Issue number 155 of Metropolitan covers social, cultural and legal policies that are a feature of living in Barcelona today.
December's cover report by Katy MacGregor investigates what is being done to accommodate the growing number of non-catholic religious groups that are now evident in the city, what problems they face, how they establish places of worship and how they are integrating themselves within the community. We also have an article by Catherine Hubbard detailing the new legislation against promotional drink offers including the outlawing of happy hour. Christian Overgaard tempts us off the couch with an article about sports we can practice for free or for very little money this winter, giving us no excuse to get some fresh air and a chance to shift some of that extra holiday weight.
Our feature interview is with environmental artist Julienne Dolphin Wilding who tells Nicola Thornton about how Barcelona's rubbish inspires her to create beauty from the waste. Hannah Pennell also spoke to American actor Amy Blaise who is getting in the Christmas spirit in Sitges by writing her own Catalan style pantomime.
Our food and drink writer Tara Stevens visits new venture Big Fish that looks to have turned a hard-luck venue around by serving wild fish in glamorous surroundings and is attracting crowds for both lunch and dinner. She also focuses on new spot, Bar Velódromo where breakfast is the main attraction alongside the Art Deco building.
In our packed culture pages you have your choice of music festivals this month with both Primavera Club, the Anniversari de Razzmatazz and the huge Festival Mil·lenni running through the month at various venues across town. Also we swapped a few emails with Glasgow duo Silicone Soul ahead of their night at Moog and we also managed to pin down US musician Peter Bacchus, a long-time Catalan resident who is performing at the new auditorium at the Conservatori de Liceu. For some visual treats Alx Phillips talks us through the Worlds of Islam exhibition at the CaixaForum and Sara Blaylock looks at the annual Drap-Art festival that highlights art work that encourages a greener planet. Plus Jayne Deacon hitches up her horses for a live-action version of Ben Hur that includes over 400 performers and 100 animals.