Posts with category Cultura Madrid

PhotoEspaña Immerses Itself in Latin America

By | 2 June, 2015 | 0 comments

photo espana 2015The classic multi-space photography exhibition in Madrid is going to immerse itself in Latin America for its 18th edition, following the trend from last year to have a geographical theme for each edition. Let’s see some of the proposals that are part of the official section.

One of them is “Print and detonate. Photography in Mexico ca. 2015’, which offers a vision of the deep social and political transformations that the country has endured in the last few years through a selection of excellent photos by local photographers. You can see it at CentroCentro Cibeles, Plaza de Cibeles, 1, from Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00am until 8.00pm. Entry is free.

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Alcala de Henares is waiting for you

By | 2 March, 2015 | 0 comments

Alcala de Henares

It has been confirmed, albeit without scientific approval, that the human remains found in the Convent of Las Trinitarias in Madrid may have been those of Miguel de Cervantes, the famous author of El Quijote whose second part is 400 years old this year. We know where he died, in the street that bears his name, at number 2, in Madrid, and also where he was born, in Alcalá de Henares in 1547, although the exact place is still unclear.

However, in his hometown is the house where, after many studies, it is believed that the so-called Prince of Wit was born in. Entrance is free and the visit allows you to discover a classic Castilian house from the 16th century, with the added bonus of imagining Cervantes there running around it. It opens from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10.00am until 6.00pm, with last entry at 5.30pm. Information and bookings number: +32 918 899 654.

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Costume Museum: Get Dressed with your Eyes

By | 30 January, 2015 | 0 comments

museo trajeIt is not the most central museum in Madrid although it is well worth going to it to Moncloa, from where you just have a short walk to get there. Firstly, it is well worth visiting for its permanent collection, which is not so permanent as its name might imply because it is renovated every so often.

This part of the Costume Museum, or Museo del Traje in Spanish, offers a tour back in time and history’s relation with costumes, since before the 17th century until today. Meanwhile, exact replicas of outfits such as the funerary trousseau of Princess Maria, daughter of King Fernando III, who died at the age of five. It travels through other times such as Classicism or social classes like the bourgeoisie and it reaches costumes made by prestigious designers like Paco Rabanne, Cristóbal Balenciaga or samples by lesser-known yet experienced designers such as Philippe Laporte.

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Goya’s Madrid

By | 16 January, 2015 | 0 comments

goya madridThe characters immortalised by Francisco de Goya in many of his Madrid-themed works, such as The field of San Isidro, later generated a type of character, the Goyaesque or goyesco, which then became a regional costume. This symbolises the bond between the Aragonese artist and the Spanish capital, where his famous Quinta del Sordo estate was located in and whose paintings you can see in the Prado Museum. As well as his impressionist black paintings and other emblematic ones by the artist, you can enjoy the temporary exhibition Goya in Madrid until the next 3rd of May.

The exhibition focuses on the cartoons that Goya made for the Royal Tapestry Factory, in contrast with those of other artists, and it also shows paintings and sculptures that were used as inspiration for his works. Goya considered these tapestry cartoons not as a small-time work but rather as a “metaphorical invention” of reality that later paved the way for his definitive art. Standard tickets cost 14 euros.

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Great Miniature Threatre

By | 26 November, 2014 | 0 comments

microteatroThere is theatre beyond the great stages, such as the Teatro Real, Teatro Español or Teatro María Guerrero. In recent years, a phenomenon has consolidated itself on Madrid’s drama scene, a way of making theatre reduced to its minimal expression, where spectators can even feel the breath of the actors: micro-theatre.

Where? At the Microteatro Por Dinero (Microtheatre for Money) company, on Calle Loreto Prado and Enrique Chicote, behind the Gran Vía and near Plaza de la Luna. These are plays that last no longer than fifteen minutes and that, being so short, there are many different ones in the same place, so spectators can see quite a few of them one after the other.

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Book bars to Read, Write and More…

By | 2 October, 2014 | 1 comment

libro bar madridHaving a coffee in a coffee shop is not what it used to be. At least in the more hipster area of Madrid, where there are more and more spaces appearing where the coffee is the least important part. These places are filled with books, paintings, comic books and cultural activities such as reading, book clubs or book presentations. Let’s see some of the most prominent ones you can visit in the Spanish capital.

La Fugitiva is one of the most famous ones in the area of Antón Martín, especially for those looking for some peace and quiet where to enjoy their coffee or tea in (we recommend their Ayurveda or Pakistani tea and their homemade vegan cakes). There is good Wi-Fi connection there and plenty of plugs to charge your laptop in, and the owners do not mind if you stay there all afternoon without moving. It is located on Calle Santa Isabel, 7, and philosophical discussions, book clubs and even a chess club are some of the activities that take place inside. It also doesn’t close until midnight, so there is plenty of time for everything. If you need more information, just ask Clea, who is always ready to advise those who enter La Fugitiva.

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Habsburg Madrid

By | 20 May, 2014 | 0 comments

Madrid de los AustriasIt receives its name from the dynasty that set the Spanish capital in Madrid back in 1561, with king Felipe II at the head. It was the Madrid known to those kings, although the area of the current district of Las Letras was not then included and today would correspond to the districts of Sol and Palacio, in other words, the central district.

It is the heart of Madrid, with Plaza Mayor as a reference point, but also the streets of Calle Mayor and Calle Arenal -precisely where our hotel is located- drive you to Plaza de Oriente going past picturesque spots that are well worth seeing.

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A Night of Theatre in Madrid

By | 8 May, 2014 | 0 comments

Teatro Real MadridMadrid is one of the cities in Europe with the biggest passion for the theatre, with an offer that encompasses great stage productions all the way to interesting proposals on small alternative stages.

The Lavapiés district is the home of Teatro Valle-Inclán, which belongs to the Centro Dramático Nacional (National Drama Centre), as well as Teatro María Guerrero, whose building is worth a visit in itself thanks to its modernity and clean lines in this diverse and multicultural district of Madrid. With a carefully selected programme, with works by directors such as Juan Magoya, Anglélica Lidell or Gerardo Vera, it is a reference in today’s drama scene in Madrid.

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5 Hidden Artistic Enclaves in the Center of Madrid

By | 29 January, 2014 | 0 comments

En la plaza de Ramales descansan los restos mortales de Velázquez

In the centre of Madrid, the opportunity of contemplating a piece of history that can take us to past times appears step after step. From our 3-star hotel on Calle Arenal we have the magnificent opportunity of being able to follow in the footsteps of great writers, painters and artists from many centuries ago.

Today we will tell you about five great artists: Larra, Velázquez, Quevedo, Lope de Vega and Neruda and of the places where they lived, hidden artistic enclaves in the light of day in the centre of Madrid, that you can visit without having to go far from our hotel. read full article