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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 Sants

The 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.

Click here to read about La Castanyada

Click here to read about Tot Sants

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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.

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This Week's Historical and Cultural Highlights

Monday October 31st

October 31st is La Castanyada, the Catalan equivalent to Halloween.
Read More About October 31st

Tuesday November 1st

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.
Read More About November 1st

Wednesday November 2nd

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.
Read More About November 2nd

Thursday November 3rd

As far as I know, nothing of great importance has ever happened in Catalonia on November 3rd. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Read More About November 3rd

Friday November 4th

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.
Read More About November 4th

Saturday November 5th

The Francoist airforce bombed the city of Tarragona on November 5th 1938.
Read More About November 5th

Sunday November 6th

On November 6th 1264, King Jaume I started the campaign to conquer the Saracen Kingdom of Múrcia
Read More About November 6th

Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective

You 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

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.

Click here to read about the International Jazz Festival of Barcelona

Buy Tickets for the Barcelona Jazz Festival

Following the Barcelona Jazz Festival theme, this week's featured hotel is El Palace, whose Bluesman Cocktail Bar is putting on free jazz concerts every Thursday evening whilst the festival is on.

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.

Click here to read more about the Hotel El Palace

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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 regularly.

All the best

Simon Harris

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