Mercè 2007: Festival of Barcelona!

Every year, around the 24th September, Barcelona bids farewell to the summer with its Festival celebrations. This year’s programme includes more than 600 events, which will take place in just four days.

An explosive programme where tradition – giants, dragons, human castles – lives side by side with the most contemporary artistic offerings: independent music, street theatre, all kinds of public participation.

10th Barcelona International Fireworks Show
22:00 Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Barceloneta beach. Visible from the Moll de la Fusta

Street shows
Ciutadella Park Circus - Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 - 11:00 to 21:00, Monday 24 - 11:00 to 15:00
Clot Park Dance - Sunday 23, 18:00 – 24:00
Guineueta Park Family Shows - Monday 24 - 11:00 – 20:00
In and around the Rambles
Saturday 22 - 12:30 and 19:30 – 0:40
Sunday 23 - 12:00 – 13:30

Music - BAM (Barcelona Acción Musical)
18:00 to 23:00 - 21 to 24 September

Museums Open Day, Sunday 24 September

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The Undertones!!!

Yes folks, looks like the legendary Undertones are playing as part of the festivities - I was walking around last night and saw a big poster saying they are playing on 22nd(Sat) at 22.45 in Placa Reial just off the Ramblas. There are a load of Irish bars around there too so I guess it could be some night!!!



See this post for a kickoff event on 21-SEP. We'll be heading to Av. de la Catedral after the close of DrupalCon to see traditional Catalan dance.

Ojos de brujo, Saturday 22 / 22:00 Forum Park. Ojos de Brujo (world première of their new album), see

I'm going!

We could meet up there, maybe I should wear my Drupal shirt so you can see who I am.

Barcelona's biggest annual

Barcelona's biggest annual festival celebrates La Mercè, the Patron Saint of Barcelona, who according to legend did a good job in removing a tiresome plague of locusts that once visited the city. They never came back so she is still protecting us!

To honour her La Mercè festival has over 500 big and small activities, parades, concerts, firework displays, air shows, a 10km run and lots more events happening through out the city of Barcelona from the 21st of September until 24th September.

The activities are fall into 4 main areas:

The Festival of Music
Concerts in the streets and parks all over Barcelona, including the BAM music festival

The Festival of Tradition
Castellers competitions (human towers), capgrossos and gegant parades (dwarves with big heads and giants) and an entire menagerie of festive animals, accompanied by guests from Mediterranean countries.

The Festival in the Sky - Festa al Cel
The biggest event of the the Air festival is the acrobatic airshow featuring jets, balloons and gliders and more. This event is actually at the weekend after the Merce and takes place on Sunday 30th September at the Parc del Forum at 09.00 to 14.00

The Festival of Fire
All types of sparks, from the pyrotechnical fireworks and music show to the correfoc (literally a fire-run).

Food and wine tasting festivals

There are several smaller festivals that are part of the Merce festival. A popular one is the "25a Mostra de Vins i Caves de Catalunya" - which is wine tasting from the Catalan vineyards. That is on September 21, 22 and 23rd on the Moll de la Fusta, which is the waterfront quay that runs parallel to the Passeig de Colon.

This year the wine tasting has joined forces for the first time with the "20a Mostra de Cuina barcelonina" which is a food tasting festival. A perfect match!

Among other popular festivals during the Merce is the street book fair, Fira del Llibre, which starts during the Merce on 21st September and stays open until 7th October. It can be found on the streets of Passeig de Gracia from Plaza Catalunya to Arago. Lots of bargains to be found!

And last but definately not least we must mention the Festival Solar which takes place in the Parc de la Ciutadella. The purpose is to raise awareness of environmental issues and renewable energy

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