The St Eulàlia festivities 2020: popular culture events on Friday, 7 February

This year’s St Eulàlia festivities will begin at nightfall with the more formal side of the festival, featuring the City Eagle’s dances. They will also kick off with something new: the “NUeS” show, featuring the Esbart Maragall folk-dance group.

Children’s festival-opening speech. Plaça de Sant Jaume, at 10 am.
The Santa Eulàlia Festival children’s speech is an educational activity for children in years 3, 4 and 5 of primary school, the aim of which is to teach the children about political institutions and citizen participation in Barcelona, and to introduce them to participatory processes based on shared responsibility and active citizenship. It will be delivered in Plaça de Sant Jaume, before the Mayor of Barcelona and members of the City Council.

Once the ceremony is over, the Xiula musical entertainment group will be putting on a show.

Protocols de l’Àliga procession. Plaça de Sant Jaume, at 20.00 am.
The Àliga de la Ciutat, or City Eagle, accompanied by the Coronela de Barcelona militia, the City Lion, Santa Maria del Mar giants and Perot Rocaguinarda trabucaires with their blunderbusses, will lead a parade from Plaça de Sant Jaume that will end with one of the most emotional and solemn events of the celebrations: the traditional Ball de l’Àliga, or Eagle’s Dance, in front of the Santa Maria del Mar church altar.

Route: Plaça de Sant Jaume, Carrer de Jaume I, Plaça de l’Àngel, Carrer de la Princesa, Carrer de Montcada, Placeta de Montcada, Passeig del Born, Carrer de Santa Maria, Plaça del Fossar de les Moreres and Plaça de Santa Maria. Arrival at the Santa Maria del Mar Basilica around 8:50 pm, dance of the Lion of Barcelona and dance of the giants of Santa Maria del Mar. Eagle’s Dance inside the temple around 9:00 pm.

The Àliga de Barcelona, first recorded in the 14th century, enjoys the privilege of dancing in the city’s churches and its dance is regarded as the highest honour that can be paid to illustrious visitors.

NUeS. A performance by the Esbart Maragall. Plaça de Sant Jaume, at 20:15 pm
NU(e)S explores our roots as the starting point for building a future that is only achieved through conflict. A reflection on change, revolt, fear and what is unknown for us. This is the first show created and choreographed entirely by Esbart Maragall, who rise to this new challenge with a starkly sincere production.