PICK OF THE WEEK: Andorra (Pyrenees)

Main places:

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

PICK OF THE WEEK: Monday, 11th February – Sunday, 17th February, 2019


* Monday, 11th February at 22h at Hotel Màgic, La Massana. (Free) Vibrand Concert in Clau de Soul. On Mondays the week starts with the best vibrations, with live music and with the songs you like to sing! We are waiting for you to enjoy a concert that is born of soul and goes through different styles such as funky, bag, jazz, reggae trip hop …, from the successes of current and evergreen performers such as Jamiroquai, Sting, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Joss Stone, Adele and Tom Jobim, Toquinho, among others. Also on Thursday, 14th at 20.30h at Piolets Centre Hotel, Soldeu, Saturday, 16th at 21.30 at Anyós Park, La Massana and Sunday, 17th at 17.30h at Sport Hotel Village, Soldeu.

* Wednesday, 13th February at 21.30h at Park Piolets Mountain Hotel & Spa, Soldeu. (Free) Concert of the band Shuffle Express. A traditional and contemporary blues night in different styles (swing, rock, shuffle, calypso …) versions of artists such as BB King, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Joe Bonamassa, Susan Tedeschi and Jr. Watson, among others, with some compositions of the band. Musicians: Pablo Villar (vocals and guitar); Virginia Yañez (keyboard and vocals); Marc Milian (bass and sound); Dante Falótico (percussion). Also Friday, 21.30h at Villager Tapas & Wine, Soldeu.

* Friday, 15th February at 21.30h at the Hard Rock Cafe, Andorra la Vella. (Free) Hard Rock Café Concerts – Ismael González. Ismael González, with his powerful, vibrato voice and accompanied by all his band, will envelope us with his music.

* Friday, 15th February at 19.30h at the cafè teatre La Fada Ignorant, Andorra la Vella. Concerts at La Fada Ignorant: Eli Levi. Indie folk from the USA, with special guests: Old School.

* Saturday, 16th February a whole programme starting at 16.30h at the Hard Rock Cafe, Andorra la Vella. (Free) Jam + concert combines with the Relative Music School

PROGRAMME: From 16.30h – 17.45h Jam Session.

From. 17.45h – 19:30h Dr. She.

From 19.30h – 20:30h No Name.

From 22h – 23h Underground.

* Saturday, 16th February at 16h for children 3 – 4 and 17.30h for children aged 5 – 7 at the Ludoescola del Centro Sociocultural del Estudi, Ordino. (42°33’22.3″N 1°32’07.6″E) CLASSICAL ORDINO – Musical workshops: Barroski.

* Saturday, 16th February, at 19h in the Museum Farga Rossell, La Massana. (Free concert in support of Autea, the non-profit association for those affected by Autism.) Concert by the Cadi Orchestra. The Cadí Orchestra is the chamber Orchestra of Alt Urgell, will offer a concert at the Farga Rossell. The orchestra, directed by Eugeni Sokhatskyy, (and previously by the violinists Jordi Albelda and Zoryana Sokhatska) is made up of 21 musicians from Alt Urgell, Cerdanya, Solsonès, Andorra and Ukraine. The Cadi Orchestra Association was founded in 2001 and since then has maintained a chamber orchestra. They have promoted competitions for young musicians concerts for soloists with orchestral accompaniment. PROGRAMME: First part: Holberg Suite, by Edvard Grieg. Second part: Oblivion, by Astor Piazzolla with soloist: Eugeni Sokhatskyy. Polka for two clarinets, by Curt Mahr with soloists: Martí Grau and Adrià Herreros, Tango, by Goran Bregovic, + Three popular Catalan songs (arranged by A. Bassok Fabregat) – The Pen of Partridge, Mossèn Joan de Vic, El Ballet del Rotlletó

Csárdás, by Vittorio Monti with soloists: Vadim Hurtado and Daniel Guitart.

* Saturday, February 16 at 20h at Harlem, Andorra la Vella. Mireia Clua in concert. The Andorran violinist, Mireia Clua, presents a new, unique repertoire of her own compositions for electric violin and pedal loop. The concert will be an intimate journey to discover the world of sounds that hides the violin, using varied modern rhythms and styles: fusion, funk, jazz, latin, pop, world music. The solo violin with the loop will be adding layers of bass, percussion and accompaniment creating the effect of a full band. All melodies will be improvised in real time.

* Saturday, 16th February at 20.30h at the Consell General parliament building, Andorra la Vella. Mendelssohn, Traveller Without Borders part of the Frontiers Cycle. Director: Gerard Claret. Narrator: Josep Julien.

PROGRAMME: Symphony in D major MWV N2, Symphony in D minor MWV N7, Symphony in F minor MWV N10 Symphony in C minor MWV N14. The concert is accompanied by the dramatic reading of an original text by Juanma Casero based on letters from the Mendelssohn family and on academic articles and journalistic reports on the current migratory crisis in the Mediterranean.

* Saturday, 16th February at 20.30h in the Church of Sant Esteve, Andorra la Vella. (5€ Charity concert with all money going to the Mans Unides 2019 campaign.) Concert with Andorra’s excellent soprano, Jonaina Salvador, Guillem Tudó and choirs of Andorra. This year the money is destined to help people living in: Senegal, Cameroon, Chad, Peru, Colombia, Uganda and India. (Last year the amazing Andorran branch of Mans Unides raised 140,000€ for developmental work around the world. This year’s poster is entitled The Woman of the 21st Century: One in Three Women are not as you imagine: They are not independent, they are not safe and they do not have a voice.


* Saturday, 16th February at 23h at the Prat del Roure, Escaldes-Engordany. (7€ but free for Associates of Balland) An Evening of ballroom dancing organized by the Balland Association, with live music with the band Rua Sonora.

* Sunday, 17th February at 19h at the Prat del Roure, Escaldes-Engordany. (5€ See the Saturday concert above for more charity information.) A Solidarity performance by the Children and Youth sections of Andorra’s folkdance groups in aid of this Year’s Mans Unides 2019 campaign.


* Monday 11th – Thursday, 14th February from 17.30 – 19h at the School of Art of Sant Julià de Lòria. (Free, aimed at children aged 6 – 11 but places limited. Ring 744 044 to reserve.) Carnival workshop with the results presented at the parade of the schools to be followed by the hanging of Carnestoltes (the effigy of Carnival) in the Plaça de la Germendat throughout Carnival, until the day of judgment and burning of Carnestoltes.

* Saturday, 16th February at 10.30h at the Kitchen of the llar de jubilats, Escaldes-Engordany. (10€ for children aged 8 – 12. Places limited. Register at 802 255 or [email protected] ) Cooking Saturdays – “Roll up the pancakes” Awaken your imagination to make crepes with the most amazing and 100% natural flavours.


* Monday 11th – Thursday, 14th February at 20h at Cinemes Illa Carlemany, Escaldes-Engordany. Mary Queen of Scots. Directed by Josie Rourke, Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden. The Story: Mary Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.

* Thursday, 14th February at 21h at the National Auditorium, Ordino. Cycle of Cinema and Mountain 2019. Bike2Reality. Audiovisual and photography followed by discussion with Alba Xandri and Ricard Calmet. After several summers bicycling across various countries, in October 2014, Ricard Calmet and Alba Xandri, from Berguedà, decided to launch their adventure of pedalling around the world. Ricard, a professional firefighter and lover of photography, captures the best images of the trip. Alba, a translator and English teacher, tells the events with a personal touch. Here is the website www.bike2reality.com and the book La magia dels pedals (published in April 2018). It involves three years of pedalling, 55,000 kilometres on bicycles, 41 countries, a lot of anecdotes, thousands of experiences and curious meetings explained in the talk. A first, more explanatory, part accompanied by photos, and a second part where the audiovisual will be screened La febre de los Andes (17 ‘).

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