Weekend: Architecture, poetry, new roses and the Sant Ponç fairThe second weekend in May sees two events coincide which promote literature, verse and architectural and urban beauty in the city: Poetry Week and Architecture Week. The 19th edition of the International New Roses Competition is on in the Parc de Cervantes from Friday to Sunday, while on Saturday the Sant Ponç fair is being held in Carrer de l’Hospital, in the Raval neighbourhood, with stalls selling candied fruit, honey and fragrant herbs.
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Architecture Week is on from 9 to 19 May and offers over a hundred activities relating to the world of architecture. This year’s edition coincides with the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus school and so some of the activities will be reflecting on the legacy of the different architecture movements from the early 20th century.
The ten-day event offers lectures, debates, workshops, architecture routes, contests, promotional spaces and children’s activities around the city’s ten districts. There’s also a tree-planting exercise in the Parc de Collserola, by the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, and a chance to discover some hidden corners of historical heritage sites and buildings which cannot usually be accessed. See the full programme here.
Verses, recital and music
The Barcelona Poesia 2019 festival started on 8 May and goes on until 16 May. The festival offers twenty activities this weekend, with verses, recitals and music taking centre stage. Poetry Week comes packed with different activities: readings, performances, debates, concerts and even poetry battles in a ring. The Poesia Jocs Florals award will also be presented during the festival (Monday 13 May in the afternoon).
An experimental poetry performance is also being organised in homage to Pere Quart on Friday afternoon, as well as the concert Intocables, with Gerard Quintana & Oest Trip. On Saturday there’s a poetry recital and rumba, in homage to Víctor Català, and a literary itinerary around the city of the 19th and 20th centuries. Sunday brings a reading workshop on the experience of mourning and a visual poetry show. See the full programme here.
New roses competition in the Parc de Cervantes
Coinciding with when roses are in bloom, the rose garden in the Parc de Cervantes is the setting for the 19th International New Roses Competition. The rose garden will be open from Friday afternoon until midday on Sunday, with visitors able to vote for the best Citizen Rose on Saturday and Sunday.
Over the two days the park will be hosting various activities, such as lectures, guided visits, concerts, gastronomy displays with roses and floral art. On Sunday the winning roses will be announced (1 pm to 1.45 pm), along with the result of the popular vote for the Citizen Rose 2019. See all the activities here.
Sant Ponç fair in El Raval
Carrer de l’Hospital, in the neighbourhood of El Raval, will be full of stalls selling candied fruit, honey and fragrant herbs throughout the day on Saturday. The fair is one of the oldest and most popular in the city and is organised by the Unió de Sant Ponç. The history of the city says that the Sant Ponç fair has its origins in the ancient custom of herbalists bringing medicinal herbs for the sick. A series of play-based activities are also being organised at the fair.