To mark Sant Jordi's Day, Barcelona City Hall opened to the public on Tuesday, 23 April, from 10 am to 6 pm.
Access to the building was free of charge and visitors were able to see the Escala Negra, the Capella del Bon Consell, the Saló de Cròniques, the Saló del Bon Govern, the Sala del Treball, the Mayor’s everyday and ceremonial offices, the Saló de Carles Pi i Sunyer, the Saló de Cent, the Saló del Consolat de Mar, the Sala Tàpies, the Saló de Carles III, the Saló de la Ciutat, the Galeria Gòtica and the Escala d’Honor.
The route around the building began at the door in C/ Ciutat (Gothic facade) and, to liven the open day up, several historical characters greeted visitors in the City Hall's noble chambers.
The 14th-century chronicler Ramon Muntaner provided commentary on the paintings in the Saló de Cròniques by Josep M. Sert depicting the Almogavar troops’ campaigns in Greece, while Councillors Joan Fiveller and Rafael Casanova were on hand to explain the history of the Saló de Cent. A Catalan woman featured in Miquel Viladrich’s work Canigó talked about his painting and Maria Bosch, Rafael Casanova's wife, provided information on Sert’s tapestries and paintings at the Escala d’Honor. In addition, a harpsichord provided the ambience as the public visited the Sala del Consolat del Mar, the Despatx d’Honor, the Saló de Carles III and the Saló de la Ciutat.
Sant Jordi, for his part, and the princess were in charge of welcoming in and bidding farewell to visitors at the C/ Ciutat entrance and in the City Hall’s courtyard.
Chinese shadow-theatre performance
The open day also featured a Chinese shadow play, performed by the Titelles Escolla Sant Camil puppet company in the City Hall's courtyard. There were performances every 30 minutes, from 11 am to 5 pm.
Solidarity roses on sale
Once again this year, the City Council organised a rose-selling initiative on 23 April at the same time as the open day, in the entrance courtyard, from 10 am to 8 pm.
All proceeds raised from selling these solidarity roses went to non-profit organisations. This year will see the following organisations taking part, which are part of the Barcelona Network for Employment Inclusion (XIB):
- Catalan Down’s Syndrome Foundation
- Aura Foundation
- Els Tres Turons Foundation
- Catalan Association for Human Integration and Development (ACIDH)
- Ecom Foundation
The 70th display of sardana dancing by the Sant Jordi dance group also took place in Pl. Sant Jaume, at 7 pm, with music from La Principal de la Bisbal ensemble.
Sale of solidarity roses
To raise money for non-profit organisations
Once again this year the City Hall organised a rose-selling initiative in the entrance courtyard. The money raised all went to non-profit organisations forming part of the Barcelona Network for Employment Inclusion (XIB).