Weekend: 'Seeing Green', photos of Barcelona’s cultural life and the sustainable art festivalBefore Christmas hits us full on, the first weekend in December offers three cultural events of a different nature. Firstly, there’s a travelling exhibition on greenery in the city and the people who have helped it flourish. A second exhibition looks at the photography of Eduard Olivella and his link with the city’s cultural life, while Saturday and Sunday bring the International Sustainable Art Festival, featuring artwork and live art shows, music and gastronomy to prompt awareness on key topics for the future, such as the environment and migration.
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The exhibition ‘Mirades del Verd’ (Seeing Green) is a chance to discover the evolution and growth of Barcelona’s Parks and gardens from various perspectives: their origins and history (from the 19th century to the present day); the benefits they bring for biodiversity, health and community life; and accounts from gardeners who have worked in them over the years.
This travelling exhibition will go on display in five green spaces in the city: Parc del Guinardó (from 1 to 17 December); Parc Central de Nou Barris (18 December to 7 January); Parc de Joan Miró (from 8 to 29 January); Plaça Lesseps (30 January to 19 February); Parc de la Barceloneta (from 20 February to 12 March). The display can be visited from 10 am to 6 pm every day of the week. For more information click here.
Barcelona’s cultural life
The Arxiu Fotogràfic de Barcelona is offering the exhibition ‘Eduard Olivella. Documentant cultura’, a selection of over a hundred photos and documents covering the career of Olivella, self-taught photographer, teacher and critic, and his relationship with Barcelona’s cultural life.
The exhibition is on until 18 May next year and documents the experiences of Barcelona’s middle classes from the start of the 1970s until after the Olympic Games, a period characterised by a huge dynamism and growth in the consumption of culture.
Sustainable art festival
On Saturday and Sunday the Drap-Art 18 turns the Museu Marítim into the focus of Mediterranean culture. This year’s international sustainable art event includes 60 works of art, 50 artists, live art and music, workshops, lectures and gastronomy to raise social awareness on social and environmental issues for the Mediterranean and the Catalan coast.
This year’s edition features various artists offering live events. For instance, the German artist Boris Hoppek will be prompting public awareness on immigration from a very particular perspective where dark humour and ambiguity are the main ingredients. Another example is the painter Francisco de Pájaro, creator of Art is Trash, who uses rubbish to make art.