If the clear, sunny April sky doesn’t give you an excuse to be out and about this month, this list of exciting events surely will. Whether you plan to follow the holy week processions, go gallery hopping, or simply try something different, here at MAP we have your back! Enjoy the month!
Jugada a 3 Bandas [April 2 – 30] Real objects and images of the mind will take over 14 art galleries across Madrid the month of April. Contemporary art is the theme in Jugadas a 3 Bandas, a program in which artists, curators, and art galleries will make a “3-way play”, and come together to showcase artistic projects for the public. For more information and locations, click here.
Corteo [Starting April 2] Experience the imagination of Mauro the clown on his deathbed. Let Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo take you there, as you live through his life, his past, and his memories reconstructed in an array of gravity defying acts. For more information and tickets, click here. Metro: Puerta del Ángel, Lago, Alto de Extremadura. Address: Escenario Puerta del Ángel. Avda. de Portugal (Semiesquina Avenida del Angel) Cost: From 40 euros
José de Ribera [Starting April 5] José de Ribera exhibition at el Museo del Prado. One of his major pieces, La Resurrección de Lázaro, is a perfect example of the kinds of dark religious pieces that characterize this exhibition and his early artistic career. For more information, click here. Metro: Atocha, Banco de España. Address: Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23. Cost: 8 euros, 4 euros (Reduced)
A Hard, Merciless Light. The Worker-Photography Movement [Starting April 6] This exhibition on display in el Museo Reina Sofia highlights the working movements of the 20th century. The set of photographs based on the working class consciousness helps us to examine the photographic images as documents, reflections, and catalysts in both political and artistic spheres during social movements. For more information, click here. Metro: Atocha, Lavapiés. Address: Edificio Sabatini. C/ Santa Isabel, 52. Cost: 3 – 6 euros
Werther [Until April 6] This four act opera written by Jules Massenet is said to be a true mixture of realism and romanticism that brings melodic ease to the ears. The story is based on Goethe’s famous novel, ‘The Sorrows of Young Werther”, which apparently led to a rise in suicides of many of the German youth who read it. However, those who just want to be taken away for a few hours can opt to head over to Teatro Real to experience the massive emotions of unrequited love and tragedy in this musical display. For more information and tickets, click here. Metro: Ópera. Address: Plaza de Oriente. Cost: From 28 Euros.
The Fantasticks [April 1,2,9,10 ] For theater fanatics in search of performances in English check out the English-speaking theater group Platform Theatre. Their latest productions is The Fantasticks. Metro: Tribunal. Address: La Madrilera Theatre, C/de Don Felipe, 9. Time: 21:00 p.m. Cost: 4 euros at the door.
A Streetcar Named Desire [Until April 10] Until the 10th of April, you can see Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” in Teatro Español. The play, directed by actor and director Mario Gas, will be the third play he directs by Williams, after successes like ‘The Glass Menagerie’ and ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.’ Metro: Sol. Address: C/ Príncipe, 25. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 20:00 p.m., Sunday 18:00 p.m. Cost: 4 – 22 Euros. For tickets click here. For more information click here.
Adam Fuss Exhibition [Until April 17] Rabbit entrails strewn across photosensitized paper to depict love – yes, that would be none other than the work of Adam Fuss. The experimental photographer from London is showcasing his work from the past 25 years in an exhibition in the Mapfre Foundation Recoletos Exhibition Hall until the 17th of April. The range of color and peculiar subjects for his photography will surely make for a unique and interesting viewing. Metro: Colón, Banco de España. Address: Paseo de Recoletos, 23. Hours: Monday, 14:00 – 20:00 p.m.; Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00a.m. – 20:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 19:00 p.m. Cost: Free
Madrid Marathon [April 17] The Madrid Marathon will take to the streets on April 17th. Register before April 8th by clicking here. And if you’re searching for the perfect pair of running shoes click here.
Semana Santa Processions [April 17 – 24] Semana Santa is considered to be one of the most important festivals in the country. If you’re going to be in Madrid, you won’t want to miss the celebrations, which include the Holy Week processions and various liturgical events on the streets of the city. The processions will go on from Palm Sunday until Easter Sunday when many people gather in Plaza Mayor to play drums for the Tamborrada, which symbolizes the resurrection of Jesus. For more information about this event, click here.
Dorit Margreiter: Descripción [Until April 25] How can film affect architecture? How is architecture altered by audiences? And how does the artistic medium alter the context of architecture in society? These are all questions to be pondered while reviewing the public and private spaces constructed in the exhibition in el Museo Reina Sofia for Dorit Margreiter: Descripción. For more information, click here. Metro: Atocha, Lavapiés. Address: Edificio Sabatini. C/ Santa Isabel, 52. Cost: 3 – 6 Euros
Saint Louis University’s “Around the world in 80 minutes” [April 28] Want to enjoy the sights and sounds of countries like Brazil, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Iceland, or Argentina without even leaving Madrid? Then travel around the world in 80 minutes with Spain’s oldest American university, which is holding its Spring Arts Performance on the 28th of April. At this event you will be able to enjoy Latin dance, Spanish dance, theatre, voice, music, painting, drawing, and design projects by students from the university. This is an international event you won’t want to miss! (Plus, it’s FREE). Metro: Metropolitano. Address: Colegio Mayor Elías Ahuja C/Rector Royo Villanova, 4. Time: Thursday, April 28 at 18:30 p.m.
FESTIMAD 2M Biodiversidad Musical [April 28] The 11 day music festival shakes it up with 70 events in 33 venues across the city. For the line- up and more information click here.
Ellas Crean The seventh edition of Ellas Crean is still being celebrated throughout the month of April. Ellas Crean is an initiative sponsored by the Spanish government to show the creativity of women and their contributions to society. This celebration, which coincided with International Women’s Day (March 8th), draws in many artists from across a variety of disciplines, from fashion, to music, to theatre. For locations and tickets click here.
By Anna Soria