This autumn, Barcelona is filled with cultural proposals for all tastes, sensibilities and pockets.
The city has a very wide offer, starting from the neighbourhoods. Precisely, in order to bring culture closer to citizens and turn them into active agents, the Barcelona City Council schedules more than 150 free activities related with music, theatre, dance, circus and audio-visuals through Barcelona Cultural District. This edition incorporates relevant names from the Barcelona scene, such as José José y sus Hermanas, Marta Buchaca, Las Antonietes or The Sey Sisters.
Festivals on the big screen
Apart from the usual offer of original language cinemas and Filmoteca, big screen fans have a new appointment with the best musical documentaries. From 24th October to 3rd November, a new edition of In-Edit (the 17th) settles in Aribau multiplexes with David Bowie, Miles Davis, PJ Harvey or Keith Haring as protagonists, among others.
Another autumn classic is the Asian Film Festival Barcelona, organized by Casa d’Àsia. From 30rd October to 10th November, more than a hundred productions from 25 countries will be screened in Cinemes Girona. In addition, the festival presents a selection of the Asian Film Awards 2018 from the Hong Kong Film Academy.
Innovation and debate are the essence of the Barcelona Independent Film Festival, l’Alternativa, which celebrates the 26th edition from 11th to 17th November at CCCB. In addition to projections, the contest also features masterclasses, discussions with authors, round tables and workshops for children and adults.
From 3rd October to 13th December, the films made in Barcelona are once again the protagonists in a new edition of Pantalla Barcelona, an initiative of the Culture Institute that aims to share Barcelona productions with its citizens.
In full swing
In autumn, music festivals return to concert halls with proposals of international prestige such as the Barcelona Jazz Festival, which this year celebrates the 51st edition. With more than 70 concerts and great artists such as Herbie Hancock, Djavan, Wynton Marsalis and Ludovico Einaudi, the event also features parallel activities like masterclasses, conferences and free concerts.
Lovers of other music styles like pop, rock, electronics or flamenco also have an appointment with the eclecticism of Mil·leni Festival, Cruïlla de tardor (from 24th October to 29th November) and Curtcircuit, events where Primal Scream, Diego El Cigala, Adamo and Caravan Palace stand out.
Digital Arts Festival MIRA comes back and celebrates the 9th edition from 5th to 9th November at Fabra i Coats. Electronic music, 360º projections, immersive experiences and light design are the basic pillars of a highly visual proposal.
This year, in addition, the city premieres the Clàssics Festival, an event that combines contemporary arts and thinking. From 18th October to 28th November, seven proposals are scheduled to think about beauty and classics through music, theatre, illustration, film and poetry with artists such as Sílvia Pérez Cruz, Paula Bonet or Àlex Rigola.