Weekend: Crime novels, culture in the districts and the Mulassa turns 450February arrives with a very cultural weekend. Barcelona’s crime writing event offers debates, round table sessions, screenings, authors, stories and characters relating to the genre, and is on from Friday through until Sunday. The literary festival winds up in iconic fashion on Sunday, with activities at the former Model prison. Elsewhere, a new edition of Barcelona Districte Cultural brings culture and the performing arts to the city’s neighbourhoods from 1 February through to April, while popular culture also makes its case with an exhibition at La Virreina from 3 to 12 February, marking the 450th anniversary of the city’s Mullassa, or mule figure.
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One of the main events over the first weekend of the month is the city’s crime writing festival, with various acts programmed up until Sunday 4 February. From 29 January through until Sunday, the BCNegra programme offers over 36 activities and has a hundred authors taking part, including the likes of James Ellroy, Don Winslow and Louise Penny. The Pepe Carvalho award will also be presented.
As from 5 pm on Friday 2 February, the Aribau Multicines will be hosting discussions between experts on the genre and at 9 pm the day rounds off with the screening of La Dalia negra. At the same venue, four round table sessions will be held throughout the day on Saturday and the film Betibú will be shown. On Sunday the event moves onto the former Model prison, with an exhibition, round tables, micro theatre and a discussion with Andreu Martín and Juan Madrid.
Barcelona Districte Cultural 2018
The third edition of the Barcelona Districte Cultural festival gets under way on 1 February, its goal being to strengthen local culture and help take theatre, dance, music, circus and audio-visuals to the city’s neighbourhoods. This edition runs until April and offers seven music shows, six theatre shows, three dance shows, three circus shows and seven audio-visual shows at twenty community centres in the city, seven more than the last edition.
This year’s edition features new participants and the communal creation programme ‘Art i Part’. This is the first weekend of Barcelona Districte Cultural. If you like the performing arts, check out what’s on in your neighbourhood.
Exhibition marking 450 years of the Mulassa
The city’s festive mule figure, the Mulassa of Barcelona, is 450 years old this year. To celebrate the occasion, the organisation responsible for the figure, the Associació d’Amics dels Gegants del Pi, are organising different acts of homage. One of the main acts is the exhibition at La Virreina from 3 to 12 February, offering a look at Mulassa figures from around the Catalan-speaking territories. During the weekend of Santa Eulàlia, the Mulassas will take to the streets of Ciutat Vella for a festive parade. In Plaça de Sant Jaume, the city’s Mulassa will then blow out the candles to celebrate its 450th birthday.