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New popular-cultural developments in the La Mercè festivities

Popular culture is playing a much more notable role in the events programme for the La Mercè festivities, Barcelona's festa major or patron-saint's day festival. While there might seem to be many such events held every year that are all the same,...

Not to be missed at the La Mercè festivities: Saturday, 20 September

The festa major Saturday sees the start of the MercèDansa festival and this year's edition will feature the Arboç Devils Dance. After that, the Giants of the City will be performing a special music procession to commemorate the 30th anniversary of...

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Not to be missed at the La Mercè festivities: Friday, 19 September

Barcelona's festa major begins on Friday evening with departure of the Opening Procession and the public delivery of the opening speech. After the Toc d’Inici or Opening Ceremony has begun, there will be ceremonial dancing performed by all the...

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30th anniversary of the Coordinadora de Geganters de Barcelona

This year the Coordinadora de Geganters de Barcelona is thirty years old. So, to mark the occasion, the coordinating body is organising a special exhibition at the Mostra de Gegants and a street parade (cercavila) with lots of guest giants during the...

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Exhibitions on the La Mercè's festive images

This weekend sees the start to activities from the La Mercè's festival traditions programme. There will be three exhibitions respectively on Barcelona's: communal processions; giant figures and fire beasts.

Festa Major Horta

Horta's big annual festival

The former village of Horta is holding its festa major or big annual festival from 13 to 21 September. As in many other parts of Barcelona, this local festival had votive origins, based on a vow that the people had made to St Gaudentius in return for...

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The entire programme for a La Mercè at its most traditional

The La Mercè festivities are a byword for the most outstanding popular cultural events held in the city during the year. And that's because during those dates every association, group and organisation in the sector plays an active role in this festa...