• Konair, Seta and El Xupet Negre on the graffiti spot on the corner of Carrer de la Selva Mar and Carrer del Perú (by ACN)

    Barcelona Street Art: A Free 24 Hour Open Art Gallery

    The Barcelona street art scene has been active for 30 years. Thanks to its diversity Barcelona street art distinguishes itself from other cities around the world. During recent years street art has become more popular, which has resulted in more art on the streets, a commercial focus and more legal walls around town. According to the street artist Debens, it was hard for artists in the 90s to find places to make street art because of strict conditions. But such authority also had a positive impact on the street artists in the beginning since it produced a “rebel spirit that is very important for them to create”, Debens states. 

Life & Style

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

The Sagrada Família is one of the most emblematic, but also one of the most polemic, buildings in Barcelona. With up to 10,000 visitors per day, more than 3 million every year, the most iconic building by...

Group of tourists on holidays in Lloret de Mar, Girona (by ACN)

27.09.16 - 17:05

Barcelona struggles to achieve balance between benefits of tourism and complaints about illegal apartments

Barcelona’s battle against illegal apartment rentals has recently taken a new turn.The European Holiday Home Association (EHHA) filed last Thursday a formal complaint with the European Commission against the “restrictions” on...

An image from last year's Circuit Festival (by Circuit Festival / ACN)

09.08.16 - 18:20

Barcelona hosts world’s largest LGBTI festival for 9th consecutive year

Isla Fantasia waterpark, located 30 kilometres north of Barcelona, hosted this Tuesday the 'Water Park Day', the main highlight of Circuit Festival 2016, the world’s largest LGBTI party. Around 8,000 people from all over the world, mainly...

Close-up of 'Castellers de París' during their last performance at the International Castells Festival, in London (by ACN)

05.07.16 - 15:12

Inside a Catalan 'castell'

A common sight at Catalan festivals, ‘castells’ can be up to 10 human storeys high, with a small child usually being placed on the top. Teams compete to create the most elaborate construction, in a...

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

Barcelona Games World has kicked off this Thursday at the Montjuic Exhibition Centre in the Catalan Capital. In its first edition in Barcelona, after the organisers decided to move it from Madrid, the fair expects to surpass the 90,000 visitors...

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...
Blind woman crossing a pedestrian crossing regulated by an adapted traffic light (by ACN)

28.07.16 - 18:23

Getting around Barcelona with a disability

The Catalan capital underwent a major transformation concerning the infrastructure and urban planning during the nineties, mainly due to the celebration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 1992. However, rather than stopping there, Barcelona...

Barcelona Game World's organisers explain the festival's novelties to the journalists (by ACN)

24.06.16 - 17:25

Barcelona Games World to focus on mobile games

The Barcelona Games World video game fair, to be held from the 6th to the 9th of October, has released more information about its upcoming event in 2016. Previously held in Madrid, the event will now also focus...

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

05.10.16 - 19:32

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

I Love Tour, the company behind the five-day event for students from the United Kingdom ‘Saloufest’ has decided to cancel the festival. After 16 years celebrating this festival in the town of Salou, on Catalonia's...

Two 'flat scouts' in Barcelona, checking whether the apartments have the required licences to legally host tourists (by ACN)

11.08.16 - 18:35

Barcelona cracks down on illegal subletting for tourists and closes 256 apartments

The Catalan capital’s action plan against illegal accommodation for tourists resulted in July in the closure of 256 apartments whose activity has been considered illegal, a figure which has to be added to the 112 orders announced in the...

Stall full of vegetables at one of Barcelona's markets (by ACN)

20.07.16 - 12:46

Half of Catalans consumed ecologically friendly food during 2015

More and more people in Catalonia are turning to ecologically friendly food. According to the Perception and Consumption of Organic Food barometer, half of all Catalans consumed ecologically friendly food during 2015. On the way towards an...

People heading to one of Sónar 2016 venues, at Barcelona Fira de Montjuic (by ACN)

21.06.16 - 16:24

Sónar ’16 ends with 115,500 visitors and announces its expansion to two new cities

Sónar 2016 closed its doors on its 23rd edition with 115,500 visitors from a hundred countries. This figure is slightly lower than 2015, but maintains the last five-year average. This year, the voices of artists that had...

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