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Barcelona’s Can Framis Museum opened its restructured collection this weekend


The permanent collection of the Can Framis Museum, located in a functionalist venue built three years ago, reopened its doors this Saturday. The museum, run by the Fundació Vila Casas, has restructured its permanent collection of contemporary paintings originating from the 1960’s onwards. The works are by various artists born or living in Catalonia and includes 45 new paintings, 20 of which are new acquisitions.

September 3, 2012 08:16 PM

Barcelona's Beefeater In-Edit Festival of music documentaries celebrates its 10th edition

CNA / David Tuxworth

The 10th edition of the Barcelona International Music Documentary Film Festival will run from October 25th to November 4th this year. To celebrate, the festival will screen the six best films from the last ten years chosen by a public vote in a section named ‘Your 10 Years’. Other initiatives this year include the introduction of the ‘Fan’ ticket which includes extra benefits and the launch of its online platform ‘In-Edit TV’ where it is possible to pay to watch the documentaries online. Alongside this year’s festival is the 3rd edition of the Barcelona International Music Documentary Film Market.

August 30, 2012 11:00 PM

Baroque composer Joan Araniés’ work, recorded on CD for the first time

CNA / David Tuxworth

For the first time complete compositions by the Catalan Baroque composer will be available on CD by the end of this year. The University of Lleida and the Pyrenees’ Early Music Festival are co-producing the recording. The composer’s work is a superb example of Early Iberian and Italian music and highlights the close cultural ties that existed between both sides of the Mediterranean. Recording has begun at Intèrpret Produccions in Lleida.

August 29, 2012 11:24 PM

The lead singer from Morcheeba will perform tracks from her new album at the Figueres Acústica Festival

CNA / David Tuxworth

Skye Edwards, the lead singer from the British band Morcheeba will be performing tracks from her new solo album at the Figueres Acústica Festival in northern Catalonia. The festival, as part of an initiative to internationalise the event, is also organising a week long holiday for the singer and her family. Edwards will perform her new material at the festival this Saturday and will also talk about her experiences in Catalonia on social media websites.

August 27, 2012 11:39 PM

17 Catalan companies and institutions will be attending the Internationale Tanzmesse nrw Düsseldorf dance event

CNA / David Tuxworth

17 Catalan companies and institutions will be represented at the biennial Internationale Tanzmesse nrw Düsseldorf in Germany from August 29th to September 1st. Also, two Catalan companies will be performing at the event, designed as an international platform for dance professionals to showcase their work and as a networking event for the contemporary dance sector.

August 24, 2012 11:18 PM

The 26th Castell de Peralada Festival ends with more than 20,000 attendees and 84% of tickets sold

CNA / David Tuxworth

The Castell de Peralada Festival displayed 19 shows from the June 17th until August 22nd, involving more than 800 people from different companies, orchestras, technical teams and artists. 20,000 people attended the event and with 84% of available tickets sold, the organisers are pleased with this year’s results. The festival’s management has already started planning for next year and confirm the soprano Sonda Radvanosky to perform ‘Norma’.

August 23, 2012 10:52 PM

The next edition of the Fira Mediterrània of Manresa will host more than 250 shows


This cultural trade fair of Mediterranean shores’ traditions will reach its 15th edition, organised in the Central Catalonia city of Manresa in early November. The 15th edition will be held from November 8th to 11th. It is a market for music, theatre and dance professionals, with shows for all ages and held on stage or on the street. This year, 104 groups will perform in more than 250 shows. The Israeli singer Noa will offer a concert together with the Napolitan ensemble String Quarter. The Catalan Sardana orchestra, Cobla Sant Jordi, will play with the Flamenco guitarist Niño Josele. Also, the fair will have a meeting space for professionals.

August 22, 2012 10:30 PM

World premiere of an unfinished piece by the renowned Catalan composer Montsalvatge at the Peralada Festival

CNA / Xavier Pi / David Tuxworth

The Cadaqués Orchestra played ‘Concerto libero’, an unfinished work for piano and cello at the Peralada’s Carme Church, in northern Catalonia. The Costa Brava festival is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth whose works have achieved international acclaim. The world premiere of the piece by Xavier Montsalvatge was the highlight of the concert which was dedicated to the composer, one of the most prominent figures in Catalan music.

August 21, 2012 10:04 PM

Costa Brava’s Cap Roig music festival ends with 88% of tickets sold and 41,000 attendees

CNA / David Tuxworth

Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz ended the successful Costa Brava festival that achieved full audiences in 15 of 20 concerts scheduled and an attendance of 41,000 people. This year's festival was the first organised by Catalan music publisher Clipper’s and included performances by Bob Dylan, Ben Harper, Simple Minds, James Morrison, Miguel Bosé and Manolo García, among others. The festival has had a positive effect on the local economy providing a boost of €20 million.

August 20, 2012 10:52 PM

Chinese acrobatics, balance and magic in Porta Ferrada Festival

CNA / David Tuxworth

Twenty artists from Beijing’s National Circus o present ‘The Dream of a Journey to the East’ at the Porta Ferrada Festival, in the Costa Brava's town of Sant Felíu de Guíxols. The show, with a mix of entertainment and acrobatics choreographed to music, is directed by a showman who leads the narrative in close proximity to the spectators. Beijing’s National Circus has visited over 60 countries in the past 40 years and has won several international competitions.

August 17, 2012 08:46 PM

MNAC considers renaming and adding ‘Barcelona’ to promote its image abroad


The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (Catalonia’s National Museum of Art) is considering changing its name to include ‘Barcelona’. The Museum Director, Pepe Serra, wants to better explain the Museum to a global audience and considers using the “Barcelona brand” as a superior way of raising the gallery’s status. Also he believes the collections of Romanesque art, which are considered exceptional, have not been sufficiently exploited on an international level. The Museum Director also announced that despite the crisis, they will open up “many more areas for free”.

August 10, 2012 10:44 PM

The opera ‘Don Giovanni’ of the Deutsche Oper Berlin makes its debut in Catalonia at the Castell de Peralada Festival

CNA / Nerea Guisasola / David Tuxworth

The opera ‘Don Giovanni’ by Mozart will be staged in Catalonia at the Castell de Peralada Festival in the Empordà County, on the Costa Brava. The renowned opera tells the story of a man living on the edge in a constant search without end, with allusions to sadism and immortality. First premiered in 1787 in Prague, this modern production sill reflects many aspects of society and has an impressive cast including the famous baritone Carlos Álvarez from Málaga.

August 4, 2012 12:28 AM

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