Weekend: Biennial of Thought, Market of Markets and performing arts in PoblenouThis weekend brings more thought and reflection on the future of cities, along with gastronomy and the performing arts. The final days of the Biennial of Thought ‘Open City’ offers debates and other activities through until Sunday evening. A new edition of the Market of Markets gastronomy fair is being held in front of the cathedral, once again offering great food and local produce. In the Sant Martí district, the Escena Poblenou festival offers over twenty shows and activities and calls for equal opportunities for women in this sphere.
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The Biennial of Thought, a cultural event to reflect on the role of cities in the 21st century given the challenges of contemporary society, continues with activities and debates through until Sunday evening, when it rounds off with the poetry contest ‘Poetry Slam Barcelona’ in the Pati de les Dones at the CCCB at 9 pm.
Over ten different activities are scheduled for Thursday, including round table sessions on digital cities and digital freedom, the new challenges and frontiers of democracy, the role of art in philosophy and an analytical look at the experience of Madrid as a city. The Palau de la Música hosts the concert ‘Música per a la convivència’ in the evening and the day rounds off with the Nit de les Llibreries, with various city bookshops opening their doors to host debates, book presentations and poetry recitals.
On Friday the MediaTIC building is hosting a debate on the presence of women in the technology sector at 9.30 pm. Elsewhere, the Sant Pau Art Nouveau site is staging the city debate ‘Barcelona, ciutat oberta: DeBat a Bat’ at 6 pm and later, at 7.45 pm, the housing debate ‘Construir i habitar’. Round tables will also be conducted during the day on city and community, road connections and the forms of urban mobility which will dominate in the next few years.
At 10 am on Saturday the Ateneu l’Harmonia is hosting the round table ‘En transició cap a la ciutat visible’ to reflect on current issues such as rising housing costs, the boom in tourist flats and the risk of traditional commerce disappearing. The Sant Pau Art Nouveau site is also organising a debate on maternity, activism and democracy (6 pm), and during the day there will be sessions on freedom of expression, cultural rights and inequalities, diversity and coexistence (CCCB at 6 pm). The day ends with a concert by Yacine Belahcene in the Pati de les Dones at the CCCB.
On Sunday the Biennial starts at the CCCB with the children’s performance ‘Jugar a pensar’(11 am), with ludic and artistic activities and music. Later there’s a round table on migration and the arrival of refugees in Europe, many of them from Syria and the Maghreb (12 noon). At the same venue, Gani Mirzo and Neila Benbey will also be offering a concert at midday. The session ‘Passar, costi el que costi’ (5.30 pm) offers further reflection on refugees. The work of Perejaume and the Poetry Slam Barcelona round of this year’s Biennial. For the full programme click here.
Gastronomy and market produce
Av. Catedral once again fills with cuisine, tapas and market produce from Friday to Sunday, with a new edition of the Market of Markets backing sustainable, healthy local produce. Visitors will be able to try the best market tapas in a tasting area, buy fresh local produce at market stalls and take part in various ludic and family activities.
This edition is the first time that non-food markets in the city have taken part in the gastronomy market, such as the Mercat fira de Bellcaire – Els Encants Vells, Els Encants de Sant Antoni and the Mercat Dominical de Sant Antoni. The fair opens in the morning and will stay open until 9.30 pm on Friday, 10 pm on Saturday and 9 pm on Sunday. For more information on all the activities at the Market of Markets click here.
A committed arts festival
This weekend also brings the seventeenth edition of the Festival Escena Poblenou, an event committed to the idea that art and the stage can transform the world. This year’s edition calls for a performing arts scene where feminist thought and women have the same opportunities. To this end, the festival is inviting reflection on women activists, transformers and creators, with a programme committed to works by women.
The festival is being held at various venues, such as the Can Felipa community centre, Plaça de Can Felipa, the Sala Beckett, the Niu, the Hangar and Can Ricart, as well as shows in front of the Wad-Ras prison, in Plaça de Prim and other locations. On Thursday afternoon there are workshops and multidisciplinary activities, followed by dance and circus shows on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday the programme offers twenty shows, based around dance, circus, theatre and participatory projects. For the full programme click here.