BARCELONA - EVENTS
The name above is used for the Cátalan national dance which is
proudly presented at regional and local events. The music is
provided by the “cobla” which consists ideally of 11 persons, five
in the woodwind section, five in the brass sections, and the leader
who plays a three-holed flute. The dancers join hands and place
themselves in a ring and from there they then perform a series of
complicated movements consisting of skips and jumps in time with the
The region of Catalunya is famous for its special display of human
tower building which normally take place during festas. A team of
men (castellers), link their arms around each others shoulders in a
tight circle. On to these shoulders climb another team of men who
when balanced on top link in the same manner, and on the second
level climb another team, and so on up to about seven levels. Then
this human tower is topped of by a young boy (anaxaneta). The grace
and efficiency in which these towers are constructed has also to be
matched by the manner in which it collapses.
January 5th – Cavalcada dels Reis
A special event designed basically for the pleasure of younger folk
and looked forward to every year.
February : Festes de Santa Eulàlia & Festa de San Medir
Carnival – Sitgnes
This is the town to visit over the Carnival period as they make
floats and dresses which are in tune with the famous Brazil efforts.
Fantastic party atmosphere.
March, April & May - Festival de Guitarra
A series of Guitar concerts held in different locations within the
April 23 - Día de Sant Jordi
Predominantly an open-air book and flower market. Men and women
traditionally exchange roses and books in celebration of Saint
Jordi. The book is in memory of Cervantes who died on the same day
April & May – Festival de Música Antiga
A series of open-air concerts of classical music in Barri Gòtic
Corpus Christi - Festa de la Patum - Berga
This small town 90 kms north of Barcelona is famous for its
celebration of Corpus Christi. The procession is composed of giant
devils and monsters of all types, the more bizarre the better.
May & June - Portes Obertes
An open art exhibition held mainly in Poble Nou and in other
June - Sitges International Theatre Festival
The seaside town of Sitges stages in its theatres an international
June - Festival del Sónar
An electronic and multimedia festival
June - Corpus Christi & Focs de Sant Joan
This is considered the official start of summer. The town takes to
the streets in a party spirit with bonfires and fireworks.
June & July – Festival del Grec
The most important and largest music and dance programme
July – Clàssica als Parcs
A series of classical concerts are held in the city parks
August – Festa Major de Gràcia
A good excuse to take once more to the streets with parades,
concerts, and plenty of fireworks.
August – Festa del Aquilarre – Cervera
An out of Barcelona destination popular with its outdoor party
spirit in the small town of Cervera some 100 kms to the west.
11 Sept – National day of Catalonia
Sept (Week of 23rd) - Festa de la Verge de la Mercè
This is the main festival of Barcelona. It is composed of a great
procession, outdoor concerts and a night of fireworks.
October - Festival International de Jazz
A series of jazz events attracting international names.
October – Festival de Músiques del Món
A special series of international music and ethnic programmes from
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