- Best Motion Picture
- Best Director
- Best Actor
- Best Actress
- Best Screenplay
- Best Cinematography
- Best Original Score
- Best Short Film
- Best Makeup Effects
- Best Production Design
- The Infinia Award for Best Special Effects
- The Noves Visions Award
- The Carnet Jove Jury Award
- An Award for the Best New Director
- The Gertie Awards for Best Animated Short and Feature Film
- The Grand Audience Award (Gran Premi del Públic), which is awarded according to the votes of the festival's spectators.
- The Midnight X-Treme Award, which is given to the best motion picture from the special screenings (and is chosen by the Carnet Jove Jury)
From the 28th to the 30th of May is the 15th edition of Primavera Sound Festival so you can look forward to what is sure to be another fantastic Festival!Primavera, is an annual music festival that takes place in Barcelona and is held within the Parc del Fòrum leisure site—located approximately 6 km north east from the center of Barcelona—in the Diagonal Mar area of the Sant Martí district, by the coast of the Balearic Sea. The event is one of the largest music festivals in Spain, with an increasing attendance rate of more than 100,000 each year. To buy tickets for Primavera Sound Festival Click here If you are looking for a place to stay during Primavera then check out Habitat Apartments where you will find apartments to accomodate any amount of people. Featured below is the Blue Ground C Apartment which is about 15 minutes walk from the festival and can sleep up to 10 people. If you liked this article and want more advice then follow us on our social media sites below! :-) Image taken from www.thespacelab.tv
St. Jordi´s day is Catalunya's version of Valentine's Day and is a one day festival of romance, roses and books all inspired by the legend of Saint George on 23rd April every year.St. Jordi is the patron saint of Catalonia (along with the Virgin of Montserrat) and so Sant Jordi is celebrated on 23rd April to commerate his death on that date in the year 303 AD. The legend of Saint George, which you probably have heard, is that Saint Jordi slew a dragon to save a princess - and then plucked a red rose for the princess from a rose bush, which had sprouted on the exact spot, where the dragon's red blood had spilled. On Sant Jordi's day it has long been a tradition that the men in Barcelona and Catalunya give their sweetheart a red rose, but now in more recent years, due to the simultaneous deaths of Miguel Cervantes and William Shakespeare on 23 April 1616, a new tradition arose at the beginning of the 20th century which is that now the ladies give the men a book. There are bookstalls and book markets all over Barcelona on Sant Jordis day especially on Las Ramblas and Rambla de Catalunya. By the end of the day, some four million roses and 800,000 books will have been purchased. Most women will carry a rose in hand, and half of the total yearly book sales in Catalonia take place on this occasion. [caption id="attachment_3912" align="alignnone" width="450"] Different Coloured Roses © image: Zelik[/caption] Nowadays roses of many different colours are sold to be given as a present with each colour symbolizing something different: Red rose – usually given to lovers because it symbolizes passion and love. Blue rose - usually given to friends since they symbolize trust. It is said that if you give blue roses to someone who is anxious, it will help that person to feel more calm. Pink roses - usually given to thank someone else for an important favour, or simply for that persons affection. Purple roses - symbolize nobelty, femininity and seduction White roses - symbolize purity and innocence, and are often given to express someone the desire of having a deep long relationship Yellow roses - less common, but are also seen. They symbolize joy and happiness, thus they are usually given to teenagers and also in celebrations Although it is not a public holiday in Catalonia you can definitely sense that there is a fiesta taking place as the whole center of the city is filled with people. Listed below are the areas with the highest number of book stalls and roses, but bear in mind that these areas will be very busy and crowded so if you want somewhere a bit more relaxed then move a little further out of the center. Plaça Sant Jaume Metro: Jaume I (Yellow Line, L4) Plaza Catalunya Metro: Catalunya (Red Line, L1) or (Green Line, L3) La Rambla (Las Ramblas) Metro: Drassanes (Green Line, L3) Metro: Liceu (Green Line, L3) Metro: Catalunya (Green Line, L3) If you are going to be in Barcelona around this time and you still haven´t found somewhere to stay then take a look at Habitat Apartments where you will find a wide range of great apartments available to rent. Featured below is the Ferran Suites Apartment which is in the perfect location if you are wanting to celebrate Sant Jordi´s Day! [caption id="attachment_3924" align="alignnone" width="390"] Ferran Suites Apartment[/caption] If you liked this article and would like to see more then give us a like on our social media sites!
Barcelona - La Mercè is on the agendaIt's September and it's time for the biggest festival in Barcelona. La Mercè 2014, with about 500 different events, will be held from Friday 19th to Wednesday 24th. By celebrating in the streets, the local people are honouring one of their patron-saints of the city: the Lady of the Mercy. The streets are full of artists, music, and dancing people. The guest city of La Mercè 2014 is Stockholm, Sweden. So, there are about 50 Swedish artists, who are the most fascinating and on-trend at the moment, performing in the streets as well. You'll be in town? We prepared a list with the most important events for you. Castellers – Human Towers One highlight of La Mercè 2014 is the Castellers that takes place at Plaça de Sant Jaume. The Castellers’ aim is to build a human tower as high as possible. It requires patience, good teamwork, and an amount of planning. However, it is a fantastic event that you will definetly enjoy!
Image © by Connie Ma flickr galleryGigantes – Giants Parade The Giants Parade is a fantastic sight of giants dancing on the streets and marching around in circles. Accompanied by the play of flutes and drums, giant figures of queens, kings, saints, and nobles march the streets of Barcelona. Image © by Stasiu Tomczak flickrgallery Correfoc – Fire Run In the evening, a procession of fire-breathing dragons, accompanied by dangerous dragons and other monsters, usually takes place on the Via Laietana near Jaume I. They march the streets and try to scare the people. Regarding to the firework and bangers, you should put on some clothes that won’t be ruined by a few sparks. Before the actual Correfoc, there is also a more harmless event for children. Correfoc is definitely the most dangerous event of la Mercè 2014, but it is also the one you should not miss at all!
Image © by Jacob Garcia flickrgalleryFor more information look at the programme with all the events of La Mercè 2014.
Recommendations for couples
Love is in the air … Hopefully you all experienced this time when you cannot think of something else than your darling. Spending a dreamlike vacation together will make up some good memories for later. We collected some recommendations for a romantic holiday, to make sure you impress your partner. ;-)So what are you waiting for? Barcelona is the perfect city to float on cloud nine.
SpotsThe probably most important thing for romantic holidays is the spots you visit during your trip. But what is truly romantic and how can you impress your partner with your planned vacation? Here are some romantic locations you should definitely include in your holiday. Parc de Labirint d’Horta: Secret places and nature is always the perfect combination. Distant to typical touristic places you can spend some time in a more private atmosphere with your love. The Labyrinth includes a romantic garden with lovely flowers and a nice waterfall. This park simply invites you to spend a couple of hours in this romantic atmosphere and recover from your stressful daily routine. Tibidabo is a must for every couple visiting Barcelona. The amazing view over the entire city will take your partner’s breath away. This spot is a famous 512 meters high mountain above Barcelona. The illuminated church at night is magical and makes you easily feel the love in the air. Not only magical monuments and a romantic atmosphere are included in this spot. Even an old amusement park will inspire your partner. Laughing together and feeling young enriches every relationship. Webpage: http://www.tibidabo.cat Finally, taking some drinks together in a comfortable and romantic atmosphere is a plus for every couple vacation. Therefore, a rooftop bar in Barcelona might be the perfect contribution to your trip – amazing view over Barcelona’s roofs is included. If you are lucky you can watch the sunset together! Click the link above to get the top 5 rooftop bars in Barcelona. (more...)
Spend a day in the nature!For sure you read a plenty of touristic guides, before coming to Barcelona. Sagrada Familia, Torre Agbar, Park Güell … These and many more attractions will be mentioned as important tourist destinations. For sure, it is worth to see them… However, don’t you want to explore something untouched, distant to touristic crowds? Then we have a pleasant green place to recommend! – Parc de Labirint d’Horta As the name indicates it’s a labyrinth park in Horta, the oldest park located in Barcelona’s north. It was built in 1792 including two large pavilions. In the past the park as well as the buildings was a meeting point for the elite. The high society arranged events and festivals there. The park has two different gardens: The Labyrinth and the Romantic Garden It is easy to get lost within the labyrinth. If you need an orientation – the statue of Eros (the god of love) is located right in the middle of the labyrinth. pic2 The Romantic garden is a wonderful arrangement of beautiful flowers and a romantic waterfall. Due to the entire romantic atmosphere within both parcs, many couples use the place as a secret haven. Opening hours The labyrinth is open throughout the entire year, but the opening hours vary from month to month:
- January to February: 10 a.m - 6 p.m
- March: 10 a.m - 7 p.m
- April: 10 a.m - 8 p.m
- May-September: 10 a.m - 9 p.m
- October: 10 a.m - 7 p.m
- November-December: 10 a.m - 8 p.m