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Courtesy Bread & Butter
January - Bread & ButterThis time last year, the fashion world was gearing up for the January edition of the popular Bread & Butter show in Barcelona. Unfortunately, it was to be the last time the design event was held in the Catalan capital, with organisers deciding it to move it back to its original home in Berlin
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February - Un fotografo insolitoThe Kowasa gallery show of Catalan photographer Oriol Maspons ran into February, giving us a glimpse of Paris and Barcelona societies as they used to be. We saw the famous and fashionable of the Fifties in all their glory, as captured by his lens.
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March - Jane BirkinJane Birkin showed off her tender side when she performed here in March. Instead of a display of her racy and tempestuous reputation, fans were treated to a more reflective and intimate performance from the 60-year-old 'Anglaise'.
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April - David ByrneAs part of the 20th Festival de Guitarra, April saw Talking Heads's frontman David Byrne demonstrate his guitar skills. The visionary performer was a definite highlight at the long-running festival.
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May - Batman in BCNLast year's Saló del Cómic was made all the more special when the caped crusader flew into town. It saw the global launch of the comic, 'Batman in Barcelona: Dragon's Knight', where the hero saves the city from impending doom.
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June - Grace JonesJune was dominated by Barcelona's thriving musical festival Sónar, and its indisputable star was Grace Jones. The ageless wonder wowed festival-goers with her funky beats, millinery creations and endless legs.
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Photo by Robert Capa
July - Robert Capa: Això es la guerra!Despite disputes over the authenticity regarding some of the work of war photographer Robert Capa, the MNAC showcased his photos in July. One hundred and fifty images taken in the Thirties and Forties were shown alongside the work of Capa's partner Gerda Taro.
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August - El segle del jazzWe cooled off in August to the sounds of jazz with an extensive exhibition at the CCCB. Magazines, record covers, posters and film clips all went some distance to explain just how influential the Jazz Age was on the arts.
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Photo by Jean-Louis Darville
September - 1984Hollywood royalty Tim Robbins brought his theatre company The Actors' Gang to town in September. Their interpretation of Orwell's '1984', written by Michael Gene Sullivan, and directed by Robbins himself, was a glamorous theatre treat.
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Photo courtesy of En Silencio
October - In-Edit FestivalYou couldn't move for film festivals in October with no less than five running concurrently. In-Edit focused on musical documentaries and included Bestor Cram's film of the legendary night in 1968 when Johnny Cash performed at Folsom Prison.
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November - World Press PhotoIt was a sobering exhibition that stood out in November this year. The World Press Photo show displayed 2008's best shots and journeyed through some of the world's toughest spots. War, famine, violence and disaster were portrayed in horrifying glory by some of the best working photographers in the world.
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December - Devendra BanhartTo lift our winter spirits, the nice people at Primavera Club staged a whole host of concerts to take us through the colder, darker days. A stand-out in the eclectic programme was the unique and chameleon-like talent of Devendra Banhart.
2009 might be remembered for financial disaster and unemployment gloom but there was fun to be had as well. We take a look back at some of the most memorable cultural events of the past 12 months in our slideshow.