Catalan National Day

In Catalonia the War of the Spanish Succession ended on 11 September 1714 and signalled the start of an era when various rights and liberties were lost. Catalan National Day marks the defeat on 11 September, which is all about actively standing up to oppression. The date was chosen as the national day for its…

Kazushi Ono gets the season under way for the OBC

Kazushi Ono conducts the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC) in the only symphony by Tchaikovsky which, curiously, the orchestra has never performed. A fresh and direct work which includes a polonaise and a waltz, authentic jewels in the work of a composer who, just after presenting it, started working on Swan…

Barcelona, the headquarters of the Cardiovascular Radiology Conference

The Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe organises its annual CIRSE Conference to promote research into and exchanges of expertise in these disciplines. The city chosen to play host to this year’s conference is Barcelona and its central headquarters will be the Barcelona International Conventions Centre at the Fòrum. The conference is where health-care…

Verdi’s ‘Requiem’

Concert Hall Gianandrea Noseda conducts imposing international soloists, the Orfeó Català choirs and the London Symphony Orchestra to offer a dramatic and practically operatic version of this unforgettable musical monument. Written to mark the death of Alessandro Manzoni, and using the “Libera me” dedicated to the memory of Gioachino Rossini, the Requiem premiered in Milan…

Montjuïc’s magic fountains

Montjuïc’s Magic Fountain offers traditional choreographed light, colour, water and music shows throughout the summer. Last year’s biggest music hits will be playing at the Magic Fountain this season, in a medley of contemporary songs. Montjuïc’s Magic Fountain, as well as all the other ornamental fountains located along Avda Maria Cristina, was designed by Carlos…

10 ways to discover Catalan culture and tradition in 2016

Historically, Catalans have always been considered hard-working people and in many different sectors. Centuries ago agriculture prevailed, especially livestock farming. Then industrialisation began, and many rivers became dotted with factories and chimneys. There’s also a long history of commercial tradition as well, and lest we forget how, since antiquity, large and small towns have filled…

Barcelona’s best paellas: the rice stuff

Finding a truly good paella in Barcelona can be complicated, especially these days when anyone with a handful of rice, a jar of broth, and a picture of the dish outside their tourist-trap establishment can claim to have the best paella in town. Don’t worry, you don’t have to go to Valencia to taste this…