What's on in Barcelona
We have a few odd Christmas traditions here in Barcelona, as this page shows...
If you are visiting Barcelona and going to be decorating the house for Christmas - particularly if you have a crib (Nativity scene), don't miss the Feria de Santa Lucia, in the square in front of the Cathedral until December 23.
As for those odd traditions, note the traditional Catalan figure of the "caganer", the (ahem...) "shitter" (as illustrated). You wanna buy one?
October 19—December 1
Supposedly one of the best in Europe (but then that does tend to get added to just about everything that is on in Barcelona), with this year's program (the 45th edition of the Festival) still to be announced.
November 6-December 8
The truly outstanding World Press Photo exhibition, at the CCCB, includes some of the breathtaking images taken by photojournalists around the world in the last year.
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11.00-20.00.
Locking the world's leaders up inside on a starvation diet for a week or so would surely fix quite a number of the world's problems...
- Info: Spanish
The "Encuentro práctico para profesores de ELE", now in its 22nd year, is a major annual congress for teachers of Spanish as a foreign language, now also with editions in Paris, Rome, Krakow (Poland) and — new in 2014 — Berlín.
- Info: English, Spanish, Catalan
December 27-January 4
Barcelona's annual "Children's Festival" (this year the 45th edition) is a great day out for kids - with basically anything you could wish the Three Kings (aka Santa) would bring you.
Coming up we have Imagine Dragons (Palau Sant Jordi, December 7); Carmina Burana (Gran Teatre del Liceu, December 25), with the New Year bringing Depeche Mode (Palau Sant Jordi, January 15) and Michael Bublé (Palau Sant Jordi, January 30).
Highlights so far announced for 2014 include Backstreet Boys (Sant Jordi Club, February 20); Franz Ferdinand (Sant Jordi Club, April 5); the Primavera Sound Festival (Forum, May 29-31); the Sónar Festival (June 12-14); and One Direction (Estadi Olímpic, July 8).
For what is on in the way of classical music, opera and the like, see what's on at the Palau de la Musica and the Liceu Opera House (two places well worth visiting for their architecture, even if you are not that keen on that sort of music). Tickets for these can be obtained from ServiCaixa (see below)
Classical music is also on at the Auditori, home to Barcelona's Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC). Tickets for this can be obtained from Telentrada (see below).
ServiCaixa is one of best sources of tickets for concerts and other events in Barcelona, being run by La Caixa, the city's major bank. Tickets can be bought online or at cashpoints throughout the city.
Telentrada is the online ticket service from rival bank Caixa de Catalunya.
Tickets for many concerts can also be purchased at FNAC.
Given that they've won the Champions three times in the last eight seasons, there's perhaps some justification for the claim that Barça [website] are the best team in the world (though for non-football fans it's hard to understand quite what they all get so over-excited about).
Next chance to see Barça at home:
- Champions Barça vs Celtic, December 11
- League Barça vs Villareal, December 14
- Copa del Rey Barça vs Cartagena, December 17
- League Barça vs Elche, January 5
- Full fixture list
A visit to the Barça museum includes a look inside the stadium itself, one the world's biggest.
Espanyol [website], Barcelona's "other" first division side play in a new stadium out in Cornellà (to get there, take the FGC train line from Plaza Espanya and get off at either Cornellà-Riera or Almeda).
Next home games for Espanyol:
- League Espanyol vs Real Sociedad, November 30
- Copa del Rey Espanyol vs Real Jaén, December 19
- League Espanyol vs Vallodolid, December 22
- Full fixture list
For utterly one-eyed reporting, see our Newspapers page.
See also our Barcelona Sports page.