‘A Christmas Carol’ is coming..!

‘A Christmas Carol’ is coming..!

Kick off the festive season by going to Face 2 Face Theatre’s production of the Christmas classic, A Christmas a-cristmas-carol-cartel-2016-400x600Carol! This family favorite opens in Madrid at SMedia’s Teatro Fígaro and will run from Saturday 3rd, until Sunday, 18th of December, with Saturday performances scheduled at 1630hrs, and Sunday performances at 1230hrs. This means that there are just 6 shows this Christmas so don’t miss out! (Reserve your tickets by following this link). Since Charles Dickens first released this classic story in 1843, it has become so popular that it would be hard to imagine Christmas without it!

This production, suitable for the whole family, is aimed at English speaking audiences however even if your English isn’t perfect, you’ll still certainly enjoy it! It’s catchy and evocative songs, clevea-christmas-carol7r improvisations and hilarious gags make this the perfect holiday treat for the family!

Set in London in the Victorian times, this story about a miserly and detatched man speaks to people of all ages. Ebenezer Scrooge, unsympathetic and cold hearted due to his tragic childhood and a long lost love, would prefer to live in a world in which Christmas didn’t exist so that he could remain his stingy, money-grabbing self. This however all changes one Christmas when he receives a number of wake-up calls from the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Face 2 Face’s Production brilliantly captures the love and magic of the story asa-christmas-carol3 well as creating scenes of absolute hilarity which will have you in creases!

It really is a show that’s worth taking the family to this Christmas – such a wonderful and memorable way to get in the festive mood!

Flavor on Wheels

Flavor on Wheels

The Foodie Week

For all those food truck lovers out there, the Foodie Week is an exciting new event that is comi-foodie-week-de-madrid-2016ing to Madrid for the first time this week (21-26 November). This market sells street food from food trucks from all over the world and is located beneath the Torres KIO (KIO Towers) which are one of the most famous and impressive features of Madrid’s skyline! Such a cool place to spend a lunch break or relax with friends after a long day at work discovering some of the world’s best ‘street food’. Whether you fancy sweet, savory, fast food or gourmet style foods, you’ll be able to find it amongst the 20 global food trucks! If you can’t make it this week don’t fret as The Foodie Week is coming to Madrid once a month – find out more information about the next one here: http://www.foodieweekmadrid.com/
Address: Plaza de Castilla
Opening hours: this week (21-26 November) from 1200-0000hrs.

However, if you fancy trying out and learning more about traditional Spanish food and drink, check out these popular food markets.

Mercado de San Miguel

This is probably the most famous market in the capital and is in fact considered a site of cultural interest. It was originally built in 1916 and has evolved into a wonderful place to try traditional Spanish tapas and a drink!mercado-de-san-miguel
Address: Plaza de San Miguel
Opening times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday 1000-0000, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 1000-1400hrs.

Mercado de San Antón

In one of the trendiest areas of the city, Chueca, you’ll find an equally trendy market that manages to fuse tradition with modernity. On the third floor is ‘La Cocina de San Antón’ which arguably defines the market. It has its own terrace, an indoor restaurant and a cocktail bar. So, whether you need to stock up your fridge or take frmercadoiends out for a drink, the Mercado de San Antón has it all!
Address: Calle Augusto Figueroa, 24
Opening times: from Monday to Saturday 1000-2200hrs, Sunday 1000-1500hrs

Mercado de San Ildefonso

An industrial style market through which you can graze on delicious food until your heart’s content. Together with the 18 food stalls, there are also two pretty terraces which allow you to enjoy the fresh air whilst sipping on a refreshing cocktail.
Address: Calle Fuencarral, 57
Opening times: Everyday from 1000-0100hrs

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A 1950s market where you’ll find fruit, meat and fish stalls as well as a wide range of international food. The market consists of three floors: the ground floor and the first floor which are home to around 65 different food stalls whilst on the third floor is a dance school called ‘Amor de Dios’ dedicated to teaching traditional Spanish dance. Mercado Antón Martín really does boast Spanish culture and traditions!
Address: Calle Santa Isabel, 5
Opening hours: from Monday to Friday 0900-2100hrs, Saturday 0900-1500hrs

Madrid’s Fascinating Museums

Madrid’s Fascinating Museums

Museo del Prado

The Museo del Prado holds the most complete collection of Spanish art in the world. It is famomuseo-nacional-del-prado-fachada-velazquezus for its wonderful collection of Goya (“Los fusilamientos de 3 de Mayo”), Velázquez (”Las Meninas”) as well as many other paintings and sculptures by influential artists. It houses one of the world’s finest collections of European art which at the moment adds up to around 8600 paintings and 700 sculptures. Well worth a visit.

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

A museum of contemporary Spanish and international art dating from the end of the 19th century to current times. It is famous for the painting “Guernica” by Picasso, in addition to a number of works from Dalí, Juan Gris, and Miró.

Museo Thyssen

A museum of both ancient and modern art dating from the Middle Ages all the way through to Pop Art from the 1980’s! It boasts a wide variety of styles: Italian primitive, German Renaissance, American painting from the 19th century, impressionism, German expressionism, Russian constructivism and many more!

Museo Arqueológico Nacional

Learn about objects aarte-egipcio-en-espanand artifacts that have come from different Spanish towns as well as from Mediterranean countries. These artifacts date back to ancient times and with help from rigorous, attractive, interesting and critical information, you can learn about the meaning behind them all. It is a great way to learn and understand more about the rich history of Spain and the Mediterranean.

Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales

A perfect museum for kids as well as adults that proudly demonstrates the world’s natural heritage with a huge collection of specimens. Here are just a few examples: minerals, seaweeds, plants, animals as well as utensils and weapons from a number of different cultures and times. There are more than 6 million specimens in the museum!

Exciting October Events in Madrid (Part 2)

Exciting October Events in Madrid (Part 2)

Midsummer Night’s Dream

Face 2 Face Production’s adaptation of Midsummer Night’s Dream is coming to Los Teatros Luchana this October and November and you’re in for an absolute treat! This team of talented actors ensures that both native speakers of English, together with learners of all ages, can enjoy this wonderful story of love, magic and mischief.
With over 15 years of experiimg_5503ence and in excess of 100,00 audience members coming to see their shows every year, Face 2 Face have found the perfect formula for bringing great English classics to the Spanish stage. Midsummer Night’s Dream is no exception. This Shakespearian comedy set in India at the turn of the 20th Century cleverly mixes lines from the original play together with modern English and the end result is an incredible production that sweeps the audience away. You’ll certainly come out of this brilliant production by Face 2 Face with a huge smile on your face and a spring in your step.
As well as the fantastic acting, atmospheric live music created by David Cobo brings the performance to life. It really is an innovative and exciting way to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the great Shakespeare’s death! The show is running from Saturday 1st October until Saturday 26th November at Los Teatros Luchana, Calle Luchana 38. (Metro Bilbao).

Tapapiés! Multicultural Tapas and Music Tour in Lavapiés

Lavapiés, a beautiful district of Madrid, is holding Tapapiés 2016! Tapapiés is an event whtapapies2ere a large number of bars and restaurants, based in the district of Lavapiés, offer a wide array of food and drink. The food on offer during the event combines traditional Spanish recipes together with gastronomy from all over the world. There are over 110 different types of tapas for you to discover!
Over 90 bars and restaurants take part in this event and during your culinary tour around the world, you can pop into traditional Spanish shops and delis in the beautiful markets of San Fernando and Anton Martín.
Not only is there a wide selection of food and drink, but there is also a total of 60 music concerts that are put on throughout the Lavapiés neighborhood. These concerts take place on the weekends from 21 to 23 and 23 to 30 October. It doesn’t stop there! Outdoor plays and circus shows complete this fun filled programme which are especially targeted towards the little ones! What a great way to spend a family weekend!
Enjoy Madrid this October!

Exciting October Events in Madrid!

Exciting October Events in Madrid!

Although the summer is now ‘officially’ over, Madrid remains as lively and exciting as ever. If you are in Madrid over the next month, here is just a taste of what you’re in for.

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‘Drockula’ – 29, 30 and 31 October at Teatros Luchana

Everyone has seen or read Dracula, one of the greatest horrors of all time haven’t they? But the real question is whether you’ve have plans to go and see the brilliant ‘Drockula’. Obviously it’s based on the classic Bram Stoker work and the actors do an incredible job of portraying this magical world of fantastical terror. A plot summary is sure to convince you to go and watch this spectacle, produced for English speakers, so here goes:
Count Dracula, a retired rock star, lives a solitary existence in his castle in Pennsylvania. He craves to be back amongst the rock and roll lifestyle of being in a band and being loved, adored and worshipped by his fans. He also misses his wife, and singer, Elisabetta, who was tragically killed by Eddie Van Helsing. This all changes when Lucy and Mina, two young singers full of energy and talent come to the castle…
Cleverly influenced on the one hand by the likes of Mr Bean, Monty Python and Buster Keaton, and on the other by the great work of Bram Stoker, this is a show that you must not miss!

The Villamanuela Festival – 7th & 8th October

Having been blown away by this amazing spectacle, you’ll need to be brought back down to earth. Head to Malasaña and Conde Duque 222449_logo_entradas-villamanuela-2016jpg_claimand enjoy all that the Villamanuela festival has to offer. It not only has a jam-packed music schedule but also a wide variety of both art and food have to be discovered! Bands and artists come from all over the world to this relatively new and trendy festival which promises to offer a great evening for family and friends.

The Adelita Market – third Saturday each month (15th October)

Admittedly, even if you have the Spanish stamina, you’ll need to rest and recuperate having experienced both ‘Drockula’ and the Villamanuela festival! Unwind by heading to the Adelita Market – it’s an initiative in which anyone can participate by selling their unwanted possessions. Don’t throw out that jacket or sweater for which you have no need any more – get down to the Adelita Market and make a profit!

MadrEAT – 14, 15 and 16 October at Plaza Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Azcajc6iqyq3

I bet you’re hungry by now? If so, head to MadrEAT! It’s a monthly event that accommodates food trucks from all four corners of the world. It is an open-minded food market that attracts exceptional global gastronomy. If you’re lucky enough to be in Madrid while MadrEAT is happening, do not miss out on this absolute feast.

Othello – 2nd & 3rd October

With the music by Guiseppe Verdi and the director David Alden, this show is not to be missed. The Teatro Real Choir and the Children’s Choir belonging to the Community of Madrid’s Young Choir and Orchestra come together to produce this distinguished production of William Shakespeare’s great lyrical drama. A must see!
Make the most of Madrid this October!