What's on in Barcelona
Sant Jordi (St George's Day)
St George is the patron saint of Catalonia, and on the 23rd you will find people selling roses on literally every street corner, and bookstalls set up with roughly the same frequency.
As a gentleman you are supposed to give your lady a rose, the rose being said to have sprung from where the dragon's blood fell; as a lady you are supposed to give your knight-in-shining-armour a book. The book comes either (a) from the fact that April 23rd also happens to be the date of the deaths of both Shakespeare and Cervantes and (b) is thus World Book Day or (c) from the fact that it's a golden opportunity to flog some books.
It has become a little commercialised, but it's still a cute tradition and, to judge from the throngs on the Ramblas, a very popular one.
April 29–June 5
The truly outstanding World Press Photo exhibition, at the CCCB, includes some of the breathtaking images taken by photojournalists around the world in the last year.
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11.00-20.00.
Locking the world's leaders up inside on a starvation diet for a week or so would surely fix quite a number of the world's problems...
Coming up we have, among others Placebo (Sala Razzmatazz, April 27); Rick Astley (Teatre Barts, April 29); The Jesus and Mary Chain (Razzmatazz, April 29); Ricky Martin (Palau Sant Jordi, May 30); Van Morrison at the Primavera Sound Festival (June 3); Suzanne Vega (Razzmatazz, June 10); Ariana Grande (Palau Sant Jordi, June13); U2 (Estadi Olímpic, July 18); PJ Harvey (Poble Espanyol, August 23); Lady Gaga (Palau Sant Jordi, September 22); Elton John (Palau Sant Jordi, December 3); plus a date, as yet unconfirmed, for the Rolling Stones.; Rufus, Pedralbes
For what is on in the way of classical music, opera and the like, see what's on at the Palau de la Musica and the Liceu Opera House (two places well worth visiting for their architecture, even if you are not that keen on that sort of music). Tickets for these can be obtained from ServiCaixa (see below)
Classical music is also on at the Auditori, home to Barcelona's Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC). Tickets for this can be obtained from Telentrada (see below).
ServiCaixa is one of best sources of tickets for concerts and other events in Barcelona, being run by La Caixa, the city's major bank. Tickets can be bought online or at cashpoints throughout the city.
Telentrada is the online ticket service from rival bank Caixa de Catalunya.
Tickets for many concerts can also be purchased at FNAC.
For football fans, one of the big attractions of Barcelona is its world famous club, Barça [website], with a visit to its stadium (preferably to actually see a game) high on your to-do list.
Coming up for Barça at home we have, in the league, Barça vs Sevilla (April 5); and Barça vs Real Sociedad (April 16); with the return leg of the Champions Quarter-final, Barça vs Juventus on April 19.
TimeOut Barcelona had an article recently on 15 Barcelona bars with big screens (content in Catalan) which you might find handy if you find you're not going to spend that kind of money on 90 minutes watching 22 blokes boot a bit of synthetic leather about.
A visit to the Barça museum includes a look inside the stadium itself, one the world's biggest.
Espanyol [website], Barcelona's "other" first division side play in their new stadium out in Cornellà (to get there, take the FGC train line from Plaza Espanya and get off at either Cornellà-Riera or Almeda).
Coming up at home for Espanyol, there's Espanyol vs Las Palmas (March 12) and Espanyol vs Betis (April 2).
For utterly one-eyed reporting, see our Newspapers page.
See also our Barcelona Sports page.
For non-football fans, it's frankly hard to understand quite what all the fuss is about.