Weekend: Festival fun and popular culture with Santa Eulàlia and carnival paradesIt’s party time in the city this weekend with the celebrations for Santa Eulàlia, the winter version of Barcelona’s local festival. From Friday to Monday, the streets will fill with festive giants, devils, dancers, dragons, eagles and mules. On Sunday there’s a human towers gathering in Plaça Sant Jaume with the all the city’s groups, including the Castellers de Sarrià, back in the fray after a fourteen year absence. The fun and revelry of carnival and a puppet show in the Jardins Muñoz Ramonet also stand out this weekend.
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Once again this year, pupils in their third, fourth and fifth years of primary school get festivities under way for Santa Eulàlia with the children’s proclamation. This educational exercise familiarises them with political institutions and public participation in Barcelona. The city is full of activities for everyone from Friday to Monday.
Four days and a string of activities
On Friday evening the city centre is the scene for the Protocols de l’Àliga, an intense occasion featuring the city eagle and starting in Pl. Sant Jaume at 8 pm. An hour later the eagle will be performing its special ball de l’Àliga dance inside the Santa Maria del Mar temple. Saturday brings sardana dancing, giants’ meetings and puppets in the morning, followed in the afternoon by a traditional dance performance from the Esbart Català Dansaire group, the seventh meeting of tabaler drummers, the fire run and dance at the cathedral and much more. Sunday gets under way with a wake-up call from graller players, followed later by a procession and gathering by Barcelona’s human towers groups in Pl. Sant Jaume at 11 am. On Monday, festivities continue throughout the day. In the afternoon, there’ll be a meeting of festive mulassa figures and the tradition stroll and dance by the Laies (giants).
On Saturday and Sunday, marking a hundred years since the birth of Maria Aurèlia Capmany (former municipal councillor who in 1983 played a key role in reintroducing the festivities for Santa Eulàlia), the City Hall will be holding open days. At the same time, an exhibition of festive mulassa figures from around Catalonia is on at La Virreina until 11 February, coinciding with the 450th birthday of the Mulassa de Barcelona. Check out the full programme for Santa Eulàlia here.
Crowded parades, carnival dances, omelette competitions, communal meals, fancy dress contests, mask-making and make-up workshops, children’s activities and more. Fat Thursday and King Carnestoltes get the festivities under way for the annual bash where topsy-turvy is the norm and fun is obligatory.
Saturday afternoon brings the Carnavalassu, filling the main streets in the Gòtic neighbourhood and old quarter with music, revelry and fun. Things kick off at 4.30 pm with the children’s parade, the Petit Carnavalassu, which ends up on Plaça de la Mercè with children’s entertainment and a concert by Punk Party Band. On Saturday, over thirty different carnival parades are planned in the neighbourhoods. For more details click here.
Puppet show in the Jardins Muñoz Ramonet
The Jardins Muñoz Ramonet have become a green space in the neighbourhood of Sant Gervasi, open to culture and all sectors of the public. Throughout the year, the Fundació Muñoz Ramonet is organising open-air shows for people to enjoy culture while surrounded by nature.
At midday on Sunday there’s a chance to see the puppet show Pipa, el titella meravella, by Néstor Navarro. This zany comedy stars Pipa, a puppet from Barcelona who has travelled all over and is thus a worldly soul.