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The musical events mark the rhythmic side of the Catalan cultural calendar. The well-known pop-rock, electronic, and classical music, as well as more traditional sounds, take the musical stage throughout the year. Opera, classical music and other musical genres occupy the stages of the great Catalan auditoriums
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Catalonia is the land of musical festivals, some of world-wide prestige. Since 1995, the Primavera Sound Festival is marked in red in the agenda of international followers of pop and rock music. For fans of electronic music and digital creation, the Sónar event is a basic part of their musical agenda. The good summer weather allows outdoor festivals to be held, such as the Cap Roig Festival, the Peralada Festival, the Porta Ferrada Festival, and the Pedralbes Gardens Festival, which feature the presence of international music stars.


Classical music
El Vendrell, the land of Pau Casals, one of the most important cellists and orchestra conductors in history, is a regular stop for the best performers and conductorrs of opera and classical music, as well as international orchestras. The classical music festival takes its name.

For lovers of Schubert, in August, Vilabertran organises the Schubertíada in a space as cozy as the monastery of this Empordà village. And for lovers of classical music and architecture, the monasteries of the Cistercian Route offer a cycle of concerts in the months of July and August. Do not miss the chance to visit the Pyrenees and enjoy the Ancient Music Festival of the Pyrenees.
Outside the summer, classical melodies seduce lovers of classical music in scenarios as symbolic as the Liceu grand theatre, the Palau de la Música Catalana, and the Auditori.


Tradition
The sardana has been the symbol of Catalan identity since the mid-nineteenth century. But traditional music is much broader. It boasts outstanding examples such as the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat (Red Book of Montserrat), through to the traditional dances and music, the habaneras originating in the crossings of the Catalan soldiers who were going to fight Cuba in 1898, the choirs of Josep Anton Clavè, among which the Orfeó Català stands out, and even the Catalan rumba.

Catalonia sings, hear its melody.
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From pop music to pop-rock, from sardanas and habaneras on the beach to the best international orchestras in the Palau de la Música Catalana and the operas of the Liceu, Catalonia has a musical soul.

Great musical festivals
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You like the style that you like; here you will find a great music festival for you.
Primavera Sound Barcelona. Forum, artist (Coco Rosie), audience, stage (© Marc Castellet Puig)
Primavera Sound
With a programme which is far removed from the commercial circuits, the Primavera Sound festival has become one of Barcelona’s most popular music e...
Sónar Festival Barcelona Gran Vía Fair, L'Hospitalet, projections, audience, stage (© Marc Castellet Puig)
Sónar
Every June since 1994 the production company Advanced Music has organised the Sónar festival of advanced music and multimedia art. One of the firs...
Mercat de la Música Viva in Vic Plaza Mayor, stage, audience, musicians, (La Troba Kung Fu, CAT) (© Marc Castellet Puig)
Mercat de laMúsica Viva
Every September for four intense days, Vic becomes one of the most important cultural destinations in Europe.
Jardins de Cap Roig Festival. Gardens, castle, audience (© Marc Castellet Puig)
Festival Jardins de Cap Roig
The Cap Roig botanical garden is situated on the top of a cliff with views of the Mediterranean sea, in the heart of the Costa Brava. This spot has...
Festival Castell de Peralada
Festival Castell de Peralada
This music and dance festival is held in the months of July and August at the Peralada Castle, in a quite town of l'Ampurdà, located a few miles from the Costa Brava beaches.
Coastal view    (© Miguel Angel Alvarez)
Festival Internacional de la Porta Ferrada
The festival of the Porta Ferrada is the oldest in Catalonia. Every summer, the town of Sant Feliu de Guíxols in the Empordà region is filled with ...
Great musical scenes
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Beyond the festivals, Barcelona has a stable musical agenda with great internationally prestigious auditoriums such as the Liceu and the Palau de la Música.
Gran Teatre del Liceu
Gran Teatre del Liceu
Spaces for personalised events. Now you can choose a unique and emblematic space in the centre of Barcelona as a venue for cultural, business and/or social events.
Detail of the stained glass roof, work by Rigalt i Granell, in the Palau de la Música Catalana (Catalan Palace of Music) by Domènech i Montaner.    (© Imagen M.A.S.)
Palau de la Música Catalana
Work of Domènech i Montaner, this is one of the most emblematic modernist pieces, both for its spectacular appearance and for the close synthesis between architecture and applied arts. The building was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987.
L'Auditori
L'Auditori
L'Auditori is the headquarters ofthe Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra (OBC). This building houses the Museu de la Música. It offers a steady schedule, with the participation of first-rate international performers.
Interior of the Fortuny Theatre of Reus. (© Rafael López-Monné)
Teatro Fortuny
La cultura de Reus tiene en el Teatro Fortuny uno de sus puntos de referencia. Con más de cien años de historia, el equipamiento tiene una capacidad para 850 espectadores y se ubica en la plaza Prim, uno de los centros neurálgicos de la ciudad. Fue reinaugurado en 1988 y ofrece una variada programación de artes escénicas.
Concert of "sardanas" (typical Catalan dance) at the Enric Granados Auditorium (© Javier Miguélez Bessons)
Auditori Enric Granados
El Auditori Enric Granados de Lleida, sede también del conservatorio de música de la ciudad, se ha convertido en el espacio dinamizador de la música para toda la Catalunya interior.
Palau de Congressos de Girona
Palau de Congressos de Girona
A benchmark "Palacio de Congresos" (Conference Centre) in the province of Girona. It has 3 auditoriums and 14 meeting halls seating up to 1,700 people simultaneously.
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AIMS FestivalAIMS Festival
AIMS Festival
Mollerussa, Solsona / Terres de Lleida
StreetQuatre Vents38Sant Cugat del Vallès08197
The AIMS Festival, a chamber music event noted for its educational character, is organised by the International Music Academy of Solsona . This sp...
Aphònica de BanyolesAphònica de Banyoles
Aphònica de Banyoles
Banyoles / Costa Brava
The human voice is the main star of this annual summer event, and although artificial instruments also have a space, the natural instrument is the...
B.A.M.B.A.M.
B.A.M.
Barcelona / Barcelona
StreetLa Rambla (Palau de la Virreina)99Barcelona08002
Festival musical que tiene lugar en la ciudad de Barcelona durante la fiesta mayor, La Mercè. Los conciertos se programan en varios escenarios emblemáticos de la ciudad, como la plaza Reial o el recinto Fabra i Coats, y abarcan todo tipo de estilos.
Blues Cerdanyola Blues Cerdanyola
Blues Cerdanyola
Cerdanyola del Vallès / Costa Barcelona
StreetFrancesc Layrets/nCerdanyola del Vallès08290
Since the start of this historic event in 1988, the town of Cerdanyola has held its particular homage to Afro-American music every autumn by inviti...
Cantada d'Habaneres de Calella de PalafrugellCantada d'Habaneres de Calella de Palafrugell
Cantada d'Habaneres de Calella de Palafrugell
Palafrugell / Costa Brava
The name of the small town of Calella de Palafrugell on the Costa Brava has become a key reference when talking of habaneras. The first Saturday in...
Cicle Internacional Solistes RibagorçaCicle Internacional Solistes Ribagorça
Cicle Internacional Solistes Ribagorça
Vall de Boí, la, Pont de Suert, el, Vilaller / Pyrenees
AvenueVictoriano Muñoz48Pont de Suert, el25520
The Solistes a l’Alta Ribagorça season is different from the other music festivals held in Catalonia because of its venue: the churches of Vall de...
Cicle Internacional de Piano HammerklavierCicle Internacional de Piano Hammerklavier
Cicle Internacional de Piano Hammerklavier
Barcelona, Girona / Barcelona
In Germanic countries the name hammerklavier was given to the instrument that was developed as an intermediate stage between the spinet and the pia...
Cicle Música als CastellsCicle Música als Castells
Cicle Música als Castells
Foradada / Terres de Lleida
Ever summer between July and September, the Música als Castells season is organised by the Cultural Castles Foundation of Catalonia. This initiativ...
Conciertos Clásicos de l'Escala - EmpúriesConciertos Clásicos de l'Escala - Empúries
Conciertos Clásicos de l'Escala - Empúries
Escala, l' / Costa Brava
Festival especializado en música de cámara que se viene celebrando desde 1993 en L'Escala. Los conciertos se celebran en escenarios de gran calidad acústica como la iglesia de San Martín de Empúries o el Alfolí de la Sal.
Cruïlla Barcelona Cruïlla Barcelona
Cruïlla Barcelona
Barcelona / Barcelona
Since 2008, the musical festival Cruïlla Barcelona has been celebrated in Barcelona's Parc del Fòrum, and it boasts a diversity of styles and musical propositions.
Curs Internacional de MúsicaCurs Internacional de Música
Curs Internacional de Música
Cervera / Terres de Lleida
Every July the town of Cervera holds its prestigious International Music Course. This important cultural event, which includes students and profess...
Encuentro de Acordeonistas del PirineoEncuentro de Acordeonistas del Pirineo
Encuentro de Acordeonistas del Pirineo
Arsèguel / Pyrenees
Este Encuentro de Acordeonistas se ha convertido en el festival de acordeón diatónico más importante de Europa. Acordeonistas llegados de todos los rincones del mundo se reúnen el último fin de semana de julio en Arsèguel para lucir sus artes.
Festival 30 nits a SabadellFestival 30 nits a Sabadell
Festival 30 nits a Sabadell
Sabadell / Costa Barcelona
Squarede Sant Roc14Sabadell08201

A theatre, music, dance, circus and image festival organised by Sabadell Town Hall with numerous events featuring local and foreign artists.

Festival AcústicaFestival Acústica
Festival Acústica
Figueres / Costa Brava

Musical festival celebrated since 2002 in the capital of Alt Empordà and, as its name suggests, featuring acoustic music.