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Barcelonas and Beyond #9 - Monday 31st October to Sunday 6th November
October 29, 2016
Welcome to Issue Nine of Barcelonas and Beyond for Monday 31st October to Sunday 4th November. This week we feature the traditional Catalan festivals of La Castanyada and Tots Sants.
I send the newsletter every Saturday with information for the coming week starting the following Monday mixture of what to do information, including festivals, concerts and of course football so please feel free to pass this email on to your friends and contacts.
La Castanyada and Tots SantsThe two big events in Catalonia are La Castanyada and Tots Sants celebrated on Monday October 31st and Tuesday November 1st respectively.
La Castanyada is literally the Catalan roast chestnut festival and always used to be celebrated on November 1st but given the competition from Halloween, it tends to be celebrated more frequently on October 31st these days. It centres on a meal involving roast chestnuts, moniatos or sweet potatoes and marzipan cakes known as panallets with the traditional drink being moscatell sweet wine.
Tots Sants, the following day, is a public holiday and is traditionally the day when people go to the cemetery to pay their respects to dead relatives. These days, though, the younger generation take advantage of the holiday to sleep off the excesses of the previous night.
This Week in Catalonia Radio Show
Every Wednesday at 12 0'clock midday, I host a radio show on Barcelona City FM 107.3 with my colleague Jordi Vilanova.
This week our guest is Anna Arqué former member of Solidaritat Catalana per l'Independència and currently involved in the International Commission of European Citizens.
If you miss the show, I generally post the podcast of the show to our website late on Wednesday. Click here to vist the This Week in Catalonia website
This Week's Football
As I'm writing this on Saturday morning, I don't know the result of Barcelona vs Granada at 8.45 pm on today (Saturday) in Camp Nou or the Espanyol match away to Betis at 6.30 pm tomorrow (Sunday).
Everybody here is looking forward to Barça's visit to Maine Road on Tuesday at 8.45 pm to play the return Champions League tie against Manchester City. We beat them 4-0 in Camp Nou last week so expectations are high.
Barça have another great game next Sunday November 6th at 8.45 pm in El Sánchez Pizjuan against the very tasty Sevilla whilst the Pericos are at home to Athletic Bilbao at 4.15 pm earlier on the same afternoon.
This Week's Historical and Cultural Highlights
Monday October 31st
October 31st is La Castanyada, the Catalan equivalent to Halloween.
November 1st is La Diada de Tots Sants, All Saints' Day, when Catalans traditionally go to cemeteries to pay their respects to dead relatives.
The great Catalan landscape painter, Joaquim Vayreda, was born on November 1st 1843.
On November 2nd 1918, the Catalan flamenco singer and dancer, Carmen Amaya, was born in the shanty town of Somorrostro in Barcelona.
The Catalan War of the Spanish Succession general, leader of Els Miquelets, Bac de Roda, was executed in Vic on November 2nd 1713.
As far as I know, nothing of great importance has ever happened in Catalonia on November 3rd. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
On November 4th 1798, the Catalan poet, instigator of the literary and cultural renaissance known as La Renaixença, Bonaventura Carles Aribau, was born in Barcelona.
The Francoist airforce bombed the city of Tarragona on November 5th 1938.
On November 6th 1264, King Jaume I started the campaign to conquer the Saracen Kingdom of Múrcia
Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical PerspectiveYou can find out much more about the historical background to Catalonia's claims for independence in my 2014 book Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective
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There are some great shows on at the Barcelona Jazz Festival this week.
If I were you I'd try to get to see flamenco stars José Mercè and Vicente Amigo, who play El Palau de la Música on Friday November 4th and Saturday November 5th respectively.
If you like your jazz up close, there are some great artists on every night at the intimate Harlem Jazz Club every night this week.
Hotel El Palace is the former Barcelona Ritz and I've often said that if I didn't live just up the road, it's where I'd choose to stay in Barcelona myself.
Everything about it just oozes class and luxury and it's decorated in a style that wouldn't make Humphrey Bogart or Greta Garbo feel out of place.
The location on the corner of Gran Via and Roger de Llúria is great too and means you're well situated for both Passeig de Gràcia and El Barri Gòtic.
Anyway, that's about it for this week, if you want to keep up to date with all the new information I'm creating, make sure you visit Barcelonas.com regularly.
All the best
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