The Raval, Andy Warhol and Modernist architecture on this week's social programme

Street art, Raval

Street art in the Raval, by Guaté Mao | Photo: Tom Walton

It's just got noticeably colder in Barcelona (ok, yes, it is mid-November!) so bring a jacket with you if you come with us on our social programme this week, though you can still expect it to be sunny! Cold but sunny — the time Barcelona looks its finest.

  • Tuesday 7th | Come for a stroll around the Raval, the district on the right of the Ramblas as you head down towards the port. One of the best places in Barcelona to go to find street art (see photo, above), it was a rather seedy red light district but is now home to the CCCB and the MACBA and Fernando Botero's fat cat, and (in keeping with its past) to the protagonists of many of Barcelona's novelas negras (16.00).
  • Wednesday 8th | Take a walk with us this afternoon along the Moll de la Fusta [see photos], which takes us from the wonderful Catalan History museum, across the old port past the Maremagnum shopping and leisure centre to the statue of Columbus and the bottom of the Ramblas (16.00).
  • Thursday 9th | Until Decemmber 31st, the CaixaForum has an Andy Warhol exhibition on. Formerly a textile factory, later used as police horse stables, it's now one of Barcelona's best art museums and, designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, an excellent example of how Modernist architecture wasn't just used to build houses for the rich! Entrance fee €4 (16.00).
  • Friday 10th | You've got to start your Barcelona weekend somewhere. Why not start it with us at our Friday Club language exchange, where you can practise all the languages you know? In the bar/on the terrace, 19.00-21.00.

Join us in Spanish Reception (C floor), unless otherwise stated, at the times given above.

Also this week | If film is your thing, you might like Barcelona's Asian Film Festival, on until November 12.

All of Barcelona on our social programme this week

MNAC

The MNAC: an outstanding art collection | Photo: Tom Walton

A popular barrio, something arty, something Gaudí, something cinematic: you have all of Barcelona on our social programme this week!

  • Tuesday 3rd | Come with us today to explore the popular district of Gracia [general information, map]: interesting history, lovely architecture, great bars (and, in August, a great festa major)! We'll also be seeing one of the less well-known Gaudí works, the Casa Viçens (16.00).
  • Wednesday 4th | Our trip this afternoon takes us down to the Plaza España to see the 1000 years of art in the outstanding collection at the MNAC, the Museo Nacional de Arte de Cataluña (16.00).
  • Thursday 5th | One you just must see: the best known Gaudí building in Barcelona, the still unfinished Sagrada Familia, though it's supposed to be finished in 2026 (see this video if you can't wait that long!). See also some of the cool pictures to be found on the official Sagrada Familia Instagram feed. It's definitely not something to be missed so why not come with us today (16.00) ?
  • Friday 6th | Join us on the terrace and in the bar after class today for our very popular Friday Club language exchange (19.00-21.00).

Join us in Spanish Reception (C floor), unless otherwise stated, at the times given above.

Also starting this week | Just down the coast, the annual, excellent Sitges Film Festival (October 5-15)

Your social programme in Barcelona, October 5-11

Parc de la Ciutadella

Parc de la Ciutadella | Photo: Tom Walton

We've got a couple of really cool walks this week if you're interested in discovering something of Barcelona's history:

  • Tuesday 6th | Although in Roman times Barcelona was far less important than Tarragona, 100km down the coast, the Romans left behind the remains of the city of Barcino that they founded in 15 BC: the Roman Temple and the traces of the Roman walls on top of which the city's medieval walls were largely built are among the things you'll see on our walk this afternoon (16.00).
  • Wednesday 7th | The barrio of Barceloneta was built on reclaimed land and dates back only to the 18th century but once housed Barcelona's fishermen and then, later, factories. Both are now long gone and have been replaced by a lot of noisy tourists, but the district still retains a peculiar, original flavour. Come and explore with us (16.00).
  • Thursday 8th | Join us on our walk today round the Parque de la Ciudadela, one of Barcelona's nicest parks and a fascinating one both historically and architecturally. We'll also be passing by the Estación de Francia, which is interesting for the same two reasons (16.00).
  • Friday 9th | With Monday 12th being a national holiday, it's a long weekend and what better place to kick it off (as well as practise your Spanish) than at our Friday Club language exchange? In the bar/on the terrace, 19.00-21.00.

Join us in Spanish Reception (C floor), unless otherwise stated, at the times given above.

Starting this week | The Sitges Film Festival (October 9-18), just down the coast in the popular seaside town.

L'Alternativa, festival de cine independiente

Del día 17 al 23 de noviembre los aficionados al cine podemos disfrutar del festival de cine independiente de Barcelona, L'Alternativa.

¿Qué encontrarás?

  • Películas de Rumanía, Brasil, Francia, Alemania, Chile… que difícilmente llegarán al circuito comercial, por lo que es una oportunidad única de conocerlas.
  • Una interesantísima sección de cortos.
  • La sección Panorama, con las propuestas más innovadoras de diferentes géneros del audiovisual.
  • Talleres para niños, mesas redondas, clases magistrales…

Si te gusta el cine, ¡muy interesante!

Del 23 al 2 de noviembre: Festival IN-EDIT

in-editVuelve el festival de documentales sobre música: el IN-EDIT. Del 23 de octubre al 2 de noviembre, mucha música en pantalla grande.

¿Existe un sonido Barcelona?

¿La guitarra sirve para hacer música o ruido? ¿O es que puede ser lo mismo?

¿Realmente la música amansa a las fieras?

¿Quieres saber más sobre Nick Cave, Fela Kuti, Freddie Mercury, Frank Zappa?

Si esas preguntas resuenan en tu cabeza… ¡IN-EDIT!

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