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Martínez Bar Brunch Following our Scene page entry last month about brunch and Bloody Marys at the Martínez Bar, please note that their Sunday opening hours changed recently, and now stand at 1pm until 8pm. Martínez Bar, Calle Barco, 4 (Metro: Gran Vía). Tel: 91 080 2683. Mon-Fri, 5pm-2.30am; Sat, 3pm-2.30am; Sun, 1-8pm.

El Festival de Otoño en primavera Now in its 29th year, this festival brings together performers from Madrid and all over the world in an eclectic mix of contemporary theatre, dance and music. Taking place at venues across the city, a number of performances will be in English, including Peter Brook’s The Suit, and Simon McBurney’s production of The Master and Margarita, as well as Can We Talk About This? by DV8 Physical Theatre. Also in English, there will be an exciting interactive show by Canadian-born but Paris-based pianist, composer and producer Chilly Gonzales, Piano Talk Show. El Festival de Otoño en primavera, various locations, 9 May-3 June. See

running career. He is currently touring Europe. Australian Music Night, El Buho Real, C/de Regueros, 5 (Metro: Alonso Martínez/Chueca). Tel: 91 308 48 51. Thurs, 10 May, 9.30pm.

Tweed Ride Cycling enthusiasts with a soft spot for vintage clothing can take part in the second Tweed Ride. The event, which requires participants to don old-fashioned clothes while cycling along the Manzanares river, offers an opportunity to relive, briefly, a bygone era. If you are thinking about joining, then it’s best to take the dress code seriously—braces, hats, vests and even monocles are all welcome, if not essential attributes. The aim of the ride is to encourage cycling in the city in a fun new manner. Organisers promise it to be a day when vintage fashion, bicycles and elegance meet. Tweed Ride. Meeting point: Puente del Rey, in front of the Casa de Campo (Metro: Príncipe Pío) Sat, 5 May. Arrive 11am for 11.30 start.

JaJaHa! English Comedy present ‘Freshly Squeezed’ After recently celebrating their first anniversary with sold-out shows in April, JaJaHa! are improving and expanding in May, with performances at two different venues. For the best English language and improvisational comedy in Madrid catch them on Fri 4 May at Beer Station (C/Cuesta de Santo Domingo, 22. Metro: Santo Domingo/Callao) and Thurs 24 May at Yllana’s 666 Comedy Bar (C/Pez, 40. Metro: Noviciado). For more information see or email


Feria de San Isidro It’s time once again for the annual festival for Madrid’s patron Saint and the city’s biggest party! Jam-packed with a vibrant mix of music, theatre, dance, and exhibitions, this festival will fill every corner of the city. The bullfighting fair runs from 2 May-10 June, with countless corridas at the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas. The bank holiday San Isidro festival is held from 11-15 May, and includes the famous party in the Parque de San Isidro, and the procession of cabezudos (giant heads). San Isidro Festival 2012, various locations, 15-20 May. See

For the first time in Madrid, with 43 films selected as finalists from 147 entries received from 28 different countries, the Madimation festival is designed to be a platform for communication and knowledge-sharing between students and professionals in film animation. The entries, which come from around the globe, have a chance of winning one of three cash prizes upwards of 1000. Organised by the ESDIP School of Animation, there will also be workshops and conferences to promote ideas and contacts. Madimation International Festival, C/Santa Engracia, 122 (Metro: Ríos Rosas). 10-13 May. See

Music website SoundCloud has the largest community of sound creators on the planet. On Thursday, 17 May, Soundclouders from San Francisco to Sydney and from St Petersburg to Sao Paulo, whether dance music producers, solo singers or independent bands looking to showcase their work, will be coming together as part of the site’s global meetup day. Connect with like-minded musicians, create collaborative recordings, run your own sound scavenger hunt, record spoken words or just pop along to listen to the latest trends. There will also be workshops from industry insiders and live performances from British band Snail Society and DJ Jorge “Nece” Lara. SoundCloud Meetup Day, James Joyce Pub, C/de Alcalá, 59. (Metro: Banco de España). Thurs, 17 May. 8pm. Free. See

Australian Music Night Two Australians, Aaron Thomas and Brett Winterford, present a night of singer/songwriter music, with a strong acoustic touch. Aaron has released two albums in Spain, Follow the Elephants and Made of Wood, plus an EP, Splinter, and has a new album in the pipeline. In Sydney, Brett, a singer and story teller, plays in Peregrine, a band that have enjoyed a successful and longM AY 2 0 1 2

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Feria del Libro Books, books and more books! The Feria del Libro de Madrid, one of the city’s biggest fairs, takes place in the Retiro. Established in 1933, the annual fair involves more than 200 booksellers and related businesses. It’s dedicated to promoting the book industry and will present the perfect opportunity to get your books signed by visiting authors. Feria del Libro de Madrid. Parque del Buen Retiro (Metro: Retiro). 25 May-10 June. Mon-Fri 11am2pm, 6-9.30pm; Sat, Sun 10.30am-2.30pm and 5-9.30pm. See

The Beatles: La Leyenda If you find yourself humming the ageless tunes of the Fab Four, then “The Beatles: La Leyenda” might be to your liking. Paying homage to the cult British band, the show claims to be more than just a musical, promising to retell the story of John, Paul, George and Ringo. Dancers sporting contemporary fashion and showing off their moves accompany renditions of the band’s best-known songs; while photographs of the Beatles, coupled with little known facts and anecdotes about the Fab Four, add a realistic perspective to the show. The Beatles: La Leyenda. Teatro Arteria Coliseum, Gran Vía , 78 (Metro: Plaza de España). Tel: 91 542 30 35. 10 May, 9pm; 11-12 May, 7pm, 10pm; 13 May, 7pm.

Helpful monthly advice from the British Consulate office in Pº de la Castellana’s Torre Espacio Got Your Number? How to get a Registration Certificate with NIE number (Número de Identidad de Extranjero) in Madrid.

Documenta Madrid 12 With the aim of promoting and disseminating the documentary genre, the Documenta festival is a reflection of the social, cultural, economic and environmental faces of society. Growing and improving with every edition, this year’s programme includes 58 documentaries from around the world. The majority are in Spanish, so it’s a great chance to improve your language skills too. Documenta Madrid 12. Various locations. 4-13 May. See

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Check out James Taylor in concert at La Riviera, Paseo Bajo de la Virgen, s/n, (Metro: Puerta del Ángel) on Mon, 7 May, 9pm. See for details.


If you love your furry companions mark the weekend of 26-27 May on your calendar: three days solely dedicated to man’s best friend and other domestic animals. More than 36,000 people visited the event last year, and this time the fair will host 97 exhibitors and 8,700 Photo (CC) flickr: Jsome1 animals to ensure extra furry fun! 100x100 Mascota. Feria de Madrid (Metro: Campo de las Naciones). 26-27 May, 9.30am-8pm. See W W W. I N M A D R I D . C O M

Those long in possession of the all-important Spanish identity number for foreign residents, or NIE, are likely to remember their experience of applying for this essential document as an example of triumph over adversity. Not so many years ago, they may have had to get up before dawn and queue all morning in order to obtain an appointment to apply at their local Extranjería office. Fortunately, for newer arrivals to the capital, times have changed and the Spanish authorities have embraced modern methods more conducive to a good night’s sleep. After a period of making appointments by phone, the Ministry of the Interior now offers online appointments with full details and requirements explained in their web pages: The Registration Certificate for EU nationals is obligatory for those planning to reside in Spain for more than three months and the number (NIE) in the certificate is required for all official bureaucracy, including opening a resident bank account and starting work. So if you haven’t got yours and are planning to stay in Madrid, it’s a good idea to get online as soon as possible as there can be a wait of 2-3 months for an available slot. For additional helpful information for British nationals living in Spain, please visit T H E E N G L I S H - L A N G U A G E M O N T H LY

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The May 2012 Issue of Madrid's favourite English-language publication

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