Robbie hails from Ireland but now calls Madrid home. In our chat with him, he gives us a fascinating insight into the world of writing and what it feels like to live in the Spanish capital.
He has written a book, …
In this episode, we discuss disappearing languages, Spanish elections, preview our next big interview, and delve into our experiences of the Madrid Book Week.
Read our latest blog post here.
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It was our privilege and pleasure to interview three members of the World of Hans Zimmer orchestra, the talented Snow Owl, with Colombian-inspired …
In this episode of the podcast, we head East to the battles of World War II, to hear from an old friend from Belarus and we consider frogs, Franco …
Food, glorious food!
We discuss how food can help refugees integrate into Ireland before taking a look at Egyptian gastronomy.
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We chart the evolution of the Basque language and discover that it remained unwritten for 1,000 years.
A dog is defended, also.
The comedian we …
We discuss documentaries on the Oscars shortlist, far-right extremism, racism and two excellent movies.
An online Irish course also features on the …
We return with a chat about Bollywood, an Oscar contender, the art of an Iraqi refugee and badgers.
Here is the video with the Bollywood …
We discuss Gabriel Garcia Marquez, an Irish woman who saved Jews during WWII, Lenin and a French photographer who chronicled Madrid in the 1850s.
Here is our blog article on the Irish woman.
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We're back! Welcome to the first episode of the year, where we delve into castles, emotional geography, Heaney, and losing at the lottery.
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Check out our video on Joyce.
Our 101st episode and our final one before the Christmas break.
In this edition, we talk about a new film, Roma, and the art of applying colour to …
Yay, and indeed, wooooh.
The 100th Episode.
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This week, at the request of a follower and dear friend, we talk about La Movida, a cultural phenomenon born in Madrid at the end of the 1970s which …
We bring you another Story/Time, this time about the inner struggles we all face sometimes.
This week we visit an art exhibition about the rediscovery of the Mediterranean at Fundación Mapfre (Madrid), explore the intricacies of DNA and discuss Jack Kerouac's 'Satori in Paris'.
And the paintings Meri refers …
We pick a few photographs from Mariví Ibarrola’s book ‘De Lavapies a la Cabeza’, which we bought last week at the book fair in Plaza Mayor, Madrid, …
This week we talk at length about aspects linked to the "Pharaoh: King of Egypt" exhibition at CaixaForum Madrid, as well as discussing a podcast …
In the latest podcast we discuss a new archaeology exhibition in Madrid and also Ricard Terré's retrospective in Canal Isabel II.
Terré was an …
This week we discuss the role of music - especially harps - in movies and myths, focusing on the film The Burmese Harp and the legend of the Irish …
With Lavapies and Embajadores being voted the 'coolest' neighbourhood in the world, we take a look at what that actually means, both as a concept and …
Plus business, Uber, ethics, and mental health.
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New video featuring Irish dancing:
This week we talk about moving, missing, and losing homes, and everything that lives in between.
This week's podcast really is a universal one as we travel through time and space talking about archaeology, American politics, Spanish weddings, …
In this week's episode, we went to the Walt Disney exhibition at the Caixa Forum. We also popped along to Cibeles to see an exhibition on the Sahara, and the people who have been left in limbo there.
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This week we are lucky enough to get into the Republican bunker at Parque de El Capricho, which has recently been opened to very limited visits, as …
Season 6 of El Arpa Media Podcast is here! Join us as we visit Frank McCourt's house in Limerick and discuss the writer's brief but essential set of works.
Well, well, well... here we are at the season 5 finale as we take a two-week break for the summer holidays.
In this latest episode, we chat about …
This week we talk about a very special book for children we have created, how languages are unique but concepts are universal, and we touch on some …
We talk primarily in this podcast about the story of Nadia Murad. A victim of ISIS, forced into sexual slavery, she is now a human rights activist. We hear about her compelling story.
As always, there is miscellany …
We start off by looking at Leon in the Spanish Civil War and one man's poignant memoir. Then we consider the socialism of Vallecas, and the dancing feet of George Best.
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In this episode, we talk about summer, language, the history of music, identity, Trump, Bergman and Mo Salah.
Music by Boxxmann.
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A short story in the latest edition of the long-running series. Taking its cue from the style of Laurie Lee, and other wide-ranging influences, this story is about change.
By the way, check out the website …
This week we visit an exhibition on ancient musical instruments at Caixaforum, Madrid, but we cannot help dabbing into World Cup issues every so often...
In this episode, we talk about the changing government in Madrid, a book fair, a documentary, and the 2026 World Cup bid.
Music by Scott Holmes …
This week we discuss tolerance and respect, with issues that range from the recent Repeal the 8th vote in Ireland to the reflection of Ramadan on …
The podcast episode in which we leave no creative genre unturned.
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Even if you don't like football, there is definitely something here for you.
Watch our latest video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQLcBG4G5FQ&t=3s
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Friend and poet Yanito - Jonathan Teuma - tells us about his family's connection to Gibraltar. He talks about the Civil War, Franco, left-wing ideas, and poetry.
If you are in Madrid, go to one of his Poetry Slam …
This week we celebrate International Book Day by talking about literary events, inspiring songwriters and how music and books go sheet in sheet.
(with music from Adriana Krikl and Krackatoa at www.freemusicarchive.org
A longer episode than usual for this edition.
We have a nice, gentle intro where we discuss the subtle aspects of language, a short outro where we plug our stuff, and a long middle part where we delve into Enoch …
Slang is the topic of today's discussion. Is it good or bad? A part of our culture? Or something that will hold you back in your life?
We look at …
Did you think I had abandoned the stories? Well, here is a snippet of a new tale. Enjoy!
Join us this week to uncover a photography and a painting exhibition, a documentary with a subject that may or may not tickle your fancy and some interesting facts about frogs' reproductive habits. Don't thank us!
Join us this week for our Easter edition, featuring Hiberno-Spanish culture, language and nature to please all senses.
A selection of original poems… and one unoriginal one at the end.
Egypt, audioguides, inspirational women, harps and a green monster.
Song 'Jazzy French' by bensound.com
Pic Credit: The Young & The Poor
Tony is a Charlie Chaplin impersonator in Madrid. This is his fascinating story.
This week we talk about a book describing John Gayer-Anderson's life, a colourful character involved in Egyptology, warfare and general mischief.
El Arpa is not just media but completa, as its two members are reunited to review and relive good cinema, good art, and good times.
A podcast that is longer than normal cos ye're a sound a bunch of lads and ye deserve it.
Taking in surrealism, old books, paint, the universe... …
The Human Voice.
That is all.
Blogs, dogs and everything in between.
There is also gossip (xoxo) about St. Patrick, the Spanish Civil War and buskers.
Metros, magic, messiahs, musings, mugs, moons.
Dive right in.
A look at a local poet and a there's even some art. Lovely.
Because I'm an idiot, I mistakenly referred to Beckett's book as 'Kicking Against The Pricks'. It is, in fact, called 'More Kicks Than Pricks'.
A look at Laurie Lee's work, January, a poetry recital and historical pictures.
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We couldn't start 2018 better than by mixing all the things we love: history, poetry, Ireland, and rhythm! Join us on this trip to the world of …
In this episode we talk about the role music plays in video games, making them even more educational, emotional and exciting! With music from Valiant …
The Magnificent, meandering, mayhem of Meri at the Book Fair.
In this episode we review the most significant (or not) 20th century events and personalities through the eyes of the Magnum Agency photographers.
The third episode in the Story/Time series, this time focusing on the wonders of rhythm.
The second episode in the new series. This story focuses on an old neighbourhood of Madrid.
The first in a new series.
We tell a story over the course of an episode. In this edition, we hear the tale of a guy starting his own podcast.
Our film expert gives us a wonderfully detailed account of the Netflix documentary series 'Five came back', featuring filmmakers during World War II.
We discuss the tradition of telling stories during Autumn, with a little nod to the festivity that's in it.
This week we discuss a fascinating BBC report about the work of the Endangered Poetry Project, which aims to preserve endangered languages through this artistic form.
This week, to introduce our upcoming video, we talk about the ins and outs of translation in all its variants.
This week we visit Nixon's photography exhibition and Fundacion Mapfre Madrid, as well as talking about Gaeilge, the Irish language.
This week at El Arpa we cast our vote on an exhibition about the first democratic elections in Spain after Franco's dictatorship (1977).
It is back to school for El Arpa, and we're back with a whole load of old and new stuff: we review the Jose Latova exhibition at the Museo …
El Arpa Summer is here: new ice lollies, old shops, fancy haircuts and ice cold beer!
We continue our tour around the city and uncovering some Madrid secrets and their links to broader history and literature themes
A very special episode this week as we embark on a sensorial tour of Madrid focused on smell - an anticipatory celebration of Bloomsday!
In this miscellaneous episode we talk about an array of interesting things we are up to this month!
In this episode, our in-house writer and reviewer gives us an insight into a fascinating era through the eyes of a great observer and reporter, writer Joseph Roth.
It was International Poetry Day this week and we celebrate it by reading poetry in various languages, discussing exotic flowers and pondering about Neanderthals; random but ever so charming.
In this episode we visit Chema Madoz's photography exhibition at Conde Duque, Madrid, as well as answering some big, big questions
Join us as we test virtual reality devices and hear some expert advice on dealing with video editing projects a few swear words included here and there (all justified!)
We start 2017 just as we finished 2016, bringing you all things culture and art in Madrid and beyond! This time we revisit 1940s Spain in an …
It's almost time for El Arpa Christmas Special but before, we have been to see an inspiring photography exhibition. Check it out!
This week we speak about recent deaths and how political controversy transcends death... Sounds grim, but it's dead interesting, believe us.
This week Enda gives us his thoughtful insight into Ken Loach's latest film... And boy did he like it.
This week El Arpa reports on 'Astral', an essential documentary about the drama of African migrants trying to reach Europe by sea, and the commendable humanitarian work undertaken by the NGO ProActiva Open Arms aboard …
This week we visit Casa Árabe in Madrid for an essential exhibition by Syrian photographer Carole Alfarah which showcases the best and the worst of …
This week we visit the Printing Museum in Madrid to report on an essential exhibition on clandestine printing (1939-1976)
It is theatre Thursday at El Arpa and we are just too excited to discuss literature, Irishness, language and history all in the same podcast, what more can be hoped for!
Twenty years after the release of the famous novel and sixteen after the film, there's still so much to say about them. Our in-house movie expert (AKA Enda) tells us why book and movie made a lasting impression on him …
In this episode we talk about beautiful cinematography inspired by paintings, featuring movies as varied as Blade Runner, Michael Collins and Pan's …
Tune in for a fascinating insight into the charismatic work of Australian Pakistani poet Zohab Khan, who talks to us about identity, discrimination, and speaking up against social injustice.
This week we attend a photographic exhibition at El Matadero in Madrid to report on an issue which, sadly, continues to be news: the refugee crisis. One year after our one of our first podcasts... Has anything changed?
This week we open our senses at the Blind Museum in Madrid and sing the praises of beautiful Brooklyn, definitely a must-watch.
This week we are honoured to let Orhan Pamuk delve into the strangeness of our minds with a review of his latest, wonderful as ever, creation.
With another week comes another unadulterated dose of El Arpa's honest reflections, this time on a photography exhibition showcasing Julia Margaret …
Tune in this week for a real poetry fest as we talk about poem translation, discuss the works of poets Seamus Heaney and Pablo Neruda and reveal some …
You might think you know about Ireland, you might have even been there, but believe me, you have never stepped foot on this Ireland... And it won't disappoint you.
This week we bring in Cleopatra to give us a sneak peek into the world of archaeology and cultural activities in Madrid (no spoilers)!
The El Arpa podcast is back with not just a bang but a few as our Russian expert Enda gives us his insightful opinion on a book dealing with the rise …
Live from Madrid's Conde Duque bringing Christmas to your ears! Merry Christmas/ Feliz Navidad / Nollag shona!
This week we let Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton take us to a very charming era, the time of the first movies.
This week we visit an exhibition showcasing the work of Czech photographer Josef Koudelka... And it certainly is picture perfect.
We are both fully in our element in this latest episode in which we go back in history to find out more about culture and education in Spain during …
Man cannot live by culture alone, so this week El Arpa leaves the studio to try some food and drink at the Tapapies Festival with mixed results...
This week Madrid's favourite reporter gives us another insight into yet another cultural activity in Madrid
This week one half of El Arpa interviews the other about a book on the ins and outs of the famous Gestapo... Is the book worth a read?
This week we compare some great myths from across the world and discover who (or what) is who in the world of mythology
This week we share our thoughts on various aspects of the refugee crisis and reflect on how football can make a massive difference when it comes to integration... Curious? Tune in!
This week we have visited the 'Latin Fire' photography exhibition in the Cibeles Centre, Madrid. But, have we been left with a burning desire for more? Tune in and find out!
This week we visit the 'De la mano' exhibition at CentroCibeles in Madrid, a joint venture between members of Fundacion Apsuria and renowned artists.
In this week's podcast we look at the usage and origin of some common English idioms, as well as hip-hopping along to some Irish words... You'll be shocked to know where Jay-Z gets his fancy rhymes from!
This week we keep on dancing... This time to the tune of Bohemian Rhapsody, one of the greatest songs ever written! We exchange opinions on its impact and meaning... Who do you agree with?
The second of El Arpa English Academy podcast on the theme of mental health issues, this time focusing on dance therapy. What's dance therapy and how can it help people overcome mental and health problems? Tune in to …
The first in a series of El Arpa English Academy podcasts for ESL students, this week on the topic of mental health issues.