The local festival in the Poble-sec neighbourhood is on from 19 to 28 July. This year’s event is rather special as it marks the 150th anniversary of the neighbourhood, the 30th anniversary of the local giants and the 20th anniversary of the local human towers group. To mark the occasion, the Centre Cultural Albareda is displaying a series of works in July which were entered for the 22nd festival poster competition, as well as an exhibition looking back over the thirty years of the giants’ group.
The festival programme gets under way on 19 July with the opening display by local popular culture groups from Poble-sec: giants, human towers, devils, sardana dancing, stick dancing and silent choirs.
The next evening the local devils’ group will be organising the Fills de Satan [sons of Satan] children’s party. At 7 pm there’s a drumming session in Plaça del Sortidor, and at 9 pm there’s a fire run from Plaça de Navas to Santa Madrona.
On Sunday, 21 July, the Amics de la Sardana del Poble-sec will be organising sardana dancing with music by the Cobla Rambles ensemble in Plaça de Santa Madrona at 7 pm.
All sorts of activities are being organised around the neighbourhood streets throughout the week, but the popular culture events don’t resume until the evening of Thursday 25 July, with a drumming session by the Diables del Poble-sec. This performance and the devils’ dance the following day are a prelude to the big fire run on Saturday, which starts in Plaça de Navas at 10 pm. The festival rounds off on Sunday 28 July with a gathering of lace-makers and havanera singing by Mar i Vent.