As one of Spain’s most colourful cities, Barcelona is also host to a number of the country’s best cultural blowouts. Whether you’re keen on perusing gallery walls for exciting emerging artists, singing your heart out as a band lights up the main stage or snapping pictures of Barcelona’s fully decked out streets, there’s no shortage of Barcelona festivals to enjoy this 2017.
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This relatively new art festival brings together over 100 contemporary art galleries from all over the world. Showcasing renowned European artists alongside undiscovered talent, the works range across sculpture, paintings, photography and installations for a diverse pool of artistic creativity. Hosted in the atmospheric Maritime Museum, the art fair runs over two days so you can fully appreciate the creativity on display and take some time to mull over an artistic investment.
Dates: To be announced
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Primavera’s 2017 line-up has finally been announced and it’s a doozy. This indie music festival will be bringing Frank Ocean, Bon Iver, The xx, Arcade Fire and Solange to Barcelona, promising to be one of the standout indie festivals in Europe this year. Festival goers can choose to camp overnight or freshen up somewhere else before returning for another day of music and dancing. While Saturday tickets have already sold out, Thursday and Friday tickets are still available but you’ll have to book yours quick.
Dates: 29 May – 4 June
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This twenty year old festival is sure to shock your senses, celebrating all things electronic music over one vibrant weekend. With a mission to promote music, tech and creativity, the festival is packed with outdoor stages, street food stalls and multimedia art installations for an unforgettable experience. This year, artists such as Anderson .Paak and the Nationals, De La Soul, Jon Hopkins, Justice, Nicolas Jaar and more will be taking to the decks and turning Barcelona upside down.
Dates: 15 – 17 June
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Join the city’s cool cats at the Barcelona International Jazz Festival, which will bring together some of the most exciting jazz musicians on the international scene and shed new light on talented newcomers. This year will mark its 48th edition and musicians such as Asaf Avidan, Chucho Valdés, James Rhodes and Madeline Peyroux will be in attendance. Unlike other music festivals, the Barcelona International Jazz Festival has individual events hosted at cool bars across the city. Those looking to dance up a storm can also participate in some fun workshops before clearing the dance floor.
Dates: October – November
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This neighbourhood festival buzzes with joyful creativity, transforming the Grácia community into an artistic hub. All the streets in the neighbourhood compete with one another to outdo each other’s decorations with colourful streamers, lights and themes all playing a part. As one of the most exciting Catalan events on the calendar, the district is full of parades, dances and street food vendors making it well worth a visit.
Dates: August (date to be confirmed)