Preliminary events leading up to the 2020 “Foguerons de Sant Antoni de Sa Pobla” festival in Gràcia”

It is now twenty-eight years since the streets and squares of the old Vila de Gràcia first filled with bonfires on the last weekend of January. This is where the Foguerons de sa Pobla festival, a tradition imported from Majorca that has made a deep impact on Gràcia’s festive calendar, takes place. In fact, the Foguerons [bonfires] are so well established that they’ve ended up as Gràcia’s unofficial winter festival. A dozen bonfires will be lit this year, surrounded by a street party with grilled meat, music and singing on Saturday evening. But the party lasts three days – from 23 to 25 January – and includes many other events to help people learn about Majorca’s popular culture and traditions.

‘Sa Pobla to Gràcia Posters’ exhibition
A good series of posters have been made over the last twenty-eight years announcing the Foguerons de Sant Antoni de sa Pobla. If you’d like to see them all, come and visit this exhibition being held in the headquarters of the Festa Major de Gràcia Foundation!

When is it on? From 17 January to 2 February at the Espai Albert Musons (C/ Alzina, 9). Mondays to Thursdays, 5 pm – 9 pm; Fridays, 10 am to 1 pm.

‘Al cel mos vegem tots plegats’ Majorcan fables cycle
For the fifth year running the Teatre El Maldà will be playing four unique theatre productions based on traditional Majorcan fables. Tickets for it will include a taste of Balearic Island products.

When is it on? From 19 January to 9 February at Teatre El Maldà (C/ Pi, 5). Sundays, at 12.30 noon. Price: Box office, €15 / Advanced booking, €10.

Presentation of the book “La cuina del Tradicionari. Un recorregut pel calendari gastronòmic de Mallorca”
This year the CAT will be presenting the book entitled “La cuina del Tradicionari”, which is based on recipes and descriptions of ingredients from Rafel Ginard’s Folkloric Calendar. It features 24 recipes from the chefs Tomeu Arbona and Miquel Calent, who aim to relate today’s cooking to rituals and celebrations. This is project from the Mallorca Literària Foundation under the framework of the Tradicionari de Mallorca.

When is it on? Thursday, 23 January, at 7 pm, at the Tradicionàrius Crafts Centre.

Official opening of the exhibition entitled “40 years, forty poets, XL artists’
Antoni Torres Martorell is the coordinator of this exhibition created to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the University of the Balearic Islands. In addition, the exhibition will help to highlight the exchange of artists and writers with a common history and language. With this aim in mind, the exhibition brings together the writings of 40 poets and images of 40 plastic artists hailing from Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, North Catalonia, Aragón, Alghero, Andorra and the Valencian Regional Community.

When is it on? From 23 January to 21 February, 5 pm – 9 pm, at the Tradicionàrius Crafts Centre. Official opening on Thursday, 23 January, at 8 pm

A taste of Majorcan produce
An excellent way of delving deeply into a culture is through food, so one of the first events to be held at the Foguerons will be a taste of Majorcan produce. The CAT‘s Bar will be packed with sobrassada [Majorcan sausage], botifarró sausages and camellot, some of the most common products roasted for the Sant Antoni festivities in sa Pobla.

When is it on? Thursday, 23 January, at 8 pm, at the Tradicionàrius Crafts Centre.

Folk Singing
After dinner, once everyone has a full stomach, it’s time to start singing. Hence the annual organisation of a recital of improvised singing known as “Oda a la Sobrassada” [Ode to Sobrassada]. Gloss singers not just from Barcelona but from Mallorca too, such as Mateu Xurí, Maribel Servera, Catalunya Canyelles, Cor de Carxofa and VOPB de Catalunya will be taking part. What’s more, like any good gloss-singing event, it’s open to everyone. Will you sing with us?

When is it on? Thursday, 23 January, at 8.30 pm, at the Tradicionàrius Crafts Centre.