We still have a few weeks left of Fall, and if you’re not quite ready to let go of the lush green colors of yester-months, have no fear! You can start your weekend by visiting the Impressionist Gardens exhibition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, which just opened earlier this week. To see paintings by some of the greats like Delacroix, Courbe, Klimt, and Sargent, pass by the museum or by the Fundación Caja Madrid (Pza. de San Martin, 1 Tue-Sun 10:00 a.m.-20:00 p.m.) to see part of the exhibition for free. The Entrance to the museum is 8 euros and it is open every day except Mondays from 10:00 a.m. – 19:00 p.m. Metro: Banco de España Address: Palacio de Villahermosa, 8 Paseo del Prado Price: 8 euros Website
This weekend will coincide with Madrid’s Experimental Cinema Week that takes place up until the 26th of November. During this time, in various venues across Madrid, you can view different cinematic productions, both of competitive and non-competetive natures. You’ll get to see several styles and creative new works from all over the world, series of films, and more. For more information about this event click here.
Until the 21st of November, all you science lovers out there can enjoy Semana de la Ciencia 2010 in Madrid. This is an activity everyone can participate in, regardless of age or past knowledge of science (phew.) The aim of Semana de la Ciencia is to call attention to science and research and how they affect our lives in the short and long term. If you are in the mood for some enlightenment this weekend, check the official website for locations and activities offered around the city.
The region of Madrid is also hosting the 25th edition of the International MADRID EN DANZA festival. It is comprised of 73 shows of different dance styles ranging from ballet to Japanese butoh. The festival promotes current dance shows, trends, and overall it showcases talent from participating artists and companies from Spain and beyond. The festival will be celebrated in 20 different theatres around the region of Madrid until the 28th of November. For locations, prices, and more information, click here
Les Misérables, the renowned musical based on the novel by Victor Hugo, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Madrid. With over 56 million people having seen the show since 1980, the musical keeps on attracting audiences with its compelling story and compositions. For its 25th year, Matt Kinley will stage the revision of the musical by legendary British producer Cameron Mackintosh. If you haven’t seen “Les Mis” already, this is a great opportunity to do so. You won’t regret it. For prices and more info click here. Up for a drink after the show? If so, head to Verona, the newest bar for actors in the area. Metro: Santo Domingo Address: Gran Vía, 57 Contact: 915 472 011
The Irish Rover is also celebrating another year of its existence this month. The Colonials will be performing in the Irish Rover on the 19thand 20th of November, just as they had performed 15 years ago when the venue had just opened. They start performing at around 23:30 a.m. so head over this weekend for some good food, drinks, music, and a good time. For other live music venues in the city click here.
The 27th edition of the Madrid International Jazz Festival is in its final days. Until the 21st of November, you can still catch the last live Jazz music performances in Madrid from the festival at Teatro Fernán Gómez. For prices and more info click here. Metro: Colon Address: Plaza de Cólon, 4
If you’re interested in arts and antiques, one event you won’t want to miss is the 34th edition of Feriarte, Madrid’s annual art fair. This year, there will be over 125 professionals and many well-known antique dealers and gallery owners, all selling under one roof. They are going to offer more than 18,000 pieces at this year’s fair, giving the public a selection of highly valuable antiques, paintings, jewelry, and art – all aged over 100 years. Head over to Parque Ferial Juan Carlos (IFEMA) from the 20th to the 28th of November (12:00 p.m. – 21:00 p.m.) to take home a piece of history. Metro: Campo de las Naciones Address: Parque Juan Carlos 1 Price: 10 euros. One time entrance fee valid for all days of the fair
Lastly, If you want to prepare yourself for the holidays and buy something Christmas related, the Madrid Christmas Market has, since 1860, traditional Christmas items for sale. You can find this famous market in Plaza Mayor everyday throughout the months of November and December. You’ll see more than 100 stalls selling items ranging from ornate statues for nativity scenes to less serious things like costumes, wigs, and joke-shop items – as the locals are preparing fro El Día de los Santos Inocentes (like April Fool’s Day) on the 28th of December. If you’re walking through Sol, stop by the market, as it is completely free. Maybe you’ll find something that catches your eye. For a list of Christmas holiday events click here.
By Anna Soria