Weekend: The value of design, gastronomy on La Rambla and smiles as giftsThe second weekend in June brings Barcelona Design Week, a joint initiative by the Barcelona Design Centre (BCD) and the Fostering Arts and Design (FAD) association. The heart of the Ciutat Vella district will also be celebrating with a new edition of Tast a la Rambla, offering tastings and culinary activities. Elsewhere, the Pallapupas solidarity clowns are organising special days at the Zoo and Tibidabo to show how laughter can really help children with illnesses.
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Barcelona Design Week is on from 5 to 14 June and is backed by the Museu del Disseny and the Biblioteca del Clot. The programme offers over 130 activities to help neighbourhoods engage with design and to strengthen local talent. The event reflects on consumption and design, using the concept of ‘revalue’ to foster a more sustainable society.
This is the second year that the Poblenou neighbourhood is one of the protagonists for the event, with a special programme on Saturday. A selection of films from the Milano Design Film Festival will also be shown on Saturday, as well as a creative gastronomy workshop and a secret session with an artist to be broadcast via social media.
Sunday sees the Gastronomy and Design Festival at the Disseny Hub Barcelona, aimed at bringing together two related worlds which feed off one another. See the full programme for Barcelona Design Week here.
Tast a la Rambla
Tast a la Rambla is a gastronomy event being held in the heart of the city from Thursday to Sunday, involving 60 restaurants, 70 chefs and 50 workshops. Live cooking, chefs’ recipes, wine and cava tastings, degustation of other products and a tapas contest are all planned.
Participants in this year’s edition include Oriol Balaguer, Ada Parellada, Juanjo Rodríguez Thomas, Carles Abellan, Albert Raurich and Hideki Matsuhisa. The tasting section is divided into five main areas: tapas and small dishes; traditional cooking; cakes; signature dishes and Asian food. See the full programme here.
The power of a smile
The weekend of 9 and 10 June is once again dominated by solidarity, with the Pallapupas organising Un Dia de Nassos (Nose Day). The initiative aims to raise awareness about the importance of laughter in improving the psychological and physical welfare of hospitalised children.
Over the weekend, various recreational and leisure facilities around Catalonia will be offering half priced admission, with part of the money going to help the Pallapupas carry out their work. Barcelona Zoo and the Tibidabo Amusement Park are both taking part in the initiative.