Artistic excursions

Fortunately, more and more people are enjoying the pleasures of artistic creation. There’s a growing interest in the training, research, creation, exhibition and dissemination of the arts, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, wealth and education. And you don’t even need to live in a major city to be visited by the Muses! The goddesses who protect song, dance, poetry and painting also bring cheer to the smallest of towns, to oak and holm oak forests, to elegant mansions and to stone churches that blend in with nature. Not convinced? Here are five hidden corners in the regions of Barcelona where art and creativity come to the fore.


1. Gaudí Crypt in Santa Coloma de Cervelló

The Gaudí Crypt is just the place to get the juices of inspiration flowing, especially if the visual arts are your thing and the architectural genius Antoni Gaudí brightens up your life. Built with basalt stone and merging with the mountain in the section where the high altar is housed, the Crypt of the Colònia Güell is a hidden gem by the architect who designed and built so many impossible buildings over the course of his career. This monumental, hyperbolic work was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2005.


2. Circ Cric in Sant Esteve de Palautordera

The entertaining Tortell Poltrona is the soul of Circ Cric, a company of jugglers, tightrope walkers, trapeze artists and clowns who camp out in the forests of Sant Esteve de Palautordera, in the heart of the Montseny Massif. It’s a magical place where the company’s artists collaborate with actors, musicians and poets, creating shows that help expand the universe of the performing arts.


3. Auditorium of Sant Cugat

With a truly comprehensive programme, the Auditorium of Sant Cugat is one of the most prestigious concert halls in the regions of Barcelona. Jazz, blues, Latin, choral, classical, opera or zarzuela (Spanish light opera)… there’s room for all these genres on a stage that caters for a broad and diverse audience. But the auditorium is much more than a venue where you go to listen carefully. At the “Let’s talk about…” discussions you can chat with performers and exchange points of view on the musical arts, breaking down the barriers between enthusiasts and experts.


4. Víctor Balaguer Museum-Library in Vilanova i la Geltrú

Libraries are also popular haunts of the Muses, especially if they belong to writers, journalists or poets, so don’t be surprised if you find one wandering the rooms of the building commissioned by Víctor Balaguer in Vilanova i la Geltrú to house his books. The collection built up by this politician and intellectual over the course of his career is as impressive as his pioneering ideas. Balaguer wanted to make his collection of manuscripts, photographs, journals, maps, etc. available to all citizens without discrimination of any kind and in this respect he stole a march on the first public libraries. This museum-library is a real oasis of the literary arts in Catalonia!


5. Roca Umbert Arts Factory in Granollers

Is total art your creative discipline? Well take note of an essential venue! It’s the Roca Umbert Arts Factory. This former textile factory, founded in Granollers in 1904, is now the epicentre of cultural life in the capital of the Vallès Oriental region. A surprising paradise that combines painting, popular music, theatre, audio-visual pieces, dance and writing, and where freedom is the only rule that everyone respects.

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