With September Autumn comes, Summer says goodbye and suddenly a subtle sensation of cold air is gradually taking over our skin. You recognize the symptoms instantly and you know that a new season is about to start with its spectacular explosion of light colours: ochres, yellows, browns,...
It's time to take your boots out of the closet and get ready to live an authentic autumnal experience, a spectacular journey through incredible Natural Parks and valleys throughout Spain. Get ready to enjoy landscapes worthy of fairy tales.
Highlights of the season
Grape harvest festivals in Spain
You will find many very good, quality wines in Spain which enjoy international prestige. A special time to enjoy this typically Spanish product is in early autumn, when the grape harvest festivals are held. These festivities are an excellent opportunity to participate in the traditions and ambience of the winemaking culture.
September and October mark the arrival of autumn, and also the period when grapes are picked. Every year, the harvest signals the end of the grape-growing season, and after the work is done, it's time to celebrate the good crop in style. The grape harvest festivals that are held in many places in Spain offer a sample of what the world of wine is like, and of its typical popular customs. We are sure to provide some funny activities for your team and peers during these festivities, because the mood of merriment that prevails is contagious. You will also have the chance to see first-hand some of the tasks involved in the winemaking process.
San Sebastian International Film Festival
For another year the capital of Guipuzcoa province will host the San Sebastián International Film festival, an event that has been held every year since it began in 1953.
The festival is one of the most prestigious and internationally recognised in Spain, and big names in film, both actors and directors, have attended to present their films, making a glamorous, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Apart from the different prizes awarded in the various sections, since 1986 the Donostia Prize has been awarded in recognition of those who have contributed to the world of film through their careers.
When: until September 29th 2018
Where: Donostia-San Sebastián
INDUSTRY FLASH NEWS
Riu Plaza España Hotel-Madrid
The new Riu Plaza España Hotel, an iconic building situated on the Big Track, right in the heart of Madrid, is to become the new flagship of RIU in the Spanish capital. Following a complete overhaul, while preserving its historic character, the hotel is being reborn with the firm aim of becoming an icon of the city once again. Its modern facilities and the quality of RIU service make a comfortable stay both for visitors traveling on business and those seeking to explore the city.
There will be a wide range of conference and event rooms. Its 3000 m2 of space provides enormous flexibility for different configurations and a maximum capacity of up to 1,500 people. The rooms will feature the latest technologies and spectacular views of the city as well as the assistance of a large team of experienced professionals who will always make your event a sure-fire success.
This new hotel will feature 585 comfortable rooms and suites equipped with the best amenities and an impressive Presidential Suite covering 168 m2 and 60 m2 with a terrace enjoying spectacular views. A variety of sophisticated bars and restaurants will entice you to share great times and enjoy the finest cuisine. At the very top of the building, and enjoying 360° panoramic views of the city, will be the exclusive Sky Bar with its spectacular swimming pool where you can immerse yourself in a pleasant, chilled-out atmosphere and enjoy sophisticated cocktails.
Málaga, European Best Destination 2019 nomenee
Malaga is so fashionable which has been nominated for best European destination to visit in 2019. The City Council has just pointed out that it has been selected among the twenty cities the traveler should not miss next year as title of «European Best Destination 2019'.
The Organization has valued Malaga as a unique destination in Europe, a city with a blend of modernity and tradition, culture, beach, gastronomy, shopping and museums offer of first order that leaves no one indifferent", listed from the area of tourism. After this nomination, the capital of the Costa del Sol competes with the destinations most visited and popular in Europe, including Vienna, Rome, the Azores, Geneva, Berlin, Lisbon, Bratislava and Edinburgh. The title to better target will be resolved by a simple voting online will open from January 15 to February 5. They will be 21 in which an intensive campaign will take place in networks to achieve this.
ART: Madrid and more
Sorolla, Painted Garden
The Sorolla Museum, sponsored by the Mutua Madrileña Foundation, presents the works of art dedicated to the gardens, one of the painter’s great passions.
Sorolla started painting gardens in 1906 in La Granja and he always wanted to have a garden of his own as one of his favorite ways to paint was outdoors where he could catch the continuous changes in the natural light. When it was time for him to design one, he took his inspiration from the Alhambra in Granada and Alcázar in Seville, places he had already painted on numerous occasions since 1908.
When: January 20th 2019
Where: Sorolla Museum, Madrid
Beckmann. Exile Figures
Using a very personal, independent language that differed from that used by contemporary artists, Max Beckmann (Leipzig, Germany, 1884-New York, USA, 1950) became one of Germany’s leading twentieth-century artists. This exhibition focuses on his peculiar Expressionist style and sheds light on the main aspects of his work.
Having undergone traumatic experiences, in his work Beckmann shows his obsession with human tragedy. In a singular way, his paintings are rough and incisive.
The exhibition is organised in two sections. One of them covers Beckmann’s years in Germany and presents the paintings in chronological order. The second, larger, section focuses on the artist’s years in Amsterdam and the United States. This part revolves around four metaphors relating to exile understood as the existential condition of modern man.
When: from October 23rd to January 27th 2019
Where: Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
Museo del Prado 1819-2019
Prado Museum celebrates its 200th birthday and to commemorate such a big event it presents this exhibition that will inaugurate an ambitious program of activities for the Bicentennial.
The exhibition gives a tour of the history of the Museum, basing itself on the dialog between the museum and the society, the Spanish heritage policies and the tendencies that have influenced the growth of the museum’s collections. It will also deal with how Prado has become a place that has served numerous Spanish and international writers, intellectuals, and artists to reflect on the Spanish past and collective identity.
Prado Museum opened its doors to the public on 19 of November 1819 and it celebrates the Bicentennial in 2019. On this special occasion, they wish to reflect on the future and the forthcoming challenges for this and the other great Museums of ancient painting: the need to attract social groups that traditionally are not attracted by the collections, to encourage gender and minority research studies or the challenges caused by overcrowding.
When: from November 19th to March 10th 2019
Where: Prado Museum, Madrid
Leonardo da Vinci. The Faces of the Genius
To commemorate the 500 years since the death of the Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci, Madrid holds a unique exhibition taking place at two locations: Palacio de las Alhajas and the National Library. Madrid starts a series of events that also take place in France, Italy and England.
Curated by one of the big da Vinci experts, the Spanish actor, television presenter and writer Christian Gálvez, it is the only exhibition in the world endorsed by the Leonardo DNA Project. It is an international project involving Gálvez together with a team of geneticists, historians, archaeologists and other experts that wish to reveal da Vinci mystery using his DNA in the year of his 500th anniversary.
The visitors of this exhibition will be able to discover the unknown details about the artist and his work like his dreams, achievements and failures as an artist within an apparently unfinished architecture.
The venue at the National Library opens a new exhibition hall for this event, a space that was until now designated for investigation. The great entrance hall will exhibit the Codices Madrid I and Madrid II, two manuscripts that show the artist’s involvement in engineering, mechanics and art. The visitors will also be able to see the reconstructions of the machines shown in the codices and one his biggest projects: the enormous horse designed for Ludovico Sforza.
On the other hand, The Palacio de las Alhajas will show the prints that were part of different books published throughout the history dealing with the life and work of Leonardo. Tavola Lucana, shown for the first time in Spain, is one of the main attractions of this exhibition. It is a portrait discovered in 2009 by the historian Nicola Barbatelli and the experts claim that is it the only one that meets all the requirements (historical, literary, artistic and scientific) to be considered the true self-portrait of the Florentine artist.
When: from 29 November to 19 May 2019
Where: National Library, Madrid
Rediscovering the Mediterranean
Mapfre Foundation is putting on an exhibition exploring the reasons why artists, particularly from France and Spain, have fallen in love with the Mediterranean. It includes works by Van Gogh, Cézanne, Renoir, Signac, Matisse, Bonnard, Sorolla and Pinazo.
The works on display will help viewers understand how the Mediterranean is perceived by artists and portrayed in different, yet always unique, lights. To many artists, like Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Cézanne, Renoir, Signac, Matisse, Bonnard or Picasso, the Mediterranean was a turning point in their careers, inviting them to tack their boats and embark on new adventures. Moreover, some of them – like Sorolla or Pinazo – found in the sea a source of inspiration and a whole new set of motifs revolving around the beach.
When: from October 10th until January 13th 2018
Where: Mapfre Foundation, Madrid
SHOWS: music, theatre, dance, gastronomy, fashion …
In the context of their Experience + Innocence Tour 2018, the acclaimed Irish rock band U2 are coming back to Madrid. It’ll be a much-awaited comeback, indeed, after a 13-year hiatus. They will kick off their schedule in Tulsa (Oklahoma, USA), beginning their European stage in late August.
The band are set for a run of gigs picking up where the Innocence Experience Tour of 2015 left off, following the release in December 2017 of Songs of Experience, their latest studio album.
U2 and their leader, Bono, have announced that their new production will feature state-of-the-art technology and unique, innovative elements like multiple performance areas, a next-gen sound system and a super high-res LED screen.
The band from Dublin formed in 1976 with Bono (lead vocals), the Edge (lead guitars, keyboard and backing vocals), Adam Clayton (bass) and Larry Mullen Jr. (drums and percussion). They have released 14 studio albums, including Songs of Experience (2017). Some of their most successful songs are ‘With or Without You’, ‘One’, ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ and ‘Beautiful Day’, while their greatest albums include The Joshua Tree (1987), Achtung Baby (1991) and Zooropa (1993).
One of the world’s best-selling music groups in history, U2 have sold over 170 million records. Likewise, they have received numerous accolades and awards, including twenty Grammys, seven Brit Awards and three Golden Globe Awards for Best Original Song. Moreover, they are a politically and socially committed band, particularly Bono, a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee.
When: 20th and 21st September 2018
Where: WiZink Center, Madrid
Opera season, Faust
The Teatro Real opera house is opening the 2018-2019 season with Charles Gounod’s grand opera based on the work by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. This version is directed by Àlex Ollé, from La Fura dels Baus.
The Faust legend has been the basis for many literary, artistic, cinematic, and musical works that have reinterpreted it through the ages. Gounod’s opera, written in the nineteenth century, and Ollé’s version of it for the twenty-first century focus on modern man and the need to live up to his own expectations and the world around him.
Faust is an erudite who is highly successful yet dissatisfied with his life, which leads him to make a pact with the Devil, exchanging his soul for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures. The opera focuses on the accursed love between Faust and Marguerite.
When: until October 7th 2018
Where: Royal Opera House, Teatro Real, Madrid
West Side Story
The SOM Produce company stages a new adaptation directed by Federico Barrios of the classic American musical. A cult play inspired by Shakespeare’s great love story, Romeo and Juliet, which has become one of the milestones of musical theatre of all times.
With a soundtrack by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, it is recognised as one of the best in the history of musicals. It is such a moving and contemporary text with original choreographies by Jerome Robbins, which are a legend of contemporary dance.
Coinciding with the centenary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, the complete original version makes its debut in Spain, whereby this musical was premiered at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway in 1957. It won two Tony awards and was taken to the big screen in 1961, starring Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer. It was nominated for eleven Oscar Awards, winning ten of them, including Best Film. In this way, it became the fourth production ever with the most film academy awards.
The “American Jets” and the “Puerto Rican Sharks” are the street gangs that controlled the city of New York. They were in a power struggle which only increased when María, the sister of the leader of the Sharks, Bernardo, and former member of the Jets, Tony, fell in love. Both gangs then declared war.
When: October 3rd to December 2nd 2018
Where: Teatro Calderón, Madrid
JazzMadrid18: Madrid International Jazz Festival
Like every autumn, the best acts on the global jazz scene will once again be showcased at Madrid's International Jazz Festival, better known as JAZZMADRID. Seasoned artists as well as talented newcomers to the genre make up the line-up for the festival's programme, which will be hosted by various venues around the city.
With the aim of enriching and promoting jazz culture, in addition to concerts JAZZMADRID's extensive programme also includes parallel activities such as exhibitions and films relating to the genre, as well as discussions and lectures by experts and critics.
Over 31,000 people enjoyed one hundred performances and activities at the festival's last edition, whose main hubs were Conde Duque Cultural Centre and Fernán Gómez Centro Cultural de la Villa theatre, which will once again serve as the event’s main venues. One new feature was the inclusion of blues in its broadest sense, from the traditional style of Corey Harris to the more electric and cosmopolitan sound of Bronx-born guitarist Popa Chubby.
Past editions of the festival have showcased jazz greats such as Hiromi Uehara, Gregory Porter, Robin McKelle, Niño Josele, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Becca Stevens and Javier Colina, among many others.
In addition to one hundred performances, there will also be parallel activities connected to jazz such as debates, films and exhibitions by experts on the cultural life of jazz and its criticism in Spain. It's a great opportunity to come out and hear and enjoy jazz music at a festival that will feature melodies of differing styles from different cultures, in addition to showcasing new talent.
When: November 2018
Where: Conde Duque, Madrid
TRADE SHOWS & CONGRESSES
Madrid Hotel Week
The cooperation between the Madrid Business Association and the Department of Tourism at Madrid Destino has led to the 2nd Madrid Hotel Week. The event places local hotels in the spotlight in terms of culture, art, gastronomy, technology and sports.
The idea emerged in an effort to change general perceptions of hotels by way of unique experiences and ground-breaking activities. The programme includes events with famous chefs, exhibitions, themed tours, live music, meetings with designers, wellness treatments, children’s workshops, and so forth.
The organisers of Madrid Hotel Week 2018 want to attract visitors from Spain and from other countries too. Tourists will get information on the wide range of hotels available in the Spanish capital.
‘Hotels are at the core of the tourism industry,’ says the Director of the Department of Tourism at Madrid Destino, Miguel Sanz. He thinks hotels should be properly integrated into the city. ‘Joining forces with the Tourism Department of the City of Madrid means this Madrid Hotel Week will help us offer a host of activities to visitors,’ Sanz adds.
Last year, 81 different activities took place in more than 50 hotels and a dozen organisations. Mostly, they had to do with architecture, culture, gastronomy, design, technology, art, music, town markets, arts and crafts, sports, theatre and history
When: from 5 to 11 November 2018
Where: Different hotels in Madrid
International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2018)
In October, Madrid will host the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) for the first time, a robotics exhibition that aims to display the main technological advances in the sector. This year’s theme is Towards a Robotic Society, due to the fact that androids and the interaction between humans and robots will change social structures in a near future.
Madrid has been selected to host the latest edition of IROS, and there are numerous reasons why the Spanish capital is the ideal venue for the event. Madrid is the third largest city in the European Union, and one of the world’s oldest capitals. Its history, tradition, cultural and entertainment offer make it the perfect place to host this innovative international conference.
Over the five days of the event, there will be diverse activities related to research and development, master classes, special sessions, as well as various tutorials and workshops. IROS 2018 will have 150 stands where the pioneering commercial firms in robotics and the leading research centres will be concentrated . It is expected that 3000 people will attend this latest edition of the event.
When: October 1 – 5, 2018
Where: Municipal Conference Center, Madrid
IBTM World, the world's leading event, is the most important fair dedicated to the segment of meetings, incentives, congresses, conventions and events, along with Imex Frankfurt, which takes place in Europe.
Each year the exhibition offers three inspiring business days, networking and education to a community of international suppliers and buyers, helping to drive their businesses into the future.
When: from 27th to 29th November 2018
Where: Fira Barcelona Gran Vía
SPORTS OF THE SEASON !!!
Real Madrid - Atlético de Madrid (Liga Santander)
Real Madrid faces its eternal rival at the Bernabéu Stadium in one of the most important matches with the greatest media repercussion in the competition. Each Madrid derby is a unique match and one of the most exciting of the Spanish championship.
Both sides have some of the world’s best players in their ranks, which guarantees a show and excellent football on the pitch.
When: 29th September 2018
Where: Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Madrid
Karate World Championships 2018
Spain will host the Karate World Championships for the fourth time. However, this edition is more special than ever, as this martial art will be included as an Olympic sport at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
The Spanish capital takes over from Linz (Austria), city where the championship was held in 2016, in which 1,000 karatekas from 110 different countries participated. However, Madrid was not the World Karate Federation’s first choice. The first option was Lima (Peru), but following delays in the construction of a stadium with the capacity to host the event, the organization named Madrid as the substitute city.
This will be the fourth time that Spain has hosted a World Championship following events held in Madrid in 1980 and 2002, and in Granada in 1992.
Karate has 50 million participants worldwide, triple that of judo, for example. The 2018 World Championship is expected to break all participation records, as the championship also serves as the qualifiers for the 2020 Olympic Games
When: from 6 to 11 November 2017
Where: WiZink Center, Madrid
Madrid Horse Week
Feria de Madrid once more hosts a new edition of the Madrid Horse Week, the leading equestrian event held in Spain, which seeks to bring the general public closer to the horse world.
Last year, the show had a multidisciplinary character, including a Cowboy Dressage Competition in a brand-new league format: the Dressage Masters, created by the Organising Committee and the Madrid Cowboy Dressage Club. It also featured the Grand Final of the Cowboy Dressage Masters Cup, a two-day event gathering the league’s top ten riders and horses, who had made it through the qualifying round. It was the first time a dressage competition had a league format in such a special setting, arousing interest in both horsemen and spectators.
In its sixth edition, the horse show will include the Vaulting World Cup, the Dressage CDI5* International Grand Prix and the Jumping CSI2* Grand Prix. On the whole, there’ll be nine competition days, including more than 20 day and night events in the central track and giving out 500,000 euro in prizes.
Finally, there’ll be the JumpingClash Challenge, a new type of competition seeking to modernise show jumping and reaching wider audiences through live television.
The Horse Fair has a programme with numerous recreational and educational activities, such as western dressage, vaulting demonstrations, natural horsemanship and sessions on horse health and care. The offer is rounded off with a Commercial Village with over 90 stands displaying fashion goods, equestrian articles, vets, equine transportation, catering, food and decoration, in which nationals and international brands will reveal their latest developments, as well as a gastronomy corner with a varied culinary offer.
Children’s activities include giving small children the opportunity to embrace their first experience with the horse world in the Pony Park, with integrative actions through adapted horse-riding
When: from 22 to 25 November 2018
Where: Feria de Madrid
HAPPY SEASON !!!
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