Weekend: Tres Tombs for Sant Antoni, homage to rumba and an audio-visual festival for young peopleFestivities to mark Sant Antoni in the city continue. Saturday brings the 193rd edition of the Tres Tombs, which sets off from the neighbourhood of Sant Antoni and ends up in Plaça Sant Jaume. The neighbourhood of El Clot also joins the celebrations, with a new custom based around the Pork del Clot big head figure. On Saturday, Catalan rumba takes over the neighbourhood of El Raval and is the focus for a grand celebration. Elsewhere, the Reteena young people’s audio-visual festival winds up this weekend at the Fabra i Coats with a series of activities and workshops.
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Festivities for Sant Antoni reach the centre of the city on 20 January. The city’s oldest Tres Tombs procession starts at 11 am in the neighbourhood of Sant Antoni, with numerous jennets and carriages of all sizes and styles. The parade will head for Plaça Sant Jaume, where music is in store and cake will be given out to everyone until there’s none left.
Throughout the day on Saturday, the neighbourhood of El Clot will also be marking Sant Antoni with the Porkada del Clot, now in its fourth year. The celebration includes children’s workshops, a tapas route and a procession, before rounding off with a fire-run featuring fire-bearing pig figures. As from 9.30 am on Sunday, the Sant Antoni fun run get under way. This is one of the best-known and most popular runs in the city and reaches its 40th edition with the aim of attracting 5,000 runners.
Rumba spreads through El Raval
On Saturday the neighbourhood of El Raval fills with rumba with a public celebration hailing the historical origin of this musical genre which is so important for Barcelona. The celebrations begin at 11 am with free rumba workshops and a radio programme in C/ Cera interviewing local residents, musicians and artists.
At 12.30 pm a rumba procession featuring Sam Mosketon, Jack Tarradellas and Cajones Sanroqueros will make its way along C/ Cera and two party walls devoted to rumba’s past and present will be inaugurated. In the afternoon, music lovers have the chance to enjoy concerts by Peret Reyes (Chipén), Marinah (Ojos de Brujo) and Petitet i l’Orquestra Simfònica de la Rumba, accompanied by artists such as Los Amaya, Maruja Garrido and La Tía Pepi.
Young people’s audio-visual festival
The first edition of Reteena, the Festival Audiovisual Jove de Barcelona, concludes on Saturday with a day of workshops and activities at the Fabra i Coats. The festival has seen various films screened at the Cinema Texas from 15 to 19 January, such as La propera pell, by Isa Campo and Isaki Lacuesta, El himno del corazón, by Tatsuyuki Nagai, and El soñador, byAdrián Saba.
Reteena, aimed at youngsters between the ages of 13 and 19, has been conceived as a place for discovery, reflection and audio-visual experimentation. As from 10 am on Saturday, the Fabra i Coats is offering a programme with numerous activities: workshops on stop-motion, filmic language, the creation of videos via Instagram, a critical approach to video clips from a gender perspective, radio, soundtracks, photo portraits and more.