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One of Catalonia's most famous traditions is that of the "castells" (castles), which are human towers that are lifted by building different levels of people until reaching insane heights that can go up to ten stories. There is no mechanical help, and tens and even hundreds of people can take part in it. The "castellers" are the people who carry out this activity, which is over 200 years old.
Acknowledged as Immaterial Cultural Heritage by Unesco, his origin is believed to be around the area of Tarragona, Catalonia's second most important province after Barcelona. During the 20th Century this practice spread all over Catalonia. The "castellers" are grouped in "colles" that normally take the name of its place of origin.
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...
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.
The time has come to get the cosplay costumes out of the wardrobe once again for this new edition of the manga fair in Barcelona. The fact that there has been an event dedicated to this Japanese art form for almost a quarter of a century demonstrates the commitment of fans of all ages, in and around the city, to the popular Japanese comic and its pop culture in general.
For a whole week there will be appearances by scriptwriters and cartoonists from all over the world, new publications, film marathons and workshops that explore different aspects of manga and anime or offer the opportunity to dress up as our favorite characters. In addition, of course, to a large number of CD, DVD, comics, books, illustrations and merchandising stands.
World Press Photo is the exhibition that showcases the winners of the contest of the same name, regarded as the world's top photojournalism exhibition. The exhibition, which every year travels to different cities all over the world, is stopping off in Barcelona again for another essential date for photography enthusiasts. The exhibition is being enhanced by guided tours, workshops and other activities intended to get people talking about the values and challenges of photojournalism.
During the Christmas holidays, the museums of the city are offering a very interesting alternative to get out of the house but without going out in the cold. It consists of various activities, workshops and proposals scheduled for these holidays, and which complement the interesting exhibitions currently being held. Many options, that will make your Christmas a cultural and artistic adventure.
In the midst of an impassioned debate on sustainability and unchecked consumerism, one of the causes of unprecedented climate change, DrapArt is an attempt to make us view recycling not merely as a critical tool but also from a positive angle linked to art.
Created to focus on art that uses recycled materials and objects, this festival continues to strike a chord promoting emerging artists, designers, craftspeople and other creatives from around the world who reuse and recycle their raw materials.
Barcelona is once again celebrating its grand festival, in honor of its patron saint. A program full of different activities is planned for all the public, with music, dance, circus and street arts. And not forgetting the giants, dragons, fire beasts, human towers and sardana groups.
La Mercè is also a festival of street arts with the MAC festival, Mercè Arts de Carrer. This is a festival which has become a showcase of new creations, and the meeting place for many artists, both from the city and overseas. The BAM Festival, Barcelona Acció Musical, will fill the streets with today's popular rhythms and concerts.
La Mercè will end, as always, with the traditional fireworks and music display. an explosion of light and sound, which has become one of the most expected and acclaimed events for the people of Barcelona and its visitors.
The seventh art deals with the other six in this festival of cinema and art in Spain and Latin America. All disciplines have a place in the DART Festival: photography, art curatorship, painting, performance, architecture, art movements and, in general, any aspect of contemporary art, with a special focus on the artists, their creative processes and the stories behind their work. The different films are diverse in their approaches, but all of them cover some aspect from the emergence of the avant-garde at the beginning of the 20th century, up to the present day. In addition, the festival includes informational activities, talks, visits to art galleries, exhibitions and debates. It can also be followed in cinemas throughout Spain and online through the FILMIN platform.
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