BARCELONA FESTIVAL – LA MERCE 2012: TRADITION, CREATIVITY AND MUSIC!

Barcelona Festival – La Merce 2012: Tradition, Creativity and Music!


BARCELONA FESTIVAL - LA MERCE 2012: TRADITION, CREATIVITY AND MUSIC!

It’s time for Barcelona greatest festival, La Merce 2012 is just around the corner! This year’s fiesta comes with a lot of innovations, more participation from the citizens and much more creativity in the range of events. What is La Merce? Where is it? When is it? Don’t worry my friend, here you’ll find all you need to know! Aaaand we also have prepared a very special MUST DO LIST!

First of all, you have to know at least what the festival is about! Come on, don’t be lazy now!!

La Merce celebrates the day of the ‘Virgen de la Merced’ (24th of september). Our Lady of Mercy has been the patron saint of the city since 1868, when the pope ratified a decision that had been taken years before, when Barcelona overcame the plague of 1687. But it was only in 1902 that it assumed the same format as today. The Festa Major (as it’s said in Catalan) also had an important role after Franco’s dictatorship in Spain, as it was a way for the people to reconquer democracy.

Starting on the 21th and going till the 23rd, this year’s event is much more decentralized, happening all over Barcelona during the day and night, and also expecting much more interaction of the public.

The activities are uncountable, from street art to formal exhibitions, passing by concerts, theatre and spectacles, for all kinds of people and tastes! Checking the program for sure you’ll like so many things that you gonna get a bit sad, because of the impossibility of covering everything. Here, we have full agenda of highlights we want to share!

 

Interestingly about La Merce 2012 is that there are a few spectacles that happen on all 3 days, which is a relief so you don’t need to miss anything! Two of them that we are recommending are the Multimedia Show at the Sagrada Familia and the many technological interactive activities at Parc de la Ciutadella.

Barcelona Festival - La Merce 2012: Tradition, Creativity and Music!Sagrada Familia Multimedia Show

What is it? Light and color spectacle that will make the church alive. (check a hint of it!)

When? Everyday from 21h to 00h

Where? Sagrada Familia

 

The Park of the Light and Tecnhology

What is it? Multimedia activities and spectacles that you mix lights, sounds and fun with the public.

When? Everyday from 21h to 1h

Where? Parc de la Ciutadella

 

21th September – Friday night!

Three music concerts in three different places! Choose your favorite!

BARCELONA FESTIVAL - LA MERCE 2012: TRADITION, CREATIVITY AND MUSIC!

Howlin Rain – Part of the BAM (Barcelona Accio Musical)

Whaaaat? Blues and soul at its best!

Where? Plaza Reial

When? Friday, 21th sep – 23h

 

Merce Musica – Abbey Road

Whaaaat? Celebration of The Beatles 50th birthday!

Where? Plaza Sant Jaume

When? Friday, 21th sep – 23h30

 

Merce Musica – Gani Mirzo & Orquestra Àrab De Barcelona

Whaaaat? World of sounds in these two concerts! Fusion of Western and Eastern music will blow your mind with rhythm and creativity.

Where? Avinguda de la Catedral

When? Friday, 21th – 22h30 and 00h30

 

Remember: We always recommend public transport or bikes! =]

Stay tuned! In the next few days we’ll bring more and more stuff about La Merce! Any suggestion you might have, let us know! Also check the event official website!

Visca Barca!

 

Jack

 

 

BARCELONA SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK SEPTEMBER 2012

BARCELONA SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK SEPTEMBER 2012

Are you feeling Social?

social media

Well get ready to be! As Social Media Week comes to Barcelona in September 2012 for five days of events to promote and share experiences about how social media is affecting all our lives and businesses. This is part of a worldwide event that happens simultaneously in different cities around the globe. Social Media Week will also be taking place in Berlin, Bogota, Chicago, Glasgow, Hong Kong, Jeddah, London, Los Angeles, Seoul, Shanghai, Turin and Vancouver. The five days of events starts on the 24th till the 28th.

 

social-mediamanagementThe main principles behind the event are that of Collaboration, Content and Conversation. The aim being that a more connected world will lead to a “more enlightened, prosperous and sustainable world”.

Social Media Week 2012 covers such topics as Start Up Pitching, Crowdfunding, Social Media Start-ups, Facebook, Google and G+, Politics and Social Media, Fashion blogging and much more. The events are either in Spanish or English and are a great way of learning and sharing information about social media.

I personally will be attending and I am really looking forward to the talks and interacting with other social media heads! There is even an app that you can download to iPhone or Android so you can keep in touch with the event and all the lovely people you meet there! And don’t forget to use Foursquare to check-in and comment!

You need to register on the Social Media Week website to be able to attend the events and talks. You can view a schedule of events here and choose which ones you would like to go to. There is also an opening and closing event which would be another great way of networking!

Social Media Week is organised in Barcelona by Buzz Marketing, leaders in social media strategy and community management.

See you there!

Marie Obileye

 

YOUR BARCELONA CONCERT GUIDE: LIVE CONCERTS

BARCELONA CONCERT GUIDE: LIVE CONCERTS IN SEPTEMBER

As promised in the previous Barcelona Concert Guide post, I will regularly update you for all the interesting live concerts in Live concerts in barcelonaBarcelona. I must admit that it would be a fairly easy task as the cool gigs around are just more than enough! Writing this series of posts make me a bit sad, because I just don’t have the time to attend all of them. Some of you, on the other hand – might!

Anyhow, lets cut to the chase – the reason why you are here in first place – the upcoming concerts in Barcelona one must see!

 

 

It’s a last-moment announcement on our website, but the Festival Altaveu starts today and part of the line-up (on the 8th of September) are the English electro-rock band the Whip, which have been on my playlist since the morning! I’ve came across their name a year ago, but never paid much attention to their music before today. A big, big mistake! Check their hit Trash! The festival kicks-off today and it is until Sunday! For more information – check their website!

Another kick-ass band playing in Barcelona are the Mexicans Molotov! I had the pleasure of seeing them live some years ago and I must say – they put up hell of a show! The live is in Razzmatazz, tomorrow (7th of September)!

If you are into a bit more cheesy rock, I’ve got something for you as well! Personally, I cannot say I am a huge fan of the Maine, but apparantly they are doing quite well and have a live concert in Barcelona! Their show is on Monday at Sala Apolo (where the famous Nasty Monday party is being held)!

On the same day – Monday, 11th of September if Festa de la Libertat! If you want to see more local bands that is your event! I guess the reggae/ska band Txarango are the highlight of the evening – they got some really chilled tunes! Its going to be an out-door party just in front of Cuitadela Park (near Arc de Triomf) and kicks-off around 21:00!

The last live concert in Barcelona I have chosen for you is again of an electronic-rock band – I guess the genre is quite popular lately! Anyhow, I really liked their music and in my opinion is worth going to check them out! The name is Capital Cities and they play at Razzmatazz as well on 14th of September (Friday)!

 

At the end I must mention a bit more commercial concert you probably know about from the posters on the streets – Kimbra, Sala Apolo, 15th of September! I hope you liked my selection and you will hear from me in two weeks for another portion of cool live concerts in Barcelona!

 

Cheers,

Ivo

MOTOCROSS HITS BARCELONA! SPORTS EVENTS UPDATE: NIGHT OF THE JUMPS!

MOTOCROSS HITS BARCELONA! SPORTS EVENTS UPDATE: NIGHT OF THE JUMPS!

MOTOCROSS HIST BARCELONA! SPORTS EVENTS UPDATE: NIGHT OF THE JUMPS!

The most famous Free Style Motocross Event in the world comes to Barcelona this September! It’s the NIGHT OF THE JUMPS! If you’re one of those people who love extreme sports but are not brave enough to face it yourself, it’s perfect for you!  I bet that only by seeing the pictures, you can already fell a bit of the breath-taking sensation that the riders experience before every jump!

Since 2001, the Night Of The Jumps has brought together the most crazy riders from all over the world to this extreme competition that every month is held in a different country. Each country represents one round of the championship, and now, after a summer break, it’s back for the second-half of the season! Its first stop is China, and the second: our beautiful Barcelona!

MOTOCROSS HIST BARCELONA! SPORTS EVENTS UPDATE: NIGHT OF THE JUMPS!September 22th, at La Monumental, the riders will compete in 3 different events: Free Style Motocross, Best Whip contest and Highest Air contest. From all these you can expect spectacular and fun tricks mixed with loud music that will be highly entertaining! But it’ll also thrill and excite you, you might get pretty impressed by the competitor’s near death experiences! It means that every jump is an explosion of feelings from the crowd, everyone shouting and cheering for a perfect jump!

Already excited and can’t wait?! That’s is the point! Now, some practical info about the event!

Buying tickets is easy! Just click here. It will cost 59 euros for the whole event that lasts around 5 hours, from the opening till the trophies ceremony.

Getting there is a piece of cake – hop off at La Monumental (L2 – Purple Line) metro station and there you are! If you prefer, you can catch any bus that goes through the Gran Via or Diagonal! Just in case, the address is Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 749!

 

What else you might need to know?

Can you meet the crazy jumpers? Yes! Just get there a bit early and join the pit party at the paddock (place where they warm up). Or after, at the autograph session!

Can you buy food inside? Yes! Snacks and drinks are available. And no, you cannot bring your own food. =\

Is there a party after all? Surely! Stay tuned on their website or Facebook page.

 

That’s it! We will surely be there! And you? Up to a unusual night?

Wait! …Want more? Check this video from this year Torino’s round:

 

 

Cheers!

Jack!

 

THE BARCELONA CONCERT GUIDE: MUSIC FOR ALL OF US

THE BARCELONA CONCERT GUIDE: MUSIC FOR ALL OF US

 

Barcelona concert guide

Finding interesting concerts in Barcelona is not what one would classify as a mission impossible. As a person who enjoys live music I must say I feel quite satisfied with the musical vibe of the city. My point is that there  are tons of gigs for even the most picky of you! It doesn’t matter if you are a rock fan, enjoying the heavy bass of electronic music or are looking for a chilled evening to enjoy the beauty of the live music – there’s pretty much everything!

WHAT IS THE BARCELONA CONCERT GUIDE?

Before I proceed with the actual valuable information of the post, I feel I should elaborate more on that initiative – The barcelona concert guideBarcelona Concert Guide is basically a little musical paradise within the vast world of content of SuiteLife. I hope the initiative keeps growing beyond the end of my internship and it turns to a trustworthy place to discover interesting gigs around our belove d city. Anyhow, let’s cut to the chase – what are the most ear-catching (I hope that this word exist) gigs in Barcelona in the next few weeks.


UPCOMING CONCERTS IN BARCELONA

 

Abraham Boba (pop-jazz)

The closest event, for those of you who are not interested in the El Clasico game tomorrow is the concert of Abraham Boba, a Spanish jazz-pop singer – quite relaxing and pleasant music for Wesnesday evening. The concert starts around 8PM  at Hotel Pulitzer, located right next to Plaza Catalunya. From what I’ve seen from pictures of the place – you might need to dress up a little bit for that gig!

The  Mood A.K.A. (reggae/ska)

Later on this week (Thursday the 30th) a really nice German reggae/ska band will spread its positive vibe around Barcelona. This was the first time I heard of them, but I loved their music from the first played tune. Very clear, neat and positive energy flow which improved my past days significantly! Check out a mix of their songs in the video below! If you like what you hear – the concert is at Sala Underground.

Mendetz (electro-rock)

As I said, the concert life in Barcelona is thriving! For the electro-rock fans or those of you enjoying the music in Razzmataz – there’s a really cool concert you shouldn’t miss out – the local band Mendetz are playing in the well-known club on Friday night!

Los Compesinos! (indie)

My final selection of the many concerts coming up this week (yeah I purposely haven’t talked about Jack White’s concert on 2nd November) is quite biased! It’s the concert of Los Compesinos! in Barcelona next week. I discovered the band way before coming here and I’m very excited about the performance, part of the Budweiser Live Circuit! The event is next Thursday (the 4th) at Music Hall Rambla Catalunya. Kick-off around 8pm!

 

I wish I could go on and on about the cool concerts in Barcelona coming up these days, but that was more than enough for a week! Did you like any of the music and in case you decide to check the events – feel free to drop a line below!

 

Cheers,

Ivo