Barcelona Manga Festival
For fans of Japanese culture, Barcelona is the place to be this November with the arrival of the 20th edition of the Barcelona Manga Festival.
The focus of the festival will be the spectacular exhibition which is set to take up two halls of the Fira Barcelona. As well as this there will be special guests like mangaka Kengo Hanazawa whose latest work “I am A Hero” is currently entrancing the global manga market; and Takeshi Obata, author of Death Note, Bakuman and more recently the manga adaptation of “All You need Is Kill”, on which the Hollywood film “Edge of Tomorrow” is based.
One of the highlights will be the author of the poster for the festival Ken Niimura. Known as the benchmark for the manga style he currently lives and works in Tokyo.
Feeling peckish? There will be food stalls selling Japanese delicacies to tempt your palate. Plus Japanese pop group Loverin Tamburin will provide a suitable soundtrack to the exhibition.
The festival is spread over 4 days, opening from 9.00am until 9.00pm each day. And at only 7 Euro for one day entry fee, which you can get on the door, this is not to be missed. If you have had your fill of sushi then head to La Clara on Gran via de les corts Catalanes not far from the festival. This rustic canteen style eatery is a hidden gem. You will be treated to some amazing local dishes made from the freshest of ingredients and don’t forget to wash it down with a few glassfuls of their delicious sangria.
Fira Barcelona is a huge venue right in the centre of the city on the Placa Espanya. The best way to get there from Generator Barcelona is on the L3 which you can catch from the Diagonal only a 10 minute walk away. The journey takes about 20 minutes and the trains run every 3 minutes.