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30th Edition of the ARCO Madrid International Contemporary Art Fair

30th Edition of the ARCO Madrid International Contemporary Art Fair

We are currently in the midst of Christmas celebrations, and unlike England the festivities go on well into the New Year and Kings’ Day, which is when the Spaniards traditionally swap gifts. In addition, that lull you’d expect following Christmas events is by no means on the cards as Madrid like any good capital or Spanish city is plotting further exciting activities, the reason for which it is such a popular holiday destination and why visitors can never get bored. Thus, soon after the Christmas celebrations have finalised the ARCO Madrid Contemporary Art Fair will be taking place for all you arty types out there and who are taking a post-festive break in the Spanish capital. more ...

Lisbon Winter Festival to be held in January 2011

Lisbon Winter Festival to be held in January 2011

The charming city of Lisbon is just a melting pot of culture, and the Christmas events on offer this festive season are particularly elaborate with all the beautiful lights and decorations, as well as their Christmas tree of record breaking height, not to mention the festive and fabulous Gifts and Craft trade show, and finally their New Year’s Eve celebrations which promise to be spectacular with the firework displays, concerts and performances, amongst many other events organised for seeing in the New Year. And, that’s not all as the Portuguese capital will be continuing to entertain the locals and visitors alike with its Winter Festival of art and culture that the city will be hosting from the 6th to the 31st of January 2011. more ...

Festive theatre productions in London this Christmas

Festive theatre productions in London this Christmas

London is looking very festive at the moment with all the Christmas lights illuminating the streets, all the decorations adorning the city, the snow occasionally settling on the buildings, and the array of seasonal events, activities, and fun festive things to do on the London agenda this season. However, if you feel like something Christmassy but fancy taking a break from the cold on the streets then we have just the thing for you. The theatre can be festive as well and this Christmas season there are lots on offer in the way of Christmas plays as well as alternative productions and shows, however given that tis’ the season and all that we thought that we would make a few suggestions in the way of plays about Santa and snow in keeping with the season. So, check out our humble suggestions for you to enjoy in the British capital this Christmas. more ...

Surprising and hilarious Impro-show in Teatreneu, Barcelona

Surprising and hilarious Impro-show in Teatreneu, Barcelona

Last night I was fortunate enough to go to a totally improvised show in the theatre in the Gracia district of Barcelona, and I say improvised because the entire show is in fact spontaneous. I’m referring to “Impro-Show” that takes place every Tuesday and Sunday in Teatreneu on Calle Terol in the Catalan capital, and is performed by the theatre company Compañia Planeta Impro. more ...

Free exhibitions in Barcelona

Free exhibitions in Barcelona

As the holidays are approaching it would be interesting to take a look at what Barcelona has to offer in the way of art. The thing is that we have more time and given that it’s now quite cold we can just stop off in one of the many museums and art galleries filling the city. Thus, so as to cultivate our minds a little, we would like to suggest a couple of exhibitions and displays guaranteed to satisfy even the most curious and restless minds. more ...

Theatre in Madrid

Theatre in Madrid

You can tell that Madrid is the Spanish capital, and not because of its abundance of museums with top international pictorial works, sculptures, and graphics, nor its monumental architecture , but for the number of theatre and music productions, and concerts that inundate the city agenda every month. It is well worth visiting the impressive and welcoming city of Madrid this Christmas as there is a line up of some unmissable theatre productions this season, so to make sure that you don’t miss out on the best ones, here are a few suggestions. more ...

Contemporary and classic art in Barcelona

Contemporary and classic art in Barcelona

The thriving art in Barcelona knows no limits, or so it would appear if we take a look at the extensive agenda of the Catalan capital. This week is no exception, thus here are the top three exhibitions being held at the moment to satisfy the most curious locals and visitors in the Catalan capital. more ...

Arte Lisboa, art festival in the Portuguese capital

Arte Lisboa, art festival in the Portuguese capital

This November, from the 25th to the 28th they will be celebrating the unique contemporary art fair in Portugal, or Arte Lisboa 2010. This event will gather together national and international artists and exhibitors to promote the exchange and advancement of art in Portugal more ...

Madrid in Danza 2010: Dance Festival taking place in Madrid

Madrid in Danza 2010: Dance Festival taking place in Madrid

From the 8th to the 28th of November the Madrid en Danza festival will be taking place, and celebrating its 25th anniversary with a line up of top local, and international dance companies and young creators, that will be demonstrating their new styles and fusions with other disciplines, as well as performing more classic ballet, on the Madrid stages. more ...

Current art scene in Barcelona

Current art scene in Barcelona

Lovers of art in alls its forms, expressions and styles will never get bored in Barcelona, it’s practically impossible to do in the Catalan capital thanks to a series of artistic initiatives that makes Barcelona stand out on the national scene as nerve centre in the artistic field. There are quite a few exhibitions and activities, so we would like to guide you a little bit amongst the confusion of projects on offer and talk about 3 important exhibitions being held in Barcelona over the next few weeks. more ...

Friendly Rentals apartment of the week in Barcelona: Catalunya XII

Friendly Rentals apartment of the week in Barcelona: Catalunya XII

Winter has well and truly set in, the days are getting increasingly shorter, and the hours of daylight rapidly diminishing but everyone gets used to it, especially if you live in or are spending a few days in Barcelona. In Barcelona there are always plenty of exhibitions to go to, theatre productions, music and film festivals, or any of the large number bars of bars and restaurants in the city. more ...

Interview with Patricia Ciriani, organiser of the Lliliput Festival in Barcelona

Interview with Patricia Ciriani, organiser of the Lliliput Festival in Barcelona

As you probably already know, the Lliliput Festival was set up to bring people closer to art and revive the typical Barcelona kiosks located in the doorways of buildings. We have been fortunate enough to speak to the director and the only organiser of the Lliliput Festival, Patricia Ciriani. Now we would like to share with you what she had to say as there is nothing like the viewpoint of this French lady (with latin roots) living in Barcelona, to better get to know the intricacies of the cultural and artistic life in the Catalan capital. In this interview, she told us about what motivates her, her view of cultural life in Barcelona and the future of the festival that she organised herself, as well as that of Barcelona. Read carefully, because this is a master class on the artistic and cultural scene of our favourite city. more ...

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