PICK OF THE WEEK: Andorra (Pyrenees)

Main places:

Andorra la VellaEscaldes-EngordanySan Julia de LoriaLa MassanaOrdinoEncampCanilloPas de la Casa


COLOURS OF INDONESIA. Wednesday, 25th October at 21.30 in the National Auditorium, Ordino. (Free. But you need to reserve the numbered seats. 4tickets.es/AccioCultural/public/janto/ Organised by the Andorran Government and the Indonesian Ambassador. I have always found productions backed by Embassies are well worth seeing. After all, they want to present their country’s culture in a good light.)

Colours of Indonesia, allows us to discover the country’s music and dance. Performances will be given by the BALAWAN & BATUAN ETHNIC FUSION and GAMELAN MAESTRO PROJECT GROUP. The GAMELAN is an Musical Ensemble from Java and Bali. The instruments are composed of sets of tuned bronze gongs, gong-chimes, metallophones, drums, one or more flutes, bowed and plucked string instruments, and sometimes singers. In some villages the GAMELAN‘s bronze is replaced by iron, wood, or bamboo. The groups will offer a repertoire based on the fusion of traditional music and jazz. The traditional music group, PUSPA WARMA, and the traditional dance group, JOGED NUSANTARA, will perform amongst other things the popular BALLON DANCES


RICHARD CLAYDERMAN IN CONCERT. Friday, 27th October at 20h (the ticket selling web site, gatzara.com , says 22h so better check it out C.A.) at the Prat del Roure, Escaldes-Engordany. (Tickets: price ranges from 35€ to 70€ available from the web site above, Escaldes-Engordany tourist office and Comú and also from Illa.) RICHARD CLAYDERMAN, the well known French pianist, who has graced the stage of the most famous venues in the world, now brings his Romantic Tour to Escaldes. In this concert, he will perform legendary film music, classical melodies, as well as the most important triumphs of his musical career. CLAYDERMAN will be accompanied by four violins, two violas and two cellos played by Andorra’s own musicians. A giant screen at the back of the stage will allow us a close-up view of his hands on the keyboard.

The 2nd Festival of Romanesque Chamber Music: The Amadeu Quartet. Saturday, 28th October at 17h at the Church of Sant Jaume de Ransol, Ransol, Canillo (Free. But places limited. Reservations at  753 624 – 753 623 or at the Cultural Department of the Canillo Comú). The Amadeu Quartet with music by A.P. Borodin, F.J. Haydn, F. Mendelssohn and C. Gardel. Musicians: Mireia Costa (1st violin); Àuria Iglesias (2nd violin); Laura Jover (viola); Anna Llorens (cello). The Amadeu Quartet is made up of young women from the Conservatori Superior de Mùsica del Liceu.


TAULÉ LUX in the government art gallery ARTALROC, Escaldes-Engordany. After a career spanning fifty-one years, the Catalan Spaniard ANTONI TAULÉ will, for the first time, be exhibiting paintings and photographs in Andorra made between 1973 and 2016. ANTONI TAULÉ  is one of the most relevant figures in current contemporary art. Born in Sabadell in 1945, he lives and works in Paris. He studied architecture and devoted himself to the profession before turning full time to painting and photography and, for some years, to stage scenery. His work can be seen in museums and galleries around the world. They offer timeless scenes often inside wide, gloomy, architectural spaces barely illuminated by intense, dazzling light. These are timeless scenes, inhabited by isolated, solitary characters, immobilized halfway between sleep and wakefulness.

THYSSEN MUSEUM: GUIDED TOURS Every Sunday until Sunday, 31st December from 11h – 11.30 at the Museu Thyssen, Escaldes-Engordany. Places limited, reserve at +376 800 800. Short, guided visits to the Museu Thyssen art gallery lasting approximately 30 minutes allowing one to know in greater depth one of the artistic movements represented in the exhibition. Each Sunday will deal with a different movement.


The 10th Gastronomic Days of THE Kitchen Ranges of La Massana. Until Tuesday 31st October in 17 of La Massana’s restaurants. Every year, as autumn arrives, “La Massana Fogons” opens its doors. 17 restaurants from the parish offer special seasonal dishes and menus. Various preparations of mushrooms, pumpkin, pork and, this year, lamb, feature frequently as does cod. To check out the menus and prices go to any tourist office for the little booklet.

Culturally yours,



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