A milestone anniversary “festa major” comes to La Verneda

4 to 17 November: the Sant Martí de Provençals and La Verneda i la Pau neighbourhoods are holding their big annual festival. This year’s festival represents milestones, as local fire devils and giants celebrate their thirtieth and twenty-fifth anniversaries respectively.

The festival will include exhibitions, such as the one on the thirty-year history of the Diables de la Verneda (from 5 to 18 November at the exhibitions hall at the Sant Martí civic centre) and the fifty-year history of the Castellers de Barcelona (from 19 to 29 November at the exhibitions hall at the Sant Martí civic centre).

The pre-festival events will kick off on Saturday, 2 November, with a human-tower day, which will start at 12 noon at Plaça de la Palmera, with the Castellers de Barcelona, the Castellers de Gavà and the Castellers de Montcada i Reixac.

Monday, 4 November: the sixteenth choir get-together will take place, featuring the Coral Gaudí, the Coro Rociero de l’Hermandad de la Esperanza, the Coral la Flama and the Coral la Pau (6 pm at the Sant Martí auditorium).

Thursday, 7 November: there will be a festa-major talk given by the puppet-maker Pilarín Bayés (5.30 pm at the Sant Martí auditorium).

Saturday, 9 November: a kettledrumming process will set off at 6.15 pm from opposite the Institut Salvador Seguí, heading for Plaça de la Palmera, where Correclown, the thirtieth La Verneda fire run, will start at 7 pm. Taking part in this very special year will be the Guspires de Sant Martí, the Trapelles de Sant Antoni and the Cabronets del Fort Pienc (as children’s groups); the Diables de la Verneda, la Cabrònica del Fort Pienc, the Fúries de Vic, the Bocs de Can Rosés, the old Diables de Santa Coloma group (as adult groups); and the fire beasts: l’Espiadimonis de Sant Martí, the Drac del Poblenou and the Sagresaure de la Sagrera. The fire run will finish at the Sant Martí Church.

Sunday, 10 November: there will be a lacemakers’ get-together at 10 am at the La Verneda old people’s home. The festa major’s opening speech will start at 12.30 noon at the Rambleta de la Selva de Mar, given by Núria Pascual, the director of the Esquitx nursery school, to mark the centre’s fortieth anniversary.

Monday, 11 November: the sixteenth choir get-together will be held at 6.30 pm at the Sant Martí auditorium, featuring the Coral Gaudí and the Coral del Centro Social y Cultural Santo Ángel.

Friday, 15 November: there will be a choir get-together at 8.45 pm at the Sant Martí de Provençals parish church, featuring the Cor de Sant Oleguer, the Agrupació Coral la Pau and the Coral la Flama.

Saturday, 16 November: a display of sardana dancing will be given at 11.30 am at Plaça de la Palmera, featuring the district’s old people’s centres and music from the Cobla Ciutat de Terrassa.

Sunday, 17 November: there will be a festa-major music procession, featuring par excellence the Gegants de la Ciutat and the Capgrossos Macers, who will be visiting the Gegants de la Verneda to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the neighbourhood’s first giants. Also taking part will be the Gegants del Gegants de Besòs i el Maresme, as well as little giants and festival figures from the neighbourhood’s schools. The music procession will set off at 12 noon from Rambleta de la Selva de Mar and finish at the Gàbia site at the Parc de Sant Martí. That very site will be playing host to Habanera singing at 5.30 pm, performed by the Montjuïc group. The festival will end at 7.30 pm, with a festival-concluding fire and music show at the Gàbia site.

You can consult the whole festa major programme in the attached file.