Barcelona Festival – La Merce 2012: Tradition, Creativity and Music!
It’s time for Barcelona greatest festival, La Merce 2012 is just around the corner! This year’s fiesta comes with a lot of innovations, more participation from the citizens and much more creativity in the range of events. What is La Merce? Where is it? When is it? Don’t worry my friend, here you’ll find all you need to know! Aaaand we also have prepared a very special MUST DO LIST!
First of all, you have to know at least what the festival is about! Come on, don’t be lazy now!!
La Merce celebrates the day of the ‘Virgen de la Merced’ (24th of september). Our Lady of Mercy has been the patron saint of the city since 1868, when the pope ratified a decision that had been taken years before, when Barcelona overcame the plague of 1687. But it was only in 1902 that it assumed the same format as today. The Festa Major (as it’s said in Catalan) also had an important role after Franco’s dictatorship in Spain, as it was a way for the people to reconquer democracy.
Starting on the 21th and going till the 23rd, this year’s event is much more decentralized, happening all over Barcelona during the day and night, and also expecting much more interaction of the public.
The activities are uncountable, from street art to formal exhibitions, passing by concerts, theatre and spectacles, for all kinds of people and tastes! Checking the program for sure you’ll like so many things that you gonna get a bit sad, because of the impossibility of covering everything. Here, we have full agenda of highlights we want to share!
Interestingly about La Merce 2012 is that there are a few spectacles that happen on all 3 days, which is a relief so you don’t need to miss anything! Two of them that we are recommending are the Multimedia Show at the Sagrada Familia and the many technological interactive activities at Parc de la Ciutadella.
What is it? Light and color spectacle that will make the church alive. (check a hint of it!)
When? Everyday from 21h to 00h
Where? Sagrada Familia
The Park of the Light and Tecnhology
What is it? Multimedia activities and spectacles that you mix lights, sounds and fun with the public.
When? Everyday from 21h to 1h
Where? Parc de la Ciutadella
21th September – Friday night!
Three music concerts in three different places! Choose your favorite!
Howlin Rain – Part of the BAM (Barcelona Accio Musical)
Whaaaat? Blues and soul at its best!
Where? Plaza Reial
When? Friday, 21th sep – 23h
Merce Musica – Abbey Road
Whaaaat? Celebration of The Beatles 50th birthday!
Where? Plaza Sant Jaume
When? Friday, 21th sep – 23h30
Merce Musica – Gani Mirzo & Orquestra Àrab De Barcelona
Whaaaat? World of sounds in these two concerts! Fusion of Western and Eastern music will blow your mind with rhythm and creativity.
Where? Avinguda de la Catedral
When? Friday, 21th – 22h30 and 00h30
Remember: We always recommend public transport or bikes! =]
Stay tuned! In the next few days we’ll bring more and more stuff about La Merce! Any suggestion you might have, let us know! Also check the event official website!