Past and future trends find themselves at home in Madrid’s calendar. Here, you can travel back in time in style. This week we welcome Donovan, who will revive the old spirit of the nineteen sixties close to your Flat Sweet Home Malasaña Apartment. He recalls his legendary album Sunshine Superman on the 50th anniversary of its release. This icon of British psychedelia will transport you to a time when it was possible to change the world with a verse.
In Madrid’s calendar, there are always nods to magical, unexpected places. The city heightens any artistic experience, such as the exquisite exhibition by Chema Madoz. This incredible artist has traveled to the depths of Asturias, a lovely mountain landscape loaded with history. Here, Madoz captures their traditions and customs without relying on conventions. His transcendental work creates a unique intimacy with the audience.
Madrid’s sophisticated side makes it a hidden gem waiting to be discovered on every street. It is a gemstone as rare as Bulgari’s, who’s presenting some of its best pieces in the glamorous exhibition Bulgari y Roma at the Museo Thyssen (Paseo del Prado, 8).
This event reviews the iconic brand’s trajectory through 145 spectacular pieces worn by Elizabeth Taylor, Anna Magnani or Baroness Thyssen. And as a backdrop of such treasures, the city of Rome: a source of inspiration for Bulgari. Evidently, classical art has had a significant influence on the design of its most emblematic jewelry, which is apparent in the paintings from the Vatican Museum, from private collections or the Museum of Rome. The exhibition Bulgari y Roma will take us to a world of luxury but accessible from the cozy Flat Sweet Home Prado Apartment nearby.
Far from the jet set represented by Bulgari is ClimaX, a play that reviews existential questions like loneliness or heartbreak with a touch of humor. This comedy, at the teatro Alfil (calle Pez, 10), is a tribute to life and its pleasures, and it’s only a few steps away from your Flat Sweet Home Malasaña.
And speaking of plays, 666 is another plea full of life. This work by the prestigious group Yllana, also on the stage of the teatro Alfil, uses dark humor to depict the last days of a man on death row. Far from being a drama, this comedy will make you cry with laughter with its hilarious display of lust for life.
In the music department, the Murcia band Neuman plays some of the most enigmatic music, and its four records are a tribute to the most elegant and talented sounds in the Spanish rock scene. Enjoy the perfect soundtrack for your visit to Madrid, as Paco Roman’s voice wraps you with lyrics full of illusions and delusions. Watch this band take over with good music Joy Eslava (Calle Arenal, 11) on December 15, a few steps from your bright Flat Sweet Home Calle Mayor Apartment.
If you’re more into shopping, you’ll find the most exclusive and less conventional gifts at the Circulo de Bellas Artes (calle Alcalá, 42) on December 17 and 18. Here, you’ll find the city’s most refined style at the Mercado de Diseño X-mas Fun, where some of the best local designers will show us a glimpse of the fashion of tomorrow. Brands like David Delfin, Moderna de Pueblo, El Chico Llama, Beatnik Shoes, Aventuras literarias, along with another 100 couturiers will take your Christmas shopping cart to the next level.
Furthermore, on Saturday 17, from 11 p.m., the market opens its doors to the best local electronic music with Cora Novoa and other DJs. There can’t be a better finishing touch to a most suggestive weekend. Madrid is getting ready for Christmas by making sure you have the best time from the moment you arrive at your elegant and comfortable Flat Sweet Home.
Find out more about the FLAT SWEET HOME MADRID schedule of shows and events
Bulgari and Roma – until February 26 – Tuesday to Sunday: 10-19 h / Monday: 10-16 h – Museo Thyssen – Paseo del Prado, 8-12€
ClimaX – December 17 nd 30 – 22.30 h – Teatro Alfil – calle Pez, 10 – 16€
666 – December 17 – 20 h – Teatro Alfil – calle Pez, 10 – €26
Neuman – December 15 – 20 h – Joy Eslava – calle Arenal, 11- 16-21€
Mercado de Diseño X-Fun – December 17-18 – 11-20 h / Party: 23-03 h- Círculo de Bellas Artes – calle Alcalá, 42 – 3€ with consumption
Madrid is a city where passion runs through every inch of its streets, and where love stories spring on every corner. Perhaps none of those romances are as idyllic as the love story from the legendary Dirty Dancing, the iconic film from the 1980s. The romance between a working-class rake played by Patrick Swayze and the good girl Jennifer Gray crossed borders and generations. For instance, their final dance has been endlessly imitated by those wanting to experience it firsthand. In the end, the myth has turned into a fun musical that will make you feel young again in your seat at the Nuevo Teatro Alcalá. You’ll find yourself singing Hungry Eyes or The Time Of My Life when you’re back to your cozy Flat Sweet Home Velazquez Apartment.
However, other dances are reserved for the best classical dancers, who turn to the Russian Ballet as the most demanding academy in the world. The world’s most prestigious ballet brings its peculiar revision Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, with beauty capable of overshadowing Christmas itself, in two special shows at the Nuevo Apolo Theater on December 12 and 21.
The Bolshoi’s magic is half way between your Flat Sweet Home Prado Apartment, located right in the center of Madrid at Barrio de las Letras, and the electronic spell of Crystal Castles‘ performance in the heart of the bohemian Malasaña district. This volcanic duo has transformed popular electronic music by merging the calm of our living rooms with stylish clubs, and vice versa. Evidently, the band’s powerful yet elegant style makes it essential in any situation.
Treat yourself with beautiful songs by Alondra Bentley. Through her beautiful voice, she seems to whisper her longing for freedom from a cage of gold. Naturally, her music has captivated folk fans and those who enjoy delicate stylish pop. Alondra will be at Contraclub on December 9 to release her power pop in this beautiful corner of Madrid. Her fine voice would be the ideal musical thread for the exhibition Sorolla in Paris, a retrospective that runs through the international success of the great Valencian painter through his most valued works. A sensational summary by the work of the master of the light available for a limited time in the Madrid museum, after a huge success in Germany and France.
Come Christmas, and you’ll want to get a gift for you and one for your loved ones after your unforgettable stay in Madrid. One of the classiest Christmas markets in the city is Molly Market at the headquarters of the College of Architects of Madrid (COAM), a few steps from your Flat Sweet Home Fuencarral Apartment Flat. In this market, you can find alternative fashion, elegant design proposals, surprising gastronomy, and various cultural events and activities for children. There’s no better way of feeling Madrid’s passion for the avant-garde and Christmas.
Find out more about the FLAT SWEET HOME MADRID events and shows schedule
Dirty Dancing – from December 1 – Tuesday to Thursday: 20.30 h / Friday to Sunday: 18 h and 22 h – Nuevo Teatro Alcalá – calle Jorge Juan, 62 – 19.9€-59.9€
The Nutcracker by the Russian Ballet – December 12 – 21.00 h / December 21 – 20.30 h – Teatro Nuevo Apolo – Plaza Tirso de Molina, 1- 31-€39
Crystal Castles – December 9 – 20 h – Barcelo Theatre – calle Barceló, 11 – €30
Alondra Bentley – December 9 – 22 h – Contraclub – calle Bailén, 16 – 11€
Sorolla en Paris – until March 19 – Tuesday to Sunday – 9.30 to 20 h / Sunday from 10 to 15 h – Museo Sorolla – calle General Martínez Campos, 37 – €3
Molly Market – December 10 and 11 – from 11 to 20.30 h – COAM – calle Hortaleza, 63 – free access
Walking around Madrid in late November is a blessing that will let you discover its fascinating street culture and its colossal architecture. However, the city is also open to exploring other cultures beyond its fascinating history. For this reason, we suggest a look at the best of Indian culture in The Apu Trilogy at the magical Círculo de Bellas Artes (calle Alcalá, 42). Just like the character from The Simpsons, these three films show you the most sympathetic, dramatic face of daily life fascinating India. Its colorful, lively landscapes, will stay with you on your way back to your Flat Sweet Home Gran Vía Apartment.
You can take an even closer look at Indian culture in the steep streets of the multicultural district of Lavapies. And afterward, immerse yourself in La Cocina, a play by the great Sergio Peris Mencheta at the avant-garde teatro Valle – Inclán (Valencia Street, 1). His libretto transforms the original story by Arnold Wesker into a choral symphony where dance tells the story of a restaurant. A fusion of arts and cultures that will keep resounding in your mind when you reach your cozy Flat Sweet Home Prado Apartment.
The districts of Madrid are pure art, and you can see it especially on your nightly walks by the sleepless city center. If you would like to see for yourself how culture transformed Madrid’s districts, we recommend the exhibition Casa-Estudio-Calle-Barrio, a fascinating artistic interpretation that shows how the interaction between the environment and artists such as Tamara Arroyo, Juan Ugalde or Andrea Cenepa generates a catharsis worth admiring. Art lives in the streets, and until January 29 it will also live on the walls of CentroCentro. This exhibition is the perfect excuse to visit the impressive Palacio de Correos on Plaza de Cibeles.
Local culture and international sound
Beyond painting, there is a world in motion that many filmmakers try to capture in this city. For this reason, Madrid offers you several great samples of Spanish short films at Notodofilmfest. These short films cover deep, meaningful subjects that examine the grounds of our existence, and they will be available to you at the Cineteca: a place to enjoy interesting films within the refinement of Matadero on Plaza Legazpi, a cultural space that you cannot miss.
There are many excellent options for a soundtrack to your visit to the city, but the most electrifying are Ocean Colour Scene. The band from Birmingham transformed pop with their album Moseley Shoals 20 years ago; the perfect round figure to honor a whole era at the Riviera on November 30.
Near La Riviera, the popular Madrid nightclub, the Matadero will host a new edition of the Farmers’ market on 26 and 27 November. This gastronomic proposal brings you the tastiest Madrid products made with loving care by local producers, a flavorful farewell to a week where the city shows you its charms beyond your Flat Sweet Home Madrid.
Find out more about the FLAT SWEET HOME events and show schedule
The Apu Trilogy – until December 2 – Wednesday to Sunday – 16-20 h Círculo de Bellas Artes – calle Alcalá, 42 – tickets: 5.5€ / three-film pass: 3.6€
La Cocina – December 30 – from Tuesday to Sunday – Tuesday to Saturday: 20.30 h / Sunday: 19.30 h Teatro Valle-Inclán – calle de Valencia, 1, 6-25€.
Casa – Estudio – Calle – Barrio – from December 30 to January 29 – Tuesday to Sunday – 10-20 h – CentroCentro – Plaza de Cibeles, 1 – free
Notodofilmfest – 29 November – 20.30 h – sala Azcona. Matadero – Plaza de Legazpi, 4 – €3.5
Ocean Colour Scene – 30 November – 21.00 h – Paseo Bajo de la Virgen del Puerto s/n – €28
Madrid Productores – November 26 and 27 – 10-22 h – Plaza del Matadero – free access
Madrid’s unique charm makes us want to walk its streets again and again. Surely, the city has something special, linked to a past full of art and passion for life; it’s the same duende (mysterious charm) that haunts us in flamenco. Following this tradition, on December 1, the Concha Jareno flamenco company explores the art of music through the spectacular show El Baúl de Los Flamencos, which blends flamenco and fashion at La Abadía theater (calle Fernández de Los Ríos, 42). The dancing and music will entice you as much as the tour around the trends and styles that have made this traditional lifestyle universal. Seldom will you see the clothes and the art as related and so close to your home, your classic Flat Sweet Home Alonso Martinez.
A day later, on December 2, you’ll have another appointment at the Teatros del Canal (Cea Bermudez, 1) with the most genuine flamenco at Israel Galvan‘s latest show, La Edad de Oro. This revolutionary performer has bared his show leaving the dancer alone with the unique sound of flamenco singing, which is simultaneously transgressive and traditional. It’s a unique opportunity to see a show that has captivated several countries during this great choreographer’s tour.
The Asturian singer Tino Casal is another Spanish music talent. He’s transformed the movida madrileña into a golden age of glamor through his music, influenced by David Bowie and his impossibly glam outfits. Until February 19, over 200 collector items show the artist’s trajectory and style at the Museo del Traje (Avenida Juan of Herrera, 2). Also, works by McManamara and Costus will spice up this nostalgic exhibition commemorating the 25th anniversary of Casal’s death.
Another forward-thinking artist like Tino Casal is the irresistible Canadian artist Peaches, our undisputed music proposal this week. Since the late nineties, she has been showing her aesthetic and rhythms with a crazy mix of rock, punk, and electronic music. Her music is an adrenaline shot with gender awareness that will flood the Barceló theater (calle Barcelo, 11), only a few meters from your cozy Flat Sweet Home Malasaña Apartment.
As visually striking as Peaches is the play Tartuffe, The Impostor, a classic by Moliere with a captivating avant-garde aesthetic. Its stanzas about ambition and human hypocrisy go along with a mise-en-scene that’ll make you fall in you with Madrid from your seat at theater Fernan Gomez, at Plaza of Colon.
To finish our weekly tour of this city full of dreams fulfilled, we recommend an immersion in the art of Jose of Ribera. Known as The Spagnoletto, he was always in the shadow of Velazquez or Rafael, but his talent remains and marks him as one of the most talented painters in art history. The Museo del Prado (Paseo of the Prado s/n) pays an honest tribute to him in an exhibition about the man behind the painter. It’s an opportunity to stroll through the jewels of the Prado, the best art gallery in the world, and let Ribera‘s work seduce you. You won’t be nostalgic when you arrive in your Flat Sweet Home Serrano Apartment, with and elaborate decoration that’ll help you enjoy the rest of your day.
Find out more about the Flat Sweet Home schedule of shows and events
El baúl de los flamencos – December 1 – 19.30h – La Abadía theatre– calle Fernández de los Ríos, 42 – 20€
La edad de oro – December 2-4 – 20h – Teatros del Canal – Cea Bermúdez, 1 – 10-24€
Tino Casal, el arte por exceso – until February 19 – Tuesday to Saturday: 9.30 – 19 h / Sunday and public holidays: 10-15 h – Museo del traje – Avenida Juan de Herrera, 2 – €3
Peaches – December 2 -21.00 h – Barceló Theatre – Calle Barceló 11 – 28€
Tartufo, el impostor – until December 11 – Tuesday-Saturday: 20.30 h / Sunday: 19.30 h – Fernán Gómez Theatre – Plaza de Colón, 4 – from 12€
Ribera, maestro del dibujo – until February 19 – Monday to Saturday: 10-20 h / Sunday: 10-19 h – Museo del Prado – Paseo del Prado s/n – €16
October comes with its veil of leaves and a desire for enchanted evenings, like those you’ll enjoy at The Hole. This magical show returns to Madrid right in the fall with its Zero version. Its blend of cabaret and discotheque based on Studio 54 will fill the Calderón Theater (Atocha, 18) with a colorful music and a show never-before-seen in Spain, capable of turning a regular night into an unforgettable evening. This time, it’s time for disco music. Your legs will still be moving to its rhythm after you’ve arrived at your Flat Sweet Home Prado, located very close to this unique show. Continue Reading