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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
16th – 25th September
Ten years ago this month, the authorities agreed that the melting pot of cultures here in Cataluña needed better representation and acknowledgement. And so the Asia Festival was born, held each year in the heart of the Raval district – the home of a diverse immigrant community, with almost fifty percent of its inhabitants born abroad.
Each year a different area of Asia is invited to host the events – past festivals have seen India, South Korea and the Philippines – and for their tenth anniversary this year, Central Asia is the guest of choice. From 16th until 25th September, Barcelona will present a smorgasbord of events and concerts, with over 30 featured guests from China, India, Pakistan, Mongolia, Japan and Kazakhstan, including artistic workshops presented by Asian residents of Catalunya.
On the final day, (Sunday 25th) One Day In Asia will invite guests to discover the interior of Yurts, see live demonstrations of the powerful fighters from the Naadam festival in Mongolia, learn traditional board games, take little ones to a relaxing lullaby workshop (an afternoon of traditional Asian songs for children) among an array of other exciting activities for the whole family. And of course there will also be live concerts in Plaça Reial and Plaça dels angels (by MACBA) by world renowned artists throughout the day and evening. All details are available on the website, see link and highlights below.
One Day in Asia – Sunday 25th September
Mongolian fighters of the Naadam Festival:
Pati de les dones del CCCB (patio directly behind the MACBA, off the Placa dels Angels) -11.30am, 1pm, 5.30pm and 7pm
Activities in the Yurts
Plaça dels Àngels – 11am to 3pm and 4.30pm to 8pm
Plaça dels Àngels – throughout the day
India: Shantala massage for babies, led by Ana Maria Frutos.
Japan: Seitai: iuki i katsugen undo, led by Carme Albareda.
China: To bed!, Feng Shui for the nursery.