Christmas Festival in Plaça de Catalunya and Plaça de la Universitat

Music, films, street arts, performing arts and participatory activities. A festival for everyone!

Place:

Plaça de Catalunya
Plaça de la Universitat

Dates:

from 18 to 30 December

Time:

Plaça de Catalunya
from 10 am to 9.45 pm.

Plaça de la Universitat
from 10 am to 10 pm.

The Christmas Festival took place in Plaça de Catalunya from 18 to 30 December 2021. This year, Plaça de la Universitat joined in the proposed activities, with an interactive Merry Christmas(es) installation, a real-time conversation on the diverse range of ways of experiencing Christmas today.

Plaça de Catalunya was the festival’s nerve centre: family activities, music, films, street arts, performing arts and participatory activities. A festival for everyone!
The project, created by scenographer and architect Juli Sanjuan Palma, featured a Christmas scene that will fill the area with warmth.

But you could also take part in the proposed Domestic Data Streamers study in Plaça de la Universitat. An interactive architectural piece that turned movement into votes and created collective Christmas stories.

Mornings in Plaça de Catalunya: Christmas with the family

Family activities with two time slots. Participatory activities kicked off every morning in the square, inviting the public to enjoy literature, artistic creativity, a love of nature and games. And one curiosity... Electronica-music duo b1n0 created a special new Christmas carol based on data gathered from several very famous carols..

Afterwards the whole family were to dance to “Transmissions”, a show that used music, audio-visuals, words and movement to take an in-depth look at the history of the urban dances that evolved in the United States and have now become a way to reclaim identity that has spread all over the world.

Music afternoons and street art

The Barcelona band Hip Horns Brass Collective opened the afternoon activities with festive music, a mixture of funkhip-hop and soul brass.
Later street performance took centre stage. There were five different events over the course of the festival. A programme put together thanks to the involvement of FiraTàrrega, Trapezi and the Sismògraf festival: dance, acrobatics, theatre, performance, visual beauty and fun!

Films and music at Tants Nadals

Tants Nadals was a journey through the Barcelonas of the past. Films and live music joined forces to transport you to a variety of places and times. A time tunnel created by the film maker Núria G. Lorang and the music group Seward, featuring performers from the Liceu Conservatory. A thirty minute journey through the cold, the snow, Christmas, meals, lights, streets, caga tiós [a traditional children’s Christmas game in Catalonia], torrons [typical Christmas sweet treats], children’s Christmas-wish letters and gifts. A brilliant kaleidoscope of our city from 1929 to 1989.

In collaboration with Filmoteca de Catalunya, Betevé, Fabra i Coats: Fàbrica de Creació and RTVE.

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Music

The city’s great female singers were the ones filling the square with good music, each in her own distinctive style. Jazz from the Andrea Motis Trio, electro funk from Meritxell Nedderman, blues and country from Clara Gispert, vibrant trumpet playing from Memi Sillah, R&B from Aura, energy from The Sey Sisters and soul and fun from Aiala.

And also

As part of the 150th-anniversary tribute to Segundo de Chomón, Filmoteca de Catalunya brought examples of work by that great director with close links to our city to the screen during breaks between activities.

And this year Plaça de Catalunya once again hosted the Responsible Consumption and Social and Solidarity Economy Fair, showing us all how to shop and consume sustainably and with solidarity throughout the year in all the city’s districts.

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Music, films, street arts, performing arts and participatory activities. A festival for everyone!

Place:

Plaça de Catalunya
Plaça de la Universitat

Dates:

from 18 to 30 December

Time:

Plaça de Catalunya
from 10 am to 9.45 pm.

Plaça de la Universitat
from 10 am to 10 pm.

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