Barcelona’s Summer Arts Festival 2012 more international, more contemporary and more multidisciplinary

June 23, 2012 12:34 AM | CNA / Pere Francesc / Marc Mosull

This year’s ‘Grec ‘Festival offers 68 plays, dancing, music and circus performances from July 1st to the 31st, 30 of them from international artists. Ramón Simó, the new director of the event, considers that this year’s Grec is more international, contemporany and multidisciplinary than ever before and its objective is to bring to Barcelona the best shows from Europe and the world.

Pep Guardiola participates in a charity concert in Barcelona against AIDS

June 12, 2012 01:55 AM | Aitor Álvarez

This weekend, 14,500 people rocked at the Palau Sant Jordi, in Montjuïc, in a charity concert that brought together the most famous Catalan singers and bands. Singer songwriter Lluís Llach interpreted a poem with former F.C. Barcelona Manager, Pep Guardiola, who finished with the verse: “Everything is to be done, and everything is possible”. 20 more artists participated in the concert, which turned into a cry against AIDS and for the independence of Catalonia.

Catalan pop band ‘Els Amics de les Arts’ are presenting their new album

April 30, 2012 09:03 PM | Violeta Gumà / Pau Cortina / Marta Lacima

“In a pop group there must be a balance between artistic creation and proximity to fans”, state ‘Els Amics de les Arts’, in an interview with ACN. They are one of the most successful Catalan music band at the moment. They have released a new album ‘Espècies per catalogar’ (it translates as ‘Species to be catalogued’) and they are returning on stage to present it.

Barcelona International Short Film Festival ‘Mecal’ becomes a ‘not-to-be-missed’ festival

April 17, 2012 04:18 PM | CNA / Pere Francesch / Laura Quintana

Over 300 short films from more than 35 countries in 12 days. This is the summary of the 14th edition of Mecal, the Barcelona International Short Film Festival, which takes place in the capital of Catalonia until April 29th. In this 2012 edition more than 4,500 short films have been received, 1,000 more than the last edition (about 30% more than 2011). With these figures, Mecal becomes the most important festival of its kind in Spain according to the number of film entries. Mecal’s Director, Roberto Barrueco, explained that the festival’s objective is to show the best of work from Catalonia and across the globe.

Ángel Corella: “Barcelona Ballet will represent the city and the name of Catalonia worldwide”

April 11, 2012 09:14 PM | Pep Botey

CNA interviewed Ángel Corella, perhaps the best known face of ballet in Spain. Corella’s company is now established in the Catalan capital with a new name: ‘Barcelona Ballet’. Furthermore, Corella will manage a new international dancing school and residence in Figueres, a town in northern Catalonia. The school will train young talents aged between 11 and 18, aiming to feed the ‘Barcelona Ballet’ company. In an exclusive interview, Corella explains the reasons behind his recent moves and gives us the low-down on the situation of the dance industry in our country.

The 23rd Barcelona Guitar Festival increases its offer with two new venues

March 30, 2012 09:48 PM | CNA / Anna Pacheco

The City Hall and The Coliseum Theatre are the new locations of the Guitar Festival, which will play host to popular bands such as Els Amics de les Arts, Jorge Drexler and the Waterboys. The Festival is taking place from March 10th to May 26th and is including all kind of guitar focused proposals. This Guitar Festival is considered to be one of the most important consolidated music events in Barcelona, with around 25.000 spectators per year. The budget for this 2012 has increased by 3.5% and will include new improvements and musical offers.