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Barcelona: Flamenco, art and music events to catch before Christmas

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Flamenco in Barcelona, uncommon but not impossible. Photos by Regina W Bryan
Flamenco in Barcelona, uncommon but not impossible. Photos by Regina W Bryan

Late September, all of October and November, and the first half of December are busy months in Barcelona. Everything has to get done before the holidays, which span December 20th-January 10th, roughly. These fall months are packed with work, but also play, as many concerts, expositions, festivals, and events take place from September to December.

Here are a few of my favorite events to check out:

Flamenco: November 19-22

Barcelona is not known for flamenco, as generally the south of Spain is the area to hear this traditional music. November, however, offers a series of shows at the Besòs Civic Center.

In Fusión Flamenca brings out Pinzellada Flamenca with Javier Gavara and Publio Delgado on Tuesday the 19th; Jazzt’ Ablao on Thursday the 21st, and a Gospel Meets Flamenco show on the 22nd of November. Tickets are €8 at the door.

Centre Cívic Besòs
Rambla Prim, 87-89
08019 Barcelona
93 256 49 01

Barcelona will quiet down for the holidays, get out and enjoy now.

Barcelona will quiet down for the holidays, get out and enjoy now.

Art: Through December 8

I wish I had more time to spend at Barcelona’s many museums and art gallery openings. One that I make a point to see each year is the World Press Photo at the CCCB, on now until  December 8th, 2013.

This year 143 photographs make up the best in global photojournalism; photos which are quite often heart-wrenching, shocking, and educational. Contemporary art is not my bag, but this show is well worth the €6 ticket.

Music: From November 25

In its 15th edition, the Festival Mil·lenni serves up a quality range of musical talent in venues all over the metropolis. The festival kicks off on November 25th with a show featuring Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood.

Other performances include: Van Morrison (December 21), Diana Navarro (December 28th), Standstill (April 24th), Miguel Poveda (February 6th), Nana Mouskouri (February 21st), Toto La Momposina from Colombia (February 28th), and many others.

Festival Mil·lenni is not cheap, and tickets range between €13 and €79. For tickets and the fill line-up, check out their website.

About the author

Regina W Bryan

About the author: Regina W.Bryan is a Barcelona-based freelance writer and photographer. When not eating tapas and exploring Europe, she is tending her balcony veggie garden and practicing Catalan. For more of her thoughts on Spain, check: www.regwb.com and www.thespainscoop.com.

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