Memòria Viva, a project to recover popular memory in the city

History as we know it often hides popular memory. The city has got a large number of organisations, collectives of local people and communities who keep these types of memories alive. The Memòria Viva project offers an opportunity for meeting and celebrating, transforming the present and building the future through collective memory.

03/10/2019 12:26 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

The festival for historical memory communities is being held in the city from 13 to 19 October, mainly at EL Born CCM but also at other places. Participating entities will be occupying public space for a week to explain and share their work and help restore popular and collective memories of Barcelona based on cultural practices.

Bringing hidden memories out

The role of women has historically been hidden in terms of memory, as has the history of migration and the urban landscape (modified year after year according to political and social wills), and gypsiness, which has always been a subordinated memory.

These are the popular memories which the Memòria Viva project makes a case for through games, activities, talks, music, gastronomy and itineraries. The project also seeks to define the role of archives when it comes to explaining history and preserving collective memory.

People will thus be able to explore the memory of the Barceloneta neighbourhood from a women’s perspective, trace the history of water in the city and the Rec Comtal water system, discover the persecution of the Roma people in the Iberian Peninsular through the theatre play Akanà, delve into the constant transformation of the urban landscape and many other activities.

Memòria Viva ends on Saturday 19 October with a festive event in front of El Born, offering a chance to talk, listen, play, eat and even dance, with a ‘memorable’ celebration with music from Rumba Nois and Pep Botifarra.

Network of Memory Communities

Memòria Viva is a project which comes from the ongoing work of the Network of Memory Communities and at the same time forms part of the ‘Cultura Viva’ programme by the Barcelona Institute of Culture. The network provides help for collective culture processes for preserving memory in the city.

‘Cultura Viva’ is an open research and development programme for projects aimed at protecting the city’s cultural rights. It enables citizens to enjoy unhampered access to culture, regardless of sex, origins or ability. It also works to guarantee everybody’s right to cultural production, recognising citizen initiatives and the creation of networks to produce specific projects.


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