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  • 1. CaixaForum

    Montjuïc | Art Galleries–Arts

    The building itself, a restored textile factory, is well worth exploring (and is directly across from the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion on Montjuïc...Read More

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  • 2. Festival del Grec

    Festivals

    Barcelona's monthlong summer arts festival in July features acts from the world of dance, performance art, music, and theater. Performances...Read More

  • 3. Balmes Multicines

    Sarrià | Film

    Barcelona’s cine-aficionados praise this 12-screen complex, which boasts one of the best sound systems in the city, and very comfortable seating...Read More

  • 4. Barcelona Acció Musical (BAM)

    Festivals

    Held over a week toward late September, this musical celebration forms part of the lively La Mercé festival, an annual event honoring Our Lady...Read More

  • 5. Barts (Arts on Stage)

    Poble Sec | Theater

    This state-of-the-art theater right in the middle on the Avenida Paral·lel—remodeled from the old Artèria Music Hall—has wildly diverse programming...Read More

  • 6. Cines Verdi

    Gràcia | Film

    Gràcia's movie center, with bars and restaurants in the immediate vicinity, unfailingly screens recent releases (with a preference for serious...Read More

  • 7. Ciutat Flamenco

    Poble Sec | Festivals

    Held annually in May, this lively festival, co-organized by the Taller de Músics (Musicians' Workshop) and the Mercat de les Flors, offers visitors...Read More

  • 8. Col·legi Oficial d'Arquitectes de Catalunya

    Barri Gòtic | Art Galleries–Arts

    The architectural temporary exhibitions (see the website for details of the program) on the ground floor of the School of Architecture focus...Read More

  • 9. El Cordobés

    La Rambla | Dance

    Since 1970, this venerable dinner theater has thrived by catering to tour groups: visitors who may or may not know that flamenco is a cultural...Read More

  • 10. El Mercat de les Flors

    Poble Sec | Dance

    An old flower market converted into a modern performance space, theater, and dance school, the Mercat de Les Flors forms part of the Institut...Read More

  • 11. El Tablao de Carmen

    Montjuïc | Dance

    Large tour groups come to this venerable flamenco dinner-theater venue in the Poble Espanyol named after, and dedicated to, the legendary dancer...Read More

  • 12. Fabra i Coats–Fàbrica de Creació

    Sant Andreu | Arts Centers

    This self-proclaimed artist social club—remodeled from an old textile factory on the outer limits of the Poblenou district—is a great place...Read More

  • 13. Filmoteca de Catalunya

    El Raval | Film

    The Filmoteca de Catalunya occupies a brutalist-style edifice designed by Josep Lluís Mateo. With plush seats, wide screens, and a state-of...Read More

  • 14. Fundació Antoni Tàpies

    Eixample | Arts Centers

    This foundation created in 1984 by Catalonia's then-most important living artist continues to promote the work of important Catalan artists...Read More

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  • 15. Fundació Miró

    Montjuïc | Art Galleries–Arts

    Occasionally used for outdoor concerts in the summer months, Joan Miró's sculpture garden at his foundation on Montjuïc hill is a surrealistic...Read More

  • 16. Guitar Bcn

    Festivals

    Held between mid-February and late July, this annual festival features concerts in the Palau de la Música Catalana and other venues by master...Read More

  • 17. Icaria Yelmo

    Port Olímpic | Film

    On the lower level of a small neighborhood shopping mall, the Icaria Yelmo offers a solid mix of blockbusters, 3-D specials, and the latest...Read More

  • 18. International Jazz Festival

    Festivals

    One of Europe's oldest jazz festivals, this festive gathering takes place from late September to early December, with concerts all around the...Read More

  • 19. L'Auditori de Barcelona

    Eixample | Music

    Functional, sleek, and minimalist, the Rafael Moneo–designed Auditori has a full calendar of classical music performances—with regular forays...Read More

  • 20. La Puntual

    Born-Ribera | Theater

    As one of the city's pioneering puppet (in Catalan, putxinel·li ) theaters, this beloved venue features entertaining marionette, puppet, and...Read More

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