Essential Film Festivals Barcelona: Fire!! Mostra Internacional de Cinema Gai i Lesbia

Established in 1995, Fire!! is an annual event and the oldest of its kind in Spain. The festival, presented by El Casal Lambda,is held in Barcelona and in 2014 will run from 3rd to 13th July at El Instituto Francés.

The Fire!! Gay & Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgendered film festival this year includes gay films, documentaries and photographs. Fire!! 2014 “We can be Heroes” is dedicated to David Bowie and will centre on bisexuality and European cinema in particular.

Fire!! 21204 Film Festival highlights include: In the Name of a series of photographs from Malgoska Szumowska; Les Rencontres d’après minuit, the film début from Yann González, starring Éric Cantona and Béatrice Dalle; Gore Vidal, The United States of Amnesia a documentary by Nicholas D. Wrathall; A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman, a posthumous homage to the life of Graham Chapman from Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson and Ben Timlett; and 52 Tuesdays by Sophie Hyde, a film following the story of an adolescent girl whose mother is undergoing gender reassignment.

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Film Festival, Location

Hugely popular as a holiday destination, Barcelona is progressive and liberal. As well as a stunning array of cultural attractions, Barcelona also has wonderful nightlife and close proximity to beaches. Gaixample district is the gay neighbourhood and offers lively entertainment with a choice of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. A short train journey will give access to the gay beach resort in Sitges and Playa Barceloneta beach is within walking distance of the city centre.

Some of the most popular bars are Punto BCN, catering for the over 30s; Dietrich, offering cabaret and performers; and Bar Lolo, the ideal place to start or end the evening. Nightclubs include Metro Disco and Arena Madre. Kiut Disco is a girl bar and nightclub.

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Film Festival, Accommodation

The Hotel Inglaterra is the first boutique hotel in Barcelona offering a prime city centre location in the Golden Triangle. This modern hotel provides 60 rooms with leisure facilities featuring a solarium and swimming pool and a restaurant and bar: Red Cafe Restaurant serves a full buffet breakfast each morning, whilst Red Café Bar offers Tapas and International cuisines along with a wide range of drinks.

An alternative choice offering a unique twist in contemporary hospitality, Melia Barcelona Sky is a stunning piece of architecture providing 258 modern luxury rooms. This popular hotel features its own nightclub and a spa with gym, swimming pool and steam baths. An unrivalled dining experience awaits at DOS Restaurant headed by chefs Sergio and Javier Torres who serve inspired Mediterranean cuisine.

Another popular choice is Avenida Palace which provides stylish and elegant rooms in a historic building, close to the lively city centre. The hotel features its own salon, stylist and massage therapists offering a range of beauty and body treatments. Delicious food is served at Café Gran Via offering Mediterranean and Catalonian cuisine.

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