Presentation of the “Barcelona gegantera” project and 600 years of giants in Barcelona
On Wednesday, 8 September, at 7.30 pm
Palau de la Virreina (La Rambla, 99)
Did you know that the first reference to giants in Barcelona dates back 600 years? This first entry from 1424 will help us celebrate the anniversary from the Santa Eulàlia Festivities in 2023 through until 2024.
The celebrations get under way with the presentation of a project of more than considerable magnitude. “Barcelona gegantera” encompasses a book, a website and a series of video interviews with dozens of people involved in the city’s giant culture since this festival returned to the city's streets in the 1970s. Barcelona is an eminently giantesque city. The city has over 500 giants, belonging to schools, youth groups, neighbourhoods, associations, district and private owners.
As if that wasn’t enough, the project catalogues all the dances of the giants in the city, which have been recorded over the last two years. In addition, the traditional dance group of the Esbart Català de Dansaires has produced some records to include in the inventory of living dances of Catalonia. All this can be found on the website barcelona.cat/barcelonagegantera.
For the occasion, the celebrations to mark 600 years will also be presented, with numerous ceremonies and featuring all of the city’s popular culture groups, particularly the city’s own giants. One of the new aspects of the day’s proceedings will actually be courtesy of this pair. Did you know they belong to all the children of Barcelona?
Come along and find out!