The Catalan festival is moving east from its usual location on Avinguda de la Catedral to Plaça de les Glòries this month. The idea behind the move is to liven up one of Barcelona’s newest spaces with some Catalan folk culture. On Saturday 6, 13, 20 and 27 September various groups from around Catalonia will be giving displays of giants, fireworks, human towers and stick dancing there.
In recent years Plaça de les Glòries and the surrounding area have undergone a transformation. In a short period of time this has become a new cultural hub, thanks to the construction of the design museum (DHUB – Museu del Disseny de Barcelona) and the renovation of the Encants market. And it is precisely between the museum and the market that the festa catalana will be held, starting at 6.30 pm.
But Barcelona is also a city where the neighbourhoods preserve their authentic character and folk culture reflects this very well. So the idea was to link the Plaça de les Glòries festival with the neighbourhood it belongs to: El Clot. Consequently the folk groups of that neighbourhood, such as the Bastoners (stick dancers), the Gegants (giants) and the Diables del Clot (devils), will play a prominent role.
The festival kicks off on Saturday 6 September with the Bordegassos de Vilanova and Cerdanyola castellers (human tower groups) and the Bastoners del Clot. On the following Saturday, 13 September, it will be the turn of the castellers from Sant Pere and Sant Pau, the Minyons de l’Arboç and the Gegants del Clot. Then, on the final Saturday, 27 September, the festival will end with the castellers Tirallongues de Manresa, the Vailets de l’Empordà and the Diables del Clot tabalers (drummers).