First Forum for Barcelona

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BARCELONA -- The Catalonian capital becomes the site of one of the world's largest parties when the Forum Barcelona 2004 event begins here May 9.

The five-month-long affair -- which organizers hope will become a recurring event -- will include 1,500 performances, 432 concerts, 20 circuses, 44 theater pieces and 45 seminars -- all designed to "reflect major challenges of the 21st century and encourage global cooperation ... for a better world," according to the Tourist Office of Spain in New York.

One highlight will be an exhibition of 2,000-year-old terra-cotta warrior figures from Xian in China.

One-day tickets start at about $22, three-day tickets at $37 and season passes at about $148.For more information, visit www.barcelona2004.org.

To contact reporter Kenneth Kiesnoski, send e-mail to [email protected].

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