Inclusive La Mercè

The most inclusive Festa Major: one Mercè for all

With just the strength of her arms, an acrobat sitting in a wheelchair is supporting her colleague, who is holding herself perfectly horizontal to the ground. This is the picture in the illustration at the top of this message, created by artist Sonia Pulido, and you’ll also see it at the various shows programmed for this Mercè: everyone, in their diversity, can experience Barcelona’s Festa Major intensely and enjoy a varied range of activities.

Even if you’re one of the stars of the activities… You just have to take a walk in Parc de la Ciutadella in the evening between Friday 21st and Sunday 23rd to see the Ara dones cabaret, in which Yur Dance is taking part, a Barcelona-based company that shows how dance has no barriers either. Or Parc de la Trinitat, where ILL-Abilities awaits you with their show No Excuses, No Limits, which will show you how the apparent limitations of the dancers vanish the moment they start dancing urban dances. At Castell de Montjuïc, Madrid-based company (Cia)3 will show you in Mur how well performers of different abilities work together.

But it’s not all shows. If it’s sport you like, remember that the classic Cursa de la Mercè fun run, featuring a 10-kilometre circuit, includes a 2-kilometre competition adapted for sportspeople with intellectual disability or reduced mobility. While on Plaça de Catalunya, during the Become a Friend of the Mercè, where the work done by the city’s associations is on display, you’ll be able to play basketball and board games at the Mental Health Olympiad, play chess or learn to how to make a game accessible so that everyone can play it. Ah! And you’ll also be able to dance, watch a play produced by the Association of Non-Standard Women, enjoy good music and dancing, or learn to tie up your shoelaces with just one hand, and so get to know the everyday life of people who, for various reasons, are unable to use both their arms.

Also, many of the city’s museums are opening their doors for free to celebrate La Mercè. Check out the websites of each of these Barcelona institutions to see their accessibility and the additional activities that they are organising, some of which may be charged.

In any event, don’t forget that as well as the inclusive artistic suggestions and activities and workshops of all kinds, very many of the activities at La Mercè are accessible and open to everyone. Traditional activities, dance shows, street theatre, fado concerts, world music, pop-rock, flamenco... Check out the programme for the shows and activities especially recommended by each venue's artistic directors and... live the most intense Mercè. Before leaving home, though, click here to see all the information about the accessibility of the venues you’re planning on visiting.