Weekend: Giants and beasts invade the city centre!

The city’s Pi giants, the Eagle, the Lion, the Mulassa, the Wyvern, the Dragon and more. The city’s entire popular culture entourage takes to the streets on Sunday for the first procession of Corpus Christi, which has been held for nearly seven centuries. The day before, the Time Bank is organising the second edition of the Time Festival, which gets under way early in the morning and this year focuses on cultural diversity. For those wanting to continue the celebration, the place to head for is Plaça Margarida Xirgu as from 9 pm to take part in the closing festival for the 40th anniversary of the Teatre Lliure, with Salseta del Poble Sec providing the music.

Go to the weekend website!

Sunday brings the crowning moment of the festivities for Corpus Christi in the city with the festive procession, now almost seven hundred years old and considered part of the city’s intangible cultural heritage. All elements of festive imagery will be involved, including giants, dwarfs, bigheads and beasts, all of them setting off from the courtyard at the City Hall at 7 pm and parading and dancing their way along in the company of trabucaire blunderbuss firers, acrobatic falcon teams, Moixiganga dancers and music groups. From Thursday to Saturday Barcelona’s popular culture entourage will be on display at the City Hall and open to the public from 10 am to 8 pm. You can also see the dancing egg in the water spouts at fountains in fifteen different cloisters, courtyards and gardens decorated for the occasion with beds of flowers and other floral designs. Some of the locations are new to the tradition this year and all of them are detailed in the festival programme. As if that wasn’t enough, various museums and institutions will be opening their doors to the public.

A festival to value and share time

Using the slogan ‘La mar de veïnes’ [good neighbours aplenty], the various time banks around Catalonia are organising the second edition of the Time Festival. The Parc de la Catalana, in the Barceloneta neighbourhood, will be the scene for an event which aims to create collaboration networks based on reciprocity.  As a prelude to World Refugee Day on 20 June, this year’s festival focuses on multiculturalism and cultural exchanges between city residents. The activities and workshops start at 10 am and in the afternoon there will be music, theatre and dance. This is a great chance to share and value the time and skills of others, as well as helping one another to learn.

Party to mark the 40th anniversary of the Teatre Lliure

Throughout the season the Teatre Lliure has been celebrating its 40th anniversary with various activities and on Saturday the celebrations culminate with a big party open to the public in Pl. Margarida Xirgu as from 9 pm. The theatre has decided to round off celebrations with a party, a week before the eve of Sant Joan, with cake, cava and fireworks all playing a part. The music will be provided by Salseta del Poble Sec and food trucks will also be set up on the esplanade.