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SITGES – International Fantasty Film Festival of Catalonia

SITGES – International Fantasty Film Festival of Catalonia is widely considered to be the number one fantasy and horror film festival in the world and and encompasses everything cultural about Catalonia. The Sitges Film Festival is a culmination of the best fantasy films from all over the world. Sitges film festival 2015 Established in 1967, the festival will take place this year from the 9-18th October in the coastal resort of Sitges, 34 kilometers West-South-West of the city of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Sitges’ status as the number one fantasy film festival in the world allows it to receive visits from top-level movie stars, directors and producers like Quentin Tarantino, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, Paul Verhoeven, Ralph Fiennes, George A. Romero, Cameron Diaz, Viggo Mortensen, Terry Gilliam, Rutger Hauer, Sarah Michelle Gellar, John Landis, Joe Dante, Zoë Bell, Dino de Laurentii, Takashi Miike, Wim Wenders, Tony Curtis, David Cronenberg, Vanessa Redgrave, Darren Aronofsky, Brad Dourif, John McNaughton, Peter Greenaway, John Woo, Park Chan-Wook, Johnnie To, Paul Naschy, Ray Liotta, Jon Voight, Sam Raimi, Robert Englund, Tarsem Singh, Roger Corman, Mira Sorvino, Santiago Segura, Narciso Ibáñez Serrador, Guillermo del Toro, Kim Ki Duk, Álex de la Iglesia, Aitana Sánchez Gijón, among others from the long list of people who, year after year, are a media attraction. The Festival is governed by a Foundation, made up of representatives from the Sitges Town Council, the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalonia’s autonomous government) and other institutions, associations and public and private companies. Most of its resources come from the sponsors, companies and collaborating institutions that offer aid to the festival and get involved in order to broaden their horizons and help a fantastic festival to take place. Since 1971 the festival has given awards to the best films, actors, and filmmakers. The Maria Award winners are the main awards of the festival, and are chosen by an international jury. They are:
  • 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 festival also presents:
  • 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)
If you would like to go the Sitges Film Festival and are looking for a place to stay then check Habitat Apartments where you will find some lovely apartments at great prices. Featured below is the lovely Paseo De Gracia A Apartment which is right next to the Paseo de Gracia train station which will take you direct to Sitges in about 30 minutes. [caption id="attachment_4029" align="alignnone" width="900"]paseo-de-gracia-a-apartment-barcelona-sofa_a(1) Lovely view of Gaudi´s masterpiece Casa Battló[/caption] If you liked this article then give us a like and a follow on our social media sites!  :-D
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Primavera Sound 2015!

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 sound-2015 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 cartel primavera sound 2015 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. blue-ground-c-apartment-barcelona If you liked this article and want more advice then follow us on our social media sites below!  :-) Image taken from www.thespacelab.tv
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Barcelona District Guide: Welcome to Gràcia

There are truly so many places in Barcelona that should be seen. Besides all the famous sights and spots like Las Ramblas or Placa Cataluny this lovely city has so much more to offer – and to discover! Therefore today we are headed to show you something slightly different to the usual tourist path: Gràcia. Gràcia is an area of Barcelona and one of the districts you shouldn’t miss during your stay - and not just because there is the Park Güell nearby . As a matter of fact Gràcia actually was an independent town until the late 19th century, which might be a reason for the very unique atmosphere around there. Being just two train stops away from Placa Catalunya,  Gràcia still is in the midst of activities but does nevertheless surprise people by its own magical charm that does not have too much in common with the busy and crowdy lifestyle right around the corner. gracia_streets Very special are the many beautiful, bohemian buildings in the streets that might not be as tall as those in the city centre, but in fact it’s precisely this that gives the district its special, cosy look. Besides its lovely architecture Gràcia does of course also strike out because of so many other great features. Everybody who loves relaxing inside a sweet, little café, sipping a tasty Café Latte will feel very well-placed in Gràcia. There are a tone of small owner-managed coffee shops and bars in which you can enjoy great food and drinks in a very familiar and down-to-earth atmosphere. In that case “Mama’s Café” can be especially recommended – a cute place with a lovely terrace where you can enjoy quality products in a comfortable ambience. Also those of you who might be tired of packed shopping centers hosting just common brands will be happily pleased by the shopping possibilities in Gràcia. shopping_gracia While doing some “slow shopping” people can walk from one tiny boutique to another discovering all different kinds of treasures. From handmade jewelry, over creative home interior to unique clothes from young designers – quality and uniqueness is definitely emphasized. As a hint: take a look at the urban pieces from “Suite”. Another fun fact is that Gràcia holds its own festival every year in august. During this 5-day festivity called “La Festa Major de Gràcia” people are competing in street decoration and turn the area into one colorful beauty. The results are often pretty creative and spectacular and definitely worth a visit. festa_major_gracia Well, whoever longs for his or her very own Barcelona district experience with a big portion of real “neighborhood-feeling” should consider Gràcia as the place-to-be.
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Nit de foc – Barcelona on fire

Catalunians getting loco

Barcelona, 23th of June, Million of people, fireworks and a big party - welcome to Saint John's or Nit de foc, an amazing catalunian festival. barcelona, Sant Joan, festival, 23th June, spain, midsummer festival, bonfire, Catalunya, fireworks in Spain, Nit de foc Pic 1 Saint John's Festival is the Spain's and specially Barcelona's midsummer celebration festival. The Saint John's festival has many names but in Catalonia it is most often called the "Nit de Sant Joan" which means St John's Night. Every year spanish people are celebrating this festival during the day and night. Especially in Catalan-speaking areas this festival is seen as the Catalan nation day.

How it is celebrated

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Festes de la Mercè 2012


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You thought the summer is over? You are wrong! In a couple of days the most important festival of Barcelona, “Festes de la Mercè” starts and will show you again that the Catalans know how to celebrate life, the summer and Barcelonas Patron Saint Mercè. (more...)
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