What's on in Barcelona
- Info: Spanish, Catalan
Until February 8
At the CaixaForum, there's a truly outstanding exhibition of work by the Brazilian social documentary photographer, an exhibition of "planet earth, nature and its beauty, and what remains of it today despite the manifold destruction caused by human activity".
Don't miss it!
Starts December 31, 2014
The Barcelona World Race is a two-handed, non-stop round the world yacht race. Nine teams competed in the first event (2008) -- 25,000 miles in three months in (er, let me check...) an "IMOCA Open 60 monohull".
The previ0us edition started December 31, 2010, and was won after 93 days at sea by the French boat Virbac Paprec 3.
Among other concerts coming up, we have Katy Perry (Palau Sant Jordi, Febraury 16); Dropkick Murphys (Razzmatazz, February 17); James Taylor (Liceu March 14); Jose Feliciano (L'Auditori, March 18); Joan Baez (Palau de la Música, March 19 and 20); Luz Casal (Liceu, March 20); Buzzcocks (Apolo, March 24); Robbie Williams (Palau Sant Jordi, March 27); Kraftwerk (Liceu, April 22); Roxette (Sant Jordi Club, May 14); Nick Cave (Auditori Fòrum, May 21); Primavera Sound Festival (Parc del Fòrum, May 27-30); AC/DC (Estadi Olímpic May 29); Maroon 5, (Palau Sant Jordi, June 14); Ariana Grande (Palau Sant Jordi, June 16); Sónar Festival (June 18-20); KISS (Palau Sant Jordi, June 21); Mark Knopfler (Poble Espanyol, July 31); U2 (Palau Sant Jordi, October 5 and 6).
Last time we looked, some of the above were already sold out (unless you think a €423 VIP seat for Robbie Williams is a bargain!)
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.
For football fans, one of the big attractions of Barcelona is its world famous club, Barça [website], with a visit to its stadium (preferably to actually see a game) high on your to-do list.
Next chance to see if Luis Suarez will actually bite anyone else is with Barça vs Elche (January 8) in the Copa del Rey; with a big first league game of the New Year after that, Barça vs Atlético Madrid (January 11). Barça have also drawn Atlético Madrid in the Copa del Rey Quarter Finals, with the first leg in Barcelona on January 21.
The Champions don't now return until March, with the return leg of the last 16 tie against Manchester City not until March 18. And talking of big games, there's then the Barça vs Real Madrid league that week, on March 22.
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 chance to see Espanyol at home, the Spanish League games, Espanyol vs Granada (December 14), with a cup tie Espanyol vs Deportivo Alavés (December 17) next after that.
For utterly one-eyed reporting, see our Newspapers page.
See also our Barcelona Sports page.
For non-football fans, it's frankly hard to understand quite what all the fuss is about.