18 jul. 2017

Veranos de la Villa - July full of plans

Madrid in summer does not rest, from outdoor events, concerts and even parties, the city is full of enthusiasm and summer joy. Do not miss the events that will be held in the next two weeks!

Yabba                                                                                                           19th- 20th of July

If you are looking for undefined art, María Jerez might be your new muse. The Madrileña’n artist is known for her art that eludes common recognition—for example, one of her works depicts a scarf blowing over a highway, but the way it is flying makes it appear as a cloud of black smoke. Her work focuses on the incapacity to name what you see, and her exhibit is absolutely worth a visit. She will also be accompanied by Lanoche, an experimental electronic music group. Tickets are free to see her work in the Madrid’s Matadero at 21:30.

Salsa Night                                                                                              Thursday, July 20th

The famous Orchestra La-33 is coming to the Explanada Multiusos Madrid River to spoil us with their music! This night of dancing will begin at 21:00 and we anticipate salsa rhythms, Colombian music, and even Ibero-american music. With free access, there is no reason to miss out!

Santiago Auserón and the Symphonic Band of Madrid                           Friday, July 21st

Come to a free concert! Santiago Auserón, one of the most memorable musicians from Castilian music of the 80s, will be presenting us with a wonderful show on Friday. Take a journey through his many successes as 21:00 in the Pilar García Peña Auditorium. ¡We hope to see you there!

In a Strange Land                                                                                   Saturday, July 22nd

Are you an aficionado of old music? Or do you just want to discover what old music was like? Well, we have an event especially made for you. Listen to polyphonic music from the English Renaissance in the Cemetery of Almudena Ciudad Lineal. The event begins at 21:00 and has open access to the public. Uncover something new in the old.

Rosalía + Raül Refree                                                                                Sunday, July 23rd

There is nothing more Spanish than Flamenco dancing; but this show takes it to another level. At 21:00, an experimental Flamenco show begins and will leave you speechless. Come to the Auditorium in Cuña Verde Park to enjoy this free event. 

Access                                                                                                         23rd- 24th of July

This piece, created by Pablo Larraín and Roberto Farías, tells us the story of a young man growing up in the streets of Santiago de Chile. Each day, he sells cheap items on the street in order to make enough money to survive, but that is not all that life has in store for him. The show begins at 21:00 in the Cineteca-Matadero Madrid and is presented in a monolog format that is sure to captivate you. Join us for this intense societal analysis as we delve into themes of abuse, exclusion, resistance, and what it is to be human.

Poets on Moyano Territory                                                                Wednesday, July 26th

Join us at 20:30 to enjoy a day that celebrates everything that it is to be a poet, no matter what kind. The event is free, occurs in the Cuesta de Moyano inside of Retiro Park and you can pick and choose whichever events interest you most!
·         20:30 Norma Fierro—Spoken Word Genre
·         21:30 Ajo & Judit Farrés— Micro-Poems
·         22:30 Saul Williams-- Hip Hop Poetry

A Voces: El Pele y Pedro El Granaíno + Pastora Galván                    Thursday, July 27th

Great music, impressive dance moves and a great location--come and enjoy the flamenco show! It begins at 21:00 at the Auditorium inside Lineal del Manzanares Park and includes free access for all guests.

Tribute to Gloria Fuertes                                                                              Fridat, July 28th

A day like today, a hundred years ago, on July 28, 1917 Gloria Fuertes was born in the Madrid neighborhood of Lavapiés, where she lived her childhood and adolescence. This neighborhood girl, of humble origin, would become a heterodox and unclassifiable poet whose work has become part of popular culture. 
Her poems have moved and made children and adults smile with a script full of sensitivity and full of humanity. This will take place in Lavapiés Neighborhood at 20:30 and it has free entrance.

Madrid Suena                                                                                           Saturday, July 29th

In the Centro Deportivo Municipal San Blas, from 11:00 to 21:00, there will be a DJ and live music! It only costs 4.5 Euros to enter, but this music festival will be one night you´ll never forget. A lot of the musical groups represents the underground style and others bring black rhythm to the table as it appears in Jazz, Disco, Funk, and Soul music all night long!


Circus Soiree                                                                                             Sunday, July 30th

¡Vaivén Circo presents to us a lively show called Do Not Disturb that impresses and excites their audience without question! The complete performance won the National Circus Prize in 2016 and this show on Sunday includes the political circus of Twisting the Balance and the dangerous antics of (Rêve). The event begins at 20:30 in the Agustín Rodríguez Sahugún Park and you should expect a crude, physically contorting show that pushes its artists to their limits. Entry is free, so there´s no excuse to miss it!

More details at Veranos de la Villa

7 jul. 2017

¡San Fermín! - Run with the bulls

The fiestas of San Fermín or Sanfermines are a celebration in honor of San Fermín (copatrón of Navarra) that takes place every summer from the 6 to the 14 of July in the Spanish city of Pamplona. One of the most famous activities of the Sanfermines is the bull run, which consists of a route of 849 meters in which the young men run in front of the bulls and culminating in the bullring.

By definition, San Fermín is synonymous with partying in the street. So the pamploneses spend the week in the street enjoying sangría, sun and music. The big week of Pamplona begins with the launching of the "chupinazo" (a rocket) from the balcony of the Town Hall on July 6 at 12h. From that moment a traditional and very fun party begins: shows, dances, parades and bulls will be the protagonists of an unforgettable week.

¡Have fun and run fast!

14 jun. 2017

Gay Pride is World Pride in Madrid

Exceptional, phenomenal, glamorous, huge, extraordinary, unique, stimulating – there are many more words that can be used to describe the pride Madrid has in its LGBTIQ population: pride so great it has its own nickname, ¨MADO¨ (Madrid Orgullo).

To have pride in something is to not only respect it, but celebrate it. As much of the world is required to hide their sexual orientation, Madrid will put it out on display in a 10 day festival this summer for World Pride Madrid 2017! Beginning on the 23rd June and continuing on to the 3rd July, this festival will include an opening ceremony, a race, an inauguration, and of course, an enormous parade. The festivities will spread from the Chueca neighborhood (a popular area for Madrid’s gay community) to the main streets of Madrid and it is predicted that over 2 million people will be in attendance! You do not want to miss out on this chance to support diversity in your community—and party a little bit too of course!

Friday June 23rd
Opening Ceremony hosted in the Calderón Theatre.

Sunday June 25th (begins at 10am)
Diversity Race!—This new event will take place in the Plaza de Colon and is meant to emphasize the acceptance and love Madrid holds for their diverse population.

Monday June 26th 
Madrid Summit—a Conference of Human Rights featuring prominent speakers from around the world. Sponsored by the Madrid city council, this three day event (26th- 28th) will be held at the Autonoma University of Madrid and aims to provide a healthy dialogue that explores and contemplates the all areas of society in which a LGBTIQ member experiences differential treatment.
(Monday 8am-7pm) (Tuesday 8am-6:30pm) (Wednesday 8am-7pm)

Wednesday June 28th (noon- 10pm)
Rainbow Night!!—This is an artistic, cultural exposition in WorldPride Park that will host the exhibitions of a variety of LGBTIQ groups and allies. There will be a small market, local foods, a cultural performance and the community exhibition.

Saturday July 1st (6pm- midnight)
World Pride Parade—also known as the ´manifestation,’ this event is guaranteed to be the highlight of the festivities with its colorful collaboration of LGBTIQ pride and Euro Pride groups!
Sunday July 2nd
Closing Ceremony will take place in the Plaza Alcalá.

Euro Fest Incorporation:
This year, World Pride Madrid is so large because it has merged with the Euro Fest to form a full week of festivities. We recommend that you visit the World Pride Madrid 2017 website to discover more details on the event and what you can do to register for events and show your LGBTIQ and European pride! (http://www.worldpridemadrid2017.com)

25 may. 2017

Spanish: Europe's fastest language

If you’re a student of Spanish and you have spent some time in Spain, you won’t be a stranger to the well known fact that Spanish is an extremely fast language and that overwhelming feeling when a Spanish person starts speaking. But just why is Spanish spoken so quickly?

The linguistic answer lies in the fact that Spanish syllables are fairly short. On average, they are formed by 2.1 phonemes, which are the distinct sounds in a language that differentiate one word from another, whereas other European languages are formed by a higher number of phonemes, for example German, 2.8, and English, 2.7. In short, this means that due to the nature of some Spanish sounds (for example the soft ‘d’), Spanish speakers, compared with other European language speakers, pronounce less fractions of a word.

In addition to this, it has been found that the pace of a language also comes down to the number of syllables pronounced per second, where, once again, Spanish speakers take the lead. As Spanish syllables are generally shorter than the average European language, there are more pronounced each second in comparison with other languages throughout the continent, meaning that Spaniards take the top spot when it comes to talking quickly.

So, don’t worry if you feel that you are struggling to understand when you are speaking to a Spanish person – the likelihood is that they’re speaking very quickly! In fact, in Croatian, there is a phrase which translates to ‘it sounds like Spanish’ which is used when someone doesn’t understand anything! Having said that, don’t be afraid to ask a Spanish person to speak a little slower – they’re often more than happy to¬ slow down and will love speaking Spanish with you!

19 may. 2017

The Best Swimming Pools in Madrid!

With summer quickly approaching and temperatures rapidly rising here in Madrid, it’s definitely time to start thinking about where we can soak up the sun and cool off at the same time! Madrid is full of great swimming pools but here we have selected our favourites so you can check them out!

Complutense University of Madrid
Complutense swimming pool
This swimming pool is one of Madrid´s most popular spots for people to hang out in the summer and is located right in the heart one of Madrid´s biggest student areas. Especially popular with students, this swimming pool offers a discount to all students studying at Complutense University, and along with a young, lively atmosphere, the cheap bar food and drinks make for a real summer party! Make sure you, or someone you are with brings student ID, otherwise you won’t be able to get in.

How to get there:
Metro: Ciudad Universitaria (line 6)
Bus: 46, 82, 83, 132, 133, 160, 161, 162

Centro deportivo municipal Francos Rodríguez 
If you’re looking for a slightly quieter sunbathing spot, we recommend this pool! It is situated in a residential area and so is a more popular spot for families, however there is a still a buzz as it is also close to the university. There is a large grass area which is perfect for chilling out and sunbathing for the day!

How to get there:
Metro: Francos Rodríguez (line 7)
Bus: 44, 64, 126, 127, 128, 132

Centro deportivo municipal Peñuelas
Fully equipped with picnic tables, a small bar, space to sunbathe and showers, this pool is a great option to go to with friends for a day out in the sun. It is open until 9pm and so you can definitely make the most of the gorgeous Madrid sun!

How to get there:
Metro: Acacias (line 5), Embajadores (line 5), Pirámides (line 5)
Bus: 18, 36, 62

Centro deportivo municipal Vicente del Bosque
In this huge sports centre whose facilities occupy over 70,000m2, swimming is only one of the numerous activities on offer! There are two 50m pools as well as a children’s pool open to the public, offering the perfect opportunity to cool off and escape the Madrid heat. Definitely the perfect place to come for a day of activities with your friends!

How to get there:
Metro: Barrio del Pilar (line 9), Begoña (line 10)
Bus: 49, 83, 128, 132, 134, 137, 147

10 may. 2017

San Isidro, The Patron Saint of Madrid

This weekend, a celebratory atmosphere descends on Madrid once more as the city comes together to celebrate the Fiesta de San Isidro on 15 May. But where does the festival come from, and why do madrileños love it so much?

The tradition is centuries old, and originates from a feast day established to celebrate San Isidro, a labourer who lived in the 1100s and was famous for his generosity and compassion for animals and the poor. He was married to María Torribia, also known as Santa María de la Cabeza (Saint Mary of the Head), as after her death her head was preserved and carried out in procession as a form of prayer. The most famous miracle performed by the pair is said to be that of their son, Illán. When he was a baby, he fell into a well and as the parents had no other ways to rescue him, so they prayed. Miraculously, the water level in the well rose, and the baby was rescued.

The chotis dance in traditional chulapo dress
Celebrations of the Fiesta de San Isidro usually last for 9 days, from the Friday before the feast day until the following Sunday, but the majority celebrate over the weekend, this year being 12-15 May.  The 15 May also marks the beginning of bullfighting season, so expect to see bullfighters from around the world performing the tradition at the famous Las Ventas bullring. You can also expect to see people dressed in “traje de chulapo/chulapa”, historic madrileño dress, dancing chotis, a local dance that originated in the working-class neighbourhoods of Lavapiés and El Rastro in the 19th century.

Here are our top picks of where to enjoy this weekend:

Plaza de la Villa
Don’t miss the one and only “Gigantes y Cabezudos” parade on Friday 12th, starting at 6pm. The square will be filled with enormous figures that are integral to Spanish tradition, and there’s nothing quite like it.

Pradera de San Isidro
This is where the festival originally began, and is the perfect place to join hundreds in a picnic on the Sunday. Bring your own food or take your pick from the numerous stands in the park.

Plaza Mayor
Many of the main events of the weekend are taking place here, and it is made even more special by the fact that Plaza Mayor is celebrating its 400th anniversary this year. There is live music here during the whole weekend, from midday all the way into the night.

Retiro Park
To round off the weekend, there will be spectacular fireworks in the iconic Retiro Park on Sunday and Monday evening, at 20:30h and 22:30h both nights.

The full programme of all festivities can be found here: