• Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia fills with pianos

    Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia, one of the most iconic streets in the Catalan capital, filled with grand pianos for any passer-by to play them. This initiative sets the fire gun for the International Maria Canals Music Contest, which celebrates its 63th Edition in 2017. The festival, which is on at the Palau de la Música Catalana from March 25 to April 7, features 81 young pianists from 30 countries. Thanks to their 'El Passeig de Gràcia Porta Cua' initiative, in which the Friends of Passeig de Gràcia Association also collaborates, this emblematic Barcelona street sees ten grand pianos dotted along it for anyone who wants to step up to the bench and play. Universal classics, together with TV theme songs and famous soundtracks such as ‘Titanic’, ‘Amélie’ or HBO series ‘Game of Thrones’ have echoed in Barcelona’s centre.

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A boy playing one of the grand pianos dotted along Barcelona's Passeig de Gràcia (by ACN)

28.03.17 - 14:28

Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia fills with pianos

Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia, one of the most iconic streets in the Catalan capital, filled with grand pianos for any passer-by to play them. This initiative sets the fire gun for the International Maria Canals Music Contest,...

Cruise ships on Barcelona's Port (by J. Molina)

22.11.16 - 14:49

Barcelona to break cruise ship record in 2016 with 2.7 million passengers

A total of 2.7 million cruise travellers will have passed through the Port of Barcelona by the end of 2016, a figure that represents an increase of about 9-10% over 2015 and marks a new record. This was announced on Monday by the president of...

Cauldron used in Barcelona's Paralympic Games, in 1992 (by ACN)

17.10.16 - 19:26

30 years since Barcelona’s Olympic nomination

On a day like today, 30 years ago, Barcelona achieved its long-time dream to become the venue for the Olympic Games. It was 1.30 pm on Friday the 17th of October 1986 when the President of the International Olympic Committee, Juan...

Hotel room full of students attending 'Saloufest' (by ACN)

05.10.16 - 19:32

‘Saloufest’ promoters cancel the event due to political “pressure”

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The Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, and the Business Minister, Jordi Baiget, during the inauguration of the 080 Barcelona Fashion (by ACN)

31.01.17 - 14:54

Catalan fashion on stage at the National Theatre as 080 Barcelona Fashion kicks off with Pierre Cardin

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Traffic jam in the C-58 (by ACN)

09.11.16 - 19:29

Catalonia wants to be European benchmark in fight against climate change

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Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona (by ACN)

11.10.16 - 15:41

Sagrada Família could be forced to pay taxes, after over a century of unlicensed building

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'Lasarte's chef Paolo Casagrande and his most influential teacher, chef Martin Berasategui, celebrating the restaurant's third Michelin star (by ACN)

24.11.16 - 11:06

‘Lasarte’ becomes first restaurant in Barcelona with three Michelin stars

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Promotional image of the successful box office comedy 'Barcelona Summer Night', by Dani de la Orden (by Cambridge Film Festival)

21.10.16 - 18:22

Catalan cinema returns to Cambridge Film Festival for fifth consecutive year

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Stand of Barcelona Games World at Fira de Barcelona (by ACN)

06.10.16 - 18:52

Catalonia welcomes first edition of Barcelona Games World, previously held in Madrid

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The 6th International Wine Business Meeting is taking place in Lleida (by ACN)

20.09.16 - 19:59

Catalan wineries look to win over Russian importers

Catalonia is a land of wine and cava, therefore Catalan wineries want to expand their market beyond the Catalan borders. This week the 6th International Wine Business Meeting is taking place in Lleida, in eastern Catalonia. In this edition the...
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