You’re planning a visit to Barcelona in June? Let me suggest a couple of interesting exhibitions:
Exhibitions opening in June 2019
What on Earth are the Dancing Eggs of Barcelona? On Corpus Christi, the feast 60 days after Christ’s ascension from the dead, Barcelona plays host to several unusual scenes. In some of the fountains throughout the Gothic quarter, you’ll see eggs dancing on streams of water. Eggs which, almost miracle-like, never fall down! The Catalan people call this spectacle “L’ou com balla”, which has been around since 1637, and they use the occasion to place beautiful flower decorations on Barcelona’s fountains. Back then, the dancing eggs were real, but nowadays they are made of Styrofoam or similar material. But why, you ask, would anyone join this strange tradition at all? Nobody really knowns, to be honest… Maybe it was just for fun? Or perhaps the egg has a deeper meaning, representing the circle of life, with all its highs and lows? Or the passage of time? It’s a mystery… The most reasonable explanations are linked to Holy Communion – to give thanks, and to represent rebirth. When: Satrting June 15th, 2017, for 3 days Where: Gothic district around the Cathedral La Seu and within its courtyard
Sant Juan - Nits del foc
Once a year, Barcelonians celebrate the beginning of summer with a large feast. This feast also coincides with Saint John’s day (named Juan here). The people of Barcelona combine the two by creating large bonfires of old furniture and other things they no longer need all over the city, symbolically burning the old, and jumping into the water in order to cleanse themselves. Children and adults alike play with small and large fireworks (this replaces the lighting of fireworks for the new year, as it is done in my native Germany). The festivities culminate at the beach with a large party, music, drinks, and the midnight jump into the sea. When: June 23rd, with June 24th being a public holiday Where: Main celebrations from Barceloneta beach all the way to Bogatell. The fire is lit on the Arc de Triomf square.
Large Barcelonian breweries regularly offer tapas tours. What exactly does that mean, you ask? Well, you go to a participating bar and get a beer and a tapa for 2.50 Euro. This gives the restaurant a way to advertise for itself, and you can walk from one spot to the next and see which tapa you like best! Tip: Every now and then, I recommend getting a “Clara” (known as a “shandy” or “Radler” in various parts of Europe, a mixture of beer and Sprite) – otherwise, you might get pretty tipsy while out and about. Participating restaurants put up a sign at the front door, and they also like to hand out maps of the city showing all the participating restaurants – including pictures of the tapa offered by each restaurant When: theexact date is to be determined or take a look arround, perhaps you see them! Please note: This is not a guided tour!
This annual festival, which is about to take place for the 15th time, is celebrated with 215 artists from the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, and many other countries, for a grand total of three days. The main stages are located in the Parc del Forum, but there are “hidden stages” throughout Barcelona, too. I would recommend checking the list on the website. Genres: Alternative, House, and Electronic Music. Date: May 31st to June 4th, 2017 Website with further information:http://www.primaverasound.es/index
This music festival has been around since 1994 and is celebrated in Barcelona every June by musicians and DJs from all over the world. The genres mainly cover Electronic Music and New Art Music. The festival is open for three days and takes place on several stages in Barcelona. I would recommend checking the list on the website. Genres: House and Electronic Music. Datum: 15.-17. June 2017 Website with further information: https://sonar.es/en/2017/tickets