WHAT’S ON IN JULY
Here are the hottest summer activities happening throughout the city for the month of July:
Charlatans, A Comedy Show July 1 – July 25
Pepijn Gunneweg, Pim Muda, Joost Pijkers, and Friso van Vemde are the four members of the Ashton Brothers, a comedy quartet representing a new generation of artists. The Ashton Brothers bring an exciting blend of modern comedy and music with traditional circus and burlesque, creating what has been described as “vaudeville punk-rock” comedy. The brothers will be in Barcelona for four weeks in June and July entertaining their many fans at the Victoria Theater.
For more information on show dates and to purchase tickets go to www.teatrevictoria.com.
Avenida Parallel 67-69
Festival Flamenco a Nou Barris July 1 – July 3
You can’t come to Spain and not attend a real live flamenco performance and lucky you, the annual Nou Barris Flamenco Festival is the premiere event to kick off the month of July. Three days of back-to-back flamenco concerts that will have you stopping, clapping and singing along with the best flamenco performers.
For more information on the schedule and to purchase tickets log onto: www.servicioentradas.es
Nou Barris Town Hall
Plaça Major Nou Barris 1
Summer Concerts in Palau Robert Gardens July 1 – July 29
‘’Les nits d’estiu al jardi del Palau Robert’’ is an annual free summer concert series hosted by the Palau Robert civic center bringing together an interesting mixture of bands and music styles. It’s a wonderful opportunity to acquaint yourself with this beautiful palace and its serene gardens. You may just stumble upon an interesting exhibit as well in one of its exhibition halls.
Paseo de Gracia 107 at the corner of Diagonal
Days of Dance Festival July 1 – July 5
Dies de Dansa Festival will take over urban spaces all around Barcelona as well as neighboring cities like Sabadell and Sitges to celebrate the art of dance in all its diversity. Originally conceived in Barcelona 18 years ago, this annual cultural project is in fact a part of the famed GREC Festival and for 5 days buildings, streets, parks and plazas will become the main stage for an 24 international, national and local dance company performances. There will also be workshops available for beginners and amateur dancers.
For more information for location and times of these pop-up performances logo onto www.indienauta.com.
MotoGP Cataluyna 2010 July 2 – July 4
Gentleman, start your engines! Motorcycle enthusiasts, sports fans and adrenaline junkies will be happy to know that the Motorcycling World Championship for the Gran Premi Aperol 2010 will be held in Barcelona. Moto fans surely already know that his is on the of most popular race gathering over 100,000 race fanatics to come see the action of this high-speed sporting event.
For ticket information and schedule of races log onto www.circuitcat.com.
Circuit de Cataluyna Race Track Montmelo
Carretera a Granollers
Carnecolna Carnaval July 2
Barcelona is a very multicultural city and one of its liveliest imports is Carnacelona, a fun loving and colorful festival celebrating Brazilian carnival music and culture. So if you haven’t made it to Rio’s Carnaval this is your second best option but be prepared: its one full day of non-stop samba shaking and partying. In addition to the concerts there will also be Capoeira (Brazilian martial art/dance) and Batukada (Brazilian/African drumming tradition) performances that you wont want miss.
For more information on performers and where to purchase tickets go to www.carnacelona.com
Oshum Concepts Club
Admission: Starting at 35€
Mecal Air July 2 – September 10
Mecal Air is an outdoor summer film festival featuring a selection of international short films and music performances. Taking place every Friday evening in the Baluard Placa of Poble Espanol anyone who loves the cinematic art form will enjoy the open-air surroundings, cool tunes and of course the barbeque and beers that are on offer.
Poble Espanol Baluard Plaça
Avenida del Marques deComillas 13
Time: 8pm – midnight
Havaneres Concert July 3
So what are Haveneres or a Havenera? Its not the name of the newest pop group but a much loved type of song brought back from Cuba by Catalan sailors in the 19th century which tell of lost loves and faraway ancestors. Adored by Catalans, there will undoubtedly be a packed crowd of locals singing along, holding each other’s arms and swaying back and forth. A fun way to spend an evening and experience a little local culture.
Montujic de Nit Barcelona 2010 July 3
A family favorite, Montjuic by Night, is a free annual cultural event that invites the whole city to enjoy the myriad of museums, theaters, parks, gardens and sports facilities that are located on Montjuic hill. It’s a spectacular night full of great music, film and art that is worth checking out.
For detailed information on the program of events visit www.bcn.cat/cultura/montjuicnit/2010/index.htm.
Time: 8pm – 2am
Barcelona Extreme Sports Festival July 3 - July 4
The third edition of the Barcelona Extreme Sports Festival will gather the best experts in the world of skateboarding, BMX freestyle, inline skating, motocross freestyle and wakeboarding. If you are an extreme sports fan or if you rather watch someone else risk their life and limbs, this is where you should be. As expected there will be plenty of other ‘’safe’’ activities to entertain you from graffiti exhibits to DJ booths and cool booths to shop the hottest extreme sports gear.
For more information go to www.movistarbarcelonaextreme.com.
Avenida Diagonal 1
Admission: 12€ to 18€
Black Eyed Peas Concert July 3
I gotta feelin’ that tonight’s gonna be a good night…. Just about everyone knows the words to this infectious dance anthem by the dynamic hip-hop/pop group Black Eyed Peas and for the first time ever they are coming to Spain for one night only to perform hits from their latest album ‘’The End’’ and old B.E.P classics. Better believe it will be a spectacular show that will have you dancing in your seat.
Tickets available on www.ticketmaster.es.
Estadi Cornella-El Prat
Caretera del Prat
Ticket Prices: 73€ to 200€
Montjuic Open Air Cinema July 5 – July 30
Collectively considered one of the most favorite summertime events by Barcelona, locals, the weekly outdoor cinema series is a treat for visitors as well. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday enjoy a classic and indie original version movie projected on the facade of the Montjuic castle while picnicking under the stars. Before each movie screening there is a fee live music concert. But be warned, as this is a popular evening activity is best to get there early as space is limited.
Carretera de Montjuic 66
Time: 9pm concert starts, 10pm short film, 11:15pm main feature
Admission: 5€ tickets go on sale at 8:30pm on the day of screening at Montjuic Castle
European Balloon Festival July 8 – July 11
The experience of riding in a hot air balloon is breathtaking however watching them take flight is also magical. One of the biggest balloon festivals in Europe is taking place in Igualada, a town just outside of Barcelona that is easy to access via train and bus. See more than 40 balloons from around the globe take to the sky during this colorful 3-day festival.
For more information on the flight program and exact location of launch field go to www.ebf.cat
For directions on how to arrive via train go to www.fgc.es or by bus go to igualadina.com.
Summer Concerts Poble Espanyol July 7 – July 26
Just like many venues around town, Poble Espanyol, the open-air architectural museum at the foot of Montjuic is hosting their annual summer concert series that takes place during the month of July. They have a packed schedule of big time bands and performers like Milow, Seal and Erykah Badu.
To purchase tickets log onto ticketmaster.com.
Avenida Marques de Comillas 13
Ticket Prices: 25€ and up
Barcelona International Athletics Meeting July 9
Its not the Olympics but it will be taking place in Barcelona Olympic Stadium that was built for the 1992 summer games bringing together many of the worlds leading track & field athletes as a warm-up or prelude to the 2010 World Championships that will also take place in Barcelona later in the month
To purchase tickets and detailed program of competitions go to ww.rfea.es.
Lluis Companys Olympic Stadium
Passeig Olimpic 17
Festival de Ritmes July 9
1 night music festival that takes places on the beach, Platja del Prat, near the Barcelona airport. Sounds like it could get loud but if you don’t mind rocking to beats by Dorian, The New Raemons, Els Trons and Pin&Pon Djs, with planes flying overhead then board the airport train to El Prat.
Platja del Prat
Morcheeba July 13
One of the best British bands from the mid-nineties that mixed trip hop, blues and pop that captured the attention of alternative music lovers across the world are back with there 11th album, Blood Like Lemonade. To celebrate its release they are hitting cities throughout Europe and they’ll be in BCN for one night only hitting the stage at Sala Apolo. True blue Morcheeba fans, by you your tickets ASAP!
To purchase tickets go to ticketmaster.com.
Nou de la Rambla 113
080 Barcelona Fashion July 13 – July 15
Organized by the Innovation Department of the Catalonian government this twice- yearly fashion fair is once again hosting the summer edition. As always the convention is skewed towards independent designers looking to broaden their commercial outlets. Participating designers will present catwalk shows and compete for the ‘’Best Collection’’ prize awarded by an international jury of fashion professionals. Various designer collections will also be on view in main exhibitions halls.
For schedule of events and information on gaining admission to runway shows go to www.080barcelonafashion.com
Fira Montjuic Exhibition Centre Barcelona
Avenida Reina Maria Cristina
Puig Vela Classica Barcelona Regatta July 14 – July 17
Aaah, to take to the open sea and let the wind whip through your hair… the smell of the sea air… Sailing fans and enthusiasts will not want to miss this international regatta that has become somewhat of a tradition in Barcelona where only classic yachts built between 1950 and 1975 compete.
To view the schedule of movies go to: www.salamontjuic.org
Real Club Nautico de Barcelona
Moll Espana, S/N
Time: Races begin at 1pm on the 15th, 16th and 17th
Admission: Free for spectators
Mark Knopfler Concert July 23
Anyone a Dire Straits fan? Who isn’t a fan? In that case, you’ll want to be front row when legendary songwriter, artist and frontman, Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits performs songs from his latest studio album ‘’Get Lucky’’. The 6th album from this super guitar hero promises to take you on an unforgettable journal of musical roots in folks and blues.
To purchase tickets log onto www.ticketmaster.com.
Pavello Olimpic de Badelona
Avenida d’Alfons XIII, 131
Ticket Prices: 43€ to 55€
20th European Athletics Championships 2010 July 26 – August 1
Athletes, fans, and orange-shirted volunteers are converging on Barcelona for the 20th European Athletics Championships. Among the events taking place at the Olympic Stadium in Montjuic are the 20-km walk, discus throw and 400-meter hurdles. Athletes are ready and raring to break old records and set new ones, with Spanish competitors such as 5,000-meter champion Jesus Espana and high jumper Ruth Beitia keen to defend their titles.
To purchase tickets and details on the schedule of competitions/ceremonies go to ww.bcn.2010.org.
Lluis Companys Olimpic Stadium
Passeig Olimpic 17