Barcelona Events: What’s happening in May 2012

All the Best Events in Barcelona, May 2012

Barcelona Events: What’s happening in June 2012

Barcelona Events: What’s happening in July 2012

Labour Day 1st

The 1st of May is a national holiday known as ‘Labour Day’ in many countries and Spain is one of them.  There will be some demonstrations in and marches led by trade unions in the city centre.  They will usually be around Placa de la universitat and passeig de Gracia.


Barcelona Poetry Week 8th – 17th may

Barcelona’s international poetry week is one of the many Cultural Barcelona events that take place each year.  There are poetry readings in many places around the city and most of the poetry is in Catalan or Spanish.   Check out the website for more details.


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Sports Film Festival FICTS (2012) 10th – 12th

This year is the 3rd edition of the Barcelona international FICTS festival.  It is part of the world FICTS challenge, which is a collection of sport film festivals in countries all over the world.  There will be 70 films, based on a variety of different sports, competing in this year’s festival.  The main venue for the festival is in the heart of park de montjuic at the ‘The Museu Olímpic’ and ‘de l’Esport Joan Antoni Samaranch’.  For more information see the website.


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Spanish Gran Prix 11th – 13th

Formula 1 is coming to Barcelona! The Spanish Gran Prix is held just outside Barcelona each year at the Circuit de Catalunya, Montmelo.  28km North of the City.    There are many covered stands around the track and ticket prices for the weekend go from over €3,500 (paddock club ticket) down to just above €200.  So if you want to watch Alonso, Vettel, and Hamilton race round a track at unbelievable speeds then check the Gran Prix website for more info and tickets.


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Tibidabo Race, 19th

La pujada al Tibidabo is an annual uphill race that goes all the way to the top of mount Tibidabo.  The race is 9km long and is part of the Up hill Series.  The race goes through the beautiful Collserola Park and throughout the route you get amazing views of the city.  So if you like running and a bit of a challenge then this is not to be missed.


Route Map

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Museum Night, 19th

This is a great event each year in Barcelona where more than 50 museums throughout the city remain open during the night until 1 am and they are all free to visit.  Last year over 100,000 people took advantage of this great opportunity.  There will also be activities such as concerts and performances.  This is a night of fun you can’t miss.  For more information check the website.



Spanish Cup Final (Copa del Rey) FC Barcelona Vs Athletic Bilbao, 25th

FC Barcelona will compete in the Spanish Cup final in Madrid.  This means the city streets will be empty and the bars full as all the local football fans watch one of the most important games in Spanish football.  It’s always fun to watch Barcelona play in a local bar because the Barcelona fans get so into it, making the atmosphere electric.  Try watching the game in an Irish pub in Barcelona, which will be full of locals and expats all cheering and shouting.

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Dilluns de Pasqua Granada (Public Holiday in Catalunya) 28th May

It’s another Public Holiday in Barcelona. Why not go to the beach.  Read our free E-book all about Barcelona beaches to help you decide which one.

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Primavera Sound, 30th May – 3rd June

Primavera Sound is one of Europe’s biggest and best Festivals.  With over 100,000 visitors last year and this year will be even bigger.  There is a great mix of genres such as, Rock, pop, indie, hip-hop, jazz, electro and more! There will be more than 150 artists and lots of big names too! For more information read our Primavera Sound 2012 Bolg.

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If you have any questions or know of any other great Barcelona events, we would love to hear about them. Please leave a comment below.


Matthew Rutter


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

Lady Gaga Barcelona 2012

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