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Conversation in Spain can be a contact sport. Julia Davis investigates the touch-friendly culture and speaks to extranjeros about why adapting to it is so difficult

In many English-speaking countries, a kiss on the cheek is reserved for that special someone—perhaps a boyfriend or girlfriend, or in a worst case scenario, Great Aunt Bertha. Patting someone on the back requires a certain level of familiarity too, and rubbing a stranger’s arm might even indicate sexual interest.

Madrileña actress, model, and presenter Cristina Pedroche is about to head to the Dominican Republic to cover the Ron Barceló Desalia music festival. Jeff Wiseman finds out more about her traits, tastes and... tortoise

Having started as a slaughterhouse, Madrid’s Matadero now hosts some of the city’s most cutting-edge art, theatre and cinema. Alyssa Rasmussen pays a visit to discover why it’s drawing attention

In 2009, when I first landed in Madrid, some friends and I spent time looking over the InMadrid listings, marking exhibitions and events that looked appealing. Our scribbles led us south, to an area not yet sketched onto my mental map of the city.

Don Justo, an 87-year-old monk, has spent half his life creating one of the most unusual churches in Europe. Laura Tabor watches her step as she investigates the half-built structure that dominates the skyline of Mejorada del Campo

Just 40 minutes by bus from Madrid stands a structure so wildly improbable that people from all over the world have been coming to gape at it: an under-construction cathedral with only two people working on it full time—former monk, Don Justo Gallego, and his assistant, Ángel López.

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discovers why this quaint city is perfect for weekend warriors looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Madrid

A handful of young people wait patiently for their turn to get behind the rubbery keyboard of a brand new Sinclair Spectrum computer. Others await to show their skills at Pac-man or swivel Tetris pieces to that catchy Russian melody. visits Madrid Games Week 2013 and reports on RetroMadrid's funky historical gaming stand there

The Feria de Madrid has just hosted one of the biggest events for gamers and video game enthusiasts in Spain: Madrid Games Week 2013. This first edition organized by IFEMA gathered together some of the biggest companies in the video games industry. Among them were Sony Computer Entertainment, Microsoft, Activision-Blizzard, Namco Bandai Games, Electronic Arts, Nintendo and GAME.

A new video on YouTube contrasts the fun of festivals with victims of crime

The British Foreign Office is warning music fans heading for festivals in Spain this summer to keep their possessions safe from thieves if they want to avoid spending time with the police and British Consulates instead of enjoying the music. A new video on YouTube contrasts the fun of festivals with victims of crime talking about how having their stuff stolen ruined a good time.

A film preview by Sarah Kempe

Into the White (Perdidos en la nieve) takes place in World War Two, and tells the story of two Englishmen—Gunner Robert Smith (played by Rupert Grint) and Captain Charles Davenport (Lachlan Nieboer), and three Germans—Sergeant Wolfgang Strunk (Stig Henrik Hoff), with officers Horst Schopis (Florian Lukas) and Joseph Schwartz (David Kross).

Vicky Knill’s popcorn trembles as she reviews three movies from the recent Nocturna Festival


The recent Nocturna Festival presented two episodes from “Masters of Horror”, a TV series where each show was directed by a different famous horror name, such as John Landis or Joe Dante, writes Vicky Knill. The two in the Nocturna double bill were directed by series producer Mick Garris, who also received the Master of Fantasy Award.

Masters of Horror: Chocolate

A review from the Nocturna Film Festival, by Julia Davis

Insensibles, directed by Juan Carlos Medina, premiered at the Nocturna Film Festival, addresses an intriguing question: what would life be like if we couldn’t feel pain?

A review from the Nocturna Film Festival, by Julia Davis

Imagine being so attractive that you can’t leave your house without being pursued by hoards of men. It’s a problem many girls wish we had. Siren, which previewed at the Nocturna Festival, is written and directed by Jesse Peyronel, and exposes the downside to being really, really, ridiculously good-looking.

Film review by Andrea Garcia

John Mathews (Dwayne Johnson) receives a startling phone call from ex-wife Sylvie Collins (Melina Kanakaredes) that their son Jason (Rafi Gavron) has been arrested. After being placed in a sting operation by his “best friend” and charged for the distribution of narcotics, Jason is facing a minimum of ten years in prison.

Vicky Knill previews Danny Boyle’s latest movie

Hypnotism; some believe that it’s nothing more than a con, others that it really can help people to quit smoking, overcome their phobias and maybe even remember where they have hidden something very, very important.

Mad World

As the temperature rises, Jeff Wiseman looks at some of the summer dance routines that you can expect to see in the city

1. The “Cross-Road” Scurry—a team dance, in which all participants hide in the shade near a road junction until the “green man” appears. Everyone then scurries across the sunlit street as quickly as possible, usually in small, quick steps.

There are many calles in Madrid named in honour of famous people. Jeff Wiseman selects some of the more curious examples, most paying tribute to individuals beyond the borders of Spain:

1. Calle Tintin y Milu—near Alameda de Osuna Metro, Madrid has a street dedicated to cartoon heroes Tintin and Snowy! We await a similar honour for Captain Haddock or the Thomson twins.
Is this a Stark warning for Barca? The new shirt that Rayo will wear for the clash on Sunday, 17 Mar, was presented yesterday at the Rayo Vallecano Sports City Foundation, with the message being “personal triumph and team work”. Club president Martin Dam, and CEO of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Manuel Muro, attended the ceremony.

Forget Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Jeff Wiseman has carefully selected ten “ides” that are not only a danger in March, but throughout the rest of the year too. Beware of the following:

1. Bedside—a view of this frequently means you’ve fallen out of bed. In a worst case scenario, you may find your alarm clock wedged in a very unfortunate place.
If you passed through Plaza Callao last Friday at about 5.30, you might have noticed even more crazy people than usual, writes Vicky Knill. No, they hadn’t forgotten to take their medication. A guy with a box on his head and his psychotic dancing friends were making their very own “Harlem Shake” video. In case you live under a rock, Harlem Shake is a tune by electronic musician Baauer.

Believe it or not, you can avoid expensive gifts on 14 February. After all, it’s not the cost, but what the gift means that really counts. So InMadrid thinks the justification for the following might just work:

1. An empty box of matches. Why empty? Because your flame for your beloved will never stop burning. 2. An old spoon―to signify that your loved one feeds your desires. 3. A pen that doesn’t work―because no written words can truly express your love. 4. A non-biodegradable plastic bag―to illustrate that your love will last forever.

Two albums placed on facebook today (11 Feb)

Check out our facebook page for a great photo album of the official Madrid Carnival Parade, plus a second of the general public dressed to impress – Iron Man, Thor, Gandalf and others! See Or search under “InMadrid Your city in English”.

The skeleton of King Richard III has been discovered in the UK, under a car park in Leicester. InMadrid feels this raises a number of questions:

1. Are the archaeologists still searching for his car? 2. If they find his car park ticket with the bones, it would have expired more than 500 years ago. Who pays? 3. Despite severe wounds to his skull and body, could it have been that he just didn´t have the right change to pay the exit charge?

With almost everybody enjoying a carnival in February, this traditional and famous madrileña shop is a great option for a wonderful selection of fancy dress costumes, writes Camino Martinez

Menkes was inaugurated in Madrid in 1950, initially as a modest establishment that only sold typical regional costumes from all around Spain, including of course the famous flamenco dresses. Since then, it has become one of the most famous fancy dress shops in the city and was visited by Hollywood stars such as Vivien Leigh and Ava Gardner during the fifties.

InMadrid captures the performers adding fun to the city’s chaotic calles

If music be the food of love, play on! Could there be a better candidate for this month’s street artist than this serene, beautiful puppet, whose soulful strings have attracted two stray cats, one of which is so relaxed by her music that he’s dozed off?


Articles with video

On the eve of their trip to one of the world’s most important music festivals, SXSW in Texas, Nick Haughton chats with Garrett Wall, founding member of Madrid-based Track Dogs, about the road travelled, the path ahead and the recent, exciting turn of events

A quick profile and video spot of Madrid-based avant garde traditional Irish fiddle player, composer and musicologist, Eoghan Neff

A curious press conference recently “took off” at the Teatro Caser Calderón, writes Andrea Garcia, with five Spanish film/tv stars looking to earn their wings by launching details of new flights direct from Madrid to the USA’s casino and entertainment capital. Las Vegas is a place that everyone must experience at least once in a lifetime, and from summer 2014, Wonderland Group will team up with Shhh Cabaret Las Vegas Airlines to offer special package deals. During the flights, holidaymakers will be entertained by an on-board cabaret-style show and be accompanied by one of five “special” captains: Santiago Segura (film actor/screenwriter/director), José Corbacho (actor/director/humorist), Mario Vaquerizo (singer/television contributor), José Mota (comedian/actor), or José Miguel Monzón Navarro (television presenter/humorist, also known as “El Gran Wyoming”). The cost of the round trip is €1,999, which includes the on-board cabaret show, a seven night stay in a five star hotel, access to one of the world’s hottest night clubs, an excursion to the Gran Canyon and tickets to a Cirque Du Soleil spectacular. In addition, the offer also provides free admission to shows at Madrid’s Teatro Caser Calderón, up to the date of your departure. Perhaps cabaret will become cabairet!

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The British Foreign Office is warning music fans heading for festivals in Spain this summer to keep their possessions safe from thieves if they want to avoid spending time with the police and British Consulates instead of enjoying the music. A new video on YouTube contrasts the fun of festivals with victims of crime talking about how having their stuff stolen ruined a good time. It’s already attracting thousands of views. The video was filmed during Festival Internacional de Benicassim (FIB) last year. Its message—“Make sure you spend your time at the festival, not with us”—aims to encourage music fans to keep their belongings safe before going off to enjoy the beach or a gig. Make sure your festival visit ends on a perfect note, rather than with a time-consuming official one. See the video at

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