Weekend: Pedalling, reading and relishing the local festivalThe middle of April brings a weekend where bicycles, books and popular culture take centre stage. Sunday sees the big bike ride and the Bicycle Festival, a civic and participatory day promoting healthy and sustainable mobility. On Saturday and Sunday, Món Llibre invites youngsters to dream, create and enjoy literature and culture. Elsewhere, with spring in full swing, the Sagrada Família neighbourhood will be celebrating with its local festival.
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The bicycle plays a star role in the city this Sunday. The Bicicletada is a popular bike ride with a 12 km route around the city centre, starting at 9 am and signalling the start of the Bicycle Festival. The bike ride sets off from the junction between C/ Aragó and C/ Roger de Flor and ends up at the junction between Pg. Sant Joan and Pg. Lluís Companys.
The Bicycle Festival takes place at the Arc de Triomf and features a fair organised by various organisations and a programme of activities and workshops for the general public. Activities include circuits for children between the ages of 3 and 7, others for those between the ages of 8 and 16, cargo bike races, races for mechanics, magic shows, acrobatics and graffiti sessions. All activities are detailed here.
Literary festival for children
Sant Jordi’s Day is just around the corner and this weekend brings Món Llibre, the literary festival for children. The programme includes activities at various venues from 11 am to 7.30 pm on Saturday and Sunday, including the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), the MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels and Plaça de Joan Coromines.
The festival aims to boost reading among children and teenagers through a series of activities such as storytelling, workshops, exhibitions, stage performances based on literature and a library packed with stories, emotions and adventures. The full programme is detailed here.
Ten days for popular culture
The Sagrada Família neighbourhood, in the district of L’Eixample, will be immersed in its local festival from this weekend up to 22 April, with all kinds of activities being organised to liven up the neighbourhood’s social and cultural life.
Traditional popular culture features high on the festival agenda this year, with a parade of giants, an afternoon of fire, dance displays and a human towers gathering. The full festival programme can be found here.