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- Published on Tuesday, 04 June 2013 23:00
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MECAL AIR 2013 delivered its summer welcome a couple of days ago with the inauguration of a decidedly tasty cinematic treat.
Think summer... a terrace with the stars shining overhead... a cold drink and a sizzling selection of shorts. As in short films. Barcelona's Internatkional Short film and Animation Festival returns with the fifth edition of its popular summer concoction: movies, music and drinks. The organisers are promising that MECAL AIR feels like getting out of the city without actually leaving it. Given it's location in the Poble Espanyol, it's almost plausible. With all the rain we've gotten this spring, Montjuïc looks pretty wild and green these days.
Every Friday night from May 31th to August 30 from 8 - 12 pm a long list of short films will be screened in Plaça Baluard, Poble Espanyol (Montjuïc Park, Metro: Espanya)
Entrance: 6,50 EUR (2,80 EUR if you print out the flyer from Mecal's website)
More information: www.mecalbcn.org/
- Published on Monday, 03 June 2013 23:00
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Whenever I get a little envious of people taking off on holiday in July, I remind myself of everything I'd be missing if I left town during this month. After all, July is one of the most culturally active and fun months in the city and one reason for this is definitely Sala Montjuïc. I've been attending religiously since the geniuses at MODIband and Verdi decided to set up a giant screen on the castle wall and invite the city up for movie night three times a week.
Over the years, Sala Montjuïc has become a local institution. Moviegoers in shorts and light summer dresses, picnic blankets and baskets in hand, pour onto the castle lawn from all over town to stake their claim (in other words, get there early!). Before the feature film, local bands provide a soundtrack for your picnic: this year we get treated to the sounds of Cuban and Brazilian music, blues, swing and lots of jazz.
At 10pm, just as it gets dark, the projector whirs into action, the audience gets comfortable on blankets and elaborate folding chairs and are treated to a short film followed by the feature presentation. Sala Montjuïc is so much more than movies - it is a summer event.
The programme is eclectic, as always. Classics like West Side Story, Citizan Kane by Orson Welles or Billy Wilder´s Avanti. Contemporary cinema is also widely represented with Melancholia by Lars von Trier, The Untouchables by Olivier Nakache, The Secret World of Arrietty by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and A Separation by Asghar Farhad.
- Published on Thursday, 23 August 2012 15:47
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One of the best things about public art is that you often come across it at the most unexpected moments. Getting out of the metro, you suddenly come face to face with a giant, brightly coloured matchbox. Going for a run in the park, you encounter a gigantic elephant standing on its trunk. Driving through town, you spot an enormous shark about to swallow the traffic up ahead. Walking along an otherwise nondescript thoroughfare, you stop to consider a towering ceramic...something. Stepping out of a bar in the city centre, you cross paths with what might be the fattest cat in the world or a smiling crustacean waving its claws in the air. And that's just a little taste of the public art fun to be had in our fair city. Welcome to BCNinternet's little visual tour of these six landmark artworks, created by six very different artists....
- Published on Wednesday, 29 August 2012 15:11
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The summer lull is over and city life is picking up again. That includes music and lots of it! September gets us off to a good start with four great concerts by renowned as well as lesser known but equally interesting artists. Here's a list of who's playing in September to whet your musical appetite: Jack White, Norah Jones, Lucrecia Dalt and Chrysta Bell.
Plus, visit our calendar for more choice concerts coming up in the next few months: The Jayhawks, Leonard Cohen, Wilco, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Wedding Present, The Wave Pictures & Allo Darlin', Veronica Falls, Will Johnson/Craig Finn/Patterson Hood, Micah P. Hinson, Megafaun, Richard Hawley, The Hives, Scissor Sisters, Bat for Lashes, and Lady Gaga. Summer days may be nearing their end, but musically things are just starting to heat up!
- Published on Thursday, 26 July 2012 15:42
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Summer isn't just a great season to go to the beach, hang out on café terraces or dance under the stars – it's also a great season to go to the museum and the cool promise of air conditioned rooms isn't the only reason. This summer the city's museums are showing excellent exhibitions, from contemporary video artists at Palau de la Virreina and unusual Ferran Adria-inpired food photography at the Fundació Suñol to art nouveau wineries and fantastical skyscrapers at Caixaforum. Two of the most interesting exhibitions, however, are dedicated to artist Mona Hatoum and the weird dreamworlds of Coney Island, NY.