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BARCELONA CULTURE - CULTURE IN BARCELONA SPAIN

Barcelona CultureBarcelona Culture - Barcelona's culture is very enriched in aspects such as theatre and dance, music, museums, films, and literature. Catalonians take pride in their culture and contribute to it´s expansion any way possible.

Barcelona has a long-standing tradition of theatre, but it has also opened its arms to the most radical and daring new work. In fact the city today is a focus of theatrical innovation for the whole of Spain. Barcelona boasts a theatre-going public numbering more than 2 million people a year, and the city is currently witnessing a significant expansion of Theatre and Dance activity as a vital part of its wider cultural panorama. In the field of dance, Barcelona regularly welcomes leading international companies.

Music is a major part of the cultural activity of Barcelona. In recent years there has been a significant increase in the range of Classical Music on offer thanks to the opening of new facilities such as the Auditori (home to the Orquesta Sinfonica de Barcelona), the Sala Winterthur, the Auditori in the Pedrera, among others. Alongside these, the city has other concert venues with an even longer history, such as the Palau de la Musica, with a new extension currently in construction.

Culture in Barcelona The Museums of Barcelona house a very valuable heritage, and the conservation and popularizing of that heritage, encouraging different sections of the public to get to know it by means of exhibitions and hands-on activities, is their primary function. The level of public response is one of the keys to success in the ongoing task of improving the city's museums. The number of people who visit Barcelona's fifty or so public and private museums each year is currently running at 7 million. Of particular note in terms of number of visits are the Museo Picasso and the Fundacion Joan Miro.

Barcelona is a very active city in terms of Film Production, and this is reflected in the volume of production of Spanish full-length features here, and in the significant increase in the number of foreign productions shot in the city thanks to Barcelona's high international profile. The city and its surrounding area offer a huge variety of locations for the recreation of different times and places.

The Literature enjoys prestige in Barcelona, reflected in the fact that the city is a centre of the first importance in the world of publishing and a focus for writers working in both Catalan and Castilian. The city is the world's Spanish-language publishing capital (and the home of Planeta, the largest publisher of books in Castilian), and Barcelona also has a considerable number of professional translators working into and out of Catalan, Castilian, English and so on. Of note among the city's many sales outlets for books and other printed matter are the historic Casa del Llibre and the more recent bookshops in FNAC and in the branch of El Corte Inglés department store in the Portal de l'Àngel.