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

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


Tuesday 12th November at 19.45 at the Cinemes Illa Carlemany, Escaldes-Engordany. Streamed direct from The Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona. Amadeu Vives’ Doña Francisquita (in Spanish). Musical direction: Oliver Díaz; Stage Direction: Lluís Pasqual; Choreography: Nuria Castejón. Starring: Maria José Moreno as Francisquita. Celso Albelo as Fernando; Carlos Chausson as Don Matías; Alejandro del Cerro as Cardona; Isaac Galán as Lorenzo Pérez; Gonzalo de Castro as Actor. Symphony Orchestra and choir of the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Choir Direction, Conxita Garcia. The Story: Doña Francisquita is a zarzuela* in three acts. With its colourful score and comic story of multiple love triangles which ends happily for the young lovers, Francisquita and Fernando. Doña Francisquita is considered a classic of the zarzuela genre, and Amadeu Vives’ masterpiece. * Zarzuela is a Spanish lyric-dramatic genre that alternates between spoken and sung scenes, the latter incorporating operatic and popular songs, as well as dance.


(I gather a hiccup in the mailing system meant that some people didn’t receive this notice on Thursday. Sorry about that. The Discount ticket code was supposed to run out on yesterday but no harm in trying… C.A.)

A 16€ DISCOUNT on tickets for the Moscow Ballet. Tuesday, 19th November at 20h at the Centre de Congressos, Andorra la Vella. The Nutcracker by The Moscow Ballet. Tickets normally cost 45€ each but go to factoriacultural.com and click on Entitats and use the code 1728CAT for tickets at 29€ each. Or buy a minimum of 12 tickets and they will cost only 25€ each. And, if the group is large, you can also take advantage of free transport to the theatre. Or buy a Family Pack of 4 tickets for 30€ each. If you have any questions or want to buy tickets, visit [email protected] or Whatsapp on +34 622 328 722.


Wednesday, 13th November at 20h at the Cinemes Illa Carlemany, Escaldes-Engordany. Shakira: a concert from her acclaimed El Dorado World Tour. Shakira is a truly global superstar with her unique blend of Latin sounds, rock and roll and world music. Her album El Dorado earned her a Grammy for Best Latin Pop Vocal Album and a Latin Grammy for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album. For two nights only, the cinema version relives the larger-than-life show on the big screen, and through documentary footage and Shakira’s own words highlights what it took for Shakira and her team to bring the career-highlight show to 22 countries and nearly a million fans, following the drama of having to postpone the entire tour due to a vocal cord injury in November 2017.

Friday, 15th November at 21.30h at the Centre de Congressos, Andorra la Vella. (Tickets 20€) NOA, in concert. Noa, the prestigious Israeli singer, returns to the country to present her latest work, Letters to Bach. In this project, the singer and composer has put words, both in English and Hebrew, to 12 compositions by the great Johann Sebastian Bach, which endows them with a charming colour that perfectly integrates with its bright polyphony as she deals with issues such as climate change, euthanasia and feminism. Gil Dor, faithful collaborator of Noa for many years, has commissioned the guitar arrangements for this project, which aims to break language, gender and religion barriers to build a bridge of musical excellence, respect and joy under the protection of Bach.

Friday, 15th November at 21.30h at the Hard Rock Cafe, Andorra la Vella. Hard Rock Cafe concerts: Calaty. Calaty will offer us a repertoire of great music hits.

Friday, 15th November at 23.30h at the cafè-teatre-pub La Fada Ignorant, Andorra la Vella. Concerts a La Fada: Robert Poch. Robert

Poch is from Vilassar de Dalt. He won second prize, with a great performance, in the 2nd Music Competition of the Author, the FI Andorra.

Saturday, 16th November at 11h, 17h and 19h in the Communal Library of Escaldes-Engordany. (For registration in the children’s workshop and for more information: Tel 890 875 or [email protected] ) 2nd Edition of + The Colours of Music. A day aimed at providing the country’s musicians and the general public with sound creation resources based on the latest technologies and trends in the music world. Innovate to create! Organized with the collaboration of the Association of Musicians of Andorra (ASMA). 11h Soundcool for children by Marcel Estornell (for 10 –12 year olds). 17h Creation of multi-channel videos on YouTube with Mireia Clua. 19h Creating songs from electronics with Likantropika.

Saturday, 16th November at 17h in the Church of Sant Serni, Canillo. (Reverse box office) Part of the Romance Chamber series: Sánchez & Fortuny Piano duo. Winners of the 1st Romance Chamber International Contest, the young pianists Júlia Fortuny and Bernat Sánchez return to Andorra to present a programme dedicated to Germanic music of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, with composers from Austria and Germany. The concert will begin with the Mozart’s Andante and Variations in G Major, a piece of gallant style very typical of the Austrian genius. It will continue with pieces by Czerny, Schubert and Schumann. From the latter we will be able to hear the improvisations Pinturas del Este, an evocative name of a piece that Schumann gave to his wife Clara to play together in 1849.

Saturday, 16th November at 22h at the cafè-teatre-pub La Fada Ignorant, Andorra la Vella. (reverse box office) Concerts a La Fada: King Sapo. King Sapo presents his disc ‘Niño Guru’ to La Fada Ignorant. King Sapo, a rock band from Madrid, was founded last year. The band brings together some of the most experienced musicians in the Spanish musical scene, such as former members of Eldorado: Jesús Trujillo, Andrés Follet and Javier Planelles, who joined José Alberto Solís, ex-SCIS or Wyoming and Los Insolventes. All this under the baton of producer Joan de Déu Martín, who has worked with artists like Amaral. The album ‘Niño Guru’ was released at the beginning of this year. In it we will find the purest rock, with airs of the seventies and nineties, that travel from classic rock to hard rock. A bridge between the storm of themes such as ‘Fire’ or ‘Nen Gurú’, which gives it its name, and the calmness and depth that is breathed in ‘Speaking with the trees’ or ‘Free’. The album is made up of nine songs that the artists advise us to listen to everywhere, since “the album is intended to be heard following a plot line full of emotions.” They have been nominated for the Latin Grammy Awards for the best album of rock.

Sunday, 17th November at 13h at La Massana Parish Church. Concert of Sant Aciscle with the Choirs Sant Antoni, Les Orinetes and l’Orfeó Andorrà.


Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th November

in the Lauredià Cultural and Congress Centre, Sant Julià de Lòria

SATURDAY: 9:30h Individual tests will take place in all modes 15:30h Singing, duets and groups.

SUNDAY: 12h. Young musical talents contest awards ceremony and musical show. As a novelty of this edition the contest is transferred to Sant Julià and the instrumental modalities have been opened for all types of instruments.


Saturday, 16th November at 12h in the Plaça de la Germandat, Sant Julià de Lòria. V Day of the Castellers d’Andorra (human Castlers) with the participation of the Sagals d’Osona, Castellers de Rubí and the Colla Castellera de Cerdanya.


Monday 11th – Thursday 14th November at 20h at Cinemes Illa Carlemany, Escaldes-Engordany. French film: Nous finirons ensemble. Directed by Guillaume Canet. Starring: “Petits mouchoirs” (Little White Lies), 7 years later. Max, ruined and somewhat depressed, returns to his summer home to sell it. His old friends, who have spent great moments together with him, will appear by surprise on his birthday. After a long time apart, they will check the strength of their friendship.

Tuesday, 12th November at 20h at the Cinemes Illa Carlemany, Escaldes-Engordany. French film, Trois Jours et une vie. Directed by Nicolas Boukhrief. Starring: Sandrine Bonnaire, Pablo Pauly, Charles Berling. Christmas 1999, in a peaceful little village in the Ardennes. The life of a young boy named Antoine will soon be devastated by three tragic events : the death of a dog, the vanishing of a child, and a big ravaging storm.

CHILDREN (All children’s activities are in Catalan unless otherwise stated.).

Saturday, 16th November from 17h – 19h at the new Embassy Store, Andorra la Vella. Charm bracelets Workshop. Now you have the opportunity to choose your favourite items and create a lovely charm bracelet. In this workshop you will find all sorts of beads and charms with which you can decorate your creation: hearts with bright, silver-coloured animals, coloured balls, flowers or fashionable objects … Create the design that best suits your personality and convert yourself into a goldsmith for a day!

Saturday, 16th November at 17h and at 18.30h at the Teatre Comunal, Andorra la Vella. (Adult admission: € 4 – Children, free but with mandatory acquisition of an advanced ticket from www.andorralavella.ad/interntions or La Llacuna) Kátia Theatre Kàtia packs her suitcase and undertakes a trip with her mother and the biggest adventure of her life. Will she find what she is looking for? Kàtia is a visual theatre show that tells us about the need to reunite with our roots. The highest punctuality is requested. Once the performance has begun, entry to the theatre will not be allowed.

TALKS/CONFERENCES (Usually for those speaking – or learning – Catalan).

Tuesday, 12th November from 19.30h – 20.30h at the Escaldes-Engordany Art Centre. (Free for 16 years and upwards. But limited places. Pre-book at: +376 802 255 or [email protected]) La Clau (The key): Photography: life, works and miracles of the fixed image. Art notes. 5th edition. La Clau is an introduction to art designed for non-experts, in which we intend to share the fundamental aspects of art from an academic point of view and from experience. A key to unlock the door to art that will open new spaces for knowledge and enjoyment. This week we focus on ‘La clau’ is an introduction to art designed for non-experts in the field, in which we intend to share the fundamental aspects of art from an academic point of view and from experience.A key to the door of art that opens new spaces for knowledge and enjoyment. at 16 years Teaching staff : Aurora Baena Garròs, Ruth Casabella Vehículos and Carles Sánchez Rodríguez.

Wednesday, 13th November at 20h at the Espai Glass and Textile Workshop, Escaldes-Engordany. (For more information : Tel 890 853 or email [email protected]) For Love of Art: Destroy and build. The city of Palmira, the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, the Vatican’s Pieta, Banksy’s the Girl with balloons and Borja’s Ecce Homo. The history of art is full of events that culminate in the destruction or degradation of an artistic piece. We will collect these stories of heritage loss due to violent, accidental or natural causes, and we will analyse the impact. Creation, destruction and symbols in a talk in which debate is guaranteed. With the art historian, Aurora Baena Garròs.

Thursday, 14th November at 20.30h at La Llacuna Cultural Centre, Andorra la Vella. Organised by the excellent Andorran branch of the charity Mans Unides. With the Government of Andorra’s help, ‘A Talk: We are opening a Mother and Baby unit in Senegal led by Pere Jorba, president of the Kassumay Foundation, and Father Christian Manga president of the association CPAS of Senegal and coordinator of the project.

Thursday, 14th November at 19h in Auditorium of MoraBanc, Andorra la Vella. Are Dreams Fulfilled?’ by Josu Feijoo, on the occasion of World Diabetes Day. Josu is the first and only diabetic astronaut in the world. In addition he is a diabetic sportsman with an impressive sport trajectory: First diabetic to reach the summit of Everest, First diabetic to climb The Seven Summits, First diabetic to walk without help to the North and South poles. Winner of the Royal

Order for Sports Merit Spanish, Winner of the Olympic insignia of the COE.

Saturday, 16th November at 11h at the Centre of Interpretation of Comapredosa, Arinsal, La Massana. Reservations to: [email protected] Prevention of waste in the mountains. We will explain how to prevent waste when we go up into the mountains. Also, finally, the presentation of the NKD filter corks will be made. The talk will be given by the company Imporex Salud .


Monday, 11th November at 10h in the Parish of Ordino. (You need to reserve either by email [email protected] or phone 878 173.) Guided tour of Ordino’s flour mills. The route begins at the Santa Bàrbara Chapel on the Ral path and carries on to the Cal Pal mill in la Cortinada. Guided by Ton Naudí and Gemma Adellach we will discover the valley’s flour mill heritage on a tour which includes corners and buildings full of history that have marked us as a country and which we often pass by without noticing. Duration about three hours. You can either return by local bus or on foot.

Saturday, 16th November at the Fire Station, Andorra la Vella. (3€) Firemen of Andorra’s Solidarity Day with the ANDTDAH Albatross Association for Autism

Programme: 10h – 10:30h Welcome of the participants

10:30h – 11:15h. Vehicle accident simulation

11:15h – 11:45h. Audio-visual projection of the history of the Andorra Fire Brigade

11:45h – 12:15h Guided tour through the Fire Station

12:15h – 12:45h Simulation of a Fire

12:45h – 13:30h Climbing into a fire engine, dressing up as a fireman, Learning to put out a fire.

Saturday, 16th November from 10h – 20h in the Centre de Congressos, Ordino. Take advantage of a new occasion to choose and barter all sorts of bargains and opportunities, a market where you can find everything (clothes, toys, books …).


Saturday, 16th November from 10h – 14h in the Plaça dels Arínsols, Encamp. Encamp Saturday market. The Encamp Entrepreneurs Association (AEE) recommences their traditional market as a showcase for trade in the parish. This initiative, which was launched in 2014 with the collaboration of the Comú d’Encamp, has had numerous auxiliary activities such as botifarrades (sausage barbeques) children’s face painting, magic, musical performances or batucades (drum bands).

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