Barcelonatours has been offering flamenco classes in Barcelona for many years. It has always been one of our most popular activities, and today we decided that we wanted to put a spotlight on this activity and one of our hardworking teachers, Lucero.

What is Flamenco?

If you type the word “flamenco” into a search engine, you’ll find the following definition: a style of Spanish music, played especially on the guitar and accompanied by singing and dancing.

As is often the problem when describing music and movement, this does not even begin to scratch the surface of the passion and drive that goes into flamenco music and dancing.

Why does a Flamenco class make a great team building activity?

First and foremost, it engages your team members in an activity that is directly related with Spain and Spanish traditions. While Flamenco is not native to Barcelona, it’s still popular and people love to hear the music and go to shows.

Secondly, it’s likely to be something your group has never tried before. This is not a team building activity you’re likely to be able to find outside Spain so it’s a great idea to give it a try while you’re here! Learning some basic clapping rhythms and steps is a fun and appealing way to get people to let loose and try something new. There’s no need to worry about people feeling embarrassed about being better or worse at flamenco because everyone is a beginner.

Finally, the start time and location are easily adjusted to suit your needs. It’s suitable if you have a spare hour during a busy itinerary and would like a teacher sent to the hotel or venue. Alternatively, our teacher Lucero has her own flamenco school in the charming Gracia neighbourhood.

For a full flamenco experience, have a flamenco class in Barcelona followed by our Flamenco Night at Poble Espanyol. We can also organise live flamenco music and bands, get in touch to found out more.

To read more about the history of how this Andalusian music and dance came to Barcelona, you can read our Flamenco in Barcelona blog. In this blog, we’re more interested in the passion and drive that makes someone want to become a flamenco dancer and a flamenco teacher.

Interview with a Professional Flamenco Teacher

Barcelonatours.net has been fortunate to work with Lucero for a very long time and our groups have always loved her classes. We interviewed Lucero to find out more about her life, her flamenco school and her plans for 2020.

Learn to dance Flamenco in Barcelona

When did you start dancing flamenco?

I started dancing at the age of four. First, I did an introduction to dance, then continued with Spanish classical dancing and ballet. When I turned 18, I started dancing flamenco.

Who was your inspiration?

My parents were very supportive and took me to the dance school. After that, I decided myself to continue, and my inspiration to do so was my fellow dancers and professors at the dance school.

How long have you had your own dance school?

I have been teaching flamenco for more than 20 years and had my own dance school under my own name, “Lucero Cárdenas”, for the last 12 years.

Most of our clients book a one-hour class, what can they expect to learn in this time?

 

An hour is great to give people an introduction to flamenco. We begin with a brief history of flamenco and its origins, to put the flamenco universe in context for the participants. Then we move onto the dynamic part! We will practice the rhythm of flamenco with “las palmas” (the clapping), learn the basic steps and finish by learning some choreography.

Above all, we will be teaching the participants how much fun it is to dance flamenco!

Do you have a favourite place in Barcelona to listen to flamenco music?

I really like El Tarantos, but my school is a great place too! We have shows once a month and the setting is very intimate.

What about a favourite flamenco song and/or artist?

I like so many artists. And example would be la Macanita and their song “Tierra adentro”.

What plans do you have for your school in 2020?

We have more shows planned, plus a series of masterclasses with expert artists such as Karen Rubio Lugo, Pedro Gabarre and Juan Murube. We’re also planning a flashmob with the alumni of the school and a trip to the Feria de Abril*.

At the same time, we periodically do collaborations with different artists and businesses in Barcelona, with shows and teaching at conventions, hotels, fairs, rooms and private events.

A big thank you to Lucero for sharing her story and her plans with us!

Team Building and Group Travel Services in Barcelona

As well as offering flamenco classes with the fantastic Lucero, Barcelonatours.net can help you plan your whole corporate event in Barcelona. Visit our Team Building Activities page and our Group Travel Services page for more information, then drop us a line at info@barcelonatours.net.

The popularity of plant-based diets has exploded in recent years. More and more people are reducing their consumption of meat, fish and dairy, and looking to get their nutrients from plants. People have also become more concerned about additives, such as artificial colours, flavours and preservatives in their food.

Vegan or plant-based diets may once have seemed restrictive. However, as time has gone on and restaurants have become more creative, the plant-based revolution shows no signs of slowing down.

Unique Restaurants: Impress your clients

Join the plant-based revolution with a group dinner in Barcelona

We’re sure your clients are always looking for the new and interesting when it comes to booking group dinners in Barcelona. Host your group dinner somewhere that will get people talking and excited about plant-based food.

Enter Roots & Rolls. Opened in November 2018, Roots & Rolls is a delicious, stylish, plant-based restaurant located in the Eixample neighbourbood of Barcelona. Their original and innovative menu will satisfy carnivore, vegetarians, vegans and everyone in between, with the focus being on fresh, healthy, flavoursome food.

We are very lucky that their restaurant is located just a short walk from the BarcelonaTours office, so we have been able to sample a great deal of the menu.

The Restaurant: Group Dining in Style

Stylish plant-based restaurant Barcelona

Roots & Rolls is light and spacious, making it a wonderful place for group dinners and events. Decorated in black and white with wooden floors and tables, this chic venue has private dining spaces, as well space for long tables. The restaurant also has a covered patio at the front, a great spot to share some sushi and a glass of wine with friends.

The capacity of the restaurant is 120 people, so there’s plenty of space for everyone!

The Menu: Try the sushi

The stars of the Roots & Rolls menu are their incredible uramaki sushi rolls, each more creative in its flavours than the last. In their efforts to ensure that their sushi rolls are as jam-packed with flavour as their fish-featuring counterparts, Roots & Rolls went all out.

They have eight sushi rolls to choose from. You’ll be forgiven for not being able to choose which ones to try, so they have helpfully included sushi tasting platters, ranging from 20€ for 20 rolls and two varieties of nigiri, up to 75€ for 46 rolls and three varieties of nigiri.

Our personal favourites are the “Srirango” roll, composed of black rice, mango, avocado, cucumber, roasted red pepper and topped with sriracha veganaise (a sriracha-infused vegan mayonnaise which adds a delightful kick) and “Kimchi-me”, a roll of four grains, kimchi, cucumber, sesame tofu, spring onion, coriander & cashew pesto and gochujang veganaise.

Beyond sushi

corporate dining event Barcelona

The delights don’t stop at the sushi menu. The snacks (“pica pica”), starters and salads are great to share between your group, and then we come to the main dishes.

We love the rich thai red curry with sweet potato, figueres onions, courgette, portobello mushrooms, roasted red peppers, coconut milk and basmati rice, a dish sure to fill you up and warm you up in the colder months. Ramen lovers will be quick to order the tofu ramen miso, which layers up the flavours of dashi stock with shiro miso, prunes, shiitake, kombu, roasted peppers, caramelised figueres onion, portobello, sweet potato, pickled daikon, sesame, julienne veg and udon noodles.

As for the desserts, plant-based and healthy doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself! Try to the chocolate avocado brownie or the chocolate truffle symphony for a rich, indulgent treat.

Group Dinners: Menus for Groups

Roots & Rolls currently offer two group menus starting from just 25€ per person. The menus offer a great cross section of the delicious food on offer, including an appetiser, a starter, a sushi platter, a main and a dessert – everything you need for a full and happy group.

Hungry to know more? Book your group dinner in Barcelona with BarcelonaTours and choose Roots & Rolls.

Book a group dinner in BarcelonaThe Owners: An Interview with Sandra de Jong

We wanted to know more about the restaurant, the owners, their favourite dishes and their plans for 2020. We put some questions to Sandra de Jong, one of the two owners.

What made you want to open a plant-based restaurant?

It was a combination of many things. We wanted to create a restaurant that could have a positive impact in a stylish and elegant setting. Plant-based food has a much smaller impact on the environment and is better for the planet and, of course, for the animals. We also wanted to ensure the food was healthy, and plant-based food has been proven to be a healthy addition to any diet.

Why did you choose a Japanese-inspired menu?

So many reasons! A personal love of sushi played a big part. I had tried some inventive vegan sushi elsewhere and really loved it. I saw it as an opportunity to get creative as you can put so many complimentary ingredients into one sushi roll and make a real explosion of flavour. A lot of the vegan sushi you find in Barcelona is just cucumber and rice or red pepper and rice, so there was definitely a gap in the market.

Making food that non-vegans would love was also important. The food needed to be exciting and match or exceed the variety offered by non-vegan restaurants, and Japanese food, not just sushi but curry and noodle dishes too, is highly adaptable.

I also wanted it to be something that you wouldn’t make at home. To make just one of our sushi rolls at home would take hours, so coming to visit us and being able to try multiple sushi rolls in a welcoming setting is a much better idea!

Which three-courses would you recommend to someone visiting the restaurant for the first time?

We would suggest four courses! It’s difficult to say if sushi is a starter or a main in our restaurant, but we suggest following the sushi with one of our hot dishes. This way you will experience a little bit of everything we have to offer.

  • “Pica-pica”/Starter: Kale chips, cauliflower popcorn and the gyozas
  • Sushi course: a sushi tasting platter
  • Main: Kari coco (we described this Thai curry in a previous paragraph)
  • Dessert: Chocolate avocado brownie with ice cream.

Meals for large groups

If you could pick only one sushi roll from your menu, which would it be?

This is so difficult! Our bestseller is the Jumping Jack which is made of black rice, heüra (a scarily-realistic meat substitute, similar texture to chicken), bbq jackfruit, rocket, caramelised onions, sesame, alioli & homemade hoisin sauce.

What have been some of the highlights for Roots & Rolls in 2019?

There’s been so many. I personally get a real kick out of messing with the “carnivore mindset” when it comes to plant-based food. We have so many clients who come in for their first-ever plant-based meal and they’re always stunned and thrilled with the quality of the flavours, textures and variety that we offer. This makes me really happy.

We feel that we’re still on the “edge” of things in Barcelona and it can be difficult to convince people to have a group dinner in an entirely plant-based restaurant, but thankfully things are changing. Over Christmas, we had several large groups from tech companies with lots of young employees that are more eco-conscious. It’s wonderful to see companies making these choices for their employees, to show them that you can still have a great Christmas event with no meat, fish or animal products involved. These groups were a real highlight.

Of course, we also love when we see repeat customers and we have a really high number of customers that come back again and again. People will come back with different members of their family, with friends, with visitors, it’s wonderful to see that so many people want to shout about our food and share it with others.

And finally, what does 2020 hold for Roots & Rolls?

We have so many fun things lined up. Firstly, we change the menu three times per year to fit with which vegetables are in season. We have also changed our head chef and we can’t wait to see what creativity they will bring to the table.

We will also have lots of exciting events and are collaborating with other vegan and plant-based people and businesses in Barcelona under the umbrella title “Living Plantastic”. There will be a gala event on Saturday 18th January – red carpet, drag queen and DJ included! There will also be smaller group activities, from plant-based cooking workshops to beach trash pickups.

In general, we want to make plant-based, eco-conscious living more appealing and more exciting to the masses. If we work within mainstream channels, engaging with carnivores and herbivores alike, then we will reach more people and maybe convert more people to a eco-friendlier, more plant-based lifestyle.

We will continue to work on these ideas in 2020 and beyond, so watch this space!

Thank you Sandra!

BarcelonaTours.net: The Agency You Need for Event Planning in Barcelona

Make your group travel arrangements with BarcelonaTours.net to ensure the highest quality services. We organise hotels for groups, private transfers and group dinners in fantastic restaurants, such as Roots & Rolls!

Get in touch today for a personalised quote and start planning your event in Barcelona.

Barcelona has impeccable resources for conferences, including large, luxurious hotels, versatile exhibition halls, delicious and varied restaurants and much, much more. It is also simply a stunning city, where old and modern collide in a symphony that calls out to visitors from around the globe.

Event Planning and Group Travel in Barcelona

This blog lays out some of the conferences that are scheduled for the first quarter of 2020. We have provided the names and dates of all the conferences, and expanded on the ones we find most interesting!

If you are visiting Barcelona for any of these conferences, and/or planning an event in Barcelona, get in touch with Barcelonatours.net today! We have great hotels, restaurants, private transfers and everything else you might need for a great visit to Barcelona.

Don’t forget to check out our Group Travel Services and Team Building Activities while you’re here.

 

January

CSL 2020 – Computer Science Logic Conference

Dates: 13th – 14th – 15th – 16th January

Venue: University of Barcelona

Computer Science Logic (CSL) is the annual conference of the European Association for Computer Science Logic (EACSL). This 28th edition of the conference, which has previously been hosted in Birmingham, Stockholm, Marseille and Berlin, this year comes to Barcelona after taking a break in 2019.

According to the CSL website, “the conference series started in 1987 as a programme of International Workshops on Computer Science Logic, and then in its sixth meeting (in 1992) became the Annual Conference of the EACSL.”

ACM FAT 2020 – Fairness, Accountability and Transparency in Socio-Technical Systems

Dates: 27th – 28th – 29th – 30th January

Venue: Barceló Sants

The inaugural conference was held in New York in 2018, followed up by Atlanta in 2019. The conference has now made its way to Europe for the first time. This conference brings together the field of computer science and the practical and ethical risks involved as this field develops. Their website states: “ACM FAT* is an interdisciplinary conference dedicated to bringing together a diverse community of scholars from computer science, law, social sciences, and humanities to investigate and tackle issues in this emerging area.”

ELT Convention

Dates: 30th – 31st Jan – 1st February

Venue: Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Billed as a conference for English Language Teachers by English language teachers, the ELT Convention promises to help teachers in several ways. They will meet up to rest and reconnect with others in their field, and “shake up” their teaching methods while “exercising all their teaching muscles” through three days of activities, workshops and lectures.

 

February

World Congress of Cutaneous Lymphomas (WCCL)

Dates: 12th – 13th – 14th February

Venue: Auditorio Axa

This is the 4th Congress of Cutaneous Lymphomas, with the previous editions having been previously held in Chicago, Berlin and New York. Cutaneous lymphomas are cancers that effect lymphocytes, a type of white blood cells.

The conference will “provide an innovative and comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art advances in basic, translational and clinical research; it will discuss new developments in the diagnosis, practice and management of cutaneous lymphomas, promoting the highest standards of care and support of the patients.”

ICEMI 2020 – International Conference on Education and Management Innovation

Dates: 13th – 14th – 15th February

Venue: Hotel Colon

This 9th edition of the ICEMI Conference will be held at the Hotel Colon, located opposite the iconic Barcelona Cathedral. It will bring together researchers, engineers, scientists and students to share ideas and their experiences working in Education and Management Innovation.

MWC 2020 – Mobile World Congress

Dates: 24th – 25th – 26th – 27th February

Venue: Fira Gran Via (some Events will be at Fira Montjuïc)

Easily Barcelona’s most famous annual conference, the Mobile World Congress is the largest mobile event in the world. You’ll find the latest innovations in technology from around the world, talks from visionaries at the top of their field and hundreds of exciting exhibits.

 

March

ENETS 2020 – European Neuroendocrine Tumor Society Conference

Dates: 11th – 12th – 13th March

Venue: CCIB – Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona

The European Neuroendocrine Tumor Society is involved with research that works on “improving therapies, diagnostics and treatments for patients all over the world.” The Society has nearly 1,400 members from all fields of research and medicine, including oncology, pathology, radiology and many more. The conference is an opportunity to bring people from across these fields together.

EBCC-12 – European Breast Cancer Conference

Dates: 21st – 22nd – 23rd March

Venue: CCIB – Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona

The website of the European Breast Cancer Conference states that: “The goal of EBCC-12 is to promote the establishment and implementation of a European multidisciplinary platform for scientific exchanges about all aspects of breast cancer, from bench to bed side.”

Speakers from all fields related to breast cancer research come to the conference to talk on a huge variety of topics related to this central theme. The conference gathers together physicians, scientists and patients to display “new New & stimulating scientific programme mapping the breast cancer journey.”

EBART International – Evidence-based Assisted Reproduction Technology Conference

Dates: 26th – 27th March

Venue: Palau de Congressos de Barcelona

Started in 2016, each edition of this conference has been in Barcelona and is held every two years. It is the first conference of its kind, namely, the first conference to focus specifically on the research and development of assisted reproduction technology.

Two key changes have been made this year: the venue has been changed to the Palau de Congressos de Barcelona, and parallel sessions, which will be “one focused on topics related to Clinicians, and another for Embryologists”, have been introduced.

 

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