Barcelona’s great festival
From Friday, September 19 to Wednesday, September 24, the people of Barcelona once more celebrate La Mercè.
Barcelona’s festa major is a great popular celebration in which the city becomes a vast venue hosting more than 600 shows and activities packed with fantasy and imagination, with something different every day.
La Mercè is never the same – the festivity is renewed every year. The programme for La Mercè 2014 will include traditional and popular cultural activities, street art, dance and circus shows, music concerts, events featuring the new technologies and much more, with something for all audiences. There can be no doubt that absolutely everyone will find something to enjoy at this festival, La Mercè, the great celebration of Barcelona, our festivity!
Stockholm, guest city at La Mercè
This year, Barcelona City Council has invited the city of Stockholm to take part in La Mercè, our great festival. In this way, Stockholm becomes the eighth city invited to participate in Barcelona’s great open-air festival since 2007.
The guest city programme provides Stockholm with a truly exceptional showcase in which to present its street arts, circus, dance and music.
Coincidentally, in August this year, Barcelona will also be taking part at the Stockholm Culture Festival. This is, then, a fantastic opportunity to promote cultural exchanges and cooperation between two cities that, from northern and southern Europe, coincide in making culture, creativity and innovation a priority.
Traditional La Mercè
Tradition is one of the three basic pillars in La Mercè. With castells (human pyramids), dracs (dragons) and gegants (giants), with dances, including sardanes, that illustrate the wealth of Catalan folklore, with fire and gunpowder… That is how Barcelona celebrates its most traditional festivity.
And if you want to see the city’s fire bestiary at close-hand without having to flee from the smoke and sparks, you can visit the exhibition that will be installed in the lobby of the City Hall on September 15-20. Take note: the correfoc will take place on Sunday, September 21.
More music than ever
Do you like folk, good old rock’n’roll, electropop? Well, Mercè Música and the BAM Festival will once more bring a host of different sounds to the various venues at La Mercè. The festival programme will enable visitors to enjoy a good sample of Catalan groups and to dance to the latest Swedish pop music. The varied selection guarantees that everyone can find the right concert for them.
The MAC Festival (Mercè Street Arts) Returns
La Mercè is a festival of festivals whose great driving force is Barcelonan and Catalan creativity. The participating artists help to turn our city into a great showcase for street art, circus and dance.
La Mercè takes place in September, the start of the new year in the performing arts, and this fact enables the MAC Festival (Mercè Street Arts) to programme the most outstanding shows of the year and, especially, new productions making their bow at the start of the season. This means that audiences at La Mercè can enjoy premieres, whilst the guest artists benefit from a platform from which they can present and promote their latest creations.
The MAC Festival takes place, in the main, at two key festival venues: the Ciutadella Park will host shows devoted to dance, the performing arts and the new technologies; whilst Montjuïc Castle will be the home of circus, with performances featuring great national and international artistes.
Moreover, this year, the Palauet Albèniz, besides opening its doors to the public for two days, will also provide a new venue for shows on the MAC Festival programme.
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