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Children’s Proclamation

Friday, 7 February. 10 am
Plaça de Sant Jaume

The Children's Proclamation is an educational activity addressed at pupils from Years 3, 4 and 5 of primary school to promote and raise awareness of children’s rights. The aim is to introduce the youngest city residents to citizen participation and shared responsibility. Under the slogan “Moving around Barcelona in an environmentally friendly way", this year’s opening speech will be delivered in Plaça de Sant Jaume, in the presence of the Mayor of Barcelona and members of the City Council.

The theatre company Xiula will perform their participative show Donem-li una volta al cos.

St Eulàlia Festivities Artisan Fair

From 9 to 12 February, from 9 am to 9 pm
Avinguda de la Catedral

For the St Eulàlia festivities, artisans from the world of wood, clay, metal and natural foods will set up their stalls on Avinguda de la Catedral to bring us their handmade products.

Protocols de l’Àliga

Friday, 7 February. 8 pm
Starting in Plaça Sant Jaume

Route: Plaça de Sant Jaume, Carrer de Jaume I, Plaça de l’Àngel, Carrer de l’Argenteria, Carrer dels Sombrerers, Placeta de Montcada, Passeig del Born, Carrer de Santa Maria, Fossar de les Moreres and Plaça de Santa Maria. Arriving at Plaça de Santa Maria del Mar at around 8.50 pm. At 9 pm, the Eagle Dance will take place inside the Santa Maria del Mar Basilica

Leading a solemn procession starting from Plaça de Sant Jaume will be the Àliga de la Ciutat, or the City Eagle, accompanied by the Coronela de Barcelona, the Barcelona Lion, the Santa Maria del Mar Giants and the Perot Rocaguinarda Trabucaires with their blunderbusses, who together form the Protocols de l’Àliga. The procession will culminate in one of the most emotive and solemn events of the festivities: the traditional Ball de l’Àliga, or Eagle’s Dance, which will be performed at the presbytery and in front of the altar of Santa Maria del Mar Basilica.

Barcelona’s City Eagle, first documented in the 14th century, used to enjoy the privilege of dancing inside the city’s churches and its dance was regarded as the highest honour that could be paid to illustrious visitors. However, the Nueva Planta Decree and prohibitions of 1771 so undermined its symbolism that it eventually disappeared. The Àliga de Barcelona was reclaimed in 1989, as part of the Project for Recovering the Festival Imagery of Old Barcelona.

NU(e)S

Friday, 7 February. 8.15 pm
Plaça de Sant Jaume
An Esbart Maragall show

NU(e)S explores our roots as the starting point for building a future that is only achieved through conflict. A reflection on change, revolt, fear and what is unknown for us. This is the first show created and choreographed entirely by Esbart Maragall, who rise to this new challenge with a starkly sincere production.

18th Exhibition of Small Giants of the Coordinadora Festival Groups and 16th Exhibition of Small Giants and other school items.

Saturday 8, 10.00 am
Plaça dels Àngels

Street parade: 11.00 Route: Plaça dels Àngels, Carrer d’Elisabets, Plaça and Carrer del Bonsuccés, La Rambla, Carrer de Ferran, Plaça de Sant Jaume (arrival around 12.15 pm).

The under-14 figures of the giant carrier groups and schools, which have been created over the years to encourage the participation of children in the world of giant carriers (geganters) and which will be on display from 2 February, will parade along the city's streets and will then say farewell until the next gathering on Plaça de Sant Jaume.

Concert-tour of Ciutat Vella's organs

Saturday 8 February, from 10 am to 5.30 pm

Free activity. Limited places.

More information
Registration here

A unique opportunity to discover and listen to seven of Ciutat Vella's main organs, which were rescued during the Spanish Civil War and have been restored in the last few years. A number of professional organists will reveal the secrets of these priceless instruments and perform a short concert for visitors. The tour includes the organs of Palau de la Música, Barcelona Cathedral, and those of the basilicas of Sant Just i Pastor, Santa Maria del Mar, La Mercè, Palau Güell and the Capella de l’Esperança.

For further details, go to barcelona.cat/santaeulalia.

La Casa dels Entremesos

Opening times: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm. Sunday and Monday, closed
Plaça de les Beates, 2

www.lacasadelsentremesos.cat

Permanent exhibition:
Festive Barcelona imagery: giants, dwarves, beasts and puppets

Temporary exhibitions:
200 years of castles in Barcelona: 50 years of solidarity
A Castellers de Barcelona production

1938. El barri de la Catedral sota les bombes. The Sant Roc Annual Festival just before and after the war
A Plaça Nova Festival Association production.

Thursday, 6 February, at 6 pm
Presentation of the book in braille: El conte de la Víbria
Organised by the Plaça Nova Festival Association

Thursday, 6 February, at 8 pm
Presentation of the CD Músiques del MercèDansa
Organised by Esbart Català de Dansaires

Saturday , 8 February, 11.30 am
Traditional puppets
Panxito the cook and Banyeta the demon
A show featuring one-hundred-year-old puppets from Titelles Sebastià Vergés

 

17th Santa Eulàlia Children's Sardana Gathering.

Saturday 8, 10.30 am
Plaça de Sant Jaume
Featuring the Cobla Contemporània

The new generations of sardana dancers come together once again at this annual event to celebrate the national dance.

St Eulàlia Stick Dancing Festival

Saturday 8, 10.00 am
Av. Catedral

Street parade: 11.45 am. Route: Plaça Nova, Carrer dels Arcs, Portal de l’Àngel, Carrer de Santa Anna, Carrer de la Canuda, Plaça de la Vila de Madrid, Carrer de Francesc Pujols, Carrer del Duc, Plaça de la Cucurulla, Carrer del Pi, Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol, Carrer de la Palla, Carrer dels Banys Nous, Baixada de Santa Eulàlia, Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, Carrer de Montjuïc del Bisbe, Carrer del Bisbe and Plaça de Sant Jaume.

Dance exhibition: Plaça de Sant Jaume, 1.30 pm

Barcelona’s stick dancing groups (colles bastoneres) will perform the city’s different stick dances and they have also invited other groups from Catalonia and beyond to give us a feel for the diversity and value of this dance. This year, the Danses Guerreres de Todolella, from the county of Ports in Castelló, will this year join Bastoners de l’Arboç, with their proverbial strength and vitality. The Ball de Panderos from Vendrell and the group from Vilanova will also be performing their version of this sister dance using tambourines rather than sticks.

The city's host groups taking part in the Stick Dancing Festival are the Bastoners de Barcelona and the stick dancing groups from Esbart Català de Dansaires, Gràcia, Poble Sec, Casc Antic, Raval, Ballets de Catalunya, Ball de Bastons del Clot, El Bastó de Sarrià, Bastonera d’Horta and Colla Ball de Bastons de Sant Andreu.

17th Exhibition of Children’s and Young People’s Traditional and Folk Dance Groups

Saturday 8 and Sunday 9, 12 pm
Avinguda de la Catedral

Traditional folk dancing is still going strong. It is passed on to the new generations of dancers, who belong to the many esbarts (dance groups) for children and young adults around the country. During the St Eulàlia Festival, they gather on Avinguda de la Catedral to entertain us with their dances and their passion for this tradition.

With the Cobla Ciutat of Terrassa musical ensemble, directed by Jordi Núñez, the following folk-dance groups participate in this spectacle:

Saturday 8: Esbart Català de Dansaires, Esbart Ciutat Comtal, Esbart Sant Martí, Esbart Maragall

Sunday, 9: Esbart Sant Jordi, Esbart Joventut Nostra, Ballets de Catalunya, Bitrac Dansa Igualada

 

Els Batecs de la Laia.<br>9th Drummer's Gathering

Saturday 8, 5 pm
Plaça Reial

Street parade: Plaça Reial, Passatge de Colom, La Rambla, Carrer de Ferran, Plaça de Sant Jaume

 

The drummers from Barcelona’s devil and fire-beast festival groups will assemble in Plaça Reial for the 9th Drummers Gathering where they will evoke St Eulalia’s heart beats with their thundering drum strokes. It will be a big drum session to spread the festival sound and rhythm round the Barri Gòtic’s streets.

The dance of Santa Eulàlia with Esbart Santa Eulàlia

Saturday 8, 5 pm
Avinguda de la Catedral

sbart Santa Eulàlia, with the Cobla Ciutat de Granollers, offers a modern take on the Ball de Santa Eulàlia on Avinguda de la Catedral.

Performance from the Esbart Català de Dansaires folk-dance group

Saturday 8, 5:30 pm
Avinguda de la Catedral
Amb l’acompanyament musical de la Cobla Ciutat de Granollers

Founded in 1908, the Esbart Català de Dansaires folk-dance group is the oldest in Catalonia.

Santa Eulalia Route

Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 February, 6pm and 6.30 pm
Leaving from el Fossar de les Moreres

Free activity. You must register beforehand at barcelona.cat/santaeulalia

The Joan Amades Cultural Association will show you all the nooks and crannies of Barcelona associated with St Eulalia, on a guided tour which will even feature musical accompaniment.

Correfocs

Saturday 8, 6:15 pm and 8.15pm
Plaça de Sant Jaume

Small devils and beasts’ fire run
Saturday 8, 6.15 pm, Plaça de Sant Jaume
Route: Plaça de Sant Jaume, Carrer de Ferran, La Rambla, Passatge de Colom and Plaça Reial

29th Santa Eulàlia Fire Run
Saturday 8, 8.15 am, Plaça Reial
Route: Plaça Reial, Passatge de Colom, La Rambla, Carrer de Ferran, Plaça de Sant Jaume

When it gets dark, the fire beasts and devils will come out onto the streets, spurred on by the deafening beat of the drums, and they will come together to start an unrestrained, pyrotechnic street parade. The children will lead the fire events, with the child-size fire run of small devils and beasts on Saturday evening. Later, the Correfoc de Santa Eulàlia will begin: the Dragon, She-dragon, Serene Dragon, Mule, Bull, Marsh Harrier and the Dolphin dance between the flames and sparks with the devils of Kinta Forka, the Barri Gòtic and Tarascaires, until they reach Plaça de Sant Jaume and the end of the fire run, where the participating festival groups will put on a show of drums and flames.

PLEASE NOTE:

The fire festival is one of the most entertaining events of the St Eulàlia celebrations but it is important to take great care. If you wish to participate, do not forget:

  • You should cover your head, wear a handkerchief around your neck, and long sleeves and trousers. Also wear cotton clothes, not synthetic. You should wear comfortable footwear so that you can run when necessary.

  • Be particularly careful if you are with small children and keep at a safe distance from the fire. Do not let go of children and remember that for them, there is a fire run suitable for their age with a lower fire intensity.

  • If the fire run goes past your home or shop, fold up the canopies, cover your windows and close your shutters.

  • No alcohol or glass: while the fire run is taking place, avoid alcohol. If you are carrying a drink, do not use a glass or glass bottles. Broken glass is dangerous.

  • Do not forget that the fire run is a lot of fun, but if you do not follow the basic safety rules, it can also be dangerous. Join the festival but enjoy it sensibly.

  • Remember to always follow the instructions of the stewards, who will be well identified.

<i>'Eulàlia'</i>, a dance show at the Cathedral

Saturday 8, 9 pm
Catedral de Barcelona

For the seventh year running, Esbart Ciutat Comtal presents Eulàlia (Ciutat de Barcelona award 2013), a music and dance show performed inside Barcelona Cathedral on top of the crypt where the body of St Eulalia lies, in homage to the patroness and in celebration of the values of freedom, equality and justice.

Organised by choreographer Lluís Calduch and with music by Francesc Cassú, ‘Eulàlia’ recreates the life of the saint from her profession through to her crucifixion, including the different forms of torture she suffered, through dance numbers, non-verbal performance and compositions with choreographed movements based on various folk and religious sources from Catalan popular culture.

Morning parade of Graller musicians

Sunday 9, 10.20 am
Baixada de Santa Eulàlia

Early in the morning, the Graller musicians parading through the streets of Barri Gòtic will bring word that the city is celebrating its annual winter festival. Answer the call! Come out and enjoy the St Eulàlia festivities.

Els Falcons de Barcelona

Sunday 9, 10.20 am
Plaça de Sant Jaume

Stating performance and street parade: 10.00 am. Route: Plaça Nova, Carrer del Bisbe, Plaça de Sant Jaume

The Falcons de Barcelona will parade from Plaça Nova along Carrer del Bisbe where they will garland a figure in honour of the patroness in front of Santa Eulàlia’s door in the Cathedral’s cloister. In Plaça de Sant Jaume, the Falcons will construct their spectacular human figures, defying gravity with their impressive balancing ability. Apart from their classic constructions, such as the stairs and the pyre, the Falcons from Barcelona always like to innovate and take risks to bring us new figures. The Falcons de Barcelona were introduced to the St Eulàlia festivities in 2003 and their origin lies in the Sokol (in Czech, ‘falcon’), a gymnastics association created in Prague in 1862 which extended its model to several European countries, including Catalonia, where it was launched in around 1928.

38th Gathering of the Ciutat Vella giants and the St Eulalia entourage

Sunday 9, 10.30 am
Gathering at Plaça Reial

Sunday 9, 10.30 am, gathering at Plaça Reial; 11.30 am, start of the entourage

Dance of St Eulalia Festivities and wreath-laying ceremony, 12 pm, Baixada de Santa Eulàlia

Dances of Laia, the Eagle and City giants, and St Eulalia's Dance, 1.15 pm, Plaça de Sant Jaume.

Route: Plaça Reial, Passatge de Colom, La Rambla, Carrer de la Portaferrissa, Plaça de la Cucurulla, Carrer dels Boters, Plaça Nova, Carrer del Bisbe, Carrer de Sant Sever, Baixada de Santa Eulàlia, Carrer dels Banys Nous, Carrer de Ferran, Plaça de Sant Jaume

The giants of all of Barcelona’s giant festival groups along with their guests will meet for this large gathering in Plaça Reial before joining the St Eulalia entourage. This is one of the oldest and most ceremonious events of the annual winter festival. The first gathering, held in 1983, with only two festival groups, was the beginning of the contemporary St Eulalia celebrations.

The small giant Laia and the St Eulàlia banner will lead the parade, followed by the Barcelona Communal Retinue, the City’s Giants, the Eagle, the Lion and the other members of the city's traditional animal figures. Then, led by the Gegants del Pi and the Gegants de la Plaça Nova, the other giants, dwarfs and smaller giants gathered in the square will join the Retinue, carrying on to Plaça de Sant Jaume.

12th Lacemaker’s Gathering

Sunday 9, 11.00 am
Carrer dels Arcs and Portal de l’Àngel

Five hundred lacemakers from all over Catalonia set out their cushions, threads, bobbins, patterns and needles all along Carrer dels Arcs and Portal de l’Àngel to demonstrate the art of making bobbin lace, a hugely important activity in the Catalan textile industry between the 18th and the mid-20th century. Do not miss the unmistakeable sound of the thousands of wooden bobbins under the deft movements of the fingers of the craft people that keep this tradition alive.

 

Human tower performances with groups from Barcelona

Sunday 9, 11.00 am
Plaça de Sant Jaume

Barcelona’s human castle groups from Sants, Vila de Gràcia, El Poble-sec, Sagrada Família and Sarrià, in addition to Jove de Barcelona and, Els Esquerdats, from Esquerra de l’Eixample, will congregate in Plaça Nova at 10.15 am to set off all together for Plaça de Sant Jaume. A procession will set off from Carrer del Bisbe, with the casteller groups raising single-pillar towers in honour of the patron saint, at the Cathedral cloister's Santa Eulàlia gate. The eight human-tower groups will be holding a old-style, combined performance at 11 am in Plaça de Sant Jaume. Each will build three human towers in a time limit of 90 minutes.

This marks the beginning of the festival season with the first human tower event of the year.

17th Exhibition of Children’s and Young People’s Traditional and Folk Dance Groups

Sunday 9, 12 pm
A l’avinguda de la Catedral

Traditional folk dancing is still going strong. It is passed on to the new generations of dancers, who belong to the many esbarts (dance groups) for children and young adults around the country. During the St Eulàlia Festival, they gather on Avinguda de la Catedral to entertain us with their dances and their passion for this tradition.

With the Cobla Ciutat of Terrassa musical ensemble, directed by Jordi Núñez, the following folk-dance groups participate in this spectacle:

Saturday 8: Esbart Català de Dansaires, Esbart Ciutat Comtal, Esbart Sant Martí, Esbart Maragall

Sunday, 9: Esbart Sant Jordi, Esbart Joventut Nostra, Ballets de Catalunya, Bitrac Dansa Igualada

<i>'Eulàlia'</i>, a dance show at the Cathedral

Sunday 9, 4.45 pm
Catedral de Barcelona

For the seventh year running, Esbart Ciutat Comtal presents Eulàlia (Ciutat de Barcelona award 2013), a music and dance show performed inside Barcelona Cathedral on top of the crypt where the body of St Eulalia lies, in homage to the patroness and in celebration of the values of freedom, equality and justice.

Organised by choreographer Lluís Calduch and with music by Francesc Cassú, ‘Eulàlia’ recreates the life of the saint from her profession through to her crucifixion, including the different forms of torture she suffered, through dance numbers, non-verbal performance and compositions with choreographed movements based on various folk and religious sources from Catalan popular culture.

Double session of sardanas with the Cobla Ciutat de Terrassa and Cobla Mediterrània

Sunday 9, 5 pm
Av. de la Catedral de Barcelona

The Sant Eulàlia festivities mark the start of the sardana season, a dance that is a must at any annual festival. Find an open circle of dancers and join the fun of the dance. Organised by the Agrupació Cultural Folklòrica Barcelona dance group.

Fantastical beasts! Street parade, demonstration of beasts’ dances and fire fights

Sunday 9, 5 pm
Palau de la Virreina

Parade route: Carrer de Ferran, Plaça de Sant Jaume.

Dance demonstration and fire spectacles: 5.45 pm, Plaça de Sant Jaume

Atzeries, Bretolàs, Nèbula, Hydros, Tolc, the Beast of Parets del Vallès, Magnafoc from Vilobí del Penedès and the rest of the beasts taking part in the Fantastic beasts! exhibition will parade along the streets starting from Palau de la Virreina, dancing and showing off their pyrotechnic skills all the way to Plaça de Sant Jaume.

Music parades and big band

Sunday 9, 6 pm
Portal de l'Àngel and pl. Sant Josep Oriol

Banda Simfònica Roquetes - Nou Barris de Barcelona:
Route: Portal de l'Àngel, c. dels Arcs, pl. Nova, c. del Bisbe, pl. de Sant Jaume
Banda del Col·legi del Pare Manyanet de Barcelona
Route: pl. Sant Josep Oriol, pl. del Pi, c. del Cardenal Casañas, La Rambla, c. Ferran, c. del Call, pl de Sant Jaume

Concert
Plaça de Sant Jaume, a les 18.45 h
The Roquetes-Nou Barris Symphony Band and the Pare Manyanet School Band will perform two separate street parades, joining up at plaça de Sant Jaume, where they will give a big band performance all together.

Hanging the St Eulalia Banner

Wednesday 12, 9.45 am
Plaça de Sant Jaume

On Wednesday 12 February, the Mayor of Barcelona, accompanied by City Councillors, will oversee the traditional ceremonial unfurling of the Santa Eulàlia banner from the City Council’s main balcony, to the music of Els Segadors, the Catalan national anthem. This will be immediately followed by the giant Laia performing her traditional dance and everybody will salute the St Eulàlia banner, which will preside over the day's events.

Bell-ringing from Palau de la Generalitat

Wednesday 12, from 12 pm to 12.15 pm and from 6 pm to 6.15 pm
Gothic neighbourhood streets

Festival programme

Times subject to change when required

Organizes: Government of Catalonia

Sardanes with Cobla Sant Jordi - Ciutat de Barcelona

Wednesday 12, 6.30 pm
Plaça de Sant Jaume

A large sardana gathering to celebrate Santa Eulàlia, the co-patron saint of Barcelona, and the annual winter festival.

The Laies Walk and the Santa Eulàlia Dance

Wednesday 12, 6.30 pm
leaving from Palau de la Virreina

Route: La Rambla, Carrer del Cardenal Casañas, Plaça del Pi and gathering of giants at Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol.

Street parade: 7.30 pm. Route: Carrer del Pi, Plaça de la Cucurulla, Carrer dels Boters, Plaça Nova, Carrer del Bisbe, Carrer de Sant Sever, Baixada de Santa Eulàlia, Carrer dels Banys Nous, Carrer de Ferran, Plaça de Sant Jaume (Santa Eulàlia Dance, arriving at around 8.25 pm).

For St Eulàlia Day, all Barcelona’s female giants change their name to the shorter form of Eulalia, ‘Laia’, to celebrate one of the oldest and most important events of the annual winter festival. After gathering in Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol, they start a procession led by the Plaça Nova and Pi Laies and a smaller Laia that takes them to Plaça de Sant Jaume.

Beforehand, however, at around 7.15 pm and when it goes down Baixada de Santa Eulàlia, the parade will stop in front of the patron’s image to perform a wreath-laying ceremony and to dance, accompanied by the grallers’ music, the Dance of St Eulàlia, led by Laia and Laieta, the small giants from Plaça Nova. On Plaça de Sant Jaume, once the entire parade has passed below the St Eulàlia banner on the City Hall balcony, the same giants will repeat the dance – in a long version for a cobla – in the middle of the square, accompanied by the Cobla Ciutat de Barcelona sardana orchestra.