What's on in Barcelona
November 12–December 13
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...
October 17-November 29
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 46th edition of the Festival) still to be announced.
Held since 1990, ArtFutura -- a digital art and new media festival -- includes a wide range of workshops, conferences, performances, special presentations and audio-visuals.
Concerts coming up in Barcelona include Belle & Sebastian (Razzmatazz, November 11); Editors (Razzmatazz, November 16); Fear Factory (Razzmatazz 2, November 17); Foo Fighters (Palau Sant Jordi, November 19); Europe (Razzmatazz, December 5).
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 we have Barça vs Bate Borisov in the Champions (November 4); in La Liga, Barça vs Villareal (November 8); the game of the season no matter what, Real Madrid vs Barça (in Madrid, November 21); back to the Champions for Barça vs Roma (November 24); and then Barça vs Real Sociedad (November 28).
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).
The one chance to see Espanyol in action at home this month is Espanyol vs Málaga (November 22), with the next after that not until the Espanyol vs Levante game (December 6).
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.