August 24, 2016 No Comments

Fabulous Cultural Activities In Barcelona

Cinemas

Barcelona has numerous cinemas. New films appear quickly and are well advertised. Cinemas Verdi and Capsa (among others) show foreign films with the original soundtrack subtitled in Spanish. The British and North American Institutes both have cultural programmes which include film shows.

In the newly-renovated port area there is an Imax (large screen) cinema showing films in 3D.

Theatres

Theatre flourishes in Barcelona and this is normally in Catalan or Spanish. Productions are advertised in the press, and tickets are available from the box office in advance at the hours indicated.

Music

The Gran Teatro del Liceo, Barcelona’s Opera House is famous throughout the world and regularly plays host to major international stars, many of whom, of course are Spanish – Monterrat Caballé, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras etc. Tickets, whether for a season or for individual performances, are expensive and hard to acquire, although a certain number are available for those willing to queue on the day of the performance.

The Palau de la Musica Catalana, a magnifient Modernist hall designed by Domenech i Montaner, offers a constant stream of classical music interpreted by national and international orchestras. Tickets for these performances are available at the concert halls themselves at times advertised or season tickets can be obtained for the various cycles.

Jazz also has a strong following. Els Quatre Gats and La Cova del Drac are the venues to look out for. A jazz festival takes place in September.

The Asociación de Amigos de la Música de Barcelona publishes a monthly newsletter about forthcoming concerts for members and offers members discounts on selected concert tickets.

Art Galleries

In addition to the many visiting exhibitions in the main museums, there are countless small galleries offering a wide range of mainly contemporary art. Most of them are in the area around Paseo de Gracia, Rambla Catalunya and Consell de Cent.

Newspapers and Books

Foreign newspapers are available at the newsagents on the Ramblas, at the airport, beside large international hotels and in areas like Pedralbes, where many foreigners live.

Most large book shops stock titles in various languages. More specialised shops are:

  • Come In (Provença, 203) for English books
  • Librería Francesa (Paseo de Gracia, 91) for French
  • Librería Herder (Balmes 26) for books in German
  • Librería Italiana, (Rambla de Catalunya 33) for Italian books.
  • El Corte Inglés, usually have an up-to-date range of books and videos.

For those interested in antiquarian and secondhand books, there is a Sunday market at the Mercat de Sant Antoní on Comte d’Urgell.


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