SPECIAL LA MERCÈ

Next week we will have some special celebrations in Barcelona with La Mercè, the biggest festival in the city.

As most of festivities in Barcelona, this one has a religious background and celebrates the time when La Mercé became the patroness of the city. To commemorate this day Barcelona´s council organizes lots of cultural activities that show Catalonia’s heritage in different disciplines such as street music, dancing and theater. There are a lot of contemporary events as well and, as usual, we selected our favorite ones to entertain you, we hope you like them!

MONDAY 19TH OF SEPTEMBER  | FUNDACIÓ SUÑOL

Fundació Suñol is a non-profit organization which opens to the public Josep Suñol’s contemporary art collection. They count with more than 1200 pieces of art from Warhol, Picasso, Miró, Dalí and many more great artist.

interactive art at fundacio suñol

They are quite open and supportive to alternative art so they organize continuous events with music, poetry, conferences and workshops. During La Mercé they will open their doors to the public with a new interactive activity based on games  which target is to make every individual discover what do they know, what do they feel and how do they perceive contemporary art.

More info here.

TUESDAY 20TH OF SEPTEMBER | BODEGA LA PUNTUAL

Is there anything more Catalan than having a vermut and tapas?

I am sure you have been around Born 1000 times and you are still a bit hesitant to walk in some restaurants thinking they are only for “Guiris”, they will serve you not so good food and it will be expensive. This is what we had in mind when we walked in Bodega  La Puntual but immediately changed our mind.

authentic bravas in barcelona

I was having a walk around with one of my Catalan friends before going to an event and she wanted to show me some typical places in the neighborhood. We were feeling like having vermut and tapas so La Puntual seemed a good place. We immediately fell in love. Their decoration wants to mix the old  with a modern style and it’s the same with the food, they have traditional tapas with a fresh style that makes them incredible good. We only tried the bravas (de las que pican de verdad) and buñuelos de bacalao, apart from a calories bomb, both tapas where super tasty and well finished and for sure helped me with the hungover from the previous day.

In terms of price, for sure is not pinchos for 1€ as Carrer Blai but price goes according to quality.

More info here.

WEDNESDAY 21ST OF SEPTEMBER | PARÍS AL CINEMA

Every year, Barcelona invites a different city to their festival during La Mercè. This year, the city invited is Paris, thus there will be a lot of events and happenings related to the city of love. Some of the performances shows in the street come from Parisian companies as well.

alternative french movies at cine verdi

Cinemas Verdi, one of the most emblematic cinemas in Barcelona, are part of this sisterhood and they will be showing French movies all week long. On Wednesday the protagonist will be the film Ascensor para el Cadalso, a neo noir movie from 1958 based on a big police drama.

More info here.

THURSDAY 22ND OF SEPTEMBER | LA MERCÈ AT PARC DE LA CIUTADELLA

If there is a day to be at my beloved Parc de la Ciutadella that’s for sure this Thursday, the day where the real celebration of La Mercè is starting.There will be different shows from hip hop, performances to food tracks.

live shows at parc de la ciutadella

I was checking online and cannot really find the words to describe them because they seem a bit freaky… I think on of the shows is based on the characters of Barbie and Ken who turn into a punk and heavy metal band. The other show that I would like to see counts with several artist, creators and designers to build some light structures that moves to the music rhythm. Most of the shows are starting around 9pm, I think I will go earlier to get some food in the food trucks and see what´s cracking over there.

More info here.

FRIDAY 23RD OF SEPTEMBER | CONCERT DE LA MERCE DE ESTRELLA DAMM

As usual Estrella Damm keeps surprising us with different events around the city. This time at Playa Bogatell with a few great Spanish bands. Music is protagonist during la Mercé and this Friday we will discover why.

concert-de-la-merce

Among the artist we will be lucky enough to enjoy the performance from Ramon Mirabet,  Love of Lesbian and Animal. Hopefully the weather will be good and we can enjoy an amazing time at the beach. I used to go to plenty of beach concerts in my home city until the council decided to “slow them down” and not allow chiringutos by the beach so I cannot wait to go to this one!!

More info here.

SATURDAY 24TH OF SEPTEMBER | ART LOVER GROUND BARCELONA

And they are back! What a better day than during the celebration of La Mercè! Take advantage of this day of celebration and the fact that you will probably be outdoors already and come to visit the guys from Art Lover Ground.

art lover ground event at mutuo barcelona

 

There will be plenty of international artist, performances and shows. It starts at 7pm and goes on until 11pm. It doesn´t really matter when you arrive, for sure there will be someone on stage that will surprise you. It is a great place as well to do some networking if you are interested in alternative art and want to meet international people in Barcelona.

More info about the event here.

SUNDAY 25TH OF SEPTEMBER | ESTACIÓ DISSENI BARCELONA A LA MERCÈ

I cannot finish the week without talking about a Market in Barcelona. Last week most of the markets were cancelled for weather conditions which is very sad, it takes a lot of energy and effort to organize something like this to close it down because of the weather.

estacio disseny barcelona

Luckily for us this doesn’t happen very often in Barcelona, the guys organizing this market won´t have to deal with this problem  since most of it is indoors. If you are wondering what can you find at Estació Disseni I can advance you that there will be some design stuff (obviously), music, drinks, food and cultural activities, the perfect combination to spend some hours outside your house before jumping in the sofa.

More info here.

 

Happy Festa de la Mercè to everybody, remember that there will be lost of things going on around the city but specially in Ciutat Vella so you can go there at any time and enjoy the atmosphere!

We are starting to organize some events with the new season and talking to different business and organizations to collaborate, so far the feedback is great, thank you guys for being so open, supportive and friendly!  ☮ & ♥