What's on in Barcelona
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December 27-January 4
Barcelona's annual "Children's Festival" (this year the 46th edition) is a great day out for kids - with basically anything you could wish the Three Kings (aka Santa) would bring you.
Concerts coming up in the New Year in Barcelona include Bryan Adams (Palau Sant Jordi, January 30); Mötorhead + Saxon + Girlschool (Sant Jordi Club, February 4); Eros Ramazzotti (Palau Sant Jordi, February 14); Los Burros + Los Rápidos (Razzmatazz, February 26); Adele (Palau Sant Jordi, May 24 and 25); Coldplay (Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc, May 26&27); Amaral (Sant Jordi Club, June 11); Justin Bieber (Palau Sant Jordi, November 22) and The Cure (Palau Sant Jordi, November 26).
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 in the League we have Barça vs Betis (December 30), with Barça vs Granada (January 9) the first game up in the New Year. Next after that it's Barça vs Athletic Bilbao (January 17) and then Barça vs Athlético Madrid (January 31). In the Champions, the second leg of the Barça vs Arsenal tie isn't until March 16.
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 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).
In La Liga, Espanyol have a home game coming up against Las Palmas (December 19), which is then followed in the new year with the small matter of the local derby Espanyol vs Barça (January 2).
In fact we're in for a bit of a feast, as Espanyol have drawn Barça in the Copa, with the first game at the Camp Nou on January 6, the return in Cornellà on January 13.
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.