Fat Thursday sees King Carnestoltes roll up in the city, getting carnival under way and kicking off a weekend reign where transgression is the norm and fun is obligatory. As from Friday, revelry permeates the city’s neighbourhoods with masked dances, fancy dress contests, workshops, children’s shows, exhibitions and thirty parades to remind city residents that for carnival, anything goes!
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The temporary reign of the empire of nutters reaches its climax on Saturday, 25 February. In the morning, the markets will be dressing up and joining in the fun with all sorts of activities for children. The Mercat de la Boqueria and Mercat d’Hostafrancs are running a make-up workshop, while at the Vall d’Hebron they’ll be showing people how to decorate biscuits. Elsewhere, the Mercat de la Llibertat will be singing and dancing to the rhythm of L’Orquestrina La Coixinera, while the Mercat de Sant Martí will be running a contest to find the best and most original omelette and the Mercat de Sarrià will be serving hot chocolate for everyone.
Festivities continue early in the afternoon with 30 parades filling the streets of the ten districts with music and colour. After the parades, anyone looking for more fun should get along to the Jardins d’Ermessenda de Carcassona for the family show by Clowny Blue or join the groups of devils and dragons who will be lighting up the neighbourhood of El Coll with the Carnafoc firecracker fest. Carnival ends on Ash Wednesday, with the Burial of the Sardine, rounding off one of the most firmly-rooted and participative celebrations in the city.
Don’t miss out on any of the activities and check out the full programme.
Open debate on the digital transformation
As a prelude to the Mobile World Congress, from 20 to 26 February, the city is holding the first edition of Mobile Week Barcelona to promote open reflection on the digital transformation. Over the course of the week, various free activities are being organised combining art, science and technology at 60 municipal facilities around the city’s ten districts. There’s still time to sign up for the last four dialogues on Thursday and Friday, where entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, creators and thinkers will be tackling topics such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, the so-called ‘collaborative society’ and new cultural consumption. There’s also a chance to rediscover Barcelona with inspirational routes around creative and innovative spaces in the districts of Sant Martí, Nou Barris, Gràcia, Sant Andreu, Eixample, Les Corts and Horta-Guinardó. Up until Sunday, anyone who likes art will also be able to visit the ten exhibitions showing ten young artists’ own particular visions of digitalisation.