Plaça del Folk at the Gràcia Festa Major

The Gràcia neighbourhood holds its festa major [big annual festival] from 15 to 21 August. A lot of popular-culture activities have been organised, and one of the most outstanding examples is the Plaça del Folk music programme. This small traditional-music festival held in Plaça del Sol is promoted by the Centre Artesà Tradicionàrius and many of the musicians that habitually play in the centre’s normal programme are taking part. During the festival, you can listen to rumba, arrel-fusió [roots-fusion], accordion players, grallas [traditional Catalan instruments] and many other styles, every night at 10 pm.

On the first night, on Friday 15th, the group Pepet i Marieta will be presenting their first album: ‘Lo món d’un mos’. The following evening, Saturday 16th, is the turn of Catalan rumba, with La Màlaga and on Sunday 17th, you can see the innovative grallas of Canya d’Or. On Monday 18th Germà Negre will get everyone on their feet with their festive versions of traditional songs. There will be a double concert on the 19th: first La Viu-Viu and then a duel of folk musicians between Carles Belda and Marc Serrats.

On Wednesday 20th the Pyrenean group Pont d’Arcalís and the Valencian group Urbàlia Rurana will turn Plaça del Sol into one long dance, thanks to participation of choreographers Maria Jo and Pep Lizandra. The last day of the festival, on Thursday 21st, two of the most outstanding young groups on the Catalan folk scene will be performing: Stukat del Bolet and Les Violiles. They will be playing together as Folkestra, with fourteen musicians on stage. And after every concert, there will be final disc jockey sessions.