What's on in Barcelona
February 27-March 2
With 1,400 exhibitors and 70,000 square metres of exhibition space, the MWC is big! It's another of those events that allows lazy media people to call Barcelona "the world capital of...", a phrase that is trotted out as often as possible. In fact, we are the Mobile World Capital!
Includes hardware and device manufacturers, network infrastructure, service providers, software developers, etc, but Apple never comes (!).
The Telegraph was very un-impressed, saying it's "no more than an extended weekend away for mobile representatives". Ouch!
Coming up we have, among others Korn (Sant Jordi Club, March 18); Sting (Sant Jordi Club, March 21); Placebo (Sala Razzmatazz, April 27); Rick Astley (Teatre Barts, April 29); The Jesus and Mary Chain (Razzmatazz, April 29); Ricky Martin (Palau Sant Jordi, May 16); Van Morrison at the Primavera Sound Festival (June 3); Suzanne Vega (Razzmatazz, June 10); U2 (Estadi Olímpic, July 18); Lady Gaga (Palau Sant Jordi, September 22); plus a date, as yet unconfirmed, for the Rolling Stones.
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.
Coming up for Barça at home we have Barça vs Leganés (February 19); Barça vs Sporting (March 1); Barça vs Celta (March 4), all in the Liga; and then it's Barça vs PSG in the Champions (March 8)
TimeOut Barcelona had an article recently on 15 Barcelona bars with big screens (content in Catalan) which you might find handy if you find you're not going to spend that kind of money on 90 minutes watching 22 blokes boot a bit of synthetic leather about.
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 their 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).
Coming up at home for Espanyol, there's Espanyol vs Osasuna (February 26) and Espanyol vs Las Palmas (March 12).
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.