The Mercè Festival marks the welcoming in of the autumn season with a climate which still allows the locals and those from outside Barcelona to celebrate the festival out on the streets. The celebration, which will take place the week of September 24th, in honour of the Mare de Déu de la Mercè (the Patron Saint of Barcelona) , is a chance to enjoy the street enchantment of the Mediterranean, the very cultural diversity of the great city itself and the participation of over 3,000 artists and musicians. There is always an ample and varied selection of activities. No matter who you are or where from, you’ll be sure to find something that suits you in the programme.
Every year the BAM Festival brings together groups of musicians both national and international. The performances will take place at various locations in the city, amoungst of which will be the new Plaza del Fòrum, avenida de la Catedral, Rambla del Raval, el Moll de la Fusta and la Plaza Catalunya.
Art and Tradition
In line with the continuous cultural development what with the preservation of Barcelona’s main traditions, its a common occurrence to come across the “Gegants” (Giants) and “Capgrossos” strolling around the centre. These fantastic figures, present in all the Catalan city halls, take the little ones into a whole new world of fantasy- although in many cases their titanical size as the most mischievous kids in tears.
Alongside them, the theatre and the traveling music will flood the street with laughter and surprise thanks to the acts performed by “the street artists”. Whatever the type of music or artist, all are welcome to perform.
The fire party
Fireworks have become to be an indispensable part of popular Catalonian festivities. The “correfocs”, devilish figures spitting fire of all sorts of colours, will take up the streets of the city centre for a few days.
One of the most waited for spectacles used to see away the Mercè Festival year after year is the Piromusical. Fireworks and quality music are thrown together in a unique show aimed at the entire public.
Shake your bootie for the Mercè
The weekend of the 24th of September the city’s public transport service will amplify so you wont miss a thing. During these days of celebration the metro and the buses will be available 24hr of the day!
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