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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.

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15/09/2015

La Mercè Festival Barcelona 2015

 

Known as `the festival of festivals´La Mercè is one of the highlights of the Barcelona calendar. This year´s event will take place from September 18th – 24th and will take visitors on a journey through five continents of the world, featuring various artists, performances, traditions and customs from across the globe.

One of the highlights of this year´s festival will be a large decommissioned DC9 airplane, which will be placed in Ciutadella Park, housing a 15-minute show. Created by Projecte Transhumància, this gigantic sculpture, will serve as a symbol for the festival, and will take spectators on an international journey.

Every year La Mercè also features a guest city, which this year will be the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. In Ciutadella Park artists will set up installations so that visitors can see Buenos Aires itself, marvelling at its famous monuments and colourful streets, and of course tango dancers. Porteño artists will also be filling Barcelona´s creative spaces with traditional and modern Argentine art and performances. Look out for other Buenos Aires-themed events at Montjuïc Castle and Palauet Albéniz too.

This year a new tradition will also be added to the festivities – the introduction of the International Folklore Festival. This new part of the festival will take place along Moll de la Fusta, next to the Old Port, and will feature performances by popular culture groups coming from Brazil, Romania, India, Croatia, Italy, Estonia and Colombia. They will be accompanied by local Catalan groups such as the Esbart Sabadell Dansaire, the Esbart Joventut Nostra, the Esbart Sant Jordi and the musical group La Corranda.

There will of course also be traditional elements of the festival that all Barcelona residents and visitors love –  the castellers (human tower builders), the parade of the giants and mythical beasts around Plaça Sant Jaume and the famous carrerfoc or fire run, where residents dressed as devils spray sparks and fireworks through the city streets.

For a full list of the 500-plus activities that make up the La Mercè Festival, and a program of specific dates and times, please visit the official festival website.

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