PICK OF THE WEEK: Andorra (Pyrenees)

Main places:

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

PICK OF THE WEEK: Monday, 20th – Sunday, 26th September, 2021


v Friday, 24th September at 21.30h at the Andorra National Auditorium, Ordino. (General ticket: 10€. Gallery seats: 5€. Admission with a youth card, 15% discount. Book now to avoid disappointment using the link at the top of the page ) Season 2021 Andorra National Auditorium with Jordi Barceló. The Auditorium Season continues in September with a house pianist with 30 years of experience on stage, Jordi Barceló. Jordi Barceló will present his latest work, La vida és com la mar (mama), through a very personal concert, accompanied by other Andorran artists.

The themes of the new album are based on experiences that, over time, have become a melody. With a romantic look, the pianist will convey to the audience the feeling of each lived experience. The musical quality of Jordi Barceló and the musicians who accompany him will make this concert a spectacle for both the expert and the novice audience, while captivating the sentimental and romantic audience. Jazz lovers will discover the sweetest side of this style, and lovers of romantic song will be carried away by the jazz passion.

With this line-up, Jordi Barceló plays piano solo until he introduces the accompanists to reach the climax of the concert. The quartet format includes a new figure: the saxophonist, who brings Latin sounds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l53nNDCba_U Note: On the website of the Ministry of Culture you will find the security measures that must be respected to access the National Auditorium of Andorra


Jordi Barceló: piano, musical arrangements and direction Patxi Leiva: voice Jonaina Salvador: voice Carolina Bartumeu: voice Susane Georgi: voice Molly Puigcercós: voice Javier Crespo: drums and percussion Efrem Roca: saxophone David Amat: percussion


v Sunday, 26th September at 18h at the Party room of the Sports and Sociocultural Complex of Encamp, Encamp. (Ticket prices range from 3€ for 14 to 21 year-olds, €5 for 22 to 30 year-olds and 12€ for 30+, and are on sale at http://www.comuencamp.ad/ and La Valireta. For more information you can send an email to [email protected] National Theatre Cycle with The Third Wave of the Jove Companya Nacional d’Andorra. The Jove Compañía Nacional was created to implement the country’s cultural offer in youth theatre, both in creative spaces (outside schools) and in the offer of professional shows for young people, made by young people. The Third Wave is a drama created from the theatrical text, “The Wave” and the novel “The Wave”. It treats the story as a class exercise in an institute, which then becomes an experiment on the nature of human beings and their ability to repeat historical errors almost without sltering them.


v Friday 24th from 17h – 20h, Saturday 25th from 11h – 20h and Sunday, 26th September from 11h – 19h in Sant Julià. Sant Julià’s Annual Medieval Town Festival with an amazing five pages of events (I’ve put the translation at the end of today’s Cultural Events.) To download the map and to see all the artistic medieval illustrations and the programme in Catalan, click on the link at the heading to this week’s events where it says Compra – though it is actually free… (I’ve never missed a year since it began and usually take my eight-seater Green Van if anyone would like a lift.)


v Until Saturday, 25th September at the Art Centre, Escaldes-Engordany. (Telephone / contact address for registration: Tel: 80 22 55 or [email protected]) Exhibition “Toulouse-Lautrec. The irreverent artist” A tour of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s engravings in an exquisite exhibition that transports us to the bohemia of Montmartre prior to the avant-garde of the early twentieth century, where Toulouse-Lautrec expressed his talent capturing the force of the nocturnal characters, the actresses of the cabaret cafés and circus performers.

The influence of Japaneseism, photographic framing, advertising posters and the work of daring aesthetics are the leitmotif of an irreverent artist who poured his experiences and traumas into a work that is synonymous with the anti-academic artistic revolution.

Associated Activities

· Guided tours for schoolchildren, individuals and groups.

· Night guided tours at 20.30h and 22h. (Free activity in Catalan. Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 9.30h – 13.30h and from 15h – 19h.

v Until Sunday, 26th September at the Reig Factory Museum, Sant Julià de Lòria. Free. Dialogues between music and art in Peralada. Stage of emotions and space of confluence of the arts. Since its beginnings 35 years ago, the Castell de Peralada

Festival has emerged as a cultural event that has wanted to go far beyond the mere programming of concerts and shows, to become a space that generates new artistic proposals, where the different disciplines would find a point of confluence for dialogue and mutual enrichment.

One of the most representative examples of this spirit is undoubtedly in the festival posters. A graphic testimony not only of the image of each edition, but also of this complicity that Peralada has always wanted to establish with all kinds of creators, many of whom have returned to this stage to develop other projects.

v Until Friday, 5th November at Galeria Alta, Chalet el Roure, above Anyós, La Massana (Free admission by appointment. Limited capacity. [email protected]). New Gallery. New exhibition. Vivian Maier: Black and White and Colour. The Galeria Alta opens its doors with a sample of the work of the acclaimed American photographer, Vivian Maier. The work of the enigmatic Vivian Maier is already inscribed in the history of twentieth-century photography, alongside big names in street photography, such as Helen Levitt, William Klein, Joel Meyerowitz and Garry Winogrand.

Vivian Maier (1926–2009), born in New York to a French mother and an Austro-Hungarian father, worked as a nanny for forty years. In her spare time, Maier took pictures, which she then jealously hid from the eyes of others. In many cases she did not see the result herself, although at times she was able to have a precarious darkroom mounted in the bathroom.

Her life is a mystery. She is said to have died in absolute poverty and to have lived on the streets for some time, until the children she had cared for in the 1950s bought her an apartment and paid her bills until the day of the her death in 2009.

Most of Maier’s work shows everyday scenes of the streets of Chicago and New York throughout the 1950s to 1980s. The photographs spontaneously capture the uniqueness of “urban America,” an everyday reality and characters whom the camera looks at on an equal footing, with an apparent sweetness that often contrasts with the harshness of the reality it reflects, with a great ability to communicate both humour and tragedy.

Vivian Maier is considered the forerunner of self-portrait long before the advent of Instagram. Maier took many self-portraits, and showed herself reflected in shop windows and mirrors, or in the shadows she cast on the floor, always with the camera hanging around her neck. In her photographs there is also a taste for more formal, almost abstract experiments that play with light, geometric lines and reflections.

When, in 2007, a young Chicago historian, John Maloof, bought Vivian Maier’s abandoned belongings at a small neighbourhood auction, he stumbled upon an immense and unknown photographic work of more than 100,000 negatives, homemade footage, and sound recordings. Maloof then began a thorough investigation of Maier’s life and the recovery and protection of the archive of her work, which culminated in the Oscar-nominated documentary “Finding Vivian Maier” (2014 Available on Netflix).

Maier’s photographs have been the subject of several publications and have been exhibited in the world’s leading cultural institutions.


v Until Saturday, 6th November at the Plaça de les Fontetes, Museu del Còmic, La Massana. (Free activity. Number of places limited depending on the health situation.) Exhibition: Al Centro de la Tierra (In the Centre of the Earth) displaying the original illustrations by famous cartoonist, JAN. A review of Verne’s book, Journey to the Centre of the Earth from the characteristically humorous point of view of the cartoonist and his best known character: Superlopez.


Monday: 3 to 7 p.m.

Tuesday: 3pm to 7pm

Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday: 3 to 7 p.m.

Friday: from 3 to 7 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

v Until Sunday, 9th January, 2022 at the Thyssen Museum, Escaldes-Engordany. Talents with similar origins: from Rigalt to Puigdengolas. The exhibition, Talents with similar origins: from Rigalt to Puigdengolas, features a selection of paintings by Catalan artists that the Crèdit Andorrà art collection has been forging since 1989. Casas, Urgell, Mir or Meifrè are some of the protagonists of the show. The exhibition is complemented by some works from the Carmen Thyssen collection shared by the owner. Among the selected paintings, we will learn about the work of artists specializing in different types of landscape and portraiture, and other versatile people who reflect their expertise on canvas.

The exhibition takes a look at the work of Catalan artists from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, painters who agreed together on their training or who created their own school. The selection of exhibited works aims to show the similarities and divergences between Catalan painters of this period, the most unique styles and affinities in their work.

v From Saturday, 25th September 2021 to Sunday, 27th August 2023 at the Casa d’Areny-Plandolit Museum, Ordino. (Admission: 2.5€. Free on September 25th and 26th.) Abracadabra: Illusionism and magic in Cal Plandolit. Discover one of the least known facets of the Areny-Plandolit family: the connection between some of its members with the world of magic, a field in which they stood out prominently on a Spanish and international scale during the first half of the twentieth century.

v Until Saturday, 8th January 2022 at the Espai Caldes, Escaldes-Engordany. Les Escaldes: Pioneers of the hotel industry 1900 – 1960. (Free entrance. Reservations on tel .: 890 879 or [email protected]) A historic walk through the most emblematic hotels in Escaldes that remind us of times past when the benefits of thermal water became a claim to attract a tourism of bathers. The exhibition, with nostalgia, recalls the history of these establishments but also that of their owners. Les Escaldes: pioneers of the hotel industry 1900-1960 is presented with various areas consisting of photographic reproductions, images, objects and memories provided by individuals. The exhibition is complemented by a tour of the streets of the Upper Part, from the CAEE to the Espai Caldes with several photographic panels that testify to the many commercial activities that transformed the economy of Les Escaldes and the country.

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 9.30h – 13.30h and from 15h – 19h


· Guided tours for schoolchildren, individuals and groups round the exhibition.

· Routes: on Saturday, 2nd October at 17h: Water Itinerary trade route and on Saturday, 6th November at 17h: the pioneer route.

· In autumn, menus from the past with the touch of today’s chefs in the restaurants of Escaldes-Engordany.


v Since 1996, Andorra has participated in the European Heritage Days, which have been held for thirty-eight years and are one of the most important annual events in Europe, and take place on the third weekend in September.

It is an event that brings together millions of people who visit a considerable number of monuments and historical sites, whether public or private, which are usually closed and open their doors to the public for the occasion.

This joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union brings together the fifty states party to the European Cultural Convention, which are actively participating in the Conference.

v Until Sunday, 26th September throughout the Principality. Programme of the European Heritage Days 2021. The inauguration of the heritage shop window displays in 120 shops around the country where old objects loaned by the citizens and institutions of the country will be exhibited.

· Until 26th September: free opening of government museums and others as follows:

· Tobacco Museum, free on September 24th, 25th and 26th; –

· Until Sunday, 26th September: opening of the exhibition of fifteen unpublished paintings on Andorran themes, at the Casa de la Muntanya, in Ordino. (Free exhibition.)

CONFERENCIES Remember they are all in Catalan unless otherwise stated.

v Tuesday, 21st September from 18.30h – 19.30h at the Portal de la Vall, Andorra la Vella. (Free activity. Contact for registration : [email protected] or +376 823 000. ) Bach Flower Workshops: The workshop comes in two parts that are complementary and can be done independently. Part 1: a talk for adults, in which we will learn the origins of Bach Flowers, the benefits of floral therapy and the famous ‘Rescue Remedy’

v Saturday, 25th September from 10.30h – 12noon at the Portal de la Vall, Andorra la Vella (10€. See registration info above. ) Bach Flower Workshop: Part 2. A workshop for adults in which we will make our personalized preparation that we will take home.

v Wednesday, 22nd September from 10.30h – 13.30h at the Auditorium of the Ice Palace of Andorra, Canillo. Canillo has a future, but is it urgent to convert it? Opening cycle of lectures.

· 10.30h Quality and Sustainability. The Austrian Tourism Model with Blanka Trauttmansdorff.

· 11.30h New trends in hotels. Coexistance between small and large format establishments with Bruno Hallé.

· 12.30h Change of model? A new image of quality tourism versus mass tourism with Miquel Puig.

Culturally yours,


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