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.
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.
Seville, origin and destination of the Magellan Journey
This year, Seville celebrates the 500th anniversary of the First Round of the World. A great feat that was developed in Seville and that consolidated the city as the most important city of the time.
An armilar sphere located in the Plaza de Cuba in Seville recalls the starting point of the Vuelta al Mundo de Magellan. From this shore of the Guadalquivir, the Portuguese navigator undertook on 10 August 1519 his journey to Sanlúcar de Barrameda and from there to the open sea. The expedition would travel the world for three years, until 8 September 1522, when it would return to Seville captained by Juan Sebastián Elcano, as Magellan lost his life on the voyage.
Seville played an essential role in that historic journey. Not only for being point of origin and return, but also because it was the city where the company was being founded. Different places still remind us of the Seville of the First Round the World. Places such as the Real Alcázar, where Fernando de Magallanes resided, or the Contracting House, where the details of the expedition were specified.
Seville has turned to the fifth centenary of the Vuelta al Mundo de Magellan. In addition to landmarks such as the Archive of the Indies or the zero mile of the trip, the city has incorporated new spaces to commemorate that event. Parque Magallanes is a new green space located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. It is located at the foot of the Pelli Tower and next to the Navigation Pavilion, a thematic center on nautical history.
INDUSTRY FLASH NEWS
Riu Plaza España Hotel-Madrid
This luxury, four-star hotel, located in the
emblematic Edificio España between Gran Vía and Calle Princesa, is part of the RIU Hotels & Resorts hotel chain and has 27 floors and 585 rooms, which offer incredible views over the city from its rooftop terrace.
All of the rooms are equipped with a mini-fridge, air conditioning and heating, an electronic safe and a complimentary welcome kit, among many other amenities.
The hotel offers free Wi-Fi throughout its facilities, along with 17 conference rooms, a 24-hour gym, an outdoor heated swimming pool (for the exclusive use of clients on the 21st floor, open in the summer season), a restaurant, a lobby bar and two magnificent Sky Bars: De Madrid al Cielo, located on the 26th floor and set in the Madrid Scene, and the 360º Roof Top Bar, located on the top floor of the hotel, from where you can enjoy some breathtaking 360º panoramic views of the city, and you can also stroll over a glass walkway that literally enables you to walk on Madrid’s sky.
Palacio de Liria
Located on Calle Princesa, the Liria Palace is a large 18th century building from, residence of the House of Alba in Madrid and main headquarters of its art collection and historical archive, both of which are of extraordinary value. The Frenchman, Louis Guilbert, and Ventura Rodríguez, among others, were involved in its design and construction. From September 2019, guided visits will be available. On sale now!
Also known as "the younger brother of Royal Palace" Liria Palace is one of the most important civil buildings of its time preserved in the centre of Madrid. The floor of the palace in the form of an unusually long rectangle, unlike usual Spanish palaces, more square and with courtyards within.
The artistic and historical treasures at Liria Palace are amazing, especially for a private collection. Among the most outstanding pieces, a gallery of portraits of successive dukes, painted by masters such as Christoph Amberger, Tiziano, Louis-Michel van Loo, Mengs, Goya, Federico de Madrazo, Joaquín Sorolla and Daniel Vázquez Díaz.
Especially famous are the Retrato del Gran duque de Alba, , by Titian, and the La duquesa Cayetana con vestido blanco, by Goya. The gallery includes important Italian works such as Alegoría de la Verdad by Furini Francesco, La expulsión del Paraíso by Andrea Vaccaro y ejemplos de Elisabetta Sirani, Carlo Maratta, Francesco Guardi and Giovanni Pannini.
Visits will be in groups of up to 20 people and will last around 65 minutes, during which more than a dozen rooms located on the ground and first floors of the Palace will be visited, including the library, which contains more than 18,000 volumes and which displays bibliographical and documental gems, such as the Bible of the House of Alba, the only collection of letters written by Christopher Columbus in private hands, the final will of Fernando the Catholic or the first edition of ‘El Quijote’ from Madrid in 1605.
ART: Madrid and more
The Impressionists and Photography
The last major exhibition of the year invites us to reflect on the similarities and mutual influences between photography and painting in the second half of the 19th century in France. In addition to showcasing how photographers like Le Gray, Cuvelier, Nadar, and Disderi provided a stimulus for Manet and Degas’ work, and vice versa, the exhibition also explores the fruitful debate between critics and artists sparked by the eighth art’s arrival on the scene at the time.
Curated by Paloma Alarcó, the exhibition is divided into eight thematic sections: The Forest, Water, The Countryside, Monuments, The City, Portraiture, The Nude and Movement, which together reveal the artistic concerns shared by painters and photographers.
The key position that photography now occupies in the context of contemporary art has encouraged a renewed interest in art-historical studies with regard to the impact of its invention on the visual arts.
Impressionism used photography just as an iconographic source but was also inspired by it technically in its scientific observation of light, its representation of an asymmetrical, truncated pictorial space and its exploration of spontaneity and visual ambiguity. In addition, the new Impressionist type of brushstroke led some photographers to become interested in the materiality of their images and to look for ways of making their photographs less precise and more pictorial in effect. In many of the exhibited works you can see this influence in incomplete scenes where you feel that the painting stretches beyond the frame, a resource often used in photography.
On the other hand, photographers also started thinking about the material part of their images and started searching for new ways to photograph with a pictorial effect that comes from Impressionism.
When: from 15th October 23rd 2019 to 26th January 2020
Where: Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
A Tale of Two Female Painters: Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana
As part of the special programme to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Prado Museum, the art gallery is hosting an exhibition that will raise public awareness of the artistic personality of two of the most outstanding women in the history of western art: Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana.
For the first time ever, a single space hosts a selection of 60 of the most important paintings by these two artists, who achieved recognition and fame among their contemporaries. The exhibition is curated by Leticia Ruiz, Head of the Spanish Renaissance Painting Department.
Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana both had an enormous artistic personality with which they were able to break away from the prevailing stereotypes which were sceptical of women’s creative and artistic abilities.
The Italian painter, Sofonisba Anguissola (Cremona, Italy, 1535 - Palermo, Italy, 1625) stood out for her portraits, most of which were self-portraits with a somewhat informal representation. She often portrayed apparently everyday tasks accompanied by objects that helped to define her personality, reading a book or playing a musical instrument. Her talent extended to the court of Felipe II in 1559, where she was a lady in waiting to Queen Isabel de Valois, a position that hid her role as a n artist, although she continued deploying her talent in painting.
Lavinia Fontana (Bologna, Italy, 1552 - Rome, Italy, 1614) was one of the best known artists of her period, becoming the official painter of the court of Pope Clemente VIII and Paulo V. Her love of detail can be seen in her work and her technique when it comes to recreating jewels and fabrics. With over 135 documented works, of which only 32 signed and dated paintings remain, she is the woman with the most paintings registered before the 18th century.
When: from 22nd October 2019 to 2nd February 2020
Where: Prado Museum, Madrid
Boldini and Spanish Painting at the End of the 19th Century
The Mapfre Foundation is putting on an exhibition devoted to the work of Giovanni Boldini, one of the best Italian portrait artists of the turn of the century. Curated by Francesca Dini and Leyre Bozal, the exhibition explores some of his most outstanding works.
In addition, the exhibition shows, for the first time, the influence and artistic dialogue established between Boldini and Spanish painters of the Belle Epoque, such as Raimundo de Madrazo, Joaquín Sorolla, Rogelio de Egusquiza, Martin Rico and Francesc Masriera.
Born in Ferrara (Italy) in 1842, Giovanni Boldini cultivated his love for painting thanks to his father, a purist painter and pupil of Tommaso Minardi. In 1862, he enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, where studied under Giovanni Bellini and Enrico Pollastrini. After traveling through Europe, in 1871 he settled in Paris, opening a studio and living with the model Berthe. He also began working for Goupil, an art dealer in the French capital.
He became one of the most in demand portrait artists in Europe, and his large-scale compositions include four paintings of Giuseppe Verdi, whose portrait he painted on canvas in 1886. Although not happy with the result, he tried again, this time using pastels on paper.
Boldini died in Paris on 11 January 1931, and he was buried together with his family in the Cimitero Monumentale della Certosa di Ferrara.
His paintings reveal a predilection for freshness and colour, always developed with a swift, carefree and joyful hand. He combines this technique with unusual viewpoints and angles, a concept that marked a turning point in this ancient genre.
When: from 19th September 2019 until 12th January 2020
Where: Mapfre Foundation, Madrid
SHOWS: music, theatre, dance, gastronomy, fashion …
Catalonia International Fantastic Film Festtival – Sitges
The Catalonia International Film Festival, more commonly known as the Sitges Festival, is held every year in this town on the Costa Barcelona.
The festival specialises in horror and fantasy films, and is one of the most important events globally in these genres, which are becoming ever more important both nationally and internationally. In the different sections of the festival you will find the most eagerly awaited new releases and past classics (in the tribute and retrospective sections), along with short films and a broad range of complimentary activities. The main feature is the terrifying “Sitges Zombie Walk.” It is a unique congregation of zombies in the area surrounding the Plaza del Ayuntamiento (Town Hall square) and the beach. This is the time to leave film fantasy behind by dressing up and becoming a real zombie in search of the living.
When: from the 3rd to 13th October 2019
Where: Sitges, Barcelona
Opera season, Don Carlo
The Teatro Real opera house opens its 2019-2020 season with the performance of the famous opera by Giuseppe Verdi 14 years after its last performance, in May 2005. A proposal directed by the Scotsman, David McVicar, and Nicola Luisotti from Italy, main invited conductor by the Madrid institution.
It is a historic review of events, with Prince Carlos, the son of King Phillip II, as the main character, in his fight against madness after his fiancée, Elisabeth of Valois, marries his father as part of the peace treaty of the Italian War 1551-1559. Unable to face the loss of his beloved, Carlos decides to go to Flanders.
The performance has three first rate casts with figures such as Ainhoa Arteta, María Agresta, Francesco Meli or Silvia Tro Santafé, among other singers.
The performance is in Italian with Spanish and English subtitles.
When: until October 6th 2019
Where: Royal Opera House, Teatro Real, Madrid
Ghost, The Musical
The movie Ghost has proven to be one of cinema’s biggest all-time hits. Starring the late Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg it was the highest grossing film of 1990 and won an Oscar for screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin who has adapted his screenplay for this musical that was a smashing hit on Broadway and in London.
Sam Wheat, a banker, and his girlfriend Molly Jensen, a potter, renovate and move into an apartment in Manhattan. One night, Sam and Molly are attacked by a mugger Willy López who shoots and kills Sam in a scuffle before stealing his wallet.
Sam sees Molly crying over his body and discovers he is now a ghost, invisible and unable to interact with the mortal world. Coming to terms with his death, Sam realizes that it was all a plan by his co-worker Carl Bruner who was laundering money for drug dealers.
Worried about Molly and unable to communicate with her, Sam seeks out Oda Mae Brown, a phony storefront psychic who is shocked to discover her true psychic gift when she can hear Sam speaking.
The film won two Oscar Awards - for best supporting actress (Whoopi Goldberg) and the best original screenplay. It also received three other nominations: Best picture, Best original score and Best editing
When: October 8th to December 1st 2019
Where: Teatro EDP Gran Vía, Madrid
JazzMadrid19: Madrid International Jazz Festival
The Madrid International Jazz Festival, JAZZMADRID’19, is being held in October and November. In this new edition, the Festival will gather some of the brightest jazz stars, emerging talents and women who have established their authority as jazz composers and performers.
The festival will take place in different venues throughout Madrid, with the nerve centres at the Conde Duque Cultural Centre and the Fernán Gómez Theatre, which will host the main events along with diverse parallel activities. The audience will have the opportunity to enjoy over 6 hours of uninterrupted jazz for five weeks, with musical proposals from night to the early hours at all of the clubs of the La Noche en Vivo Association with around 40 performances, and the French Institute.
In the past, JAZZMADRID welcomed great musicians, such as Hiromi Uehara, Gregory Porter, Robin McKelle, René Marie, Niño Josele, Giulia Valle Trio or Javier Colina, among others.
JAZZMADRID will include about 100 concerts, a special blues section, and jazz-related side activities: discussion panels, films and exhibitions with leading Spanish jazz critics and cultural experts. In sum, an invitation to listen to good jazz music in a variety of styles and from a variety of backgrounds, as performed by talents old and new.
When: 13th November to 1st December 2019
Where: Conde Duque, Madrid
TRADE SHOWS & CONGRESSES
Game of Thrones: The Touring Exhibition
GAME OF THRONES: THE TOURING EXHIBITION will open at Espacio 5.1 in IFEMA-Feria de Madrid on October 26th 2019, for a limited run.
The new interactive experience, with more than 1.000m2, inspired by the hit HBO series GAME OF THRONES®, will offer the visitors an up-close and personal look at authentic props, costumes and set decorations from the ground breaking show. GAME OF THRONES has become the most awarded TV show in history with 47 Emmy® Awards. Tickets to this blockbuster event are available from today at www.juegodetronoslaexposicion.es and www.gameofthronesexhibition.com
GAME OF THRONES: THE TOURING EXHIBITION will allow fans worldwide to experience the craftsmanship and artistry of the GAME OF THRONES production up close in the largest public display in Spain to date. Featuring a unique mix of immersive environments, interactives, and multimedia content, visitors will experience the lands of Westeros and Essos and relive some of the most emblematic moments in the fighting for the Iron Throne. The exhibition will transport the fans to the center of the Seven Kingdoms, where they can learn about the incredible artistic work behind the award-winning series.
When: from the 26th October 2019 to 15th March 2020
Where: IFEMA, Espacio 5.1, Madrid
SPORTS OF THE SEASON!!!
Tennis: 2019 Davis Cup
The latest edition of the most prestigious national tennis tournament will be played in Madrid. The competition is introducing a new format this year, with 18 national teams playing in the final phase.
One week of world-class tennis in a single city. This is the new proposal of this edition of the Davis Cup, and you can see it first in Madrid. The Caja Mágica stadium will host the matches between 18 national teams: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Russia, Serbia, Spain and the United States. The tournament is played on hard courts.
When: from 18th to 24th November 2019
Where: Caja Mágica, Madrid
Motor racing: Spain Classic Raid
A classic car race through inland Spain from Barcelona to Madrid in an adventure only for vehicles at least 25 years old.
Over 100 teams compete in an itinerary of more than 2,000 kilometres through the regions of Catalonia, Aragon, Castilla y León, and Madrid. A competition that’s as fun to take part in as it is to watch. The route takes unmetalled and minor roads, and the average speed throughout is under 50 kilometres per hour.
When: from 18 to 26 October 2019
Equestrian Events: Barcelona International show Jumping Competition
The world's best horsemen and women will gather in Barcelona for the International Show-jumping Competition.
This equestrian event is also the Nations Cup grand world final: Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final, which will feature participation by 18 national teams from all over the world. The Barcelona CSI includes an attractive competition programme and is held as part of the Merced Fiestas in the city of Barcelona.
When: from 3rd to 6th October 2019
Where: Real Club de Polo de Barcelona
HAPPY SEASON !!!
**D&P is at your disposal to provide an attractive program together with the attendance to the above mentioned events and activities for your guests and peers, just let us know your target and requirements and we will design a proposal that matches your expectations and budget !!!