Barcelona Event: D’A International Barcelona Film Festival

Barcelona Film Festival 2012

A great event in Barcelona is coming: the D’A Festival International de Cinema d’Autor 2012. It will start on Friday 27th and lasts until the 6th of May. And if you want more, la Filmoteca de Catalunya will keep showing some of the movies until the 17th of May.

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This Barcelona film festival presents some of the best independent movies of the last decade. Directors and actors are not really well known for most of them but they are among the best in the cinema of auteur theory style. There are 5 categories: Direccions, Talents, Special Sessions, Absolut Risc, Autoria Catalana.

Claire Denis Retrospective and my top 3

The festival highlights the French female director Claire Denis by showing 11 of her movies. Escape from Barcelona for a while by watching some of her famous movies shot in Africa.

Here are my top 3 movies that you should watch during the film festival in Barcelona.

Les Bien Aimés by Christophe Honoré

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Christophe Honoré is a famous French director and his movies are just amazing. Les Bien Aimés is no exception to the rule! It’s the story of a mother and her daughter (Catherine Deneuve and Chiara Mastroiani, they are mother and daughter in real life!) and their misfortune in love. Don’t be surprised, it’s a musical movie. If you like this movie and Paris, I suggest you watch Love Songs, probably Honoré’s biggest hit.

Puzzled Love

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This movie has been made by 13 young Spanish directors from Barcelona. Sun and Lucas are Erasmus students in Barcelona. They fall in love and want to enjoy this year to the max. But everything has to come to an end…
The assembly of the 13 different parts should lead to something very interesting. The soundtrack seems almost perfect! If you want to know about more movies shot in Barcelona, have a look at this blog on the top 5 movies set in Barcelona.


Probably THE Australian movie of 2011, Snowtown is based on a true story. This thriller has won 3 prizes and has been nominated 11 times. Are you ready for one of the darkest movies about one of the most famous Australian serial killers ever?


Where? The movies will be shown in Aribau Espacios Cine Club (Gran Via 565-567) and at the Filmoteca de Catalunya (Plaça Salvador Segui 1-9).

When? From Friday 27th April, to Sunday 6th May. You can check the program here.

Prices? An individual ticket is 7€ (6€ for students, Jove card, retired people); pass for 5 entries is 25€ (only at Aribau Espacios).

Which movies are you gonna watch? Any good plans to share where we can watch this cinema d’author in Barcelona? Let us know! Check this if you’re looking for VO cinema in Barcelona.



Born This Way Ball Tour: Lady Gaga in Barcelona Next October!

Lady Gaga Presents Her 2012 Tour

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Little Monsters will be glad to know that Mother Monster is coming to town on the 6th October 2012 and she’s going to rock Palau Sant Jordi all night long. It will be the only date for Lady Gaga in Spain and the last one of her European Born this way Ball Tour.

The Born this way Ball

After the Fame Ball and the Monster Ball, Lady Gaga is back with the Born This Way Ball. Be ready for a show

Lady Gaga Barcelona 2012of extravaganzas and craziness. This tour is a sort of extension of the others, with the same crowd of rebel riders and a dark Christmas spirit… Lady Gaga is gonna drive Barcelona crazy!

The concert is on October 2012 but tickets will be on sale on the 19th of April, so in just 2 days! And when you know that tickets for her concerts in Hong Kong and Singapore have sold out in less than one hour, you’d better hurry! You will be able to buy them on the usual websites. Prices are not released yet, but it will be expensive for sure.

Are you gaga about Gaga? Will you be one of the luckiest people that will meet her backstage and enjoy the show in the “Monster Pit”? Do you know that Lady Gaga will play the role of the Aliens’ Mother in the next Men In Black movie (MIB3)?!

Don’t forget to read our other blogs about the Sonar 2012 in Barcelona and the Primavera Sound Festival, 2 other chances to enjoy amazing concerts in Barcelona!



Primavera Sound 2012 is coming soon!

5 days of live music in Barcelona!

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Primavera Sound Festival will start on the 30th of May and last until the 3rd of June and if you don’t know this music festival, then you must read this blog because it is something you cannot miss!

Primavera Sound, sponsored by San Miguel beer, is one of the largest festivals in Spain and it takes place in Barcelona of course! The attendance in 2010 was more than 100 000, so you can imagine how amazing it is… Most of the concerts will take place at the Parc del Fòrum and great news: this year there will be also free concerts for the opening on Wednesday and the last evening, on Sunday. Check the website for more information. Primavera Sound is gonna rock Barcelona, as usual! You can also get the lowdown on Barcelona’s other big music festival Sonar 2012 in Barcelona.

Awesome Line Up

The venue is great and so are the artists! It also caters for all tastes; in fact this is not about one style of music in particular. There will be rock, pop, indie, hip hop, jazz, electro and more! There will be more than 150 artists and here are the big-names!



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On Saturday 2nd – The Icelandic girl is back with her new album Biophilia. Between electro, pop and new wave, she has her own style. You either love it or hate it, but her music certainly doesn’t leave you cold.


The Cure

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On Friday 1st – Who doesn’t know the British rock band and its leader Robert Smith?! Going to their concert is a safe bet and you won’t be disappointed.

Franz Ferdinand

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On Thursday 31st – The Scottish band will set crowds on fire at Primavera Sound Festival! Be ready to move your body to the famous songs “Take me Out” or “No you Girls”…





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On Saturday 2nd – Do I need to say that they are French and that because they are your friends, you’ll never be alone again? (wondering what I’m telling? Then listen to their song…)


On Friday 1st – Another French electro band you probably know, without actually knowing it… Listen to Midnight City and then buy your tickets for their show at Primavera Sound 2012! ;)


There will be also Chairlift, Marianne Faithfull, Mudhoney, Yann Tiersen, Rufus Wainwright and sooo many others! Check the website to see the full program per day.


Primavera Sound Info


2 options are available: you can buy a pass for all the festival at 190€ (+booking fee) or buy a ticket for only one day at 75€ (+booking fee). Day tickets are available for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Unfortunately for you, all VIP pass are already sold out!

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How to get there

The Parc del Fòrum is located at the end of Diagonal, by the sea. You can get there by metro L4 (yellow line) and stop at “El maresme Forum”, or by bus (check TMB website).
You can try to go there by car, but as you know, it is quite difficult to park in Barcelona.


Have you ever been to Primavera Sound Festival or are you planning to go this year? Let us know how you feel about it…

Yours in music,




Sports Shops In Barcelona: For All Your Sporting Needs

Sports Shops in Barcelona

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Sports Shops in Barcelona cater to all kinds of different sports.  So if you’re a runner or a surfer or anything in-between then we have got you covered.  Read on to find the Sports shop in Barcelona that is right for you.

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Decathlon shops are some of the largest sports shops in Barcelona.  They have all kinds of different sports equipment and clothing, so you will be sure to find what you are looking for.  You can buy anything from roller blades to football kits.  Decathlon is also very cheap, they may not have the best quality Sports equipment but it is great value.  There are a few Decathlon stores in Barcelona including one right in the centre just off Las Ramblas.




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Esports Nuria Barcelona

This shop has a good range of sports equipment, although it is not quite as big as Decathlon.  Esports Nuria is a great shop for swimmers as they sell all you would need for swimming in the Mediterranean or just in your local pool.



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Inercia is a more specialised sports shop in Barcelona.  They sell skate boards, long boards and roller blades along with any equipment that you need/ want with them.  If you like these extreme sports then Inercia is a great place to go.  They have high end products, which are a little expensive.  Although I would say they are worth the money.  The staff are very friendly and helpful and most of them can speak reasonably good English.



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La General Surfera

This is another specialised sports shop in Barcelona, specialising in Surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding.  This sports shop sells high-end goods and brands, making it quite expensive.  It’s a very hip place that is perfect for you if you like to look good on your skateboard/snowboard/surfboard.  La General Surfera is quite large and they have a good selection of extreme sport clothing and equipment.



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There are also a couple of good Adidas shops in Barcelona.  One of them is an Adidas originals shop, which is more of a sporty fashion shop.  You can find this one in the Gotico area.  There is also an Adidas shop on Passeig de Grácia, which can be described as more of a sports shop.  It has a good selection of sporting clothing and equipment for sports such as running and football.  It is not the biggest sports shop in Barcelona but in this shop it’s all about quality not quantity.


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If you know of any other great Sports shops in Barcelona or have any comments we would love to hear them.


Matthew Rutter


St Patricks Day in Barcelona: Best Places to Meet Leprechauns!

Where to Celebrate St Patricks Day in Barcelona

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St Patrick’s day in Barcelona is on the 17th of March, just like in Dublin of course! If you want to celebrate it as Irish people do, take a look at the following places and at the promotions that they will offer for this particular day.

Even if there is no parade for this special San Patrick day, Barcelona is full of Irish pubs where you can celebrate it. So put your green tights on, find a four-leaf clover and let’s have a beer! By the way, you can check this post about the best Irish pubs in Barcelona


It seems like Kitty’s has been the first Irish pub opened in Barcelona, 18 years ago. For St Patrick’s Day, they transform the area of Carrer de Numancia into an Irish district! There will be different activities organized, even for children, all day long. Come by, watch Irish dancing and listen to Irish music. The all programming is just here. And what can be best than watching England Vs Ireland to close your St Patrick’s Day in Barna?!

Address: Carrer de la Nau Santa Maria, 5, Barcelona 08017

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Flaherty’s Irish Pub – SPECIAL EVENT

It’s one of the best known Irish pubs in Barcelona. You will find it in the center, near the Rambla. Besides offering very good beers and whisky, they also cook traditional dishes. Do not miss this spot on St Patrick’s Day, there will be special promotions on drinks and dishes and there will be tons of giveaway prizes to won! That mean you will have no excuse for not wearing green this night!

Address: Plaça Joaquim Xirau, Barcelona 08002




Well, it’s obvious that Temple Bar is one the best place to celebrate St Patrick’s day in Barcelona! As Matthew told us in one of his post, this is “one of the nicer Irish Pubs in Barcelona”. You will feel like if you were in Temple Bar in Dublin, especially because they will organize a special evening for this special day. I hope you are not allergic to the green color; in fact there may be a lot of green balloons and green shirts around the pub this day…

Address: Calle Ferran, 8, Barcelona 08002

Molly’s Fair City

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“There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t met.” If you have never  heard about Molly’s Fair City, then discovering it for St Patty’s is the best thing to  do. You will meet mostly English-speaking people and you will definitely drink some  really good Guinness! They also do great cocktails (do not forget to read our free e- book about cocktails in Barcelona). As you already feel like you’re in Ireland the  other 364 days of the year, it is difficult to do more efforts for St Patty’s Day, but  anyway, this is a good place to celebrate. Because of both the atmosphere and  people who come by. Be careful to be there early, it gets crowded really quick…

Address: Carrer de Ferran, 7-9, Barcelona 08002

Ryan’s Pub

Last but not least, you probably already know Ryan’s Pubs: cheap drinks, a lot of people, and always a good time! Last year they made discounts on beers, offered gifts and added a green touch on the drinks. No doubt they will do the same this year!

Address: Carrer Ample, 28, Barcelona 08002 OR Carrer Escudellers 24, Barcelona 08002

Then you have a lot of other places where you can go

If you didn’t notice, Barcelona is full of Irish or English pubs, where, for sure, it will be nice to stay for San Patrick in Barcelona!

The Dunne’s: Well it has already made a name for itself. Big and cool patrick s day barcelona
Address: Via Laietana, 19, Barcelona (Gotic)

The Shamrock: the name of the bar couldn’t be better for such a day!
Address: Carrer Tallers, 72, Barcelona (Raval)

Flann O’brien: this one is not in the center of Barcelona but offers you great drinks and nice atmosphere.
Address: Carrer de Casanova, 264, Barcelona 08021

The Fastnet Irish Bar: located in Barceloneta, this Irish bar has an outside terrace very nice to enjoy a beer on St Patrick’s Day in Barcelona.
Address: Passeig Don Joan Borbo Comte Barcelona, 22, Barcelona 08003

The Mickael Collins: Near Sagrada Familia, a really good Irish Pub to celebrate St Patty’s. There will be live music with the “Tequila Sunrise” (rock and blues) and “Kesh” (rock), from 9pm.
Address: Plaça Sagrada Familia, 4, Barcelona 08013


Wow, that’s a lot of addresses! Do they fit with your plans? Any other good ideas to share with us? I wish you a great St Patricks here in Barcelona, let us know how it went and which bar had the best irish atmosphere!


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