Weekend: Cultural festival in El Raval, ‘Oceans’ and fun for young children

This weekend offers three very different activities. The neighbourhood of El Raval plays host to a festival of culture from 8 to 12 November, jointly organised by entities, associations, retailers, schools and residents. The gender perspective is central to activities as El Raval pursues its goal of an egalitarian and anti-sexist neighbourhood. Elsewhere, the Museu de Ciències Naturals inaugurates the exhibition ‘Oceans, the last wild territory’, offering an audio-visual tour of the ocean floor, while a film festival for children takes place and a selection of shows introduce the under-5s to the performing arts.

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The Festival Raval(s) reaches its fifteenth edition with over forty free activities, the result of joint work by over a hundred entities, collectives, associations, retailers, schools and local residents. On 9 November, the theatre at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) will also be celebrating its fifteenth anniversary with a party in the afternoon.

Various acts are planned on Friday, 10 November, including activities for local school children, a talk on the role of women in the field of scientific and technical research, an intergeneration gymkhana and a music show featuring young local talent.

Different activities planned at the weekend include street games, a robotics workshop, a gender workshop, concerts, dance and a popular parade. For the second year running, the gender perspective is at the heart of the programme, the aim being to build an egalitarian and anti-sexist neighbourhood.

‘Oceans, the last wild territory’

The Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona – Museu Blau is inaugurating the exhibition ‘Oceans, the last wild territory’, an audio-visual journey around the sea floor based on a selection of 480 previously unpublished images from the Oceans documentary, the most important filmic account of the sea bed in existence.

One of the main attractions of the exhibition, on until September next year, is a large curved screen which multiplies the effect of submersion and offers visitors an enhanced opportunity to delve into the oceans of the five continents and discover their secrets.

The audio-visual support of Oceans, with its huge informative and scientific value, received a César Award. The project required seven years of work, 75 expeditions, the work of 500 people and an investment of 50 million euros. Directed by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud (nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature for Winged Migration in 2003), Oceans opened up new perspectives on our knowledge of life in the oceans.

Film and art for young children

The agenda of activities for the weekend also includes activities for young children. From 11 to 26 November, various city venues are hosting El Meu Primer Festival, offering films for children between the ages of 2 and 12. The works being shown are unusual films or ones which would not normally make it onto commercial screens. The festival also acts as a space for participation and dialogue for children.

This edition gets under way with Le grand méchant renard et autres contes and includes works such as La revolta dels contes, El recuerdo de Marnie, Les aventures de Pat i Mat and El bosc de Haquivaqui.

Check out the full programme here.

At the same time, the Mercat de les Flors is offering the festival El Més Petit de Tots from 11 to 19 November. This is the 13th edition of a festival which offers a series of performing arts shows for the under-5s and aims to introduce them to the languages of the performing arts, such as music, theatre, dance, audio-visuals and play.