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French hottie Brodinski is one of the headliners at Sónar this year
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Jenny Beacraft plays Alice in Closer
June is the start of summer proper which means that there is loads going on, mainly outdoors, hurray! Festivals galore, films al fresco and all night parties on the beach.
The festival calendar continues and this month has one of the biggest, Sónar (June 18th-20th) which always attracts the best in music and this year is no exception. Top highlights are French hottie Brodinski, Deadmau5, and the irrepressible Grace Jones. As always, the trouble will be how to choose who to go and see. www.2009.sonar.es
And not too far from home is the ever-popular Benicàssim (June 16th-19th). Just nip on a train and see The Killers, Oasis, Kings of Leon, Glasvegas and TV on the Radio all performing under the sun. www.fiberfib.com
It's a rockers dream this month as you can mosh-out to AC/DC (June 7th) and Korn (June 22nd) and if you have tickets to Sonisphere then expect to thrash with Metallica, Slipknot and Lamb of God who are all headlining (June 11th).
British actor James Giblin has taken on Closer by Patrick Marber as his directorial debut (read an interview with Giblin in 'Come closer' in Related content). The play has seen star casts in the Broadway and film adaptations and now it's the turn of four young actors here to tackle the serious but at times comic play that examines the tangled-web of relations between four young friends. La Riereta Teatre, June 3rd-7th.
A new exhibition at the Museu Frederic Marès showcases the work of Barcelona sculptor Antoni Solà. His work is mainly of white marble that take as their inspiration the Greek and Roman classics. Spending most of his time in Rome he honed his skills to produce the ethereal luminous figures. La Bellesa ideal: Antoni Solà, Escultor Roma. Until September 27th.
June also plays host to a wealth of sporting events one of the highlights is the arrival of Rugby League's European Super League being played here for the first time. The Catalan Dragons take on the Warrington Wolves in what looks to be an unforgetable match not just for its historical relevance. June 20th, 7pm.
Now a summer institution the Sala Montjuïc is a definite must for all resident film lovers. Opening on the 29th, this year's series of films played outside with the backdrop of MontjuÏc Castle are a mix of new, (No Country for Old Men), old, (The Birds) and global (Turtles Can Fly) amongst others. So get there early, grap a spot for your blanket and enjoy the film. June 29th to July 31st.
Another classic date for your summer cultural calendar is the Festival Grec which opens on the 20th. Theatre, dance and music all compete with the stunning setting of the beautiful amphiteatre and gardens that is the Teatre Grec. There are also performances all over town in the L'Auditori and Mercat de les Flors. See website for full listings: www.barcelonafestival.com
Another day another party. Each year on June 23rd, the Dia de Sant Joan, or St. John’s Day, is celebrated all over Catalunya with bonfires and impressive fireworks displays. The festivities begin the night before with concerts and dance performances tucked amidst the pyrotechnics. Plus the 24th is a public holiday so you can enjoy the fun safe in the knowledge that you don't have to drag yourself into work the next day.