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After the major events of spring and early summer, such as Primavera Sound, Sonisphere and Sonar Festival, there´s else to Barcelona besides the relaxing beaches.
If you live in the Catalan capital or plan to visit, here´s a list with a variety of events we highly recommend during August:
1. Piknic Electronic – Every Sunday 2nd of June – 22nd of September in Montjuic
As stated in their mission, ¨Piknic Electronic aims to bring family and friends together while enjoying electronic music¨ and Montjuic is an excellent location for it´s purpose. With special activities dedicated for kids, areas for adults, music by some of the most famous DJs, this festival is a great choice to spend a summer Sunday!
2. Grácia Festival – the most famous street parties of Barcelona, form the 15th – 23d of August.
Organized by the residents of Gracia, this is a unique festival with…
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Summer is in full swing here in Barcelona, the shades are out, the bikini tops are on show, so what could be more fun than heading to the gorgeous Montjuic gardens in the heart of Barcelona to have a big ol’ picnic with some friends?! However, as you can tell from the image above, this was no ordinary picnic. This was much much more.
Like many of you, I had no clue what Piknic Electronik was about. To be honest I wasn’t really keen on going, a picnic in 32 c heat and electronic music- errmm no thanks. However, what I’ve learnt from my time abroad is that you’ve got to grab any opportunity your given. Adopting the YOLO, Never Say Never attitude is always the way because you never know you might just have fun!
And boy did I have fun! It was amazing! A melting…
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Colour and kids’ play in the Eixample
Tucked away behind the Diagonal between Muntaner and Casanova is Passatge Lluís Pellicer, a narrow lane that this weekend is hosting a street party ending tomorrow Sunday.
The three-day event brings in families from around the left Eixample who find street entertainment in the form of an inflatable slide, bubble-making, skittles and other street games.
As you can see from the picture, this small and normally sleepy passage is bedecked these days with Catalan esteladas and bunting and is bustling with activity. Happy faces and cries of delight abound and there is a really warm atmosphere with snacks and drinks available.
Suitable for children 0-10.
With this event, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, a small tiddler of a street makes its contribution to the Barcelonese tradition of offering a whale of a time to its Eixample residents.
Barcelona once again features in the international sporting calendar with a significant anniversary as the Formula 1 Grand Prix comes to town for the Spanish GP, marking the start of the European leg of the season.
First held in 1913 in Madrid and won by Spanish driver Don Carlos de Salamanca in a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost (!), the event draws in F1 followers from around the world to experience the high-octane race on one of the more challenging circuits, the Circuit de Catalunya, at Montmeló, north of Barcelona, where it has been held since 1991.
The Spanish Grand Prix was suspended with the Civil War and was not reinstated until international sanctions against the Franco régime began to be lifted in the 1950s with Barcelona hosting it briefly at Pedralbes and then at Montjuic, alternating with the Jarama circuit outside Madrid.
Since Fernando Alonso began to climb up the championship league, Formula 1 has gained many new adepts in Spain and there is an enthusiastic following, accompanied unfortunately by hostility to his British rival Lewis Hamilton, who was subjected to racist abuse at the Barcelona circuit a few years ago. Barring that, local supporters contribute a festive feeling to the event and, with the centenary celebration and with the Spanish GP alternating between Barcelona and Valencia from now on, this is a great occasion to experience the sport first-hand if you are in the city.
Waiting for Godó
It’s not Wimbledon, but the Comte de Godó Cup, part of the ATP Masters World Tour, drawing to a close in Barcelona this weekend with its final on Sunday, provides some first-class tennis entertainment if you’re in the city this time of
year. It is played at the Reial Club de Tennis Barcelona, the oldest tennis club in Spain (founded in 1899) and the cup was instituted 60 years ago this year.
With Rafa Nadal – probably Spain’s most internationally renowned sporting figure outside soccer – ploughing his way back up the ATP rankings on his local turf to pick up his 8th Barcelona title this time round if successful tomorrow, and other top seeded players competing for the title between Monte Carlo and the Grand Slam competitions at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, the yearly event is a great opportunity to catch up on a bit of clay court magic.
And with Barça playing in town, late April offers a great opportunity to combine watching Messi, Villa or Iniesta on the field with enjoyment of high quality tennis and of course the other delights that Barcelona provides for its visitors.
When literature and romance meet
Although the Catalans have no national literary figure’s birthday to celebrate on 23rd April they use their patron saint’s day, the Diada de Sant Jordi to display their love of literature, with gifts of books (traditionally from women to men) and of roses in return, in their own intellectual version of Valentine’s day – though nowadays the custom is more gender-blind.
And of course, it is the birthday of two literary greats, Shakespeare and Cervantes, but while in England St George’s Day day is quite low-key, the Catalans, with all their nationalist fervour, dive in with gusto and special street stalls selling books and flowers fill the centre of Barcelona, drawing in the crowds.
Moreover, the tradition grows in strength, with its fame spreading internationally and the fact is, Barcelona continues to celebrate culture exceedingly well in its own special style.
(This picture and more at http://www.demotix.com)