SHOPPING, -MUSIC, and FLAMENCO FESTIVALS
BARCELONA SHOPPING FESTIVAL
WHEN: Today (1 July)
WHERE: Various shops across the city
WHAT: Festival for shopping
If you´re wondering what to do on a rainy day in summer in Barcelona, shopping should definitely be on your list. And what better way to shop than make a whole festival out of it? This year celebrates the first edition of the Barcelona Shopping Festival which marks the start of the summer sales. A special hop-on-hop-off bus will transport shoppers through Passeig de Gracia, Avinguda Diagonal, Rambla Catalunya, Porta de´l Angel and even Born where they can find not only the best shops but also street performances and receive gift vouchers that are redeemable at some of the shops. To have a better idea of what the idea is all about, check out their facebook page
WHEN: Thursday 3 July – Sunday 6 July
WHERE: Vilanova I la Geltrú
WHAT: Music Fesitval
If you´ve never had the chance to visit the seaside town of Vilanova I la Geltrú, (about 30 minutes by train from Sants), this is your chance! Starting on Thursday, you can enjoy a great lineup of musical artists such as Lana del Rey (Summertime Sadness) and Rufus Wainwright to mention only two. The festival will be held at the Dorada Beach Club during the day and at La Masia d´en Cabanyes at night. The aim of VIDA is to put a new twist on the Spanish festival scene where the comfort of the festival-goer is of higher importance by avoiding big crowds and long llines, while at the same time providing musical performances that suit all tastes and ages. VIDA also aims to be synonymous with the defense of values such as respect for the environment since all performances will be adapted to the environment in which it takes place. For more information and tickets check out the website. Tickets start at €35 and go up to €130 depending on your preference.
EL FESTIVAL FLAMENCO D´ESTIU
WHEN: 3 July – 5 July
WHERE: Plaza Major de Nou Barris (map)
WHAT: Flamenco Festival
If you are familiar with the traditions and cultural differences of different parts of Spain, you will know by now that Flamenco is traditionally more popular in the southern parts of Spain. However, due to touristic interest in this art form, there are quite a few places in Barcelona where one can enjoy Flamenco shows of very high standard. From Thursday until Saturday you can enjoy an overload of “Catalan” Flamenco in the neighborhood of Nou Barris at “El Festival Flamenco d´Estiu”, which is one of the oldest of its kind in Barcelona. Some of the biggest names in Flamenco will be performing at this festival which is taking places in the town hall of Nou Barris. You can easily reach Nou Barris by metro and admission is €15. Tickets can be purchased 1 hour before each concert.