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How Our Barcelona crawls out of this Mad World with wicked music events

Updated: Jun 21, 2021

For many of us whose lives are intrinsically tied to live events, 2020 couldn't have been a more horrendous year.

Around this time last year, almost to the day, The Gran Teatre del Liceu filled its 2,292 seats with plants for a performance by the UceLi Quartet, which it called a prelude to its 2020-2021 season. The string quartet serenaded its leafy audience with Giacomo Puccini's "Crisantemi" in a performance that was also made available to human listeners via livestream.

Yes, it wasn't a typo. They serenaded a leafy (not teary, nor dreary) audience of 2,292 plants.

To be honest, it gave me a little itty bitty sliver of hope that one day, one of Europe's most Draconian lockdowns will be over. In Barcelona, we were not even allowed to leave our houses for outdoor exercise for 60 days from 13 March. It was literally house arrest and an incredibly awful memory.

"Nature advanced to occupy the spaces we snatched from it," Eugenio Ampudio, the conceptual artist behind the unique concert, said during a rehearsal Sunday, according to Reuters. "Can we extend our empathy? Let's begin with art and music, in a great theatre, by inviting nature in." Human listeners were invited in, too, via a livestream.

These days, in June 2021, The city has indeed started waking up-- and the happiness around me is palpable.

Located in northeastern Spain, on the shores of the Mediterranean, Barcelona has long been hailed as a European cultural capital. From its thriving art scene to its incredible architecture and world-famous gastronomy, my family and many other art lovers fell head over heels for this city.

A few petulant friends and art loving maniacs had these to hold onto. Events from "long long ago" - Emphasis on air quotes which won't translate to either Spanish nor Catalan and thus I bravely share them with you today.


Let's come back to this Vintage Vaudevillian Theatre on 26th of June


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