BARCELONA GUITAR FESTIVAL & CARNAVAL
BARCELONA GUITAR FESTIVAL
WHEN: 13 February – 5 June
WHERE: Various locations in Barcelona
WHAT: 26th Guitar Festival
Regarded as one of the most iconic music festivals in Barcelona, this year marks the 26th anniversary of Guitar Festival Barcelona. This event has previously attracted loads of top international as well as local guitar players and bands. Famous for showcasing a wide range of genres, you can expect to find anything from classical Spanish guitar to Rock, Alternative and also Indie. Indie is one of the genres that the promoters of the event have been trying to push more than ever in hopes of attracting younger, urban audiences.
Some of the acts you can expect to see this year include:
- The Seihos
- Wyoming y los Insolventes
- La Unión
- Núria Graham
- Matthew Herbert
- The Jayhawks
- Christina Rosenvinge
- Els Catarres
- Joan Miquel Oliver
For more information on all the different performances and venues, as well as tickets, simply visit the event website
BARCELONA CARNAVAL 2015
WHEN: 12 February – 18 February
WHERE: Different venues in Barcelona
WHAT: Carnival week
Known as “carnestoltes” in Catalan or simply “carnaval” in Spanish, this event is one of the most famous and extravagant in Barcelona. Imagine something like the carnival in Brazil that you´ve seen in movies, with the same amount of atmosphere, costumes, dancing, eating, drinking and partying that you can think of. The event will start off with the arrival of the “Carnival King”, known as “arribo”. The King will arrive with his seven ambassadors with their wild train of followers to the sound of music known as “cercavila” on Passeig del Born and Plaça Comercial. Afterwards there will be a fireworks display. You will also be able to enjoy “Fat Thursday”, referring to the excess of eating and drinking in preparation for the fasting period of Lent that starts after the Carnival ends.
Over the next few days there will be a wide variety of activities such as the Rodoli Dance on Friday the 13th, where participants dress up in elegant, yet extravagant costumes. On the Saturday you can enjoy the Carnival Parades (over 30 of them), consisting of floats, people in costumes and make up, as well as choreographed dancing. On Sunday between 16:30 – 19:30, the “Taronjada”, one of the oldest traditions in Barcelona, will involve a massive orange, balloon and confetti fight. The event will finish with Ash Wednesday with the burial of the Festival Sardine. In Ciutadella Park at breakfast time there will be communal hot chocolate for the kids, acrobats, live Big Bands music and of course the farewell to the event itself.
For the adults, there will be a similar festival taking place later in February in Sitges. Starting on 27 February – 5 March, this festival is known to be even more extravagant and crazy than the Barcelona festival. Similarly there will be many parades with floats and between 2000 – 3000 dancers. The theme of this year´s event will be “Pop and Rock”. The biggest parades will take place in the evenings, and with names like “Debauchery Parade”, you can imagine that it can get quite crazy. For more information on this event and to see the full program, click here