It’s fall, but the heat is on in Madrid


Thanks to an array of cultural events lined up, Madrid sustains the summer heat this fall, making this time of the year a good time to head on over to Spain’s capital city.

With the sun shining and temperatures hovering in the 70s and high 60s, the city’s cultural season gets under way. Spain’s capital is offering an impressive variety of art exhibitions, concerts, dance performances, theatre, even circuses, that will appeal to all arts and culture lovers.

According to Madrid’s tourism authorities, kicking off today, September 29, at the Thyssen Bornemisza is a major exhibition of 70 paintings by Henri Fantin-Latour. The Museo del Prado is presenting a show about Maíno, one of the most original and least known 17th century Spanish painters on October 20. One of the most important figures in Croatia’s contemporary art scene, David Maljkovic, will be the subject of a show running through January 18 at the Reina Sofía. The focus is on architecture at the CaixaForum Madrid with a review of Richard Rogers obra running through October 18 and Palladio the Architect, the first exhibition in Spain devoted to this 16th century Italian architect which kicks off October 7.

Then, on October 13, Diana Krall will perform at the Palacio de Congresos. The Jonas Brothers are set to appear at the Sports Palace on November 11 and Depeche Mode will be there on the 16.

Beginning November 4, Madrid’s Autumn Festival celebrates its 26th year with 35 concerts, theatre, dance and circus performances. Thirty-five companies from 19 countries including: Spain, the U.S., Argentina, Australia, France, Italy, Portugal and Morocco, among many others, will perform at 11 theatres in Madrid and in ten municipalities.

Other events lined up, according to Madrid’s tourism authorities, include Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch (11/, 4, 5, 7, and 8); Compañía Israel Galván (11/5-8) (flamenco); Norwegian singer and guitarist Hanne Hukkelberg (11/5); Whale Watching Tour, musicians from the US, Australia and Iceland (11/6); Japanese pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto (11/11); Les ballets C de la B (11/12-14); The San Quentin Drama Workshop with Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape (11/21); and Spanish soprano Marina Bollaín singing The Three Penny Opera by Brecht and Weill (11/27-29) .

In addition, the 26th International Jazz Festival will kick off around the end of October and while the schedule has not yet been announced, there are usually 15 concerts and world-renowned musicians perform at some 20 jazz clubs.

Travelers can find information about all the exhibitions and cultural events happening in Madrid at