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Children’s Proclamation

Live broadcast
Friday 11, at 10.15 am

This year the Children’s Proclamation takes place behind closed doors and will be held in the Saló de Cent (Council chamber) at Barcelona City Council. The ceremony can be followed exclusively via streaming.

The Children's Proclamation (Pregó dels Infants) is an educational activity for pupils in 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. The proclamation will be delivered before the Mayor of Barcelona and members of the City Council.

The following schools took part in this edition:

Escola Mediterrània,  Mare del Diví Pastor, Col•legi Shalom (Fundació eductaiva ACI), Escola Pau Vila, Escola Solc, Escola Nausica, Escola Projecte, Escola Nou Patufet, Escola Josep Maria  de Sagarra, EE Mare de Déu de Montserrat, Escola Els Pins, Piaget, EE Rel, Escola Prosperitat, Escola Marta Mata, Escola Mercè Rodoreda, Escola Turó Blau, Escola Doctor Ferran i Clua, Escola Concepció Arenal, Escola Dovella

Palau de la Generalitat Bell-ringing along the Gòtic neighbourhood’s streets

Along the Gòtic neighbourhood’s streets
Saturday 11, at 6 pm
Organised by: Government of Catalonia

Festive bell-ringing from the Palau de la Generalitat performed by Anna Maria Reverté.

Times subject to change when required

Programme (15 minutes):

1. Goigs de Santa Eulàlia (Joan Salvat)

2. Santa Eulàlia dance (Traditional)

3. Stick dances I and II (Traditional)

4. Dances I, II, III and IV (Traditional)

5. “Little horse” dances I, II and III (Traditional)

Floral tributes to Santa Eulàlia

February 12 at 7.15 p.m.
February 12 at 7.15 p.m.
Federació d’Entitats de Cultura Popular i Tradicional de la Barcelona Vella

The giant Laia lays a floral tribute before an image of St Eulàlia along Baixada de Santa Eulàlia street. An unusual event in a brand-new format, online only.

The Eagle’s Protocols

Sets off from Plaça Sant Jaume
Friday 11 at 8 pm

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.

8.40 pm: Coronela Honours and Trabucaires at the Fossar de les Moreres.

8.50 pm: Barcelona Lion’s Dance and Santa Maria del Mar Giants in Plaça de Santa Maria.

9 pm: City Eagle Protocols: Entering the Santa Maria del Mar Basilica with the City Eagle March.

The Eagle’s Dance inside the Basilica. Leading a solemn procession starting from Plaça de Sant Jaume will be the City Eagle [Àliga], accompanied by the Barcelona militia [Coronela], the Barcelona Lion, the Santa Maria del Mar Giants and the Perot Rocaguinarda Trabucaires with their blunderbusses, who together form the entourage for the Eagle’s Protocols [seguici dels 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 at the Santa Maria del Mar Basilica.

Clavé Choirs concert

Plaça de Sant Jaume
Friday 11, at 9.30 pm
Clavé Federation of Choirs

This year will see the Federation of Clavé Choirs performing live at the Santa Eulalia Festivities, for the first time – having had to perform online last year because of Covid – and offering us a magnificent choral concert in Plaça de Sant Jaume with the participation of Noies Àurea Rosa Clavé Choir, the Clavé Symphony Orchestra and the Municipal Rock Band.

Street parade [cercavila] led by the little giantess Laia

Palau de la Virreina
Sunday, 12, at 9 am

Route: Palau de la Virreina, La Rambla, Carrer Ferran, Plaça Sant Jaume

On the patron saint’s day, Giantess Laia leaves her exhibition companions at the Palau de la Virreina for a while to go to Plaça de Sant Jaume at the head of a music parade. There she will greet the Mayor of Barcelona and pay tribute to the St Eulalia banner.

Hanging the St Eulalia banner

Plaça de Sant Jaume
Saturday, 12, at 9.45 am
Federació d’Entitats de Cultura Popular i Tradicional de la Barcelona Vella

Saturday, 12 February kicks of with the traditional hanging of the St Eulalia banner on the City Hall’s main balcony by the mayor and city councillors. The little giantess Laia will do her traditional little dance or balladeta to the sound of the national anthem, Els Segadors, and everybody will salute the St Eulalia banner, which will preside over the day's events.

17th St Eulalia Children's Sardana Gathering

Plaça de Sant Jaume
Saturday, 12, 10.30 pm
Agrupació Cultural Folklòrica de Barcelona i Colles sardanistes de Barcelona

New generations of sardana dancers will be meeting up again at this big annual gathering to dance to the ever fresh and innovative rhythms of the Cobla Contemporània, a modern sardana orchestra founded in 1995.

Display and street parade of the 19th Exhibition of Small Giants of the Coordinadora of Festival Groups

El Born CCM (Plaça Comercial, 12)
Saturday, 12, at 11 am

Street parade: 11.30 am.

Route: Passeig del Born, Carrer de la Vidrieria, Plaça de les Olles, Pla de Palau, Via Laietana, Carrer de Jaume I and Plaça de Sant Jaume.

The children’s figures from the giant-carrier groups created over the years to encourage children’s participation in the world of giant carriers, will be meeting up to parade along the city's streets.

The St Eulalia Dance, with Esbart Santa Eulàlia

Avinguda de la Catedral
Saturday, 12, at 5 pm

Esbart Santa Eulàlia, with the Cobla Maricel, offers a modern take on the St Eulalia Dance on Avinguda de la Catedral.

Performance by the Esbart Català de Dansaires

Avinguda de la Catedral
Saturday 12, 5.30 pm
With musical accompaniment from the Cobla Ciutat de Granollers orchestra

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

Sardanas with the Cobla Sant Jordi - Ciutat de Barcelona

Plaça de Sant Jaume
Saturday 12, 6.30 pm

A large sardana gathering in honour of St Eulalia, the co-patron saint of Barcelona, and the annual winter festival.

The Laias Walk and St Eulalia Dance

Leaving from Palau de la Virreina: Giants Street Parade [Cercavila].
Saturday 12, 6.30 pm

Route: La Rambla, Carrer del Cardenal Casañas, Plaça del Pi and gathering of giants at Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol, at 7 pm.

7.30 pm: Laias Walk [Passejada]. Route: Carrer del Pi, Plaça de la Cucurulla, Carrer dels Boters, Plaça Nova, Carrer del Bisbe, Carrer de Sant Sever, Baixada de Santa Eulàlia (Wreath-laying and St Eulalia Dance at around 8 pm), Carrer dels Banys Nous, Carrer de Ferran, Plaça de Sant Jaume (St Eulalia Dance, at 8.25 pm).

For St Eulalia 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 together in Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol, they will start a procession led by the Laias from Plaça Nova and by a smaller Laia taking them to Plaça de Sant Jaume.

Beforehand, however, at around 8 pm when they go down Baixada de Santa Eulàlia, the entourage stops in front of the patron saint’s image to perform a wreath-laying ceremony and to dance, to the sound of grallas, the St Eulalia Dance, led by Laia and Laieta, the new and old female giants from Plaça Nova. On Plaça de Sant Jaume, once the entire parade has passed below the St Eulalia 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 orchestra.

Gathering of stick-dancing groups

Avinguda de la Catedral
Saturday, 12, 8 pm
Coordinadora de Ball de Bastons de Catalunya - Territorial de la Regió de Barcelona

Barcelona's stick-dancing groups are celebrating Santa Eulàlia Day with one of the oldest displays of traditional culture still practiced in various parts of the world.

“Eulalia”, a dance show at the Cathedral

At Barcelona Cathedral
Saturday, 12, at 9 pm, and Sunday, 13, at 4.45 pm
Esbart Ciutat Comtal

Esbart Ciutat Comtal will be staging the ninth edition of ‘Eulalia’ (City of 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 patron saint and in celebration of the values of freedom, equality and justice.

Organised by choreographer Lluís Calduch and with music by Francesc Cassú, ‘Eulalia’ 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.

Federació Catalana d’Entitats Corals Concert with the Coral Smiling choir and Musical’s Choir, Raval

In Plaça de Sant Jaume
Saturday, 12, at 9.30 pm

The children’s Cor Smiling choir and the young people’s Musical’s Choir, from the Escola de Músics and JPC, in Raval, will be offering us a choral concert where passion for music will also be used for strengthening values such as commitment, respect and teamwork, in favour of social integration and diversity.

Organised by the Demarcació del Barcelonès, from the Catalan Federation of Choral Groups (FCEC), the concert boasts a repertoire of contemporary songs, plenty of cheer and a fabulous vocal and choreographic show, accompanied by instrumental music performed by prestigious musicians. Founded in Manresea in 1982, the Catalan Federation of Choral Groups plays host to some 520 federated choral groups from the Catalan-speaking lands as well as other associated groups from beyond.

Grallers [chanter players] morning call

Baixada de Santa Eulàlia
Sunday, 13, at 8 am

Early in the morning, a group of chanter players [grallers] parading through the Barri Gòtic streets will remind you that the city is celebrating its annual winter festival. Answer the call! Come out and enjoy the St Eulalia festivities.

Els Falcons de Barcelona

In Plaça de Sant Jaume
Sunday, 13, at 11 am

Street parade: 10.45 am.

Route: Plaça Nova, Carrer del Bisbe, Plaça de Sant Jaume.

The Falcons of Barcelona will parade from Plaça Nova along Carrer del Bisbe where they will garland a figure in honour of the patron saint in front of the St Eulalia door, which leads into the Cathedral 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 always like to innovate and take risks to bring us new figures.

The Falcons of Barcelona were introduced to the St Eulalia festivities in 2003 and their origin lies in the Sokol [‘falcon’ in Czech], a gymnastics association created in Prague in 1862 which extended its model to several European countries, including Catalonia, where it was launched around 1928.

Diada Castellera de Santa Eulàlia

In Plaça de Sant Jaume
Sunday, 13, at 11.30 am

The Barcelona, Sants, Vila de Gràcia, El Poble-sec, Sagrada Família, Barcelona Youth and Sarrià human-tower groups [colles castelleres], along with Els Esquerdats.

They will start building human towers at 11.30 am in Plaça de Sant Jaume, opposite the City Hall’s balcony. This marks the beginning of the festival season with the first human tower event of the year. The groups have a time limit of 60 minutes to build all their structures.

39th Gathering of the Ciutat Vella Giants and the St Eulalia Entourage

Gathering in Plaça Reial
Sunday 13, 10.30 am
Federació d’Entitats de Cultura Popular i Tradicional de la Barcelona Vella

11.30 am, start of the entourage procession Sunday

12.00 noon, Baixada de Santa Eulàlia: St Eulalia’s Dance performed by the New Giants of Plaça Nova and wreath-laying ceremony.

1.15 pm, Plaça de Sant Jaume: Laia, City Eagle and City Giants dances, and St Eulalia's Dance, by the New Giants of Plaça Nova. 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 (arriving about 12.45 pm)

The giants of all Barcelona’s festival giant groups, and one or more from outside the city will come together in 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 giantess Laia and the St Eulalia banner lead the street parade [cercavila], followed by the Eagle, the Lion and the other members of the historical and festive beasts. Then, led by the City Giants, the rest of the giants, dwarfs and small giants gathered on the square join the entourage, which will take them to Plaça de Sant Jaume. At 1.15 pm, Laia, the Eagle and the City Giants will perform their dances, followed by the New Giants of Plaça Nova performing St Eulalia’s dance.

12th Lacemaker’s Gathering

In Carrer dels Arcs and Portal de l’Àngel
Sunday, 13, at 11 am
Banda Simfònica Roquetes-Nou Barris de Barcelona, Banda del Col·legi del Pare Manyanet and Associació Catalana de puntaires

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. Don’t miss the unmistakeable sound of the thousands of wooden bobbins under the deft movements of the fingers of the craftswomen that keep this tradition alive.

Els batecs de la Laia / Laia’s heartbeats. 10th Drummers’ Gathering

In Plaça Reial (start)
Sunday, 13, at 5 pm

Street parade: In Plaça Reial (start)

Route: Plaça Reial, Passatge de Colom, La Rambla, Carrer de Ferran, Plaça de Sant Jaume (arriving at 6.15 pm)

The drummers from Barcelona’s devil and fire-beast festival groups will assemble in Plaça Reial for the 10th Drummers Gathering where they will evoke St Eulalia’s heartbeats [batecs] with their thundering drum strokes. It will be a big drum session to spread the festival sounds and rhythms round the Barri Gòtic streets.

18th Exhibition of Children’s and Young People’s Traditional and Folk Dance Groups

Avinguda de la Catedral
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13, 12.00 noon
With the Cobla Ciutat de Terrassa orchestra, conducted by Jordi Nuñez

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

Saturday 12: Esbart Català de Dansaires, Esbart Ciutat Comtal, Esbart Sant Martí and Esbart Sant Jordi.

Sunday, 13: Esbart Joventut Nostra, Ballets de Catalunya, Esbart Dansaire d’Andorra la Vella and Esbart Maragall.

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

Avinguda de la Catedral
Sunday, 13, at 5 pm

The St Eulalia festivities mark the start of the sardana season, a ring dance that is a must at the annual festival. Find a ring, join in and enjoy the dance. Organised by Agrupació Cultural Folklòrica Barcelona.

Little devils and little beasts’ fire run

In Plaça de Sant Jaume
Sunday, 13, at 6.30 pm

Route: Plaça de Sant Jaume, Carrer de Ferran, La Rambla, Passatge de Colom and Plaça Reial (arriving around 8 pm)

30th St Eulalia Fire Run

Plaça Reial
Sunday 13, 8.15 pm
Federació d’Entitats de Cultura Popular i Tradicional de la Barcelona Vella

Route: Plaça Reial, Passatge de Colom, La Rambla, Carrer de Ferran, Plaça de Sant Jaume (arriving around 9 pm).

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, don’t forget that: You will need cover your head, wear a neckerchief and long sleeves and trousers. Always wear clothes made from cotton and not from synthetic materials. You should wear comfortable footwear so that you can run when necessary.

  • Be particularly careful if you are with small children and keep a safe distance from the fire. Don’t let go of your children’s hand and remember they have their own children’s fire run with less intense fire .
  • 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 in the festival but enjoy it sensibly!
  • Remember to always follow the instructions of the stewards, who will be well identified.

Eulalia Route

Setting off from Fossar de les Moreres
Saturday, 12 and Sunday, 13 February
Free activity

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 have musical accompaniment.

Requires prior registration from the following links:

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Group 1, setting off on 12 February, at 5.30 pm
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Group 2, setting off on 12 February, at 6 pm
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Group 3, setting off on 13 February, at 10.30 am
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Group 4, setting off on 13 February, at 11 am
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