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La Mercè 2013

Barcelona4Seasons's Blog

While the start of the summer is celebrated massively during the night of Sant Joan, the end of the summer is celebrated even more massively with La Mercè.

La Mercè is the patron saint of Barcelona and is celebrated on September 24. This year, Barcelona will turn once again into one big party from September 20 until September 24. More than 600 activities take place all over the city, ranging from open doors in museums to Catalan traditions.

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It is a celebration of creativity, modernity, equality and multiculturalism, but also of traditions. Let’s start with the traditions, which go back until 1871. From 1902, the “castells” and “gegants” have started to gain popularity during popular festivities. La Mercè is also known for the ‘correfocs’, people disguised as devils who run through the streets with fire and shoot firework. While generally, you can join the…

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Correfoc

Nelly Packs Her Trunk

DSCN4774DSCN4807DSCN4805Being an English student I’m often mocked when I can’t find the words to describe something, but I really don’t think that they exist for last night! After work we went to the correfoc, the closing event of the Festa Mayor de Gràcia, and it was whilst having a drink that we heard the first drums that signalled the start. Cue a large group of people throwing money onto the table and running in the direction of the crowd! Pushing our way through the throngs was a recurring theme that night which just added to the brilliant atmosphere and people danced to the almost tribal music as we headed for the flashes of light the we could see overhead – it almost felt quite dark and sinister but so exciting at the same time. And when we finally were at the front the show was spectacular. People dressed from head…

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Lively Gracia | Things to do in Barcelona

The Festa Major de Gràcia, the district’s colourful annual festival, takes place from 15th to 21st August

Read about it in this blog by Lifestyle Barcelona

Lively Gracia | Things to do in Barcelona.

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Festigabal: from 19th to 21st August

The Urban Suites´s International Blog

Once again, the Heliogàbal organices the Festigabal on the occasion of the festival of Gracia. The festival will take place from 19 to 21 August at 23h at the Plaza Rovira y Trias and is free.

Monday, 19 August

Los Hermanos Cubero

Los Tiki Phantoms

Tuesday, 20 August

Vàlius

Vic Godard & Mates Mates

Wednesday, 21 August

De Mortimers Gang Live Karaoke Band

Empty Pockets Jam Band

If you are looking for accommodation in Barcelona for those days, don’t hesitate to contact The Urban Suites.

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Barcelona´s Eventful August

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After the major events of spring and early summer, such as Primavera Sound, Sonisphere and Sonar Festival, there´s else to Barcelona besides the relaxing beaches.

If you live in the Catalan capital or plan to visit, here´s a list with a variety of events we highly recommend during August:

1. Piknic Electronic – Every Sunday 2nd of June – 22nd of September in Montjuic

As stated in their mission, ¨Piknic Electronic aims to bring family and friends together while enjoying electronic music¨ and Montjuic is an excellent location for it´s purpose. With special activities dedicated for kids, areas for adults, music by some of the most famous DJs, this festival is a great choice to spend a summer Sunday!

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2. Grácia Festival – the most famous street parties of Barcelona, form the 15th – 23d of August.

Organized by the residents of Gracia, this is a unique festival with…

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Even the smallest streets have their parties

Colour and kids’ play in the Eixample

Tucked away behind the Diagonal between Muntaner and Casanova is Passatge Lluís Pellicer, a narrow lane that this weekend is hosting a street party ending tomorrow Sunday.

IPassatge Lluís Pellicer Street Party

IPassatge Lluís Pellicer Street Party

The three-day event brings in families from around the left Eixample who find street entertainment in the form of an inflatable slide, bubble-making, skittles and other street games.

As you can see from the picture, this small and normally sleepy passage is bedecked these days with Catalan esteladas and bunting and is bustling with activity. Happy faces and cries of delight abound and there is a really warm atmosphere with snacks and drinks available.

Suitable for children 0-10.

With this event, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, a small tiddler of a street makes its contribution to the Barcelonese tradition of offering a whale of a time to its Eixample residents.

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