Madrid is one of the most visited cities and famous tourist destination for art lovers in the world. In addition, this city is also considered as the third or a fourth metropolitan area of the European Union. Those who pass under the pedestrian bridge that joins the Rome Park with Moratalaz can clearly read the saying: From Madrid to heaven. Its meaning is clear: “Once you’ve been to Madrid, the only place to top it is heaven. Weather in Madrid in January is one other reason to attend all the cool events that we are going to mention in this article.
This Spanish capital city is not only famous for its charms, parks and culture, but also for the various options offered for all kinds of activities when you visit Madrid in January. It offers large spaces to create fabulous events or other activities. This city offers Leisure areas, events, theaters, festivals and much more. But especially in this article we want to focus on all the coolest events in Madrid in particular: the 10 best spaces to visit in January in the city.
Next, we show you the 10 coolest events in January 2019 we have selected!
Madrid offers a perfect feast for gastronomy. And thanks to Gastrofestival 2019 in Madrid, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary, is an ideal event where you can quench your trust for food, art and culture. This event is the best way to approach gastronomy and to enjoy its connection with different artistic disciplines. A festival with an extensive program that will have the presence of more than 450 venues and institutions and will last for 19 days, three days more than the previous edition.
This annual event is a perfect union between culinary art and other art forms such as painting, literature, music, cinema, theatre, photography and much more.
Three Kings Parade 2019
The Christmas holidays do not end in Madrid until the celebration of the traditional Three Kings Parade.
The Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos is, without doubt, the most important event to experience Christmas in Madrid with children.
The Three Kings Parade 2019 in Madrid takes place from 6.30 pm on the afternoon of January 5. And as usual since the transfer of the headquarters of the City of Madrid to the palace of Cibeles, the route will take place along the axis of the Castellana to finish at the Plaza de Cibeles.
In particular, the event begins in the square of San Juan de la Cruz, next to the Nuevos Ministerios, to then run along the Paseo de la Castellana,
This year the traditional cavalcade has as its theme a fantastic story about the arts, with a message about its importance for our growth as individuals and as a society.
This staging is carried out by various art performing companies that participate in the parade, with floats, puppets and giant dolls, lighting elements, and in the Plaza de Cibeles, a music band and the Children and Youth Choir of Madrid.
The floats of the royal procession of the Three Kings Parade in Madrid will be displayed in the Crystal Gallery of Palacio de Cibeles from December 21 to January 2.
Movistar Estudiantes vs. Real Madrid
In Madrid – WiZink Center
On January 6th, get ready for an exciting and disputed basketball clash in WiZink Center, where both basketball teams Movistar Estudiantes and Real Madrid, the current champion of the highest national tournament will play against each other.
The players trained by Josep María Berrocal are bound to play against one of the most dangerous teams not only in Spain, but also in Europe.
After winning the league last year, the team led by Pablo Laso aims to revalidate the first position and get as many titles as possible one more year. For this it has a bench full of stars, like Sergio Llull, Jaycee Carroll, Gustavo Ayón, Rudy Fernández and Facundo Campazzo. Book your ticket now.
- Centenary of Metro Madrid
Metro de Madrid is about to turn a century old and there are many activities they have prepared to celebrate such an important date
100 years of Metro Madrid is a special occasion and they have started the celebrations of its Centennial with the inauguration by Felipe VI, on October 17, of an exhibition of classic trains at Chamartín station. In it, visitors can see how they traveled in the suburbs from the beginning of the company’s history until the seventies of the last century, through four classic rail coaches completely restored.
In addition, Metro has launched the “Centennial Line”, a permanent exhibition at the stations on the original route of Cuatro Caminos a Sol, on Line 1, which offers a journey through the history of Metro through large-scale photos installed in lobbies, platforms and corridors. A vinyled train like those original trains also circulates permanently along the line.
But there will be many more activities, such as the launch of a school drawing contest to involve the little ones in the celebration of the 100 years of Metro Madrid. On the other hand, several Spanish companies that have already turned one hundred years will also accompany Metro in its Centennial with the organization of a business forum in which they will discuss the past, present and future of these companies.
During the Christmas period, Metro de Madrid has planned more activities, such as the Centennial train or children’s workshops in the Metro museums. At the beginning of 2019, the Motor Ship of Pacific of Metro de Madrid will host a photographic exhibition in which famous faces in the world of Spanish culture and sport will promote the use of public transport.
The sport will also have a place in these celebrations: on February 3, the people of Madrid will be able to participate in the Centennial Race, a 5-kilometer historical runs, on the surface, between Cuatro Caminos and Sol, the same route that was inaugurated in 1919 the then called North-South Line.
From: From 19 November to 10 March
Since the Royal Museum was opened on November 19, 1819 with funds from royal collections, this institution has become one of the principal custodians of the Western pictorial memory, a fundamental point of reference for Spanish culture and in an object of collective pride. Two hundred years after its foundation, the Prado Museum reflects on all this and share it with its visitors in an exhibition format that for almost four months will convert its rooms A and B into a rich interpretation center of its development and historical significance.
2nd Centennial Anniversary of Museo del Prado will organize an exhibition. The exhibition has a total of 168 original works, of which 134 are part of the own collections and the remaining 34 are received on loan from various national and international institutions – USA, France, Hungary, United Kingdom, Israel, Germany and Russia – to create a context that helps to understand the Museo del Prado in relation to general trends in European heritage policy and to show some of the dialogue terms that contemporary artists have maintained with the institution. The exhibition ‘Museo del Prado, 1819-2019‘ will remain open to the public from November 19 to March 10.
The exhibition includes works by Joan Miró, Picasso, Antonio Saura, Hubert Robert, Robert Motherwell and Jackson Pollock, among others.
Laurie Anderson en el Espacio
Chalkroom is a virtual reality installation that arrives for the first time in Spain after having won the “Best VR Experience” award of the 74th edition of the Venice International Film Festival (2017). You can visit the Space Virtual Reality of the Fundación Telefónica Space (Fuencarral, 3) from November 17, 2018 and until January 13, 2019.
It is a work created with the artist Hsin-Chien Huang in which the visitor is free to roam an enormous structure formed by words, drawings and stories that never stop forming and transforming.
Fundación Telefónica, in collaboration with the Rizoma Festival, receives Laurie Anderson, who will present her Chalkroom installation in the Space. “Visual artist, composer, poet, draftsman, photographer, filmmaker, singer, instrumentalist and electronic guru, the author of” O Superman “Laurie Anderson is already a living legend.
With her minimalist creations loaded with social and gender background, Laurie has managed to portray the world in her work from unimaginable perspectives.
Fitur 2019 in Madrid
Fitur 2019 in Madrid is a major international tourism event organized by IFEMA. This event will be held from 23 to 27 January 2019 at Feria de Madrid.
An edition that expands its exhibition area with the incorporation of pavilion 2 where the offer of the Middle East Destinations will be located, and which advances in the segmentation of its contents to a new monographic section dedicated to tourism film.
Another main feature of FITUR 2019 will be the knowledge content, which will have its maximum reference to the conferences, program and activities organized in collaboration with the main national and international entities of the tourism sector.
The rest of the areas will keep their usual articulation that places America in Pavilion 3; Africa and Asia Pacific, in Hall 6; Company, Technology and Global Enterprise, in Hall 8; Company and Associations, in Hall 10, and Spanish Official Entities and Bodies, throughout Halls 5, 7 and 9.
- MAD about Hollywood
“MAD about Hollywood“, is an exhibition that reflects the footprint left in Madrid by famous Hollywood movie actors who worked and lived here in the years 50 and 60.
The end of the Hollywood studio system in 1948 offered actors and producers, directors and screenwriters to have greater freedom of movement. Thus, in the 50s all the major Hollywood actors and directors began to arrive in Madrid filming movies.
The main reason for this interest in the locations of the community of Madrid was based on the variety of beautiful scenarios and natural landscapes, the low technical costs and the facilities to obtain taxi licenses.
In this exhibition, composed of period photographs, magazines and an attractive audiovisual apparatus, we will cross the streets of Madrid and the landscapes of the region through snapshots of figures such as Ava Gardner, Orson Welles, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor or Audrey Hepburn, who were immortalized by the Spanish photojournalists of the moment, eager to portray such glittering stars.
Max Beckmann, Figures in Exile
Date: From October 25, 2018 to January 27, 2019
With Max Beckmann, Exile figures, the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum presents a monograph, with more than fifty works -among paintings, lithographs and sculptures – of one of the most outstanding German artists of the 20th century. Although in its beginnings, Max Beckmann (Leipzig, 1884 – New York, 1950) was close to the expressionism and the new objectivity, but the artist later developed a taste for personal and independent painting, realistic sign, and full of symbolic resonance.
Curated by Tomàs Llorens, this exhibition showcases his work through a thematic tour. The first part covers his stage in Germany, from the years before the First World War until the rise of fascism in the decade of the 30s, when he was expelled from the art school in Frankfurt in which he taught and is prevented from expose their works in public. The second part, centered on his years in Amsterdam and the United States, is structured around four metaphors related to exile: ‘Masks’, about the loss of identity; ‘ Babilonia Electrica ‘, on the vertigo of the modern city; ‘The long goodbye’ that raises the equivalence between exile and death, and ‘The Sea’, metaphor of the infinite, its seduction and its estrangement.
The Auschwitz Exposition arrives in Madrid to portray the reality of the largest German Nazi concentration and extermination camp. Organized by Musealia in collaboration with the State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau, it is the first itinerant exhibition to be premiered in the city of Madrid. The vast majority of the objects that you will be able to see there were saved, they have never been shown to the public, so do not miss this unique opportunity to learn about the dark period in the history of mankind.
From 1940 until 1945, Auschwitz was erected as the main camp of forced labor, concentration and extermination of Hitler’s Nazi regime: more than one million one hundred thousand people were terribly murdered inside. Thus, it became one of the world symbols of hatred, anti-Semitism and intolerance. The discovery of this field shocked the world, which has never been able to forget its existence.
The Auschwitz Exposition is made up of a complete sample of original objects from the most sadly known concentration camp of Nazism, an emotional and faithful journey to the human stories that it hosted. Witness more than 600 objects of great human value and of course historical, silent witnesses of a time of horror that cannot be forgotten. They have been donated by 20 institutions to give life to this itinerant exhibition that will be premiered, worldwide, in Spain. It is a unique opportunity: the vast majority of these memories, and much of the photographic and audiovisual material that accompanies them, are being shown to the public for the first time.
What was the real reality of the countryside? How could such an atrocious reality even come to exist? How has it affected the future of humanity? Find out at the Auschwitz Exposition in Madrid.