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Current Events Guide for April 2017 in Barcelona Spring vibes are already in the air! You can feel it in every Spanish town and village. Nature is waking up after a long winter and pleasing us with its magnificent blossom. In April Barcelona hosts many fascinating cultural events, including a flower festival in the Spanish village, Sant Jordi’s day, some fantastic performances in the Liceu theatre and various exhibition to every taste!

Music, Dance and Theatre

Motzart's Requiem at Santa María del Mar
Many concert halls in Europe tend to include Motzart's Requiem into their Easter programme. At the beginning of April you will get a unique chance to enjoy this magnificent masterpiece, created by the outstanding composer of all times, in one of the most beautiful basilicas of the Barcelona city. This moving and touching piece of music reveals the universal subject of death. The performances by the Arts Symphony Ensemble and the ARSinNOVA Choir will be held on the 5, 6 and 7 of April.
Venue: Basílica de Santa María del Mar
Address: Plaça Santa Maria, 1
Dates: 5, 6 and 7 April at 21:00

Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran has already captured millions of heart all over the world. On the 9th of April the British musician is giving a concert in The Sant Jordi Palace, one of the biggest concert venues in Barcelona. The Spanish fans are looking forward to attending the show “÷ Tour”, devoted to the release of his 3rd album. At the beginning of his career in London, Sheeran managed to attract the attention of legendary Elton John, who helped him to contract the Asylum Records label. Do not miss to see best male soloist of the Brit Awards in the Catalan capital!
Venue: El Palau Sant Jordi
Address: Passeig Olímpic, 5-7
Date: 9 April at 21:00

Rigoletto, opera
This famous Italian opera, created by by Giuseppe Verdi, is full of love, passion, deceit and revenge. The melodrama is set in the 16th century in the city of Màntua (Italy), where the tragedy involves the debauched Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed jester Rigoletto and Rigoletto's beautiful daughter Gilda. The opera theatre Liceu presents the international debut of Javier Camarena and Antonino Siragusa in the role of Duc de Màntua. The version by Monique Wagemakers includes fantastic Venetian Renaissance costumes, which together with the music create the intense atmosphere and leave the unforgettable impression.
Venue: Gran Teatre del Liceu
Address: La Rambla, 51-59
Dates: 5 and 6 April at 20:00

Voices of Broadway, musical
The performance “Voices of Broadway” welcomes all fans of the musical genre to dive into the world of the most famous musical songs ever! This captivating musical comedy reveals a fascinating story of some artists who go to various casting, dreaming of a Broadway debut. This amazing performance, which includes 19 songs, pays tribute to every single music artist on our planet.
Venue: BARTS Barcelona Arts on Stage
Address: Av. Paral·lel, 62
Price: from 15 EUR
Dates: 12 – 17 April 2017 at 21:30

Monchichi. Wang-Ramírez
Nowadays, the contemporary dance is one of the most influential kinds of art. It reveals our modern and contradictory world, as well as the new generation of intercultural couples. The Wang Ramírez company created the performance Monchichi in 2011 and since then, Honji Wang, a German of Korean origin, and Sébastien Ramírez, a Frenchman of Catalan origin, have been presenting the project around the world. The dancers focus on the coexistence of artistic languages of intercultural couples, which gives them the opportunity to explore a completely new universe.
Venue: Mercat de les Flors
Address: Lleida, 59
Dates: 6 and 7 April at 20:00

Circus Shen Yun
A world famous Chinese circus is coming to the Catalan capital to give 3 fantastic performances in the walls of The Liceu. The upcoming dancing show will appeal to both children and adults. The program consists of a variety of interesting parts, which are created by Shen Yun professionals who are exploring some unique abilities of a human body all the time. The show presents both entertaining and cultural connotations, as the plot of the performance is based on an ancient Chinese legend.
Venue: Gran Teatre del Liceu
Address: La Rambla, 51-59
Dates: 15 April at 20:00 and 16 April at 16:00 and 21:00
Ticket price: from 58 EUR

Festivals and Gourmet Events


Festival de flor en flor
This year Barcelona hosts the first flower and garden festival from 13 to 17 April. One of the most beautiful sights of the city, the Poble Espanyol, opens its doors to the visitors who wish to find themselves in the floral paradise! The festival offers not only floral and plant decorations, but also fascinating workshops devoted to urban vegetable gardens, aquatic plants, floral art, etc. Don't miss the chance to attend this fragrant event in the city!
Venue: Poble Espanyol
Address: Avinguda de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13
Dates: 13 -17 April 2017

Sant Jordi
Sant Jordi (or Saint George) is the patron saint of Catalonia and his day on April 23 is one of the most popular on the calendar. The tradition tells us that a man should give a red rose to his lover while a woman should buy a book for her partner. It's an amazing day when Barcelona turns into one massive book and flower stall, and the locals and travellers walk along Las Ramblas enjoying the beauty of the city.
Date: 23 April

Mag Fest Barcelona
No doubt, Barcelona is a magic place in Europe. So, the city host the event the Mag Fest Barcelona, which will bring to the Catalan capital the best magicians in the world. The best international magicians will perform within the walls of Espai Brossa and El Rei de Màgia, in collaboration with Fundación Abracadabra. The festival also includes charity magician performances at children's hospitals. The final performance will take place at Teatre Victòria, where 7 international magicians promise to amaze audiences and declare Barcelona the world capital of Magic.
Dates and venues:
7 and 8 April, Adam Rubin and Xavier Tapias, Sala Joan Brossa, carrer Flassaders, 40
9 April, Charity Gala, Teatre Victoria, Avinguda Paral·lel 67-69
21 and 22 April, Dani Daortiz and Yann Frisch, El Rei de la Màgia, Carrer Jonqueres, 15
26 April to 7 May: BCN Ciutat Màgica Gala,14 performances and 7 international artists, Teatre Victoria

SoundEat!
You will never get bore in Barcelona, especially if you are a fan of electronic music. The festival SoundEat 2017present to the audience the most influential artists on the contemporary electronic music scene. The 5th edition of SoundEat! will include internationally-established DJs such as Detroit Swindle, Foals DJ Set and Max Graef. This event bring to the table good food and positive vibes. The gastronomic corner has a variety of local food trucks that will serve the best street food in the Catalan capital, including traditional pizzas, spicy Mexican bites and some healthy dishes. You are welcome to bring you kids, as the organizers of the event will create a space to children to have a lot of fun.
Venue: Plaça Leonardo Da Vinci
Address: Passatge de Taulet 278
Date: 8 April 2017, 12:00 - 22:00

Brunch in the City
Following its huge success in autumn of 2016, Brunch in the City, which attracted thousands of electronic music fans, foodies and curious travellers from all over the world, is coming back! In April the Poble Espanyol invites everyone to enjoy 2 open-air performances in with your family, children and friends. The event includes various international DJs, artisan food trucks, a vintage market and fascinating activities for all guests. The edition of the 9th of April involves Michael Mayer, The Field live, Matias Aguayo, Fango and b2b Patrice Bäumel. On the 23rd of April the programme presents best tracks of Tama Sumo, El Guincho live, Nico Stojan and Bedouin.
Venue: Poble Espanyol
Address: Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia 18
Date: 9 and 23 April 2017 12:00 to 22:00
Price: from 12,50 EUR

Feria de Abril
In the first place, the April Fair was held in Sevilla. At the end of April, Barcelona will host a Catalan version of the festival, organized by migrants from Andalucía in the 60s and 70s. This fantastic tradition brings together people of all ages and interests, strolling along the rows of marquees (casetas), enjoying traditional Andalusian music and cuisine. The most popular postcard pictures women dressed in flamenco costumes and men wearing typical jackets. Do not miss the opportunity to go to a flamenco party! No doubt, the night performances of the artists are more spectacular, thanks to the amazing illuminations and the special atmosphere of the city. Many locals like to dress up in flamenco costumes and dance to the sounds of Andalusian guitars and castanets until dawn breaks. The main drink of the April Fair is “rebujito”, a mixture of sherry and Sprite. Traditionally, the incredible fireworks conclude the fair.
Venue: Parc del Fòrum
Address: Carrer de la Pau 12
Dates: 28 April – 7 May

Exhibitions

Sant Jordi in Casa de les Punxes
Last year Casa de les Punxes finally opened its doors to the public. This April everyone gets the chance to discover this unique building, located in the middle of Barcelona's Avinguda Diagonal, and the legend about a dragon. La Casa de les Punxes (House of Spikes), which seems to be a medieval castle, in fact is a residential house and one of the most recognisable Modernist landmarks of the city.
In April seize the unique opportunity to reveal a fantastical world of knights, princesses and dragons! This special tour includes an audioguide that allows you to explore the 1st floor, where you will delve into the legend of Sant Jordi and its influence in modernism. The tour will finish on the roof, where you will find out some interesting fact about the life and works of Puig i Cadafalch, the architect of the building.
Price: 12,50 EUR or 15 EUR (Fast Pass)
Venue: Casa de les Punxes
Adress: Avinguda Diagonal, 420, 08037 Barcelona
Opening hours: from 9:00 to 20:00 Monday to Sunday
Last admission at 19:00.

Sant Jordi in Casa Batlló
Are you familiar with the legend of Sant Jordi ?! On the 22nd and 23rd of April 2107 Casa Batlló is celebrating Sant Jordi's Day offering everyone an opportunity to take a picture of the fantastic façade decorated with a mantle of roses! Also, the visitors will find an impressive shower of petals inside, as well as a contemporary interpretation of the Sant Jordi legend.
Venue: Casa Batlló
Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 43
Date: 22 and 23 April 2017

El Celler de Can Roca, from the Earth to the Moon
Do not miss your last chance to see the exhibition revealing the best Catalan restauranteurs, The Roca family! The Palau Robert, invites everyone to dive into the world of Haute Cuisine till the 23rd of April, Sant Jordi´s day. At the present moment the restaurant called El Celler de Can Roca (Girona) is number 3 on the list of 50 best restaurants in the world. Previously, the restaurant was number one in the world in 2013 and 2015. The exhibition in Barcelona tells us about the 30-year story of success and highlights the most important milestones in their gastronomy career. This exposition 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
Admission free of charge

World Press Photo 2017
At the end of April the cultural centre CCCB hosts the well-known exhibition that presents to the audience the winners of the contest World Press Photo. A new exposition, which is to travel to 80 cities within 40 countries, will reach Barcelona ahead of its previously scheduled dates. This year the Catalan capital will be one of the first cities in the world hosting the winning photographs, along with the results of the Digital Storytelling Competition.
The exhibition also offers guided tours, workshops and lectures, so all the visitors get an opportunity to explore the world of photojournalism.
Venue: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
Address: Carrer de Montalegre, 5
Dates: 29 April 2017 – 05 June 2017
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 11:00to 20:00.

Tapas. Spanish Design for Food
The Design Museum of Barcelona hosts the exhibition, devoted to the contemporary gastronomy and inventions. Located on the ground floor of the museum, it covers 3 themed sections: The Kitchen, The Table and Food. The exposition traces the relationship between design, food and drink. This exhibition includes more than 250 pieces—utensils, containers, various gadgets and furniture—images and videos tell a story where you get to know food culture, architecture, history, industrial and graphic design. The admission is free of charge.
Venue: Design Museum of Barcelona
Address: Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes 37-38
Date: 9 March – 20 May 2017
Admission: free of charge

Pere Torné Esquius
MNAC invites everyone to explore the works of Barcelona-born painter, illustrator and cartoonist Pere Torné Esquius, who was of one the pioneers of Modernisme and Noucentisme. He rarely painted human figures, but the artist loved to capture interior or secluded spaces characterised by their humble nature. His works attract our attention by the naive primitivism, combined with pictorial and atmospheric elements. The part of the exposition devoted to Esquius’s illustrations, featured children’s books, the illustration of literary texts and collaborations with satirical magazines and publications.
Venue: Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC)
Address: Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjüic
Dates: 7 April - 9 July 2017
Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 – 19:00
Sunday: 10:00 – 14:30

Sport

Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
Barcelona is famous for its running races, but it’s not the only addiction of the citizens. The city hosts the Trofeig Conde Godó, the Barcelona Open tournament. The oldest tennis tournament in Spain, will celebrate its 65th edition this year and welcome some of the world’s best key players. The event includes 48 players (the singles competition), along with 24 doubles teams. The Barcelona Open also offers an interactive entertainment area with various tennis-related activities for all guests.
Venue: Real Club de Tenis Barcelona 1899
Address: Bosch i Gimpera 5-13
Dates: Apr 22, 2017 to Apr 30, 2017
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