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Autumn is the perfect time to take your first break since the summer holidays. Why not organise a trip to Spain? It’s a time for savouring seasonal specialities, such as mushrooms and chestnuts, having fun in the fiestas around the grape harvest, or buying something unique before Christmas comes round. What’s more, you will find going out to hear the sound of footprints on a carpet of dry leaves, seeing large forests coloured in russet and yellow hues or spending the night in a mountain hotel very inspiring. We have several ideas for enjoying this season to the full.

Highlights of the season in Spain

Enjoy nature in all its glory

Are you looking for specific travel plans to natural spaces that become spectacular in autumn? For example, in the bosque_irati_t3100152.jpgAmbroz Valley (Extremadura), “Magical Autumn” is celebrated with activities, such as hikes, artisan markets, photographic rallies, etc. A wonderful opportunity to explore this valley, listed as a European Destinations of ExcelleNce (EDEN) by the European Commission in 2019 in recognition of its sustainable tourism options. In different beech forests, such as the one in Montejo (around 100 kilometres from the city of Madrid) there are guided tours and in places such as Selva de Irati (Navarra) – the second largest beech and fir tree forest in Europe – you can enjoy a free educational excursion.

Autumn is also time for the rut or mating season for red deer, when the stags bellow to attract the does. There are several regions in Spain where jeep excursions are organised to see this spectacle, such as Cabañeros National Park (Castilla-La Mancha), Monfragüe National Park (in Extremadura) or the Culebra mountain range (in Castilla y Leon).

Also, get your binoculars ready for spotting migrating birds. Recommended areas? There are many: the Gallocanta lakes (Aragón), the Ebro Delta (Catalonia), Doñana National Park (Andalusia), etc.

 

Mushroom seasons

Going mushroom hunting in autumn is almost a cult activity in many Spanish regions. However, as it requires a permit, if you want to try it, the best thing to do is to get in touch with a specialist company. And where are the areas with the most activities and delicious dishes featuring this delicacy? For example, Navaleno, a tranquil little village in Soria, is famous for its mycological centre offering courses for tracking down and cooking mushrooms. In fact, the whole province of Soria is famous for its legendary tapas and you’ll be able to try delicious dishes such as creamy boletus mushroom risotto with foie-gras shavings.

To discover the secrets of fungi, you can visit the Ultzama and Erro-Roncesvalles mycological parks in Navarra. Great destinations for mushroom lovers include Berga (Barcelona) or the province of Huesca, with legendary events such as those in Canfranc and Ayerbe.

Madrid this autumn

At any time of year, Madrid is a vibrant city where there is always a good concert or exhibition to see. Autumn is also a great time for a stroll in famous parks like El Retiro, to go shopping in the Rastro flea market, take a trip to a nearby village, or explore some of the local wineries. This season is full of things to do, with all safety measures in place. 

 

El Retiro Park turns a hundred shades of gold from September to December, to the delight of anyone visiting its 118 hectares. You can go for a boat ride, have a picnic in the shade of the lovely Crystal Palace, or see works of art like the fountains or the monument to Alfonso XII, with its hidden viewing point.

El Retiro and Paseo del Prado form part of the “Landscape of Light”, recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To celebrate it, from 29 to 31 October the Festival of Light will feature over 20 art installations.

As well as El Retiro, there are other parks in the city that are especially charming in autumn. For example, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Campo del Moro (take a look from the recently opened viewing point of La Cornisa, next to the Royal Palace), El Capricho, and more.

Halloween.. Spanish style

Did you know that All Saints Day is celebrated in Spain on 1 November? Traditionally, people visit cemeteries and decorate their family graves with flowers. Even though it might seem a bit strange, some cemeteries are now more like outdoor museums thanks to their sculptures. Throughout the year and especially in late October and early November, several cemeteries, such as the ones in La Almudena and San Isidro (in Madrid), organise guided tours where you can learn about the exciting stories of the famous people buried there. In fact, around twenty Spanish cemeteries form part of the European Council’s European Cemeteries Route. 

 

INDUSTRY FLASH NEWS

Venues

Canopy by Hilton Castellana open in Madrid

The capital of Madrid continues to add new hotels to its tourist life and MICE of the city. Although the hotel will be marketed under the Canopy by Hilton brand, HIP has reached an agreement with Barceló Hotel Group to manage the new hotel; with a 100% Madrid style and a “cañí touch” in the middle of Castellana. The hotel aims to offer attendees a “one hundred percent Madrid” experience that arises from the design of the spaces (of avant-garde air), and where there is a color that predominates, the red cañí. The hotel has 314 rooms and 12 meeting rooms. The lobby is conceived as a gastronomic meeting point where visitors can enjoy a signature coffee or dishes prepared with local and healthy ingredients in its restaurant Escándalo. In addition, the hotel has ‘Floor Z’, a terrace with 200m2 where you can taste fun street food dishes enlivened by live music.

 

The new intercontinental Barcelona ready since the end of September

At the end of September, the Intercontinental Barcelona opened its doors, in the heart of Montjuïc, the first new five-star hotel in the city this year. Hand in hand with the design studio Brime Robbins, the establishment has been completely transformed to offer an experience designed for the high-end traveler.

The sea that bathes the coast of Barcelona, as well as its streets, its architecture and its art inspire the palette of colors, textures and materials of all the rooms, restaurants and common areas of the new Intercontinental Barcelona.

In brime Robbins’ proposal, every piece of furniture, every lamp, even carpets and works of art, are unique and tailor-made pieces. The studio has created a timeless design with moments of surprise, such as mosaics on the floors, with vibrant patterns and lines reminiscent of different elements of the city.

Ochre and neutral tones, terracotta, walnut, natural finishes and horizontal lines reminiscent of the Mediterranean characterize the 273 rooms of Intercontinental Barcelona, including the presidential suite, of 180 m2, as well as its 17 junior suites, exponents of modern luxury.

The Barcelona gastronomic experience is bold and thematic. The F&B areas are given Catalan names like characters from a biopic, and Brime Robbins takes advantage of their meaning in design as well.

Emirates will operate all flights from Madrid with the A380

Emirates will once again increase weekly frequencies between Madrid and Dubai from 31 October, from the current seven to nine. All flights will be operated on a regular basis with the A380, the company’s flagship, expanding capacity on the route to a total of more than 9,000 seats per week. “Estamos encantados de volver a introducir nuestro buque insignia en Madrid para unirnos a la red de destinos a los que actualmente prestamos servicio con el A380. We started operating the A380 in the Spanish capital in 2015 and, to this day, we remain the only operator in the country of the largest commercial aircraft in the world,” said Monika White, Director of Emirates in Spain. The configuration of the A380, which will operate a daily weekday service and a double service on Fridays and Saturdays, is 14 seats in First Class, 76 in Business and 427 in Economy. Distinctive features include private suites and the first-class Shower Spa, plus the popular Onboard Lounge. 

Iberia bets on business travel and the long haul for the winter season

In October 31, the winter season begins, in which Iberia will continue to push and bet on the expansion of its flight network, as a way to boost economic activity through business travel with the impulse of the air bridge, more long-haul flights and new destinations. To boost business travel, Iberia continues to bet on the national destinations with the largest component of this traffic by increasing frequencies in practically all destinations.

It highlights, above all, the air bridge between Madrid and Barcelona, which in September has already increased its offer by 32% and which, throughout this year, will add up to 68 frequencies, which means up to 11 daily flights per direction.

On routes from Madrid, Iberia grows mainly in Paris, with up to 7 flights per direction between Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports; London, where it already offers up to five flights in each direction; and also Lisbon, Porto, Frankfurt, Brussels, Geneva, Milan, Rome, Zurich, Dusseldorf, Munich, Venice, Lyon and Marseille.

On the other hand, with the incorporation of Maldives and Cali in its winter season, Iberia renews its commitment to the long-haul network. In total, Iberia will offer flights to 23 cities in 17 countries in Latin America, the US and Maldives, and will reach about 280 weekly flights from Madrid.

Iberia is still very aware of the reopening to tourism between Europe and the United States to recover the frequencies it offered in this market before the pandemic. Meanwhile, it has already scheduled for this winter 10 weekly flights with New York and Miami, three more than in summer, and will continue to fly to Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles.

ART: Madrid and more

ART: Madrid and more

The Magrite Machine

The Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum hosts the first retrospective to be held in Madrid on the surrealist painter, René Magritte (1898, Lessines, Belgium – 1967, Schaerbeek) since the event organised by the Juan March Foundation in 1989. Curated by Guillermo Solana, the museum’s artistic director, the exhibition will bring together around 70 works, including paintings and works on paper, along with a selection of photographs and films.

Since the idea of automating creative work came about, the painter, René Magritte, also fantasised with a catalogue of devices designed to automate thought and creation processes, which included a universal machine to make paintings. Now, the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum will reveal the functioning of this imaginary machine in this exhibition.

Known for his ingenious and provocative images, the Belgian surrealist painter used his work to try and change the preconditioned perception of reality and force the observer to become hypersensitive to his/her surroundings.

This retrospective will be organised into six chapters, corresponding to the repertoire of interconnected devices that make up the “Magritte Machine”: the museum, as an instruments that catalogues and exhibits; the silhouette, as a device that cuts and fills; the window, which frames and covers; the mechanism that alters the size and weight; the mimicry, that enables camouflage within the environment, and the mask, that removes and projects the face.

When: until 30th January 2022

Where: Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid

 

#Ingoya

The cultural producer and manager, Yolanda Bergareche, is directing an immersive exhibition with more than 1,000 images of paintings by Goya via 35 large-format screens with a height of up to five metres. This exhibition can be seen from 5 October to 16 January at the Fernán Gómez Centro Cultural de la Villa.

The gallery is divided into three spaces: didactic, emotional and a shop. In the first section, there are panels with the necessary information to understand the artist’s genius. These explanations are available in Spanish and English.

ingoya-5.jpgIn the second area, the visitor enters Goya’s art with the help of large screens and 40 high definition projectors that represent a fusion between his paintings and modern technology. Info graph and post-production techniques are used to enable the tiniest details of each of the 150 canvases on display to be contemplated.

Finally, the shop has a collection of elegant objects designed by the same creative group that has created the exhibition. The exhibition is also accompanied by a soundtrack by Mario Gosálvez, which reproduces compositions by classic Spanish composers, such as Manuel de Falla, Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados or Ridolfo Luigi Boccherini.

The Cervantes Institute has collaborated in the event and its first venue was in Granada, which, despite the pandemic, was visited by more than 20,0000 people, the main authorities in the city and the autonomous community and more than 1,000 children and teenagers from educational centres.

When: until 16th January 2022

Where: Fernán Gómez Centro Cultural de la Villa, Madrid

Meet Vicent Van Hogh

The only official exhibition of the renowned Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is coming to Madrid for the first time from 30 September to 9 January and can be seen at the Ibercaja Delicias Space.  An internationally recognised three-dimensional experience that enables visitors to enter into the life and works of one of the most renowned painters ever, Vincent Van Gogh. 

Based on one of Van Gogh’s most important collections and on a thorough investigation into his life, experts from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam introduce visitors to the history and life of the artist through this multi-disciplinary travelling exhibition which is divided into six scenes.  

 

Among the unique experiences offered by the exhibition, visitors to this space can pull up a seat at The Potato Eaters table, climb a golden haystack in Arles and take a selfie in a life sized recreation of Vincent’s bedroom, listen to the stories behind his artworks or feel what it is like to touch the technique of his brush strokes. 

The visit also has activities designed for all ages, including projections and a free audio-guide, narrated by Vincent and the people closest to him, based on the Van Gogh Museum’s unique collection of his personal letters.  An enriching and educational experience in which you can use a microscope table to learn more about Vincent’s materials, techniques and tools; investigate the layers of Van Gogh’s paintings like a Van Gogh Museum curator; create your own self portrait and explore basic colour theory or learn how to use perspective like Vincent did with a perspective drawing frame; and a children’s scavenger hunt.   

Vincent Willem Van Gogh (Zundert, Netherlands, 1853 – 1890 Auvers-sur-Oise, France) was a Dutch painter from the second half of the 19th century, who became one of the leading exponents of Post-Impressionism. Throughout his relatively short life, as he died at the age of 37, he painted around 900 paintings, including self-portraits and water-colours, as well as 1,600 drawings.  However, the quality of his work was only recognised after his death and today he is classified as one of the great maestros of painting. 

When: until 9th January 2022 

Where: Espacio Ibercaja Delicias, Madrid 

SHOWS: music, theathre, dance, gastronomy, fashion…

An autumn of music and film

Liza Minelli’s famous song “All that jazz” could easily be dedicated to Spain in autumn. The season brings two festivals where you can experience the sensations only jazz can express: the Voll-Damm Jazz Festival in Barcelona and the International Jazz Festival in Madrid. As well as letting yourself be carried away by the melodies from the great artists, you can attend lectures, masterclasses, and other activities.

However, these are not the only events happening now, as some of Spain’s most famous film festivals take place in autumn: San Sebastián International Film Festival, Seminci – Valladolid International Film Week, Gijón International Film Festival, Seville European Film Festival and the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.

 

Among the unique experiences offered by the exhibition, visitors to this space can pull up a seat at The Potato Eaters table, climb a golden haystack in Arles and take a selfie in a life sized recreation of Vincent’s bedroom, listen to the stories behind his artworks or feel what it is like to touch the technique of his brush strokes.

The visit also has activities designed for all ages, including projections and a free audio-guide, narrated by Vincent and the people closest to him, based on the Van Gogh Museum’s unique collection of his personal letters.  An enriching and educational experience in which you can use a microscope table to learn more about Vincent’s materials, techniques and tools; investigate the layers of Van Gogh’s paintings like a Van Gogh Museum curator; create your own self portrait and explore basic colour theory or learn how to use perspective like Vincent did with a perspective drawing frame; and a children’s scavenger hunt.

Vincent Willem Van Gogh (Zundert, Netherlands, 1853 – 1890 Auvers-sur-Oise, France) was a Dutch painter from the second half of the 19th century, who became one of the leading exponents of Post-Impressionism. Throughout his relatively short life, as he died at the age of 37, he painted around 900 paintings, including self-portraits and water-colours, as well as 1,600 drawings.  However, the quality of his work was only recognised after his death and today he is classified as one of the great maestros of painting.

When: until 9th January 2022 

Where: Espacio Ibercaja Delicias, Madrid 

LuzMadrid. International Festival of Light

To mark the inclusion of the Paisaje de la Luz (Landscape of Light) on the UNESCO World Heritage List, from 29th to 31st October, the city will be celebrating the first edition of LuzMadrid. Madrid’s International Festival of Light that will adorn the late autumn evenings with art and creativity in a unique experience. From 29th to 31st October, between 8pm and midnight, the most innovative forms of artistic expression will bring a new perspective to the public space. LuzMadrid brings together representative national and international interdisciplinary artists and is part of the international network of festivals that organises similar events in other cities around the world. 

More than twenty works of art, using video, installation, artificial intelligence, movement, and mapping will invite you to experience a new relationship with the urban environment. The festival is free of charge and open to all members of the public, with no fixed itineraries. Locals and visitors alike can choose when they want to visit and the area or areas they want to visit, without having to follow a fixed route or times.  

National and international artists 

Renowned Spanish creators as well as artists from France, Canada, Finland, and Australia are taking part in this Festival of Light. This edition promises to be the first of many similar events, involving visual artists, designers, lighting designers, and professionals dedicated to new technologies applied to art.  

Antoni Arola, Javier Riera, Alicia Moneva, Erik Barray, Onionlab, Juanjo Llorens, Javier de Juan, Maxi Gilbert, Groupe LAPS, OTU Cinema, Daniel Iregui/Studio Iregular, Ángel Haro, Parer Studio/Amanda Parer, Luzinterruptus, SpY, Juan Fuentes Muñoz, Charles Sandinson, Collectif Coin, Miguel Chevalier, Maurici Ginés/Summalab, Estudio Chevalvert, and Eyesberg are the artists taking part in this unique festival.

 

The musical return to Madrid !!!

After 18 months of forced break due to the coronavirus pandemic, 562 days in total, the musicals return to the Gran Vía in Madrid. It is another sign that little by little normality returns to life. The main theatres open their doors to large-format productions in the capital of Spain and, therefore, citizens can enjoy the shows again. 

Madrid’s Gran Vía is once again partying and recovering the color and lights that characterized it so much before the Covid-19 pandemic. All this will be thanks to the return of musicals, which have been closed during this year and a half of pandemic. In this way, theaters such as The Lion King, which has been the highest grossing of all time worldwide, are recovered.  

There will also be others such as Grease, Ghost, The Full Monty, Tina, A Chorus Line, Kinky Boots, Golfus de Roma, We Will Rock You, The Rhythm of the Night, The Call or Cross of Razors. For this reason, spaces such as the Nuevo Teatro Alcalá, the Teatro EDP Gran Vía, Teatro Coliseum, Teatro Rialto, Teatro Calderón or Teatro Lope de Vega will once again be filled with audiences eager to enjoy the musical shows.

 

A Chorus Line

The famous actor, Antonio Banderas, along with the Soho CaixaBank Theatre and John Breglio, produces the Spanish adaptation of this prestigious Broadway musical, winner of nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Award for Drama in 1976. The Calderón Theatre will host the scheduled performances from 9 October to 7 November.  Finalist in the category of Best Musical Show at the MAX Awards 2020!  

In the version premiering in Malaga, it is Banderas himself who plays the main character, but in the Madrid show, it is the actor, Manuel Bandera, known for his participation in musicals such as Beauty and the Beast, El Zorro, Cabaret and Chicago.

The musical premièred on Broadway in 1975, where it ran non-stop for 15 years.   Winner of nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, it was originally created, directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett, with the libretto by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch and songs by Edward Kleban.  The show has 26 performers on stage and an orchestra of 15 musicians under the baton of Arturo Díez-Boscovich.

The performance places the audience in a Broadway theatre in the mid-1970s, where the director, Zach, and his assistant, Larry, are conducting an audition for their new musical production. 17 artists apply to obtain one of the places that Zach plans to make up his chorus line.

Zach asks the candidates to introduce themselves and speak about themselves whereby they end up remembering their past and revealing their dreams and secrets. They start getting to know each other until they all form a new and joint identity, that of the chorus line.

When: until 7th November 2021 

Where: Teatro Calderón, Madrid  

 

TRADE SHOWS & CONGRESES

FERIARTE

FERIARTE is an essential commercial, social and cultural event in Madrid. It is a leading reference to understand why antique and modern art  is becoming more and more popular. It is a meeting of the best art of the past as an excellent platform to support all antique dealers and gallery owners, and is also an excellent business opportunity for this business sector. 

 

The leading Spanish and most prestigious international antique dealers and gallery owners will all be present. With the participation of more than 90 antique dealers and art galleries, they will exhibit pieces that are more than 100 years old from diverse styles, eras and specialities. From furniture,  decoration objects, collection and jewellery, including the Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Alphonsine styles, painting and sculpture, archaeology, Tribal, Pre-Colombian and Oriental Art.  

FERIARTE is also a valued cultural platform for the dissemination of national and universal heritage. The fair is characterised for its quality articles and objects, as well as its diversification.    

Thanks to the hard work of the Works Admissions Committee, the pieces are rigorously examined beforehand, which is a key factor in the level of quality of the event and in the guarantees that FERIARTE offers its visitors. FERIARTE is one of the world’s best  antique art fairs. 

When: from 13th to 21st November 2021 

Where: IFEMA, Madrid

SPORT OF THE SEASONS !!!

David Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals

Following the success of the 2019 edition and the rescheduling of the 2020 edition due to the pandemic, this year Madrid will once again be hosting the annual tournament. Held in Madrid Arena (Casa de Campo), it will be played by the 18 nations that secured their place for 2020, including Spain, the reigning champion. This edition will be a little longer – 11 days from 25 November to 5 December – and the group stage and semi-finals will be co-hosted by three cities: Madrid, Innsbruck (Austria) and Turin (Italy).  

In November 2019 the world’s best tennis players competed in the tournament which, thanks to Spain’s victory over Canada, turned Madrid into the capital of tennis. It was also the unveiling of a revolutionary new format – a final stage composed of 18 nations divided in six groups of three teams – which will be returning in 2021.  

2021 Edition 

The 2021 edition will be held from 25 November to 5 December in a new multi-site format, which will see the cities of Madrid, Innsbruck and Turin all hosting matches. The Austrian and Italian cities will host two competition groups during the group stage and one quarter-final each.  

The Madrid matches will be played at the Madrid Arena multi-purpose complex, located in Casa de Campo (close to Plaza de España which is well connected to the city by metro and bus and has parking places for private vehicles). The competition will kick off with a match between Canada and Sweden and will be followed by another group stage match, two quarter-finals and the final. 

When: from the 25th November o the 5th December 2021 

Where: Pabellón Multiusos Madrid Arena (Casa de Campo), Madrid 

 **D&P is at your disposal to provide an attractive program together with the attendance to the above mentioned events and activities for your guests and peers,
just let us know your target and requirements and we will design a proposal that matches your expectations and budget !!!

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