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Photography by Joan Marcus © CPC 2008
Walking with Dinosaurs—The Live Experience
Walking with Dinosaurs—The Live Experience
In 2010, Barcelona is gearing up for a year of big-name concerts, newsworthy sports events and T-Rex sized shows.
Big names are here in force in 2010 with a procession of stars including relatively new faces, a number of come-back kids and a few that have just kept going for decades. Next month, it’s the Arctic Monkeys (6th, Sant Jordi Club) who will be getting the young and hip going in Barcelona, although it could just be that Kevin Costner (yes, that Kevin Costner) will give them a run for their money when he takes part in the Festival Mil·lenni with his Modern West Band (18th and 19th, Palau de la Música Catalana). Just kidding.
March sees a return for Spandau Ballet, arriving a little later than originally planned (12th, Pavelló Olímpic de Badalona). Just one day later, in the same venue, another blast from the past performs: Irish band The Cranberries, with all the original members reunited after seven years to play their hits of the Nineties and try out their newest material (13th, Pavelló Olímpic de Badalona). In April, it’s the turn of love-him-or-hate-him Mika, who appears with a new album under his arm (18th, Palau Sant Jordi), and German rockers Tokio Hotel (5th, Palau Sant Jordi). The summer months traditionally bring a big stadium-rock name to Barcelona, and this year it’s the turn of Mark Knopfler (July 23rd, Pavelló Olímpic de Badalona).
Smaller but not necessarily less significant concerts include those of Backyard Babies (February 4th, Bikini), The Fiery Furnaces (February 22nd, Razzmatazz), Adam Green (March 2nd, Razzmatazz) and Shearwater (March 7th, Apolo ).
In other music news, for the first time Sónar is celebrating simultaneous festivals in Barcelona and A Coruña (June 17th to 19th), and the magnificent-looking Star Wars™ in Concert, featuring one of cinema’s most famous soundtracks, is sadly bypassing Barcelona, but dedicated fans may want to make the trip to Madrid’s Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad on March 20th.
The main sporting event in Barcelona will arguably be the staging of the 20th European Athletics Championships between July 26th and August 1st. But doubtless getting as much, if not more, news coverage here will be the presidential elections at FC Barcelona that are likely to be held some time in May or June. The current holder, Joan Laporta, isn’t a candidate, so there is likely to be a fierce competition to elect his successor (especially as one-time Laporta ally turned vicious Laporta critic, Sandro Rosell, will be standing), which will knock the actual sporting achievements of the club’s various teams off the front pages.
April sees the staging of the first New York to Barcelona Transoceanic Sailing Record, featuring two boats each crewed by one American and two Spaniards racing across the Atlantic, while at the other end of the year, the second edition of the Barcelona World Race sailing competition hauls anchor on December 31st, with participants aiming to see who can complete the 27,000-mile round trip in the fastest time.
EXHIBITIONS AND SHOWS
Following the award-winning success of the BBC programme, it’s now possible to enjoy Walking with Dinosaurs—The Live Experience. Go back 65 million years to enjoy all the impressiveness of life-size dinosaurs with none of the fear factor (May 5th to 9th, Palau Sant Jordi).
Noteworthy exhibitions at the city’s big museums and galleries include: a retrospective of the work of Federico Fellini at CaixaForum (February 17th to June 13th); two shows at the Museu Picasso comparing and contrasting the artist’s work with his peers, Santiago Rusiñol (May 28th to September 5th) and Edgar Degas (October 15th to January 2011); Rodney Graham (January to May), Latifa Echakhch (July to January 2011) and an exploration of the art of television (February to July) at the MACBA.
New York choreographer William Forsyth brings his 16-dancer production Yes we can’t (April 16th to 18th, Mercat de les Flors). Due to hit cinemas are Alejandro Amenabar’s new film El Mal Ajeno, as well as Emilio Estevez’s tribute to his family’s Spanish roots, The Way.
Between February 1st and 6th, Barcelona’s annual tribute to the detective novel, BCN Negra, returns; as part of the festival, Scottish author Ian Rankin is being presented with the Pepe Carvalho award. Read this page next month when our preview of the event will include an interview with the crime writer.