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Barcelonas and Beyond #7 - Monday 17th to Sunday 23rd October
October 15, 2016
Welcome to Issue Seven of Barcelonas and Beyond for Monday 17th to Sunday 23rd October. This week we feature the Barcelona Jazz Festival and Barcelona International Community Day.
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.
International Jazz Festival of BarcelonaThe Barcelona Jazz Festival kicks off on Wednesday October 19th with the film Playing Lecuona featuring Chucho Valdes, Michel Camino and Gonzalo Rubalcaba at BARTS and the Rad Trads at Harlem Jazz Club. Los Van Van play BARTS on Thursday and the free gigs begin at the Bluesman Cocktail Bar on the same evening.
The main concerts don't actually start until the following week so this week is a taster for the festival, which will fill Barcelona with jazz, latin fusion and flamenco from October to December.
There really are some fantastic artists this year so it's definitely worth checking out the programme and booking your tickets in advance.
Barcelona International Community DayThe Barcelona International Community Day is the key resource for foreign newcomers to Barcelona, especially those planning to set up their own business.
Organised by Barcelona Activa, there will be numerous exhibitors as well as networking events so it's a really important place to make contacts. There are also some great workshops that give you all the key information about setting up your own business or becoming self-employed in Barcelona.
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.
At the time of writing, we don't have a guest yet but rest assured, even if it's just down to me and Jordi, you'll get the lowdown on all the major issues in Catalan politics.
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
After a slightly annoting break for international football, La Liga is back this weekend. Barça are playing Depor at home in Camp Nou at 4.15 on Saturday October 15th whilst Espanyol are away to Las Palmas at 8.45 the previous evening.
We then take on Man City at Camp Nou in the Champions League at 8.45 on Wednesday October 19th and then play Valencia in Mestalla at 4.15 again (I'm getting sick of these early kick offs) on Saturday October 22nd.
This Week's Historical and Cultural Highlights
Monday October 17th
On October 17th 1867, architect, art historian and politician, Josep Puig i Cadafalch was born in Mataró. Puig i Cadafalch was one of the most important architects of the Modernista movement and President of the Mancomunitat of Catalonia 1917-24.
On the same day in 2003, Catalan detective writer, Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, died in Bangkok. Vázquez Montalbán wrote in Spanish but his Pepe Carvalho novels were set in Barcelona.
Nothing of note happened on October 18th. A bit sad really.
On October 19th 1947, Español's Camp de Sarrià in Barcelona, the Catalan national football team beat Spain 3-1.
October 20th 1899, the Mayor of Barcelona, Bartomeu Robert i Yarzábal, leds a shopkeepers' protest, known as the Tancament de Caixes, against the law of Silvela and his Treasury minister, Raimundo Fernández Villaverde.
October 21st is Pilar Rahola's birthday. Rahola is Catalan journalist, writer and politician, who is also a well-known Catalanist and pro-independence activist. Happy Birthday Pilar!
Apart from Barcelona International Community Day, October 22nd is the anniversary of the death of Catalan cellist, Pau Casals, Catalan cellist, who died in exile in Puerto Rico in 1973.
On October 23rd 1977, Josep Tarradellas, President of the Generalitat in exile arrived Barcelona Airport after nearly forty years of exile in France.
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
Find out more about the book here
If you want a really special experience, I highly recommend that you visit Barcelona's wonderful opera house, El Gran Teatre del Liceu, which is one of the biggest, if not the biggest opera house in Europe. The inside is sumptuous so it's almost worth visiting for the decoration and architecture.
This month is a particularly good time to go because the main show is Verdi's Macbeth, which combines a great story with absolutely brilliant music.
What brought the Havana to mind this week is that I found out that the downstairs lounge bar is going to be one of the venues for this year's Barcelona Jazz Festival and I was reminded of what a great environment it was.
Located just five minutes walk from Passeig de Gràcia on the corner of Gran Via and Carrer Bruc, the Havana has everything you'd expect from a hotel of this category and it's also well-situated for both the city centre Eixample and Ciutat Vella districts. Definitely a great choice.
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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