PICK OF THE WEEK: Andorra (Pyrenees)

Main places:

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



Monday, 25th June at 20: 30 in the the grounds of the Casa de la Vall, Andorra la Vella. (Tickets: in advance 15€ from www.onca.ad . The same day, 20€) SEASON 2018 – 25 years of Concert Jardins: Scents of America with the Octet of cellos of the ONCA: Jose Mor, Sylvie Reverdy, Manuel Martínez de Fresno, Gaëtane Duynslaeger, Jordi Claret, Mireia Planas, Daniel Claret and Àlex Olmedo and the dancers Mònica Vega, Pere Vilarrubla and Dan Sampaio. First half: pieces by Heitor Villa-Lobos and Astor Piazzolla. An interval when a glass of cava will be offered. Followed in the 2nd half by pieces by George Gershwin  and more Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Thursday, 28th June at 18h in the Pubic Library, Canillo. (Free) Concert by the Quartet Valira.

Thursday, 28th June at 21h in the Church of Sant Cristòfol, Anyós. In aide of the la Fundació Ibo Àfrica which works to instigate developmental projects on the island of Ibo, in Mozambique. Musicians: Claudi Arimany: flute; Cristian Chivuivan: violin; & Magdalena Cristea: cello will interpret pieces de Bach, Mozart, Haydn & Reicha.

Thursday, 28th June at 21.30h in the National Auditorium, Ordino. (10€) The last in the 2018 series of National Auditorium Concerts with Patxi Leiva. After carrying the Andorra brand to the TV3 Marathon, the composer Patxi Leiva, created and rooted in the Principality, celebrates 20 years as a musician in Andorra with a performance at the National Auditorium, designed and created specifically for the venue. The group is acoustic with piano, double bass, percussion, acoustic guitar, female voice, and a Spanish guitar that speaks through the hands of the formation’s musical director, Luis Robisco. The strings of his flamenco guitar have vibrated in projects with the likes of Paul Carrack, Serrat, Carlos Nuñez and on Patxi Leiva’s latest disc, Alea Jacta Est . Twenty years of experience have given Patxi Leiva the opportunity to sing in places like the Auditorium and the Liceu of Barcelona, ​​and in countries such as Russia, Armenia, Italy and Switzerland. A unique opportunity to see an artist made in Andorra in the most emblematic setting of the Principality, the National Auditorium. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9crs1xWNVI

Friday, 29th June, at 18h at El Serrat, Ordino. (Free but space limited, advance booking essential at 844 141) ONCA Basic – in honour of the European year of cultural heritage. ‘Pedagogical Dialogues’ by the Dolca Corda (Sweet Strings) Alexandre Arajol and Jordi Albelda – violins. The violin duet presents a very large but at the same time little known repertoire. Outstanding violinists and great pedagogues have written pieces with the aim of providing a repertoire within the reach of students and adapted to different levels. These are musical works that stand out above all, for their pedagogical aspects, but we believe that they are small musical jewels that we must reveal and that allow us to understand the evolution of teaching the violin and the role of these musicians. They are composers, performers and pedagogues, who have left an indelible mark on all violinists. We invite you on a musical journey with stops at the French, Italian, Belgian and German violin schools.

Sunday 1st July at 12h in the chapel of Sant Serni de Nargol, Sant Julià de Lòria. (Free but pre-booking obligatory at 844 141) Concert: Saxo a Solo: melodies to remember with Guillem Tudó, saxophone. A wide-ranging selection of old favourites: Summertime, Cry me a River, My Funny Valentine, Fly me to the Moon and many more. This program proposes a journey through the most representative works of blues and jazz through the sound of one of the most emblematic and representative instruments of these styles: the saxophone. Known and unknown pieces will allow you to breathe this lively, painful, sweet, tender music, slow, fast and exciting, vibrating the notes of those who wrote it. A music that will sound for the first time between the walls of cozy churches, which will give the public a treat, with a different and exciting artistic experience. Telephone

Sunday 1st July at 19h in the church of Sant Miquel de Engolasters: Saxo a SOLO ( the same as above with prior reservation at at 844 141)

Sunday, 1st July at 20h in La Massana parish Church. (Free) End-of-year Concert by the Andorra Gospel Cor.


VII Inter-AND-Line line dancing event.

Friday, 29th June – Sunday, 1st July in the Sports complex, Encamp.

The Association BELA (Ball en Línia Principat d’Andorra) is organizing the seventh edition of the Inter-AND-Line, an international dance event, where you can share this style of dancing with dancers from various countries. In addition to enjoying free dance with outstanding choreographies and for those at all levels and styles, workshops will teach some of the latest dances. Also, technical classes will be offered for all those who want to improve in different styles such as the waltz , nightclub , wcs , cuban , polka and ecs. In addition, on Saturday we can enjoy a show created by several groups and their instructors. A weekend to have fun with dance


FRIDAY: 22h Free welcome party and dance. SATURDAY: 10h – 13:30h Room 1: free dance and workshops. Room 2: technical classes. 11h – 13:30h  Free dance in the Encamp market place 14h Brotherhood Lunch. 16h – 19h Room 1: free dance and workshops. Room 2: technical classes. 22h Exhibitions and shows. 23h Free play and surprises! SUNDAY: 11h – 13h free dancing


Parish festival of Sant Pere, Ordino.

Thursday 28th & Friday, 29th June

THURSDAY: from 20:30h in the Prat del Call. Programme for the Eve of Sant Pere. 20:30h  BBQ spareribs for all. (5€ includes a raffle ticket.) 22h Raffle (prizes donated by local Ordino shops.) 22:30 Burning of the falles (fire brands)  Els Millors d’Ordino. Dance of the Witches with the folkdance group Esbart Valls del Nord. 23h Night time dance with the Duke Aquarious.

FRIDAY: 12h Mass at the chapel of Sant Pere, El Serrat. 13h Aperitif for everyone.

FESTA MAJOR of Sant Pere, El Tarter. At the church

Friday, 29th June: Mass, aperitif, activities for children and night time dance. (No times given.)

FESTA MAJOR: Pas de la Casa

Friday, 29th June – 1st July throughout the parish.

FRIDAY: 11h – 19h Inflatables around the church. 11h Batucada drum band parading through the village with the band Drum Beat starting from the church. 12h Cycling Masterclass in the Sports Centre. 12h Mass of Sant Pere in the church of Sant Pere. After the Mass homage will be paid to Sr. Juanito Borra. 13:30 Hamburgers and botifarrada (barbequed sausages)  for all in the Plaça de l’Església. During the meal there will be a show by the Magician Gerry. 15:30h Children’s show and workshop of Makeup and bubbles in the Plaça de l’Església. 16:30h Children’s snack in the Plaça de l’Església. 21h Men’s supper – inscriptions at the tramits of Pas de la Casa. 22:30h Night dance with the cover version group, Doble Cara, in the Plaça de l’Església. 23:30 Fireworks castle. SATURDAY: 7h Fishing competition at the Estany de les Abelletes. 11h – 19h Inflatables around the church. 12h Barbequed ribs at the Estany de les Abelletes.  15:30h Children’s show, Ai Carai, in the Plaça de l’Església followed at 16:30 by Children’s snacks in the Plaça de l’Església. 21h Women’s supper – inscriptions at the tramits of Pas de la Casa. 22:30h A spectacular for everyone in the Plaça de l’Església. 23:30h Night time dance with  the ‘Fugados de Alcatraz’ in the Plaça de l’Església. SUNDAY: 11h – 19h Inflatables around the church.11h Batucada drum band parading through the village with the band Batrakes starting from the church. 15:30h Holi and foam party in the Plaça de l’Església. 19h End of festival with snacks for all…


Sunday, 1st July starting at 8:30h from Parc Gran del Prat del Colat (La Massana) Arriving at La Coma de Arcalís (Ordino), at 2,225 m. 41st edition of the Multisegur Volta als Ports (Tour of the Passes, inscription 28€) Andorra’s most traditional cycling tour celebrates the 41st edition of a race that offers participants three itineraries: the long distance, 111km and 3,840m of altitude change; the short one, of 80km and 2,245m altitude change; and the mini, of 21 km and 800m altitude change. All are carried out on roads open to traffic. This 4**** long distance route is designed for average/strong riders prepared to face 4 high mountain passes (Coll de la Rabassa, Coll de la Comella, Collada de Beixalís and La Coma d’Arcalís). A good level is required as the route is very demanding with a large positive climb accumulated over a short distance. Join the challenge of the Multisegur Volta als Ports which works, year after year, to maintain the level of demand and quality that distinguish this test and which have positioned it as one of the reference dates of the cycling calendar of Catalonia, Spain and France.


Sunday, 1st July at 11h at the Carmen Thyssen museum, Escaldes–Engordany. (The activity has a limited number of places, Advanced booking essential at +376 800 800) GastroArt al Thyssen – Art with tea tasting: thematic guided tours in the 5 works selected by the Infus. Participants will receive teabags with the infusions that they will be able to smell and feel whilst standing in front of the paired work. Next, a tea tasting will be carried out in EduCarmenThyssen’s educational room, which will complement the pairing between art and gastronomy. The visit will be transformed into a unique experience in which all the senses participate and which will allow one to approach the art in a different way.

Culturally yours,



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