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During the last week in August, the popular district of Sants refreshes the streets with its Fiesta Mayor. Passacaglias, Gospel, Jazz, Xocolatadas (chocolate-time gathering), Correfocs for children (fireworks lit on the street), Castellers (human towers), Sardanas and Piromusical; the Sants festivities have nothing to envy other areas. All this will take place amidst streets decorated by witty dedicated neighbours, according to specific themes.
After several succesful seasons and having obtained a faithful and stable audience, it is time for the new season of Sala Montjuïc. This open-air cinema has already become a classic for summer evenings in Barcelona and continues to take place in the emblematic Montjuïc Castle.
Live music to make the evening more enjoyable, short films and films from all over the world fill the publicity board of this unique cinema which has managed to a space for itself within the city’s summer cultural programme. Because of the quality and variety of its programme, because of its accessible price, because of the magic of the location and because Sala Montjuïc is not just a cinema, it is a lovely place for meeting and social coexistence.
La Castanyada is a traditional festival that is deeply rooted in Catalonia and celebrated on 1st November, All Saint's Day. People eat chestnuts – castanyes in Catalan –, panellets - small balls of almond paste coated in pine nuts –, sweet potatoes and other autumnal produce. You can make panellets at home or buy them in the pastry shops and bakeries of Barcelona.
This public holiday is celebrated with family, friends and even in schools. It is often accompanied by chestnuts and panellets (traditional marzipan cookies) served with sweet dessert wine. Around the time of this celebration, specialist vendors take to the streets to sell their hot freshly-roasted chestnuts.
The Castanyada (Chestnut Festival) and All Saints Day indicate that summer is over and that colder weather is on the way.
Every March, the children of Barcelona enjoy one of the "sweetest" festivals of the city. The streets and squares of the charming district of Gràcia become a festival of sweets, bands and horse carriages. This is the Sant Medir Festival and according to tradition originates from the Saint who lived in the year 303 in Barcelona under the Roman rule of Diocletian, who intensely persecuted Christians. According to legend, Sant Medir's beans grew immediately after they were planted and for this he was taken prisoner. A hermitage was built where the Saint lived to mark the starting point of the pilgrimage. In 1830, a baker from the district of Gràcia made a pilgrimage to the hermitage on his Saint's Day to thank the Saint for a honoured promise. Today, this pilgrimage has become a popular tradition with the participation of "colles" from the districts of Gràcia, Sarrià and Sants. Each year, on 3rd March, the pilgrims parade all day through the streets of Gràcia and in the afternoon a spectacular parade is held on the Gran de Gràcia street, handing out sweets to all participants.
The Santa Eulàlia Festival, the winter festival of Barcelona, is for all the family. During these magical days, tribute is paid to the brave Laia, the girl who rebelled to defend her aims. For the city of Barcelona, this girl was a symbol of solidarity, in defence of justice and commitment to young people. Santa Eulàlia and la Mare de Déu de la Mercè are co-patron saints of Barcelona. To celebrate this festival, different activities are organized for all the family. You can’t miss the giants, the processions or the firework street run, human towers, sardanas dancing and musical bands throughout different routes of the city, apart from other activities for both young and old.
On 12th February, the Santa Eulàlia feast day, several events are held, such as raising the Penó de Santa Eulàlia (reproduction of an old banner of the city) on the balcony of City Hall, sardanas dancing, giants...
During the weekend of 10th, 11th and 12th February, there is an extensive programme for both young and old to commemorate this festival.
Poetry is experimented from new perspectives with the Poetry Slam Barcelona Festival. This contemporary format gives the word and stage to the leading players using Slam and the Spoken Word as essential elements, thereby converting it into a social network of creators/poets which use language as a tool to develop their creativity.
The Poble Espanyol will once again become the stage for the Blues Nights, with performances by different groups from our country. On Wednesdays in July and August, everyone who wants to can enjoy outdoor concerts in a quiet and pleasant space. Summer nights are lived to the beat of blues!
It dates back to over half a century and can boast that it offers live music 356 days a year. The Sala Jamboree is the Barcelona temple of jazz par excellence, where great legends and young promises of jazz have played. Figures like Bill Coleman, Kenny Drew, Chet Baker, Ponny Poindexter, Art Farmer, Lou Bennet, Stéphan Grappelli, Kenny Clarke, Cecil Taylor, Elvin Jones, Steve Grossman and Al FosGordon have all been on stage.
All styles are represented, from vanguard to Dixieland passing through bop, fusion, vocal jazz, mainstream, nu-jazz, tango-jazz, flamenco jazz and Latin jazz, without forgetting other Afroamerican styles such as blues and gospel.
This venue is a cultural benchmark of Barcelona, which won the Gold Medal of the city.
A large area, totally free of traffic, with different places to explore, most of them in the open air. That's the Poble Espanyol de Barcelona, an iconic visitor attraction in the heart of Montjuïc. Every weekend, there's a different activity: theatre, dance, music, magic, treasure hunts, etc. Throughout the year there are loads of activities to ensure you have a great day out with the family: Carnival, a Giants' Parade, a Puppet Festival, the Click and Go Fair, the Main Festival, the Medieval Fair, Christmas at the Poble, Halloween... and many more surprises!. In short, a wide range of activities for all the family.
Talents Jazz a La Pedrera, a unique experience, enjoying La Pedrera at night with live jazz on the roof terrace while contemplating one of the most spectacular views in Barcelona.
Talents Jazz includes a free visit to the roof, the attic and the terrace, an emblematic, evocative place that invites you to experience the architecture, the night, the city and the music.
These year La Pedrera presents a series of proposals with the most representative talent in jazz made in Barcelona to achieve an unforgettable live soundtrack for enjoying summer nights.
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