If you’re travelling to Valencia over the next few weeks, head over to the trendy Ruzafa neighbourhood. With our guide to the most exciting upcoming events in the area, you’ll be sure to get a front row seat with the cool kids…
Oozing an authentic hipster vibe, Ruzafa is a laidback neighbourhood where the bohemian essence attracts those from all cultures and walks of life, both visitors and locals. For an exciting slice of the Ruzafa lifestyle, the Ubik Café in the buzzing Literato Azorín area is the place to go. Part-café, part-bookshop, this location hosts frequent live jazz sessions while the evening of 29th September sees the café play host to the highly anticipated Idols exhibition. The inaugural event will showcase art-deco prints of iconic figures including Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley, which you can enjoy while sampling the café’s delicious tapas.
Exhibiting the highly diverse nature of its event space, the Ubik will host a massage event on the evening of 30 September. Open to adults and children, the event costs just five euros, and attendees will learn to give a head, neck, shoulders and back massage and receive one too. On the afternoon of Sunday 4 October, Ubik welcomes the rimshot project. The group will play a mix of jazz, hip-hop and urban styles using synthesizers and acoustic instruments in a musical tribute to Erykah Badu (their muse).
On 8th October, Mallorca-based band The Great Republican Orchestra kick off their Spanish tour at Ubik Café, where you can enjoy a free acoustic concert and their unique ska, rock, reggae and punk vibes.Also on 4 October, El Patio de Ruzafa will be hosting a fun-filled festival. Starting at 6pm with a family show, the event will continue until late with jam sessions, live opera, improv theatre and open mic poetry. There will even be improv hula-hoop dancing and vegan food tastings.
From 5-8 November, the neighbourhood plays host to MUV! Valencia Urban Circuit Music Festival. Aimed at promoting music as a cross-cultural art form, the festival will include hundreds of musicians and live concerts with everything from jazz to drum & bass to celebrate the diversity of music in the city. There will also be a series of music-themed art and photography exhibitions, and a dedicated children’s music program.
Families should also be sure to check out the Sala Russafa cultural centre. A highlight of their packed events calendar is a comedy version of Alice in Wonderland, set to the sounds of the Rolling Stones and ABBA. The show runs from 15 October-8 November.
Sporting Club Russafa is another must-visit; this artistic space will host a musical theatre dance troupe from Japan on the evenings of 3rd and 4th October and an evening of cinema noir on 28 November. It will also be screening The Hustler on October 30 –watching this iconic 1960s film starring Paul Newman is surely going to provide some great memories of a trip to the city.