Sitgestiu Cultural kicks off with 150 cultural activities programmed for the next three months
The Malvasia Route has been added to the list of cultural events, including opera, jazz, classical, harp, organ, children’s workshops and artistic tours
Tuesday 1 July is the kick-off of Sitgestiu Cultural 2014, organized by the Museums of Sitges and which, this year, has programmed almost 150 activities that will be held during the months of July, August and September. On Sunday, about one hundred people packed the Romanticism Museum during the program presentation celebration, offering a small taste of some of the shows that can be seen this summer. Opera, jazz, guitar, harp, organ, the new Malvasia route, children’s workshops, full moon dinners and tours of the Stämpfli Foundation and the Romanticism Museum make up an intense lineup of events filling Sitges’ summer with culture, leisure and patrimonial dissemination.
The Sitgestiu Cultural program is built around four main focuses. On the one hand, the usual events on the calendar (along with their guaranteed success), like the jazz and opera concerts at the Romanticism Museum and the tour of Maricel Palace including a castanets concert. These events have a permanent day on the weekly calendar: jazz, on Tuesdays; castanets, on Wednesdays; and opera, on Fridays.
The second focus is on isolated concerts, some of which have also been included previously in the program with notable acceptance. As in the case of the guitar recitals by Juan Mario Cuéllar (10 July, 7 August and 4 September), the harp recitals by Caterina del Cerro (24 July and 28 August), the organ concerts at the Vinyet chapel, including a tour (7 and 28 July, 11 and 18 August) and the eight small format opera concerts in the Gold Room at Maricel Palace (with an excellent turnout last year): this year, the opera performances will be La Bohème (6 and 13 July, 2 and 31 August) and La Traviata (20 and 27 July, 10 and 17 August).
The third focus is on the guided cultural tours. This year, the Sitgestiu Cultural program is christening another one: the Malvasia Route, departing from the Romanticism Museum, the old Llopis family residence. At this building on Sant Gaudenci Street is the cellar where the famous Sitges Malvasia wine was made, and that the Llopis family bequeathed to the Sant Joan Baptista Hospital. The route ends precisely on these Noucentista premises, with a tour of the winery to see how Malvasia is still made today and have a chance to taste it. But this installment of Sitgestiu Cultural’s cultural tours includes other proposals, like tours of Maricel Palace (three times a week, in Catalan, Spanish and English), the Power Pixels exhibition at the Stämpfli Foundation (every Sunday) and at the Vinyet chapel (7 and 28 July and 11 and 18 August. And the Full Moon Dinners are also outstanding, held up on the terraces of the Maricel Palace the three nights that there will be a full moon this summer (12 July, 9 August and 9 September), and a huge hit the last two years.
Finally, the fourth Sitgestiu Cultural focus features children’s workshops. Activities for boys and girls also hold a prominent place with diverse possibilities. Thursdays in July, at artist Núria Corretgé’s studio (Sant Sebastià, 32) there will be a pop-up card-making workshop, where young ones will get a chance to make 3D summer cards. 31 July, 7, 14 and 28 August will be the Pixel by pixel workshop, where participants will interact with Miguel Chevalier’s works on display at the Stämpfli Foundation. On the occasion of Festa Major and Santa Tecla, Sitges’ two main local festivals, on 21 August and 20 September, the Tomeus i Tecletes workshop will be organized again, consisting of creating cookies using festive elements.
The prices for these activities range from 3 to 5 Euros for the children’s workshops; 5 to 10 for recitals and concerts; and 8 to 15 for the pocket operas. There are combined and family tickets plus special discounts for the retired, the unemployed, Carnet Jove cardholders, Tr3sC Club members, subscribers to the Ara newspaper and members of Joventuts Musicals de Sitges (Sitges Musical Youth) and Ram de tot l’any (Year-round Bouquet).
You can check all the events using this link.