This museum contains the most important collection of paintings, drawings and sketches from the early years of Pablo Picasso, especially those between 1895 and 1904.
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Barcelona’s passion for music is firmly bound to its opera tradition. The Gran Teatre del Liceu on La Rambla is the best exponent. Inaugurated in the mid-nineteenth century and recently rebuilt after a fire in 1994, it is a symbol of the city, along with universal opera stars Montserrat Caballé and Josep Carreras.
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Not to be outdone, activity in the domain of theater and dance also has a great tradition in Barcelona. You need only look at what’s on at the theater to get an idea of the creativity and enormous variety offered in the different theaters.
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The performing arts play an important role in Barcelona’s cultural panorama, we must not overlook the prominent place occupied by the visual arts. Barcelona’s artistic heritage, housed in over forty museums in the city, includes works by such universal artists as Picasso, Miró and Tàpies.
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Some dates are extra special on a city’s calendar and must not be forgotten. The most important ones are described below. The evening of January fifth, the night before Epiphany, the entire city takes to the streets to watch the Procession of the Three Wise Men. Before the astonished look of the littlest ones, the Three Kings from the Orient are received with all the honors.
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Barcelona’s summer festival, popularly know as Festival Grec, is the most significant cultural event held in the city on warm summer nights. From the end of June until the beginning of August, theater, dance and music flood the stages and take to the street to show off the latest trends in performing arts and contemporary music.
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The Sónar Festival, held in Barcelona, is the not-to-be-missed date for all lovers of progressive sounds, with new generation artists and the latest in music and multimedia arts. From Jun 14, 2012 to Jun 16, 2012
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The Barcelona Jewish Film Festival has been held in Barcelona since 1999. The event came into being to support and promote Jewish culture, so closely linked with Spain’s history. This is one of the most prestigious festivals in Europe devoted to Jewish topics. A wide variety of audiovisual works, shorts, documentaries and feature films are presented at the festival, encompassing the broadest field of genres and trends.
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This is a musical event featuring top groups of the moment from both Spanish and international scenes. Electronic groups can be found alongside punk and revival bands. The large crowds at recent editions mean that a larger enclosure is now being used to house the different stages. Dates from May 30, 2012 to Jun 3, 2012.
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La Alternativa, the Barcelona Independent Film Festival, is held at various venues around the Catalonian capital. The main stage is the Barcelona Contemporary Culture Centre (CCCB). November.
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