artistic programming at the Mercat de les Flors features a number of shows for younger children and families, productions that seek to share the magic and play of stage dance with children in order to acquaint the...

23th April: Sant Jordi’s Day

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Hard to understand for those who have never experienced it, Saint George's Day is a popular festive day when book and rose stalls, and, above all, floods of people, take over the streets of all Catalan towns and villa...

Holy Week in Girona

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WHEN: Western Easter Week More information: http://www.girona.cat/turisme/eng/activitats.php Video: © Ssantatarragona Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3CMXZtu_G8

Easter Week in Tarragona

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Some glimpses of the processions can be seen from minute 3' onwards. Part 2 of the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxhGAn7HR2k WHEN: Western Easter Week More information: http://www.ssantatarragona.o...

Cantada d’Havaneres in Calella de Palafrugell

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The Cantada d'Havaneres (Singing of Havaneres Festival) in the picturesque coastal town of Calella de Palafrugell, in La Costa Brava, is a festival of traditional sea shanties brought back from Cuba by Catalan sailors...

Barcelona’s cultural and service information brought for free to your smartphone

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BCN Visual and BCN Cultural are two free smartphone apps to help you better understand the historical Barcelona and enjoy cultural events. The Barcelona City Council offers many more free apps to its citizens and visi...

Nit dels Museus (Museum Night)

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La Nit dels Museus (Museum Night) is an initiative promoted by the European Council in which more than 3000 museums from over 40 countries participate. Initially originated in France. It has been held in Barcelona ...

Guided literary and thematic walk tours

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Creating tours that are interesting and educational for visitors and locals alike is a challenge every city, historic site or landmark faces. In every city there are plenty of typical tours showing the neighbourhoods,...

Cases de la Festa

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Sardana, gegants, castellers,  balls de bastons, dance troupes and hawks, among others, are the stars of the Catalan heritage, a show of regular performances of traditional and popular culture. Barcelona has an active...

Diada de la Rumba Catalana

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The Rumba Catalana is a genre of music that developed in Barcelona's Romani community beginning in the 1950s. Its rhythms are derived from the flamenco rumba, with influences from Cuban music and rock and roll. The Ca...

A professional exhibition of sardana at the Auditorium

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From the Barcelona Auditorium, closure of a New Year's concert in the late 90s broadcasted by TV3, the Catalan National Television. The sardana named the Santa Espina ('Holy Thorn') composed by Angel Lieder and Enric ...

Sardanes in front of the Cathedral

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A very typical tradition in Barcelona is to gather in front of the Catedral to dance sardanes on Sunday morning. The sardana is a type of circle dance typical of Catalonia. The dance was originally from the Empordà...

Percussion Competition in Barcelona

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This competition is held annually to nominate the best amateur group in the city. The date vary from year to year so keep an eye on the official website (below) for the next edition. WHEN?: it varies, check website...

Castells and castellers

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A castell (Catalan pronunciation: [kas-tel]) is a human tower built traditionally in festivals at many locations within Catalonia. At these festivals, several "colles castelleres" or teams often succeed in building an...

Festival Internacional de la Porta Ferrada

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The Porta Ferrada International Festival, instituted in 1958, is celebrated in the town's monastery of Sant Feliu de Guíxols in La Costa Brava, and has become internationally popular with time. It involves theatre, mu...

Verges’ Dance of the Death

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The town of Verges, near Girona, is famous for its Dansa de la Mort (Catalan for "Dance of the Death" or "Macabre Dance") celebrations every Holy Week, probably the last remaining Dance of Death in Europe, performed u...

Holy Week Verges’ Procession

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The town of Verges, near Girona, is famous for its Dansa de la Mort ("Dance of the Death" or "Macabre Dance") celebrations every Holy Week, probably the last remaining Dance of Death in Europe, performed uninterrupted...

Summer arts and music festivals

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More information: http://www.primaverasound.com/?lang=en (around end of May) http://static.sonar.es/sonar-around-the-world.html (in June) http://grec.bcn.cat/en (July and August) http://www.theproject.es/en/fest...

The pyromusical of La Mercè 2013

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La Mercè is Barcelona's biggest festival, celebrated to honour the city's patroness saint, Mercè: concerts, traditions and family activities that you won't want to miss. It's celebrated between September 20th and 24th...

Catalonia

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Welcome to Catalonia! Catalonia (or Catalunya) is a nation that covers an area of 32,000 km² in the northeast of Spain. It has borders with France and Andorra to the north, Aragon to the west and Valencia to the so...