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Current Events Guide for February 2017 in Barcelona February’s agenda in Barcelona offers a variety of fantastic street parades, fireworks, Catalan dance performances and other activities within the traditional celebrations, which are held before the beginning of the Easter Lent. It’s worth mentioning that all Spanish festivals are inseparably linked with the local gastronomy and the best wines.
Also, do not forget that February always brings to any city the poetic atmosphere of the St. Valentine's Day, and this is a perfect reason for a romantic dinner in one of the best restaurants... However, some travellers just prefer to ignore this controversial holiday and choose to explore the legendary Gaudi’s landmarks and some hidden architectural gems of Barcelona. Here’s the list of the most fascinating event in Barcelona for February 2017.

Music and Theatre

The world with Beethoven

In February Palau de la Música welcomes everyone to listen to a series of concerts, created by one of the most famous and fabulous composers, Ludwig van Beethoven. On the 5th of February the concert program will include Symphony no. 1 and Symphony no. 2, performed by one of the best contemporary musician and historian, Carlos Calderón. The next performance will be given on the 14th of February: the programme will include Symphony no. 3 and Symphony no. 4. The 3rd concert will be held on the 22nd of February and will introduce the audience to Symphony no. 5 and Symphony no. 6 correspondingly.
Venue: Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Música Catalana)
Address: c/ Palau de la Música, 4-6
Dates: 5 February, at 19:00; 14 February at 19:00, 22 Februaryat 19:00
Ticket price: 8 EUR

Festival Millenni: Chambao
Within the Festival del Mil·lenni, all fans of contemporary electronic music get the unique chance to attend a concert of Chambao, the Spanish flamenco-electronic band. For the past 15 years María del Mar Rodríguez Carnero, a singer and composer has been working in the style of flamenco chill with the support of Eduardo Casañ and Dadiel Casañ. Chambao will present their new studio album, called “Nuevo ciclo” .
Venue: Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Música Catalana)
Address: c/ Palau de la Música, 4-6
Dates: 3 February 2017 at 21:00
Ticket price: from 18 EUR

Barcelona Guitar Trio & Dance
Barcelona Guitar Trio, which includes Manuel González, Xavier Coll and Luis Robisco, returns to the Palace of Catalan Music, one of the most popular concert venues in Barcelona. On the 16th and 22nd of February, at 21:00 you will get the chance to see the most talented flamenco performers in the country and enjoy Spanish guitar. Do not miss the opportunity to dive into the passionate world of the greatest Spanish art of music in the most beautiful concert hall of the city!
Venue: Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Música Catalana)
Address: c/ Palau de la Música, 4-6
Dates 16 and 22 February 2017, at 21.00
Ticket price: from 19,50 EUR

Carmen, the opera
The opera Carmen, one of the most famous operas in the world by Georges Bizet, is taking place in Barcelona. Now you have a unique opportunity to enjoy a stunning performance in the walls of Palace of Catalan Music. This version is performed by Marta Valero (soprano), Numil Guerra (soprano), Sergi Giménez (tenor), Carlos Cremades (tenor) and Xavier Puig (director). This amazing opera 
lasts 150 minutes with an intermission and offers the viewers an incredible show with opera singers, choir, orchestra and ballet flamenco. The performance includes more than a hundred artists.
Venue: Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Música Catalana)
Address: c/ Palau de la Música, 4-6
Concert dates: 17 and 21 February 2017, at 20.00
Ticket price: from 26 EUR

Live Jazz … Swing!
Swing has definitely got back in the game: more and more people attend various performances, while others just fall in love with swing dance classes. The Palau de la Música invites the whole family to spend a marvellous day watching the most dynamic and energetic performance, the Original Jazz Orchestra Music Workshop. This event, which includes theatre, music and dance, is based on a fascinating story of the casual encounter, which will tell us one of the secrets in the history of jazz. Recommended for adults and children over 8 years old.
Venue: Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Música Catalana)
Address: c/ Palau de la Música, 4-6
Concert dates: 19 February 2017, at 12.00
Ticket price: 15 EUR

Musical evenings in La Pedrera
A fantastic house-museum Casa Milà (also known as La Pedrera), designed by Antoni Gaudí, invites everyone to attend various music concerts. You will get the chance to explore the magnificent building and listen to the unforgettable live music. As a part of the event, you can also visit the Gaudi Museum and discover the masterpieces by the famous architect within the experience called Gaudí’s Pedrera: The Origins. Do not miss the chance to dive into the world of Gaudi’s art and enjoy the unique atmosphere, a welcoming drink and the performance. In February the programme includes the concert by the pianist Carles Marigó with String Quartet, tickets available at the price of 12 euros.
Venue: La Pedrera
Address: Provenca 261
Date: 19 February 2017, at 18:00
Ticket price: 12 EUR

You can also opt for a fantastic tour Gaudí's Pedrera: The Origins at the price of 34 euros, which starts at 19.00 and 20.40 (both in English). The visit will include projections in the Passeig de Gràcia Courtyard, guided tour around the different spaces, an extraordinary audiovisual show on the Roof-Terrace and a glass of cava.
*Free entry for children under 7 years
The experience Gaudi's Pedrera: The Origins + Dinner is available at the price of 59 EUR

Natalie Imbruglia
The Australian singer, Natalie Imbruglia finally returns to the world stage, presenting to the audience her new album called “Male” (2015). This album includes the covers of songs that were performed by the famous male singers and inspired Natalie throughout her artistic career. The track “Friday I'm in Love”, created by British rock band The Cure, is one of the most fascinating versions on the album. The concert in Barcelona will take place on the 25th of February in Razzmatazz Hall.
Venue: Sala Razzmatazz
Address: Carrer dels Almogàvers, 122
Date: 25 February 2017, at 21:00
Ticket price: 36 EUR

Exhibitions

Walking with Gaudí

Antonio Gaudi created a fantastic cultural heritage in Catalonia: Barcelona is known around the world due his marvellous architectural masterpieces. Every travel guide to Spain features magnificent La Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera. In addition, now all visitors and residents of Barcelona get the unique opportunity to discover the work of Antonio Gaudi in an unexpected format. A new joint project by Museu Diocesà de Barcelona (The Gaudí Exhibition Center) and the company Samsung offers us to travel to the past and meet with Gaudi himself. The interactive tour includes Gaudi’s landmarks of the city. You will take a fascinating virtual journey through the streets of the Catalan capital, see the colourful and multifaceted Barcelona and also visit the crypt inside the Colònia Güell (located in Santa Coloma de Cervelló).
Venue: Museu Diocesà de Barcelona (The Gaudí Exhibition Center)
Address: Pla de la Seu, 7
The exhibition "Walking with Gaudí" is open daily:
Opening hours in February: from 10.00 to 18.00

Picasso and Romanesque Art
Pablo Picasso was one of the key figures in the cultural life of Barcelona. Many travellers come to the Catalan capital to see his masterpieces displayed in various exhibition spaces. The National Museum Of Catalan Visual Art (The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, also known as MNAC) hosts an interesting exhibition, which reveals a quite specific area of his creative career. The display covers the period between 1906 (Picasso went to a small town named Gósol, situated in the Catalan Pyrenees) and 1934 (the maestro first saw the Romanesque collection in MNAC). You have a chance to discover a collection of Catalan masterpieces, including “Virgin from Gósol”, which Picasso saw in the Pyrenees. Now it forms part of the MNAC collection. The exhibition also includes the Crucifixion, often depicted in Romanesque art, and some of Picasso’s works, created in the 1930s.
Venue: The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
Address: Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc
Dates: till 26 February 2017
Ticket price: 8 EUR

El Celler de Can Roca, from the Earth to the Moon
The Palau Robert, located on the corner of Passeig de Gracia and Diagonal, presents a gastronomy exhibition devoted to the most prominent family of chefs in Catalonia, The Roca family. At the moment their restaurant El Celler de Can Roca (Girona) is number 2 on the list of 50 best restaurants in the world. Previously, it was awarded as the top restaurant in the world in 2013 and 2015. The exhibition in Barcelona reveals the 30-year story of success and displays the most important milestones in their gastronomy career. This display is divided into 6 sections, which represent a fascinating narrative about the Roca family’s roots, their first tiny family restaurant run by the Roca brothers’ parents in Girona, and later on, the foundation of El Celler de Can Roca.
Venue: The Palau Robert
Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 107
Date: till 23 April 2017

Madeinusa by Antoni Miralda
The Spanish artist, Antoni Miralda focuses his artistic skills on food cult and different gastronomic cultures, including fascinating rituals and symbolism. 45 years ago he decide to move to New York where he created a series of participative culinary projects. The exhibition in Barcelona demonstrates to the audience all the projects of the artist, which he initiated in the United States, 14 to be precise. All visitors will get the unique opportunity to discover the most significant installations, which display sculptures, drawings, photographs, visual recordings, sketches and other material, used by Antoni Miralda. The exhibition also reveals the complexity of the artist’s work and the collective nature of his methodology.
Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art MACBA
Address: Plaça dels Àngels 1
Dates: till 9 April 2017
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 19:30, Saturday from 10:00 to 21:00, Sunday and bank holidays from 10:00 to 15:00
Tuesday - closed

Festivals and Fairs

Chinese New Year in Barcelona

On the 4th of February Barcelona celebrates Chinese New Year! Do not miss a colourful parade, which will start at the Parc de l'Estació del Nord and proceed to the Arc de Triomf. The event will include more than 1000 participants: in total 36 Chinese and Catalan organisations will present to the audience both Chinese and Catalan traditions. This street festival give us the unique chance to see amazing Chinese dragons and Catalan dracs, devils, and giants, as well as martial arts, dance performances and human towers. Next to the Arc de Triomf you will find a stage hosting a traditional performance and some Chinese cultural activities, which will start at 12:30.
Venue: Parc de l'Estació del Nord – Arc de Triomf
Date: 4 February 2017, at 11:30
Ticket price: free entrance

The Santa Eulalia Festival/ Holy Week in Barcelona
Another important part of Barcelona's festivals is called the day of St. Eulalia, co-patron of Barcelona. On the 10, 11 and 12 of February 2017 the capital of Catalonia will pay a tribute to the brave girl called Laia. This year the Santa Eulalia festival will include the parade of giants, dragons, devils, as well as sardana dance, human towers, fantastic fireworks and other interesting symbols of the winter festival.
Dates: 10-12 February 2017
Ticket price: free entrance

Barcelona Festival of Light
Also, do not miss the most exciting event Llum BCN, which will take place after it gets dark, where tradition blends with new forms of expression, which will transform the city into the illuminated magical kingdom. A comparatively new festival, The Festival of Light, appeared in Barcelona 5 years ago. This is a massive light shows, projected on the city’s most popular attractions. The festival displays impressive illuminated installations, which have been created by professionals, students and their teachers from different design and architectural schools, located in the Catalan capital.
Dates: 10-12 February
Ticket price: free entrance

Carnival in Barcelona
February is the last month of winter in Spain, and during this period in European capitals you can witness different carnivals, which are held before the beginning of Lent. One of them is held in Barcelona. This festival includes a plenty of different activities, both traditional and contemporary, which are especially prepared for the Carnival of 2017. You will get a chance to attend a festive parade, which takes place twice during the carnival week, and of course in the culmination of the festival is the funeral of the sardine. The event, which is usually held in one of the city parks, attracts many curious travellers and the Catalans. The Carnival of 2017 will take place from the 23rd of February to the 1st of March. The admission is free of charge, as always!
Dates: 23.02 – 1.03
Ticket price: free entrance

La Taronjada/ The Orange Battle
La Taronjada is one of the most interesting Carnival traditions in Barcelona, which was inspired by the so called “orange fight”. The modern interpretation does not include any sticky oranges, but you will see thousands of orange balloons and confetti involved in this battle full of joy and positivity. According to the tradition, this event will take place in La Ribera neighbourhood. It is a perfect opportunity to dive into the festive atmosphere and spend a great time with your family and friends.
The programme includes the following:
17:00 Carnival Dance Performance - Carnival and traditional and folk culture. Plaza Comercial
17:45 The big parade of King Carnestoltes
18:40 The "Taronjada" (the Orange Battle) at La Plaza Comercial
18:45 Carnival party and masquerade ball (called sarau) at La Plaza Comercial
Venue: El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria
Address: Plaça Comercial, 12
Date: 26 February 2017
Ticket price: free entrance

Lindy Hop in The Ciutadella Park
The style of the Lindy Hop seem to be on fire this year, so one of Barcelona's associations offers everyone the chance to learn the basics of this interesting dance right in the heart of Old Town, The Ciutadella Park. Every 1st and 3rd Sunday at noon BCNSWING Association invites curious adventures for an open dance class. The event takes place in the open-air pavilion next to the fountain in the Baroque style called Cascade, which was created by the famous Catalan architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner and the genius of Catalan architecture, Antonio Gaudi.
Venue: The Ciutadella Park
Address: Passeig de Picasso, 21
Dates: 5 and 19 February 2017
Time: 12:00 - 14:30
Ticket price: free entrance

Circus

Heritage, Raluy circus

Till the 19th of February all travellers in Barcelona get the opportunity to take a fascinating journey into the world of Catalan circus. The vintage tent of the Raluy circus is located in the Old port. Every year the artists bring to Barcelona a marvellous show; this year the circus company invites everyone to see the new performance called “Heritage” . It will easily capture your hearts: the upcoming show is featured by Luis Raluy, the director of the circus, and Louise Raluy, a fantastic trapeze artist, who will present a breath-taking number on a chandelier. You will also meet the bravest conqueror of fire, Arthur.
Venue: Moll de la Fusta
Address: Passeig de Colom 1
Dates: till 19 February 2017
Ticket price: from 6.60 EUR

Gourmet Events

Palo Alto Market: Exquisite

Palo Alto Market has already won thousands of people's hearts in the Catalan capital. The street market found its home in the gardens of an old factory in Poblenou, the most artistic neighbourhood of Barcelona. This cultural and gastronomical event takes place on the first weekend of each month. The February edition 2017 focuses on food, featuring 10 chefs from restaurants around the world, in collaboration with the Peruvian restaurant Ceviche 103 and the company called Talent Food. Basically, it means that we all get the unique opportunity to taste haute cuisine at very affordable prices. As usual, the programme includes fashion activities and live music performances, such as the jazz-rock string band Aupa Quartet and soul singer Desire Diouf.
Address: Carrer dels Pellaires 30
Dates: 4 and 5 February 2017
Opening hours: 11:00 – 21:00
Ticket price: 3 EUR online in advance and 4 EUR at the door

Gourmet walks around Barcelona
Our guides know all secret gourmet sport in Barcelona, so you are welcome to join our Gourmet walks around the city. The route includes a visit to the legendary Boqueria Market in the heart of the Old Town and other interesting cafés, where you will try the delicious food of the Mediterranean region and the Catalan lands, including tapas and pintxos from different parts of Spain. All these fantastic flavours will be accompanied by the traditional drinks, such as sangria, cider, cava or wine. Do not miss the most compelling stories and the best Catalan bars!

Sport

Football: FC Barcelona Games
4 February 2017 FC Barcelona vs. Athletic Club, at 16:15
La Liga

7 February 2017 FC Barcelona vs. Atletico Madrid, at 21:00
King's Cup

19 February 2017 FC Barceona vs. Leganés, at 20:45
La Liga
Venue: Camp Nou stadium
Address: C. Aristides Maillol, 12

Half Marathon 2017

Barcelona is famous for its fitness events, which take place all around the city. This month the city hosts the 2nd largest running race, which crosses the Catalan capital. The route starts next to the Ciutadella Park, passes such landmarks like the Arc de Triomf and the Columbus statue, then goes to The Forum and finishes at the Pg. Pujades. The previous edition of this half marathon accepted 16,000 competitors, while this year seems to break the record! Anyone can register for this run until the 6th of February. Also, you can join the supporters and spend a wonderful morning in the city in the company of the lovely locals.
Date: 12 February 2017
The route:
Pg. Pujades - P. Picasso - Av. Marqués Argentera - P. Isabel II - P. Colon - Josep Carné - Pl.Drassanes - Paral.lel – Entença - Gran Via – Bailén – Ronda Sant Pere - P. Sant Joan - P.Lluís Companys - B. Muñoz - Pallars - Llacuna - Perú – Josep Pla – Gran Via - Rambla Prim - Diagonal sentit Llobregat – Espronceda - Diagonal sentit Besós - Plaça llevant - P. Taulat - Selva de mar - P. Garcia Faria – P. Calvell - Av. Litoral - Port Olímpic -Arquitecte Sert - Salvador Espriu – Marina – Pujades. Finish at Pg. Pujades.
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