Iggy and the Stooges
Iggy and the Stooges–Cruïlla BCN
It’s a key month for festivals in Barcelona, with the Grec delivering to those looking for more high-brow culture; the gay and lesbian film festival Fire!!, created here back in 1995, making it the first of its kind in Spain; yet another big popular music event at the Fòrum with Cruïlla; and the second edition of the city’s Salsa and Latin Jazz festival. We give you the essential info on each one, to help you decide which (if not all) of them you want to go to.
FIRE!! 2012: The 17ª Mostra Internacional de Cinema Gai i Lesbià de Barcelona arrives with another bagful of cinematic experiences, both fact and fiction, all with the common aim of trying to make us respect each other more, regardless of our sexual preferences. Organised once again by the Casal Lambda (a not-for-profit that supports gay rights in Spain and has been fighting for them since 1976), the Official Selection category features seven films (of 21 being shown in total) that are dominated by US and UK productions, but you’ll also find Argentinian film Ausente from Marco Berger, a joint French-US-Iranian project (not a phrase you’ll hear very often these days) in the form of Circumstance, and North Sea Texas, by Belgian director Bavo Defurne. There are also special sections dedicated to films made in France and the Far East (specifically, China, Hong Kong and the Philippines), with the latter all being shown at Casa Asia.
July 5th to 15th. Institut Français, Casa Asia. Ticket per screening, €6; special four-film pass, €18. www.mostrafire.com
CRUÏLLA BCN: The city’s fame as an international music festival hotspot continues to go from strength to strength. Cruïlla, which is now in its fifth year, is surely much less familiar to most of us than Primavera Sound or Sónar, and yet, for this edition, it’s managed to attract M.I.A. and Iggy and the Stooges to headline. No small achievement, and the programme’s appeal doesn’t end there, with The Specials, Cypress Hill and 2ManyDJs (DJ set) also due to appear. Alongside the musical acts, there will be circus performances, games (children up to 12 can get in for free, provided they’re accompanied by a parent or guardian), workshops and stalls from social organisations, making this festival arguably that little bit special compared to some of its better-known counterparts.
July 6th and 7th, 6pm-5am. Parc del Fòrum. One-day tickets: €50, two-day tickets: €80. www.cruillabcn.com
SALSA AND LATIN JAZZ FESTIVAL: Started just last year, this event has miraculously beaten all the ‘crisis’ odds and is returning for another edition, organised once more by the admirably ambitious members of the Barcelona group La Sucursal SA. Urban latin music is added to the line-up for 2012 and it extends its programme to a three-day run spread over the two venues of Poble Espanyol and La Farga in L’Hospitalet. The artists in attendance are mainly international, with musicians from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Panama and New York performing alongside the hosts themselves. Stand-outs include the coming together of Calle 13 and Rubén Blades and the presence of pianist Eddie Palmieri (appointed the ‘godfather’ or padrí of this year’s event), who will mark 50 years in the business. The concerts are accompanied by a salsa contest and dance workshops, amongst other activities.
July 20th to 21st, Poble Espanyol; 27th, La Farga de L’Hospitalet de Llobregat; www.salsaylatinjazzfestival.com