PICK OF THE WEEK: Monday, 29th April – Sunday, 5th May, 2019

PICK OF THE WEEK: Monday, 29th April – Sunday, 5th May, 2019



Tuesday 30th April at 19.45h at the Cinemes Illa Carlemany, Escaldes-Engordany. Steamed from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. Gounod’s Faust. Directed by David McVicar, Conducted by Dan Ettinger. Starring Michael Fabiano as Faust, Irina Lungu as Marguerite and Erwin Schrott as Méphistophélès. Experience the decadence and elegance of 1870s Paris in David McVicar’s spectacular production of Gounod’s best-loved opera.

The Story: Disillusioned with life, the aged philosopher Faust calls upon Satan to help him. The devil, Méphistophélès, appears and strikes a bargain with the philosopher: he will give him youth and the love of the beautiful Marguerite, if Faust will hand over his soul. Faust agrees, and Méphistophélès arranges matters so that Marguerite loses interest in her suitor Siébel and becomes infatuated with Faust. Faust initially seems to love Marguerite in return, but soon abandons her. Her brother Valentin returns from the war and is furious to find his sister pregnant.

Will Faust repent his destructive actions, and can his soul, and Marguerite’s, be saved? Opera background: Gounod’s Faust (1859) was one of the world’s most popular operas from the 1860s to World War II, and remains a core repertory work. The story is based on Part I of Goethe’s epic poem Faust. Gounod added a ballet to Act V when Faust received its first Paris Opéra staging in 1869. David McVicar’s wonderfully theatrical production draws insightful parallels between Faust and Gounod, a composer torn between piety and worldly and romantic success. The performance lasts around 3 hours 35 minutes, including one interval. Sung in French with English surtitles


Saturday, 4th May at 11h, 12h and at 17h at the Prat del Roure, Escaldes-Engordany. (For children from 0 to 3. Duration: 45 minutes. Tickets: 3€ in advance or 5€ on the day www.onca.ad) ONCA season: Nyam Nyam with Daquídallà. The concert is aimed at the youngest in your household with sweet, simple songs that always include a game between the child and the adult who is accompanying him, through his voice, during his first contacts with the world of music. The setting is based on a homemade space close to children’s hearts, the kitchen, with attractive visual touches. The show will be performed by two cooks, a pot and many songs. Mixing unusual

ingredients, these musicians of the kitchen will play melodies and rhythms from around the world.


Saturday, 4th May at 21.30h at the Sports and Sociocultural Complex, Encamp. (Free) The Principality of Andorra’s 7th Iberian folklore dance show: Grup de Folklore de Casa de Portugal (Andorra la Vella), Esbart Valls del Nord (Ordino & La Massana), Grupo de Coros y de Danzas Pilarica (Valladorid, Espanya) and Rancho Folclórico de Paranhos de Beira (Seia – Portugal). After the Folklore Festival there will be a dance performance given by the Grup Euphoria of the Principality of Andorra.

Sunday, 5th May at 18h at the Centre de Congressos, Andorra la Vella. (Free) Spring Festival: Stations. Traditional dances performed by all sections of the folkdance group l’Esbart d’Andorra la Vella The main group will dance “La Roseta de Tallaví” and “La danza del pregó”. 55 dancers aged 5 and upwards will be involved.


Monday, 29th April – Thursday, 2nd May at 20.15h at the Cinemes Illa Carlemany, Escaldes-Engordany. Avengers: Endgame. Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo. Starring: Brie Larson, Scarlett Johansson, Karen Gillan. The Story: After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe.


Wednesday, 1st May at 12h at the Church of Sant Jaume dels Cortals, Encamp. (The Comú is offering a bus that will leave at 11:15h from the Arínsols bus stop near the Comú.) Day of Sant Jaume dels Cortals. 12h Mass in honor of Saint James. 13h Aperitif for all attendees. The party ends with a performance and Sardana dancing.

About the Church of Sant Jaume dels Cortals Sant Jaume dels Cortals was designed to be fully integrated into the landscape. To this end, a large window connects it with the Cortals valley. Just 50 meters away from the chapel is the viewpoint of the Forest of the Llaus, a privileged position from where you can enjoy the Encamp Valley. Near the church there is the monumental sculpture “Pagan Site”, by the Irish artist Michael Warren.

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

See Music above for an ONCA concert for infants 0 – 3 years.

Tuesday, 30th April at 18h at the Public library in the Sports Centre, Encamp. Storytelling: La Caputxeta vermella (Little Red Riding Hood) The Encamp library is organizing a new storytelling session for children aged from 0 to 3, with Vanessa Silva. The story

tells of a girl, who had a red hood, who crosses the forest to bring her grandmother some food and meets a hungry wolf… What will happen? You can only discover this if you come to the Library, on April 30, at six in the afternoon!

Thursday, 2nd May at 18h at the public library, Sports Centre, Encamp. (For children from 6 years old. Places limited.) A Workshop: “Gift for Mother’s Day” Together we will make a very original card to send congratulations to the mothers of all the children who want to participate in the workshop.


Thursday, 2nd May at 21.30h at the Pizzeria, Coll d’Ordino. (24€ reserve 839 203) Tast Music. Acoustic Blues with Laguards. Tast Music is the pairing of gastronomy and music. Theme evenings with menus inspired by the musical styles of the groups who will perform live during the dinners. Every Thursday of May come to a selected restaurant in Ordino or La Massana to enjoy exquisite culinary proposals accompanied by succulent musical performances. Come as a couple, with friends or as a group. And if you come dressed according to the night’s theme, you will receive a little gift.

Saturday, 4th May at 19h at the Borda del Pi, Canillo. (20€. Registration at 343 413) Wine tasting. Drink the healthiest possible ecological wines. Are organic wines expensive? The best wines quality-price ratio of France and Spain. White wines: DO Meneda Ecological Wheel, DO Terra Alta Celler Frisach “Abrunet Blanc”. Red wines: Aoc Bordeaux “Petit Champ Des Treilles”, Tudela del Duero Pago de La Oliva “Savia”.


Saturday, 4th May from 10.15h – 13.15h at the Caldea, Escaldes–Engordany. (10€ per participant) Approaching Capabilities: A Masterclass in Solidarity Cycling. The charity, BOMOSA, presents the activity at the Caldea Thermal Centre run by the instructors: Toni from 10.15h – 11.15h, Pili from 11.15h – 12.15h and Juampi from 12.15h – 13.15h in collaboration with the Association of People with Functional Diversity of Andorra ( AMIDA ), the Association for Down’s Syndrome in Andorra ( ASDA ) and the Association for those Affected by Autism of Andorra ( AUTEA ).

This session aims to “Sensitize, inform and raise awareness that people with a physical birth disability, Down’s Syndrome or Autism need specific support throughout their lives, allowing them to have a standard and inclusive lifestyle, which is one of the main reasons for the existence of these associations,” said Carmen Rivera, director of BOMOSA. (Organised by Bomosa in collaboration with the Associació de Persones amb Diversitat Funcional d’Andorra (AMIDA), Associació per la Síndrome de Down (ASDA) and Associació d’Afectats d’Autisma d’Andorra (AUTEA)


Deadline: Friday, 3rd May at 19h at the University Public Library, Sant Julià de Lòria. 25th Bookmark Competition in Sant Julià de Lòria 2019. The library is organizing a bookmark competition aimed at children, young people and adults, distributed in 5 categories: aged from 3 to 5, 6 to 8, 9 to 11, 12 to 15 and those over 16. The theme of the competition this year is: LA LUNA (The Moon). (It is 50 years since the first man arrived on the moon.) There will be two prizes per category that will consist of collections of books. The winning bookmark of each category will be printed as a Library bookmark.

The Main Rules:

* The design has to be original and measuring 21cm x 6cm.

* The theme is the Moon.

* Anything is written on the bookmark must be in Catalan.

* Each participant can present a maximum of four bookmarks with the artist’s name and surname, age, address, telephone and /or email address on the back.

* If any of the above details are missing, the bookmark will be eliminated.

* The deadline for delivering the bookmarks is Friday, 3rd May at 19h. They must be placed in the special urn provided in the library.

* The bookmarks remain the property of the library who reserve the right to publish them as they wish.

* The Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday, 23rd May 2019, at 6 pm, at the Library.

Deadline: Tuesday, 26th March at 20h delivered to either of the parish’s libraries: Encamp or Pas de La Casa. Announcement of the parish bookmark competition 2019. The Comú d’Encamp is convening a new edition of their bookmark competition with the aim of offering an artistic creation activity among the residents of the parish only.

* The categories will be distributed as follows: Benjamin, aged from 5 to 6; Young aged 7 to 10; Children aged 11 to 14; Youth aged 15 to 17 and adults from 18 years old.

* Participants can only submit an unpublished design of their own creation and must deliver it on a single piece of paper or card 20cms x 5 cms.

* The design must be accompanied by the name, surname, age, telephone number and the category it is competing for. If the data is not included on the back of the bookmark, it can be presented together in an envelope.

* The bookmarks must be delivered before 7th May at 8 pm to either of the communal libraries of the parish of Encamp.

* The awards ceremony will take place on May 14th at 18h at the Pas de la Casa Library, and on May 15th at 18h at the Encamp Library.

* The winners of each category will receive their bookmark printed and a collection of books.

*All the designs presented will be exhibited in the community libraries.


Saturday 4th and Sunday, 5th May at (time not given) in the parish of Sant Julià de Lòria. 3 Nations Motorbike Trial Championships 2019. Andorra welcomes a new international competition on two wheels. In the same weekend, simultaneous races of national outdoor trial championships will be held in each of the participating countries: Spain, France and Andorra. This innovative format has been promoted by the respective motorbike federations.

It is expected that the trials will attract about 230 riders: 100 Spaniards, 100 French and 30 Andorrans who will compete for two days for their respective national championships. Outdoor trial enthusiasts have a rendezvous with the best riders of the specialty, such as the Spaniards Toni Bou, Adam Raga, Jeroni Fajardo and Jaime Busto, the Frenchmen Alex Ferrer and Benoit Bincaz. The town of Sant Julià de Lòria will again be the centre of a great trial, where the paddock, the truck podium and a indoor qualification will be chosen. Other national motorcycling federations, such as Italy and Portugal, have already shown interest in joining the competition in future editions.


Saturday, 4th May 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).

Saturday, 4th May from 11h – 20h in the Historic Centre, Andorra la Vella. La Vall Art, Craft and Food Market On the first Saturday of every month from May to October, the stalls of La Vall Market will offer you creative crafts, art and agrifood products. There will be workshops in the morning and animations in the afternoon.

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