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, 16th July – Sunday, 22nd July, 2018

Tuesday, 17th July at 20h at the church of Sant Bartomeu, Soldeu (Free. Places limited. Advance booking obligatory at 844 141).

European Year of Cultural Heritage: ONCA Basic – To the rhythm of the Trio. From Joseph Kreutzer (1790-1840) to Olivier Bensa and José Lezcano (1960…) with Cuban Sketches, Bolero, Grand Tango, Samba Cubana and more.

What can one expect from a conversation between a delicate guitar, a powerful saxophone and a serpentine flute? At first, a pessimistic person may have some doubts. After all, this timbre combination is far from the “standard” formation that was consolidated during the 18th century, such as the string quartet or the trio with piano. But nothing could be farther from reality: with the emergence of intimate and private chamber concerts, many composers were encouraged to place the guitar at the centre of the room and surround it with other instruments such as the flute, the oboe, the violin or the viola, as is the case with Joseph Kreutzer.

In Rhythmic Trio we have replaced the violin by a soprano saxophone, which has a volume close to the oboe and, therefore, perfectly matches the flute and the guitar. But it was in the twentieth century that the expressive possibilities of a trio with these characteristics reached their peak. And that is why Rhythmic Trio would like to propose a series of pieces that, despite being classical, have their roots deeply embedded in popular music: tango, samba, bossa nova and Latin dances like bolero and guaracha. We can call it music crossover, or fusion, or classical modern: in all cases it is a unique experience, which will not leave listeners indifferent. Musicians: Jordi Gendra (flute); Efrem Roca (saxophone); David Sanz (guitar).

Tuesday, 17th July at 22h at the Ethnographic Museum Casa Cristo, Encamp. (Free) A Concert with Míriam Manubens & Efrem Roca.

Míriam Manubens was born in Sant Julià de Lòria and began studying music aged six. She now teaches the piano at the Andorran Institute of Musical Studies and at the Municipal Conservatory of Barcelona, where she holds the title of
a humble Andorran house of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. The building, a narrow-story house between half-walls, consists of three floors filled with the small details of everyday life: the polished tools ready for use, the slab sink, the centenary baptism dress, the secret box in a corner where the housekeeper hid money. There is no luxury, no superfluous elements, a simple display of work and austerity.

Wednesday, 18th July at 19:30h in the Plaça Copríncep, EscaldesEngordany (Free). Concert by the finalist of the Sax Fest festival 2018 Jesús Reneses Quintero accompanied by a string quartet from the ONCA.

Wednesday, 18th July at 21h at the church of Sant Esteve, Andorra la Vella. (Free) Concert by the Maîtrise de la Cathédrale Saint Etienne de Toulouse. A choral concert by the young singers of Toulouse Cathedral, a group which is making a tour of Barcelona, the Cerdanya and Andorra. Directed by Marie-Anne Simorre, Piano: Gustavo Llull.

Thursday, 19th July, at 20h at the Parc Gran de Prat de Colat, La Massana. (Free) Summer Evenings: The Swing Girls. A new musical concept is born in Andorra. A set of three professional singers: Susanne, la Mar and Fanny, who make up this new band inspired by the 50’s, 60’s and up to the present. With an image and style of their own, they pay tribute to the best songs of these decades, with an accurate repertoire that’s elegant and dynamic. A selection of the best artists and the most important hits, among them: The Andrews Sisters and The Supremes, through Aretha Franklin and even Megan Trainor or Amy Winehouse with hits like Be my baby, Hit the road Jack and Lollipop. Music to listen and dance to. A whole visual and musical
spectacle that will leave no one indifferent. (This concert will take place within the framework of the Serenalla Market. See below).

Thursday, 19th July, at 20:30h at the Andorra Park Hotel, Andorra la Vella. (55€ for dinner and concert. Reservations:
Tel. +376 877 779 or [email protected]) Concert series La Pergola Piano Jazz: Lucía Rey. It’s once again time for the traditional Summer Thursdays that fill the Pergola de l’Andorra Park Hotel with jazz – or jazz piano to be exact. This year, La Pergola Piano Jazz links poetry and jazz, and showcases Andorran poets who are inspired by jazz. They are the ones in charge of selecting the music that will be heard during dinner before the concert.

Lucía Rey (piano); Joan Margarit (poet); Mark Cooker (DJ). Lucía Rey is a pianist and composer from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid. In 2005 she received a scholarship to specialize in Latin piano and jazz at the Instituto Superior de Artes de Cuba and, later, at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and at The Collective School of Music. There she shared the stage with numerous artists from the New York scene. In spite of her youth, she now leads her own project, Lucía Rey Trio. The
concert will be made up of themes from her latest album, Reflexión, a record which reflects the many influences she has collected throughout her career, together with well known pieces from the history of jazz.

Thursday, 19th July at 21h at the church of Sant Miquel d’Egolasters. (35€. This concert is in aid of the Foundation Ibo Africa
that works to initiate developmental projects on the island of Ibo, Mozambique.) Summer nights at the Museums: duo of guitar and cello formed by Sílvia Nogales & Carolina Bartumeu. Sylvia is one of the most active classical guitarists in Spain. Carolina started, aged seven, at the Institut Andorrà d’Estudis Musicals and is now established in London where she has her own formation, el Rocamora Quartet, which plays regularly in the halls of the UK, delighting the public with a repertoire of Manuel de Falla, Gabriel Fauré & Astor Piazzola amongst others. (Information and reservations: tel. (+376) 802 255 and [email protected].

Thursday, 19th July at 21h at the restaurant Moli dels Fanals, Sispony, La Massana. Concert by Love It.

Thursday, 19th July at 21h at the Plaça Copríncep, EscaldesEngolasters. Night of Silence. Three DJs will fight for your loyalty.
They will be sending out their chosen style of music via three different channels. Ask for headphones and choose the type of music you prefer – and then dance to it! The rest of the public will enjoy a party in the fresh air whilst being entertained by watching the others dance in silence.

Thursday, 19th July at 22h at the church of Sant Eulalia, Encamp. Encamp in the key of light: Cinema Menu with Míriam Manubens and Alexandre Arajol. The pianist Míriam Manubens and the violinist Alexandre Arajol offer us a program designed to accompany the artistic heritage of Encamp, with the music of the most exquisite soundtracks. In short, an evening to bring joy to the senses. Soundtracks: Master & Commander , The Godfather, The Great Dictator, Amélie, Cinema Paradiso, Schindler’s List, Life is beautiful, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Piano and The Entertainer.

Thursday, 19th July at 23h at the cafè teatre La Fada Ignorant, Andorra la Vella. Concert a la Fada: Red Perill.

Friday, 20th July at 23h at the cafè teatre La Fada Ignorant, Andorra la Vella. Concert a la Fada: Bolskam + Leo Mendes.
Saturday, 21st July at 13h at the Parc Gran de Prat de Colat, La Massana. Concert by Vibrand en Clau de Soul. Live music while
enjoying the Serenalla Market, a unique experience that includes shopping, workshops and entertainment in a spectacular environment, of open spaces that invite the exchange of experiences. This concert was born in soul and travels via diverse styles such as funk, bossa nova, jazz, reggae, trip hop… within its repertory of the greatest hits of various present day and everlasting artists such as Nina Simone, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars , Amy Winehouse, Joss Stone, Frank Sinatra,
Tom Jobim and Toquinho. Musicians: Virginia Yañez (keyboard and vocals), Marc Milian (double bass and sound), Dante Falótico (drums).

Saturday, 21st July at 23h at the cafè teatre La Fada Ignorant, Andorra la Vella. Concert a la Fada: Mr. Rodríguez.

Saturday, 21st July, at 18h and 20h at the Museum Casa d’Areny–Plandolit, Ordino. (12€ – this is part of the excellent annual festival of ancient music of the Pyrenees, FeMAP.

Summer nights at the Museums – FEMAP: Concert + guided visit. Programme: 18h

Guided visit to the Casa d’Areny–Plandolit. 20h

FeMAP concert by Emilio Moreno (violin & viola) To the heart of harmony: Baroque music for solo violin and viola. Works by T. Baltzar, JP von Westhoff, HIF von Biber, GP Telemann, JS Bach. Emilio Moreno, considered one of the most internationally renowned Spanish musicians in the world of ancient music and one of the best specialists in Hispanic music, presents us To the heart of harmony. A small and representative selection of works for violin and viola from the “old” masters Baltzar, Biber and Westhoff, who so decisively influenced the “modern” Bach and Telemann, along with pieces of these last two,
some with unpublished versions, which illustrate an unknown world of instruments, the violin and especially the viola, which Bach always considered “the centre of Harmony” of his baroque world.

Sunday, 22nd July at 20h at the church of Sant Andreu, Andorra la Vella. (Free but prior booking required by phone (+376) 844 141.)

Summer Nights at the Museums. ONCA Basic, Year of European Cultural Heritage: Variations with the Trio Goldberg. Programme: Johann Sebastian Bach: The Goldberg variations. Some say that Count Leipzig Keiserlink had a personal harpsichordist called Johann Gotlieb Goldberg. The Count wanted Goldberg to study with JS Bach to improve his skills. It seems that Keiserlink suffered from insomnia and asked Bach to write a piece that his student could play to him at
night. He thought that a subject with variations would be ideal to listen to in small segments during his wakeful hours. So, every night, Goldberg played one of the variations as if it were a story. It seems that this tale is probably apocryphal. Be that as it may, what has come to us is a magnificent piece composed of an initial aria followed by 30 variations that conclude with the same aria from the beginning. Although sources say the work was not much appreciated by Bach himself, since a subject with variations was a form that he was not used to, Glenn Gould, in 1955, made a recording that popularized it until it became recognised as one of the masterpieces of the great Baroque composer.

The musicians of TRIO GOLDBERG: Francesc Planella (violin); Laia Capdevila (viola); Mireia Planas (cello).


Tuesday, 17th July starting in front of the Casa Comuna, Sant Julià de Lòria at 21:30h (a bus will then carry you to Nargol.
Punctuality is requested.) Or, at 22h, at the car park of the church of Sant Serni de Nagol. (Free but places limited. Reservation essential either at the desk in the Sant Julià Centre Cultural or by phone 744 044) Summer evenings: Corners of Nargol. This is an itinerant activity using a micro format with a mini-theatre production: Ninis II and Roulettes. Inspectors Gertrudis and Joules, from Racons SA, have to solve a mysterious case. The neighbours of Nagol are frightened by the latest events. A prestigious research team must solve the case.

Do you want to take part? The activity includes a visit to the church of Sant Serni de Nagol and will end with a small bite to eat.
There will also be a mini-format concert by White Heaven. In case of bad weather, the activity will take place at Casa Comuna.
Thursday, 19th July at 15h in the Plaça de l’Església, Pas de la Casa. (free) Summer afternoons at Pas de la Casa with Flamenco
tablao: vocals, guitar, percussion and dancing. Soleá, seguirilla, tangos, boleros, rumba and other parts of the flamenco repertoire.

Saturday, 21st July at 22h in the Prat del Roure, Escaldes Engordany. The folk dance group L’Esbart Santa Anna d’EscaldesEngordany, presents Èssencia with the following programme: Part one: Escaldes 1908 (110th Anniversary) Part two: Raïmar, Clavellet, and Un tomb per la terreta.

Saturday, 21st July at 20h in the Historical Centre of Andorra la Vella. (Pre-booking and ticket sales at the Tourist Office of Andorra la Vella, tel.(+376) 750 100.)

Summer Nights in the Museums – Viatge a través de la història i les llegendes – (‘Travel through history and legends’ – activity in Spanish.) Take a trip through history and legend. Dramatized visits to the capital’s old quarter that recreates the
adventures of three characters who flee from the authorities and take advantage of the presence of another group to camouflage themselves and cross the streets together. You will discover houses, streets, legends and other stories.


Monday 16th – Thursday 19th at 18h at the Cinemes Illa Carlemany, Escaldes-Engordany. Skyscraper directed by Rawson
Marshall Thurber. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Pablo Schreiber. A father goes to great lengths to save his
family from a burning skyscraper.


Thursday, 19th July at 20h at the Museum Carmen Thyssen Andorra, Escaldes-Engordany. (10€ Places limited. Inscription
essential. Tel. +376 800 800) GastroArt at the Thyssen. The MCTA is proposing another GastroArt at the Museum, pairing art with gastronomy. On this occasion, the activity – in Catalan – will centre around the work of the French painter, Paul Gauguin and his painting “Allées et Venues”. This unique and totally innovative evening, will begin with a talk in which the details of the painting and the author will be revealed. Then a little finger food and a cocktail will allow visitors to know the work through taste and smell. Encountering the work in a totally innovative way is the challenge proposed by this new activity that
is framed within the GastroArt at the Thyssen.

Thursday, 19th July at 20:30h at the government exhibition Gallery ARTALROC, Escaldes-Engordany. (Advanced booking
essential, tel. 828 704) Summer Nights at the Museums: a guided tour of the exhibition ‘Calder. La geometria del color’ (in Catalan), led by the art historian, Carla Guinot.


Monday 16th & Wednesday, 18th July at 19h in Room 5 of the Sports Centre, Ordino. Multicultural evenings. This is part of the
Sixth edition of the Art Camp Andorra, ‘Colours for the Planet’. This year the event brings together more than thirty artists from all over the world. The project, under the patronage of UNESCO, is part of the celebration of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures. The generous support of many public and private institutions has enabled Andorra to celebrate the sixth edition of this cultural exchange with the core theme of encouraging the role of artistic expression as a language for mutual respect and understanding.

Friday, 20th July at 12h in the Sala La Burna, Ordino. The closing ceremony of Art Camp Andorra 2018.


Monday, 16th July at 15h at the Plaça de l’Església, Pas de la Casa.

Summer afternoon at Pas de la Casa: Crazy Dances. The Trap family offers you a unique, fresh, dynamic – and very amusing entertainment for a fully participative family audience based on dances and songs that make young and old alike want to dance. This peculiar family spreads laughter wherever they go, and makes and undoes the most crazy dances that you can imagine!

Tuesday, 17th July at 16h in the Prat Gran, Encamp. Summer afternoons in Encamp: Big Splash Party. A Fun water park with more than 20 water games and 2 refreshing inflatables. Bucket ladders, balloon targets, pool with rubber ducks, refreshing arches, games of ingenuity, inflatable sports, inflatable footbridge, inflatable slide and traditional games.

Wednesday, 18th July at 16h in the Plaça de les Fontetes, La Massana. Little summer evenings. Cal Puppet, Món Puppet and
Munta Puppet are three separate spaces dedicated to the general public to showcase the art of puppetry. Shutters of a farmhouse made from old planks have become small carpenter’s benches. Recycled night tablets and a handful of odds and ends will be used, along with wooden screws, to assemble some very peculiar puppets. The children will have fun becoming puppet builders.

Saturday, 21st July at 16:30h at the Plaça de Prat del Riu, Canillo (Free). 3 Circus workshops.

Workshop 1. Circus for the youngest. An introduction to the world of Circus for children aged 0 – 8. They can make-up and dress-up like clowns, do balancing acts and try to throw things into the clown’s mouth or play instruments from the Circus Orchestra.

Workshop 2: Balance, hand stilts, balancing on rolling barrels, giant hula-hoops … Workshop 3: Juggling of all kinds, Chinese
plates etc.

Sunday, 22nd July at 16:30h at the Plaça parking de Prat del Tiu, Canillo. Traditional Giant Outdoor Games. Games played through the centuries, games designed to bring children together, to communicate with each other and have fun together in the open-air: giant puzzles, ‘who is who’, giant dominos, fishing for rubber ducks, the ring game, ‘three in a row’, and many more.


Sunday, 22nd July starting at 07:45h until 15h in the parish of Encamp. 35th Travessa de Muntanya d’Encamp (race across the
mountains of Encamp.) The enrolment period for the 35th crossing of Encamp will be open until July 20 at 20h through the web www.eventselit.com or, if you wish to do it in person, on Saturday, July

21 from 17h to 20h at reception in the Sports Complex of Encamp, the day in which the collection of dorsals will also. The price of the Encamp Travessa is 15€ for the long and medium routes, and 10€ for the short or family route. There will be a surcharge of 5€ for people who sign up on Saturday. In addition, you must have valid insurance for the competition or hire daily coverage. As regards the technical level, it gives points towards the Andorran Travessa Cup. The long route of 21 kilometers and a positive difference of 1,300 meters and negative of 1,900 meters, will leave Cortals de Encamp and will pass through
Ensagents, the peak of the Pessons, the lake of the Island, Les Agols ending in Encamp. The average 14 km course with a positive and negative altitude of 1,200 meters will leave Encamp to go to Les Agols and the Pardines to return to the centre of the village of Encamp. The short route, with a distance of 4.5 kilometers and a positive and negative difference of 350 meters, will leave Encamp and will carry out a simple route designed for the whole family.

Sunday, 22nd July starting from level 2000, Naturlandia, Sant Julià de Lòria. Gran Fondo MTB Andorra 2018. Come and enjoy your hobby of mountain biking. The Gran Fondo Andorra MTB offers two options: the GF AND MTB 90K, with an approximate distance of 90 km and 2,900 meters of altitude change; and the GF AND MTB 50K, 50 km and 1,900 meters of altitude change. The race, open to anyone over 16, presents a route covering the municipalities of Sant Julià de Lòria,
Lles de Cerdanya, Bescaran, Arcavell , Estamariu and Pont de Bar. We have also taken into account the cyclists companions and have prepared a programme of activities just for them. You can also enjoy DIVA, the new exclusive show of Cirque du Soleil, as well as the varied activities for the whole family at Naturlandia itself. Don’t hesitate: sign up for the Gran Fondo Andorra MTB and form part of the Gran Fondo Family!


Thursday 19th to Sunday, 22nd July at the Prat del Colat, La Massana. La Serenalla Market. Healthy living, gastronomy, culture. The Prat del Colat will be transformed into a village with different spaces for experiencing new sensations. Stands selling the best products: Interior decorating – natural cosmetics – accessories – jewellery – Art – shoes – Sports jewellery – vintage fashion – food trucks with creative gastronomy and cockteleria! To say nothing of evening discussions with
titles such as ‘How do we want our city to be?’ which includes the participation of a government minister and the town mayors of La Massana and la Seu d’Urgell, or ‘Quality of life: we are what we eat’ etc.

(Ask at your tourist office for the very full, and enticing, programme. Looks like a great new initiative CA)

Thursday, 19th July from 19h – midnight at the Buda Espai, Andorra la Vella. Fun Marquet Summer 2018: Shopping, Music and Food Live music (Toni Roca & friends, Angel de Andres, Andres Riestra) monologues, crafts, the country’s new emerging designers, boutiques and a wide gastronomic offering in the second edition of Fun Marquet Summer, which will take place once a month during June, July, August and September, starting at 19h. In September the closing party will begin at 12 noon and end at midnight.


Tuesday, 17th July at 16h at the Interpretation Centre of Comapedrosa, Arinsal. A workshop for making a bird feeder.
Tuesday, 17th July at 20:30h, starting at the Centre of Art, Escaldes-Engordany. (Reservations at 802 255 or a [email protected])

Summer Nights at the Museums: an itinerary of the architecture of water. The tour starts at the top end of Escaldes Engordany
at the entrance to the Centre of Art and ends at the Caldea. Escaldes means hot water and the parish has thrived as a source of
thermal energy. In the 19th century it was the centre for washing the wool used in making the famous Andorran winter coats. Today of course it thrives on the popular Caldea spa. This tour will introduce the chief architectural evidence of the importance of water to the parish and its stimulation of tourist activity.

Tuesday, 17th July at 21h at the (Free but advanced booking essential at 833 551.) Visit an old part of Encamp with its tiny
church of Sant Miquel de la Mosquera and simple house of Casa Cristo. Discover the corners and the history of one of Andorra’s traditional nuclei. The visit will end with live music in the street.

Friday 20th and Saturday, 21st July at 21:30h at the Iron mine in Llorts, Ordino. (Tickets and prior booking obligatory on tel. (+376) 878 173.) Summer Nights in the Museums: a night visit to the Llorts iron mine and the Iron Way. Visit the interior of an ancient, 30-meterlong iron mine, walk along the Iron Way with headlamps and discover an outdoor sculpture exhibition. It is recommended to wear a headlamp. Approximate duration two hours and 30 minutes.

Culturally yours,



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