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Friday 24th of November 2017

Fiestas de 2 Mayo

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Fiestas de 2 Mayo

As always, Madrid kicks off May with its annual “Fiestas del 2 de Mayo”, a time to commemorate the past with celebrations throughout the entire Comunidad.

Event end info: 

Fiestas de 2 Mayo, various locations, 27 April-5 May. See website for full details.

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Event Dates with repeat: 
27 April   - 5 May  

The Memory of Love

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Review by Kelly Rummel

Linda Olsson’s latest novel reads somewhat like a fictional memoir. We meet our narrator and main character, Marion Flint, in her early fifties after spending her last fifteen years in a secluded beachfront home on the quiet coast of New Zealand.

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The Memory of Love is published by Penguin.

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The Big Wedding (La Gran Boda)

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Kelly Rummel catches a preview Hollywood’s latest “big day” movie

Don and Ellie Griffin (Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton) have been divorced for ten years, since Ellie's former best friend, Bebe (Susan Sarandon), moved in on Don and forced the couple to go their separate ways. Prior to the divorce, Don and Ellie were able to have two children, Lyla and Jared (Katherine Heigl and Topher Grace), and adopt a third, Alejandro (Ben Barnes), from Columbia.

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The Big Wedding (La GranBoda) is released on 1 May

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Give me a break

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As we kick off the New Year, Kelly Rummel takes a look at the public holidays in Madrid during 2013, and the reasons for the deluge of days off

Madrid will have 14 public holidays this year, three of which are regional. To let you know when, and why, you can stay in bed longer than usual, or throw all of your worldly possessions in a suitcase and head off for a well-earned break, the following guide should assist:  

 

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El Arte de Cartier

Diamonds are for everyone this month at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, thanks to the historic Cartier Collection. The legendary French jewellers have loaned the museum more than 400 of their pieces, from the origin of the company in 1847 to date, to allow a glimpse of the range and evolution of Cartier’s most beautiful and iconic styles.

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Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Po del Prado, 8 (Metro: Banco de España). Tel: 91 369 01 51. Tues-Sun, 10am-7pm. General admission €9, reduced €6. Cartier exhibition €8, reduced €5.50. Joint General + Cartier €12, reduced €7.50. 24 Oct-17 Feb 2013.

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Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

Location: 
Pº del Prado, 8
Madrid 28104
Spain
40° 24' 56.4156" N, 3° 41' 40.8444" W

The Thyssen-Bornemisza is part of the “Golden Triangle of Art” in Madrid, along with the Reina Sofia and the Prado; in fact, the main Villahermosa building is a short-walk from the Prado. The gallery is home to paintings spanning from the 13th to 20th century, many of which belonged to the private collection of the museum’s founder Heinrich, Baron Thyssen de Kászon. His son Hans and wife Carmen Cervera added later works before he sold all to the Spanish government in 1993. Highlights include mid-century Italian and Dutch works, famous Renaissance masterpieces, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist samples from the likes of Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Van Gogh, and Picasso’s Cubist models.

Price: 9 €

Venue Opening Hours: 
Tues-Sun, 10am-7pm.
Venue Telephone: 
+34 902 76 05 11
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Venue website: 
www.museothyssen.org/en/thyssen/home
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The novel queen

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Famed historical fiction author Philippa Gregory attended the recent Hay Festival in Segovia. InMadrid’s Kelly Rummel soaks up her 60-minute presentation in the wonderful location of the 11th-century San Juan de los Cabelleros church

Philippa Gregory’s visit to the Hay Festival is ostensibly taking place to discuss her latest novel to be released in Spain, The Red Queen.

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The RedQueen is published by Grupo Planeta in Spain, and Simon& Schuster in the UK, and is available now.

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Madrid Premiere Week

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Madrid Premiere Week

The second annual Madrid Premiere Week is a celebration of both film and Gran Vía.

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Madrid Premiere Week, 15-21 Nov. See http://www.madridpremiereweek.com/ for full details.

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Event Dates with repeat: 
15 November   - 21 November  

For the love of Goth!

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The fourth annual Semana Gótica Madrid will allow the city to explore a darker side this month. Kelly Rummel speaks to the Festival’s director, Marjorie Eljach, and looks at Gothic literature, fashion and music

Having identified a problem not only in Madrid, but in Spain, Marjorie Eljach decided to rectify it.

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The Semana Gótica Madrid runs from 17 Nov-1 Dec. For the full programme, see www.semanagoticademadrid.com

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The rhythm and the referendum

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With Madrid hosting the first “Rock the Vote” event outside the USA, Kelly Rummel pays a visit to experience the political and musical pulse.

“Rock the Vote” originated in 1992 as an effort to engage young American voters through the use of music, pop-culture, and more recently, social networking.

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For information on how to cast an absentee ballot go to www.overseasvotefoundation.org

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El paisajista Martín Rico (1833-1908)

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El paisajista Martín Rico (1833-1908)

As part of the Prado’s objective to highlight nineteenth century Spanish painters, the end of this month sees a monographic exhibition of landscape pieces by Madrid-born artist Martín Rico.

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Po del Prado, s/n (Metro: Banco de España/Atocha). Tel: 91 330 28 00. Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun 10am-7pm. General admission €12. Reduced €6. Permanent collection free, Mon-Sat, 6-8pm; Sun 5-7pm.

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Museo del Prado

Location: 
C/Ruiz de Alarcón, 23
Madrid 28014
Spain
40° 24' 49.068" N, 3° 41' 28.7664" W

One of the famous museums of the “Golden Triangle of Art,” the Prado first opened to the public in 1819 after Ferdinand V11 turned the building designed by his grandfather, Charles III, into the Royal Museum of Paintings and Sculptures in 1785. The museum displays one of the largest and respected collections of European art, featuring works that span from the 12th to 19th century and are based on the original Royal Spanish collection. The Prado comprises around 7,600 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 4,800 prints, and 8,200. Highlights include extensive works by Goya and Velzázquez’s Las Meninas.

Price: 12 €

Venue Opening Hours: 
Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm. Sunday 10am-7pm.
Venue Telephone: 
+34 91 330 28 00
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Venue website: 
www.museodelprado.es/en
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Event Dates with repeat: 
30 October   - 10 February  
Normal Price: 
€12.00
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