Barcelona’s great festivity begins
Barcelonans and visitors alike can enjoy the annual celebrations for the city’s patron saint, La Mercè, from Friday, September 18 to Thursday, September 24. This is Barcelona’s festa major, a popular celebration that fills the city with countless venues where artists display their talents in more than 600 activities and shows.
This year, the programme for La Mercè includes folklore, street art, dance and circus, music and lots more fun events using the latest technologies… Because, of course, La Mercè is tradition, but it is also renewal, modernity. Don’t miss this great festivity because there is something for everyone to enjoy at La Festa de La Mercè, Barcelona’s great festivity, our festivity!
Buenos Aires, guest city at La Mercè
The Argentine capital will be the guest of Barcelona’s patron saint this year. Come and enjoy the action and you will see that the festival programme is packed with Argentinian culture in general, and artists and traditions from Buenos Aires in particular. One point where the presence of Buenos Aires will be particularly notable during La Mercè is the Ciutadella Park. There you will find ¡Viste, qué bueno que viniste!, a Buenos Aires-style cabaret that also includes a small food show, as well as many more activities and events.
La Mercè is tradition
Folklore, tradition, is one of the main pillars of the Festa de La Mercè. Castells (human towers), dragons and giants, dance performances that illustrate the wealth of Catalan folklore, sardanes, fire, gunpowder… These are elements never missing from the most traditional moments at Barcelona’s festa major celebrations. Come and see, and you will also notice that traditions are renewed. How? Well, there are always new features and events. This year, for example, the Born Cultural Centre will host the exhibition of giants for the first time. From September 13 to 23, there will be thirty pairs of these gegants, all looking forward to meeting you!
Talking about exhibitions, remember that if you want to see the “fire beasts” close up without fear of getting burned then, from September 13 to 19, the vestibule in the City Hall will host a show where you can examine them at your leisure. However, if you are fans of gunpowder and sparks, note this in your diary: "This year, the Mercè fire-run takes place on Sunday, September 20.
The sounds of Mercè 2015
Music is one of the cornerstones of these festivities and, like the rest of the Mercè programme, a wide range of styles will be present: roots, the traditional dance music heard at any festa major, new sounds… In short, all, or nearly all musical styles find a place in these celebrations. At times, new venues are added, too: festival-goers can enjoy shows at Plaça Sant Jaume and the most recent addition, Mediterràniament (on the beach), not forgetting Moll de la Fusta, Parc del Fòrum and Plaça Catalunya, among many other sites.
A particularly notable feature on the music programme at La Mercè is Barcelona Acció Musical (BAM), a festival devoted to new sounds that enables younger audiences to discover up-and-coming acts and all the latest musical trends. Although BAM is already the most modern event on the Mercè programme, this festival is also renewed every year, as you will have the chance to see for yourselves at this latest edition.
Street art: the MAC Festival (Mercè Arts de Carrer) returns to La Mercè
Barcelona Acció Musical (BAM), the Festival Pirotècnic, the Mercè Arts de Carrer (MAC) street art festival: La Mercè is also a festival of festivals. And all these events illustrate the creativity and talent of Barcelonans and Catalans. Come and enjoy the varied acts on the MAC Festival programme and you will see that this event turns the city into a huge showcase for street art, circus and dance.
But, why is it that the artists, performances, shows and venues at the MAC Festival always seem so fresh and new? Well, because the MAC Festival takes place in September, the start of the season. For this reason, the event introduces all the new acts and shows. Everyone wins: audiences enjoy premiere performances, and guest artists have the first chance to present and promote their latest creations.
The activities on the MAC Festival programme take place, in the main, at the Ciutadella Park, and embrace dance, the performing arts and the latest technology. Want more? Well, visit Montjuïc Castle, where you can enjoy superb, entertaining circus acts performed by leading national and international artistes.
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