PICK OF THE WEEK: Andorra (Pyrenees)

Main places:

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


Thursday, 17th October at 19h at FNAC Andorra, Andorra la Vella. Fernando Trías de Bes and Tomás Navarro at the Fnac Forum

Friday, 18th October at 21.30h at the Hard Rock Cafe, Andorra la Vella. Hard Rock Cafe concerts: One Hour Before.
One Hour Before will surprise us with versions of the best hits in the history of Rock & Roll

Friday, 18th October at 22.30h at the café-teatre-pub La Fada Ignorant, Andorra la Vella. Concerts a La Fada: Junior
Mackenzie. Junior Mackenzie is the project of the singer, songwriter and guitarist Joan Fortea. This musician from
Castellon can point to his career as a live musician in groups such as Sidonie or The Kills, which has allowed him to join international artists such as Frank Black, Richard Hawley and Zucchero, Talking about the music of Junior Mackenzie is not an easy thing. It is a project that flows from the creativity of a single individual towards a whole group. A sonic architect who builds castles with bricks of folk, rock, blues or jazz drinking from the waters of American-rooted music. No matter who the creator is, the ultimate reality is the materialization of the song. Because
that is the essence of Junior Mackenzie, the songs.

Saturday 19th October at 20.30h and Sunday, 20th October at 18h at the Lauredià Cultural and Congress Centre, Sant Julià de Lòria. (General Ticket: 32€. Reduced tickets – Carta Jove, Tarja Magna, children under 18 and Friends of the Andorra Lírica Association: 27€) Opera season. Bohemios: a *zarzuela in one act composed by the Catalan Amadeu Vives. Starring: Jonaina Salvador (soprano) as Cosette Lisan: Antoni Lliteres (tenor) as Roberto Randel; Lluís Calvet (baritone) as Víctor Duval and Elena Pérez (mezzo as Pelagia. The Story: A lyric comedy set in the Latin quarter of Paris, in the 1840s. Roberto and Victor are two friends, musician and poet respectively, writing an opera in the hope that it will bring them fame and fortune. In the same building is a retired tenor, Roberto, who has lost his
voice and lives with his daughter Cossette, whom he is coaching in the hopes that she will sing at the Paris Opera. With the Choir of the Opera of Andorra, the folk dance group, Esbart Laurèdia and accompanied by the pianist Viviana Salisi. *(A 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.) Duration: 1 hr 30 min (1 interval).

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October at the cafè-teatre-pub

La Fada Ignorant, Andorra la Vella. 3rd LAFI music author Competition. (Times not given but I presume it will go on all day C.A.)


Saturday, 19th October at 19h in the Andorra National Auditorium, Ordino. T’ho ballaré amb mantons (I will dance for you with shawls) Performed by the folkdance group, Esbart de les Valls del Nord.

Saturday, 19th October at 23h in the Prat del Roure, Escaldes-Engordany. (7€ Free for members) An evening of ballroom dancing organised by the Associació Balland with live music by Paris La Nuit. The activity is open to all


Tuesday, 15th October at 18h in the Parc Central, Andorra la Vella. Rocks on the street (in Catalan) Open museum of
geology. (Free but registration essential either by email at [email protected] or phone 742 630.) We do not realize it, but urban environments hide the true riches of our natural environment. This visit will show the geological heritage of
Andorra through the observation and analysis of elements of our daily surroundings. (An Activity framed in the traveling exhibition PIRIBUS “Trip to the heart of the Pyrenees”, installed between 7 and 20 October at the Escaldes-Engordany Children’s Playground.)

Saturday 19th October – Sunday, 20th October from 10h –18h at the Santa Bárbara Chapel of Ordino (on the Ral path.). (Visits arranged at tel. 662 686) KUNSTANK “Prelude” by Laura Maresc. Container Art with the sculptor Laura Maresc, who reflects on the fragility of the landscape and the return to what is natural. The concept of the Nest, a recurring element in the artist’s work, transports us to the origin, at the point of departure, where everything happens naturally.


Saturday, 19th October at 20.30h in the marquee of the Parking of the Refuges, Canillo. (Places are limited and the price of the menu is 12€ and a bottle of wine 7€. Information and ticket sales at the Tourism office of Canillo (+376) 753 600.) An Oyster Festival to mark the twinning of Canillo with the town of Arès, France which includes not only the traditional oysters of the area of Arès, but also musical and folkloric performances, among them by the band of the French town.


Monday,14th – Thursday, 17th October at 20h at the Cinemes Illa Carlemanya, Escaldes-Engordany. A Rainy Day in New York. Directed by Woody Allen. Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Liev Schreiber. The Story: Two young people arrive in New York for a weekend where they are met with bad weather and a series of comic adventures.

Thursday, 17th October at 20h at the Cinemas Illa Carlemany, Escaldes-Engordany. (Ticket: 16€. Carta Jove 10€. School: 5€. Saison Culturelle: Streamed from La Comédie-Française. An activity that has become successfully rooted in the Andorran  cinematographic scene. Live broadcasts from the Vieux Colombier of the best productions of the Comédie-Française. This year, the program includes two works in French: La Puce à l’Oreille, the masterpiece of Vaudeville, by Georges Feydeau and Directed by Lilo Baur and La Malade Imaginaire, the last of Molière’s works and surely the brightest of his comedies directed by Claude Stratz.

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

Saturday, 19th October at 10.30h at the Llar des Jubilats, Escaldes-Engordany. (10€ for children aged 8 – 12. Pre-booked reservations: Tel. 802 255 or [email protected]) Kitchen Saturdays: Those good vegetables. Ideas for what to make and why eating vegetables is fun, good and healthy for the whole family.

Saturday, 19th October at 17.30h and 18.30h at the Communal Theatre, Andorra la Vella. (Adult admission: 4€.
Children free but with a mandatory ticket. Advance ticket sales from La Llacuna, Andorra la Vells or the Andorra

A Puppet Show: Les 7 cabretes i el llop. (The 7 Kids and the Woolf) with Sim Salabim. The mother goat is very tired: she has to eat a lot of grass to fill her breasts and give milk to all the little goats. The kids are naughty and with very different characters … A show with puppets and actors and with live music. The greatest punctuality is requested. Once the performance has begun, entry to the room will not be allowed.

SATURDAY: 17h The shows Embolse by Teia Moner in the sala de festes of the Encamp Sports Complex’s, and M’he porta ‘t bien (I’m doing well) by the company Pantomima in the sala de festes, Pas de la Casa.

Culturally yours,



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