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Barcelona Culture


Barcelona offers a rich culture going back thousands of years and has developed a reputation as a world centre for not only architecture and design but increasingly as a world art city and offers a huge variety of cultural activities, festivals  and special occasions are celebrated around the city each year.


1999 saw Barcelona awarded the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture, from the Royal Institute of British Architects not surprisenley as as the city is awash with amazing building, statues and other pieces from the like of Antonio Gaudí, Pablo Picasso,  Antoni Tàpies and Joan Miró.


If you are into your culture and wish to learn more pick up a copy of the Guía del Ocio booklet, available from most news stands around the city and  gives you information on the cultural and other events happening around the city while you are there as well as contact details for ticket agencies.


The people


Local Barcelonaians are generally very friendly, helpful (were possible)  and are really a jolly lot altogether especially when you venture outside of the centre of the city which many Barcelonaians prefer to avoid were possible.  If you need help finding a location locals are more than willing to come to your assistance, but be warned in the tourist areas, however, such approaches are more than  likely to come from non Barcelonaiansl, usually beggars, pick pockets and such like. It id always safer to avoid any unnecessary contact with strangers in the tourist zones.




Barcelona has several homegrown stars including the cellist, Pablo Casals, and the international opera singers, Josep Carreras and Montserrat Caballé.


The main concert hall is the Palau de la Música Catalana, The buildings with houses the music hall was declared a UNESCO World Heritage building and has to be one of the most amazing and extravagant music hall venues in the world.


Thursday's at 8pm sees free musical events in the city hall Saló de Cent, as well as in other various venues around the city.


Barcelona’s opera house, the stunning Gran Teatre del Liceu, was tragically destroyed by fire – for the third time  in 1994 and reconstruction took five years and was completed in mid 1999..




The theatre scene in the city is lively and well attended, including work by regional and international playwrights. Most famous and popular venues include Teatre Lliure, also  Teatre Tívoli, (Spanish Site)  and Teatre Poliorama again site only in Spanish (Bad marketing), and  Teatre Nacional de Catalunya (another Spanish Site).




Barcelona welcomes leading international companies from around the world on a regular basis and this is reflected in the number of venues that stage such events including the Mercat de les Flors as well as several others  the Teatre Nacional, L'Espai, and The Sala Beckett and La Porta




If you fancy a movie during your stay Barcelona offers a growing number of cinemas that show foreign-language films in the original language, with Spanish subtitles. The 15-screen Icaria Yelmo Cineplex


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Tourist information for cultural events can be had from the Palau de Congressos.


Local Barcelonaians walk a leisure walk when getting around their city and usually involves two or more locals using animated gestures along with their conversations.


They walk slow and usually in a world  of their own  so collisions are frequent with other locals and tourists alike. Keep your eyes open to avoid crashes, bumps and bangs.


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