PICK OF THE WEEK: Andorra (Pyrenees)

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

PICK OF THE WEEK: Monday, 13th July – Sunday, 19th July, 2020


Monday, 13th July at 18h through the streets of Sant Julià de Lòria. (Free) Green Note at the ONCA-Carrer: Duo Jazz and bossa nova. ON-CARRER is an ONCA (Orquestra Nacional Clàssica d’Andorra) summer cycle in spaces and corners of all the parishes, which will begin on 13th July in Sant Julià de Lòria, and end on 26th August in Ordino. Each formation will perform three sets of 20 to 25 minutes. The cycle will have a “casual” look to avoid audience concentration and encourage the “surprise” of finding music on the streets.

Wednesday, 15th July at 18h Through the streets of the parish, Sant Julià de Lòria. (Free) Love It at the ON-CARRER Jazz manouche and swing.

Wednesday, 15th July at 21h at Cal Pal, Ordino. (Free. Information and prior reservation required by phone (+376) 878 173.) Summer Nights 2020: Duo Mozart. The Mozart Duo, proposed by the ONCA, with Francesc Planella on violin and Elias Porter on viola. The duo in C major is the first of a collection of six duets that the Prince and Archbishop of Salzburg Jeroni de Colloredo-Mansfeld commissioned from Joseph Haydn in 1783. The composer began work on the commission but, due to an illness, was only able to complete four of the duos. The archbishop was not a patient man and, although he knew of the composer’s poor health, he threatened not to pay him his salary until he had completed the work. In the summer of 1783, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart learned of Joseph Haydn’s predicament. He had also previously worked for the archbishop, but due to the bad relationship between them, he had resigned his job. Still, he decided to help Haydn and wrote the two missing duos to complete the assignment (the duo in G major and the duo in E flat major). The result was impeccable and the archbishop did not realize that the works were not by Haydn. The duos were published in 1788 under the name of that composer, but some time later, Mozart, who valued the works very much, asked him to return the compositions to him.

Thursday, 16th July at 20h in the Plaça Sant Miquel, Encamp. (Free) Encamp in Key of Light with Made In Black. Made In Black pays homage to the main styles of black music and to those emblematic artists who have defended it throughout history. The best of black music, blues, soul, jazz, funk … from emblematic artists such as Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys and Steve Wonder make up their repertoire so we can enjoy listening and dancing.

Thursday, 16th July, at 19.45h in the Plaça del Quart de la Massana. (Free) Thursday in the fresh air! Concert with Trio D3. The youngest formation in the Principality! Naiara Lorente and Adam Juhl are only 15 years old, but they have the stuff of musicians and plenty of talent to be on stage. Accompanied by veteran Juli Barrero on guitar, this line-up offers acoustic versions of songs that are totally current, mainly those played on major commercial stations and television shows. You can see all the La Massana Summer Programme here https://www.agenda.ad/repositorio/comu-de-la-massana-·-programacio-activitats-estiu-2020.pdf It’s in Catalan but if you highlight anything you can’t understand, starting at the bottom end of the text and working upwards you can then copy and paste it into your favourite translation programme.

Friday, 17th July at 18h through the streets of the parish, Sant Julià de Lòria. (Free) ONCA-Carrer: Juli Barrero with his own songs. (See Monday above for more info.)

Friday, 17th July at 22h at the cafè teatre La Fada Ignorant, Andorra la Vella. Concerts a La Fada: Love It

Saturday, 18th July at 20h in the Plaça de l’Esglèsia, Santa Coloma. (Free. Prior reservation obligatory Tel (+376) 836 908.) Summer Nights 2020: Duo Mozart. (See Wednesday above.)

Saturday, 18th July at 20.30h in the Parc Prat del Senzill, Sant Julià de Lòria. (6€ free for under 16s) Concert of Pop Rock by the group Jamp.

Saturday, 18th July at 22h at the cafè teatre La Fada Ignorant, Andorra la Vella. In concert at La Fada: Dylan.


Monday, 13th July from 15h in the Plaça de l’Església de Sant Pere, Encamp. (Free) Summer afternoons at Pas de la Casa with ‘Colours of the World’.

Monday, 13th July at 10h at Aixirivall, Sant Julià de Lòria. (Free. Reservations Tel. 871 720/388 833) We Clean the Roads! Camí d’Aixirivall. Activity aimed at children, adolescents and young people aged 10 to 16.

Tuesday, 14th July at 17h in the Prat Gran, Encamp. (Free) Summer afternoons in Encamp with ‘Bassal Rock’. ‘Bassal Rock’ is specially created to fight heat in the most original and fun way! This show combines live music entertainment with a series of aquatic resources designed specifically for each drop of water to share a sea of happiness!

Wednesday, 15th July at 15h in the Plaça de l’Església de Sant Pere, Pas de la Casa. (Free) Summer afternoons at Pas de la Casa with Coloraines Band. The Coloraines Band understand parties in a fun, lively way, with a lot of rhythm and full of games and surprises. With this idea, some crazy people, animation and good music are on stage to present a musical journey with songs.

Wednesday, 15th July at 18h at the Prat Gran, La Massana. (Free. Children’s activity. Limited places. Wednesday in El Prat Gran. Nursery workshop with TOT IDEA. A fun and educational workshop for the little ones. Perform all the processes, with materials you would never have imagined, to plant your own plant, flower or legume. You will learn the basic methods needed to be able to cultivate your own urban garden. And take your plant home to make your balcony bloom.

Thursday, 16th July at 17h in Prat Gran, Encamp. (Free) Summer afternoons in Encamp with ‘La gran festa’

Friday, 17th July Aixirivall, Sant Julià de Lòria. (Free. Reservations Tel. 871 720/388 833) We Clean the Roads! Nargol Road. Activity aimed at children, adolescents and young people aged 10 to 16. Departure from Plaça Laurèdia.

Saturday, 18th & Sunday 19th July from 10h – 13h in the Plaça Sant Roc and old quarter, Sant Julià de Lòria. (Free. Aimed at children aged 6 – 12. Places limited to 10 children. Registration essential by telephone at 744 044 or at the reception in the Lauredià Cultural and Congress Centre.) Big Heads workshop Participants must register in advance and must do the two sessions of the workshop. They will later take part in the parade of giants of the Festa Major of

Sant Julià de Lòria wearing their big heads!


Wednesday, 15th July & Saturday, 18th July starting at 9.30h in the Plaça Laurèdia, Sant Julià de Lòria. (Places limited to 20. Reservations needed either at the Plaça Laurèdia Tourist Office in Sant Julià de Lòria or Tel. 744 045 or [email protected] Price: 5€. Or 2.50€ with the Carnet Jove youth card. Free for children under 10) All the money raised will go entirely to Cáritas Sant Julià for their solidarity food bank. Charity outing: Churches Way of Solidarity. A route that begins in the Church of St. Julià and St. Germà to discover the mosaics of liturgical art, full of light and colour, made by the Jesuit priest, theologian, writer and artist of religious art, the Slovenian Marko Ivan Rupnik, called the “Michael Angelo” of the 21st century with murals in many countries including in the chapel Redemptoris Mater in the Vatican. I could not believe my eyes when I saw this extraordinary transformation of the church and to find it here in Andorra. Definitely worth a visit. The outing continues with the Church of Sant Serni de Nagol because it is, without a doubt, one of the most exceptional Romanesque churches you can see in all the Pyrenees. The perfection of its natural environment, and its peculiar location above the village, offer an incredible spectacle of serene beauty to all those who come here. And the route ends at the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Canólich, patron saint of Sant Julià de Lòria, which is located in a natural environment of great beauty, surrounded by the forest of Canòlich and spectacular views, allows us to live up close the ‘spirituality’ of this unique space, which seeks to enhance generosity and the ability to share among all those who approach it. I assume there will be a bus laid on.

Thursday, 16th July from 19h – 20.30h Meeting at the Circuit de les Fonts, Engolasters road, Escaldes-Engordany. (The cost is 5€ for adults and free for children under 14 (not recommended for children under 8). You will pay on site. Places are limited. Path of the Senses. An activity focused on experimenting and interacting with the senses and nature during an evening outing. Through touch, hearing, smell and sight, the participants will relate to their environment. The activity will allow you to understand the diverse adaptive strategies of some animal species to nocturnal habitats, and at the same time will put in value the personal limitations when interpreting and developing in an environment, with the lack of some of the most frequent senses. The meeting point will be the car park of the Circuit de les Fonts on the Engolasters road, and from there we will walk and develop the workshop until we reach the area used to make the trail. Think about wearing your mask!

Thursday, 16th July at 20h in the Old quarter, Andorra la Vella. (5€. Prior reservation required by phone (+376) 836 908.) Summer Nights 2020. Literary route through Andorra la Vella (in Catalan). Let yourself be guided through the old town of Andorra la Vella by the hand of some of the writers who have walked there throughout history, through the words of Martí i Pol, Monsignor Ballarín and Joan Peruga, among others authors. We will see what this part of Andorra was like not so long ago. The activity will end with a visit to the Casa de la Vall old parliament building.

Thursday, 16th July at 19h at Santa Coloma – throughout the village. (Prior reservation and ticket sales at the Andorra la Vella Tourist Office or by phone (+376) 750 100) The Saint, the Russian, and the Count (in Catalan).Theatrical visit to Santa Coloma. Three very representative characters from Santa Coloma will guide us, through an unusual visit, through the singularities of the town in a tour that will review the most fascinating moments in the history of Andorra.

Saturday, 18th July, Morning session at 10h. Afternoon session at 17h. Duration: 2h.30 Starting at the parking area of Sorteny Valley Natural Park, Ordino. (Reservations Face-to-face activities: [email protected] or Tel (+376) 603 000) Landscape photography workshop. Sustainable Andorra offers you a theoretical and practical workshop, taught by photographer Esteve Argelich, to learn landscape photographic techniques that, with patience and dedication, give spectacular results! Participants must bring photographic material: reflex or mirrorless camera and tripod. They can also carry, if available: trigger, filter holder and filters. It is recommended to wear hiking shoes and comfortable and warm clothes.

Saturday, 18th July, from 9h to about 17h starting from Circuit de les Fonts, Escaldes-Engordany, and ending up at La Farga, La Massana. (Registrations at: [email protected] or +376 823 000) A Day’s Outing: The steel route of the Madriu-Perafita-Claror valley. The Iron Interpretation Center, the Rossell Forge and the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley Management Commission invite you to an archaeological outing. This outing will take place with Olivier Codina, historian of the Government’s Department of Cultural Heritage, who will explain the impact of the steel industry in the Madriu-Perafita-Claror valley and on the recent modeling of its landscape. It is an informative outing aimed at all audiences, designed to raise awareness of the importance of the iron and steel industry in the country as an economic activity. The route is 13 km and has a positive gradient of 350 m. You need to bring comfortable shoes, water and food.

Saturday, 18th July Charity outing: Churches’ Way of Solidarity. (See above for Wednesday, 15th July.)

Saturday, 18th July at 19h in Santa Coloma – throughout the village. (5€. In Spanish. Prior reservation and ticket sales at the Andorra la Vella Tourist Office, by phone (+376) 750 100.) Summer Nights 2020. Theatrical visit to the old quarter of Santa Coloma (In Catalan). Three characters flee the authorities and take advantage of the presence of a group to camouflage themselves and walk the streets together. You will discover houses, streets, legends and other stories.

From Wednesday, July 15, 2020 – Saturday, 5th September. Guided itineraries summer 2020. (Price of the activities: Between 2.5€ and 13.50€) Around the parish of Andorra la Vella 8 guided tours (usually in Catalan) in the parish of Andorra la Vella, grouped in 4 themes: tradition and culture, culture and nature, theatrical visits and itineraries in nature. Some in Spanish. Information at the Andorra la Vella tourism Office. Plaça de la Rotonda.

Culturally yours,



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