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On September 11th 1714 the city of Barcelona fell after a long siege by the duke of Berwick in the War of the Spanish Succession. The French Bourbons were fighting against the Austrian Habsburgs to obtain the control of the Spanish Crown. This date also represented the abolition of the Catalan civil institutions and rights. September 11th was chosen for its symbolism to commemorate Catalonia’s National Day (Diada Nacional de Catalunya). During the whole day protest activities, as well as entertaining ones such as concerts, prize-giving ceremonies or speeches, take place both in Barcelona and in other towns throughout the country. Traditionally, in the morning of September 11th the political parties and entities bring floral tributes to the monument of Rafael de Casanova, who had an outstanding participation in the War of the Spanish Succession. Many museums of Barcelona also take part in this event with an open day.
During the last week in August, the popular district of Sants refreshes the streets with its Fiesta Mayor. Passacaglias, Gospel, Jazz, Xocolatadas (chocolate-time gathering), Correfocs for children (fireworks lit on the street), Castellers (human towers), Sardanas and Piromusical; the Sants festivities have nothing to envy other areas. All this will take place amidst streets decorated by witty dedicated neighbours, according to specific themes.
Before the end of the summer, the different districts and neighbourhoods of the city will celebrate their patron saint festivities. During September, these celebrations are the preview of the city's great festivity, la Mercè. This is the case of the Horta, Poble Nou and the Gràcia area (including La Salut, Vallcarca and Penitents districts). During October, Les Corts and Sarrià. In November Sant Andreu de Palomar.
All these neighbourhoods dress their streets for the celebration and for a few days they are brimming with activities, music, concerts, popular dinners and games for the young ones. This tradition is much loved by the people of Barcelona, as it allows for more interaction between neighbours and direct participation, all thanks to their pride for belonging to the same neighbourhood.
Travel back to another era on a thematic tour of the galleries of Barcelona’s Museu Egipci while you discover the secrets of the culinary art of Ancient Egypt. Afterwards, on the terrace, let your senses be enraptured by the incense and music, and delight your palate with a tasting of foods from the time of the Pharaohs.
As during each summer, the city’s museums propose a range of varied and interesting activities. We can choose from the array of themes from the museums, including art, Natural Sciences, Applied arts, history, archaeology…, and we can take part in many different ways: in workshops, clue games, routes and itineraries, dynamic tours… Summer holidays are an ideal time to discover another dimension within the city’s museums, a more leisurely and fun dimension. We can come across activities for all ages, as of three years, an ideal alternative for our leisure time spent in the city.
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One of Catalonia’s most famous traditions is that of the “castells” (castles), which are human towers that are lifted by building different levels of people until reaching insane heights that can go up to ten stories. There is no mechanical help, and tens and even hundreds of people can take part in it. The “castellers” are the people who carry out this activity, which is over 200 years old.
Acknowledged as Immaterial Cultural Heritage by Unesco, his origin is believed to be around the area of Tarragona, Catalonia’s second most important province after Barcelona. During the 20th Century this practice spread all over Catalonia. The “castellers” are grouped in “colles” that normally take the name of its place of origin.
The European Museum of Modern Art, the MEAM, located in a Baroque building of the 18th century (Palau Gomis), is offering more than contemporary figurative art. A series of activities related to music is planned throughout the year, to enjoy a different kind of program.
Every Friday evening, the museum is filled with music. The Friday's Blues cycle offers the possibility of enjoying a concert of bluegrass blues, swing and jazz. Bands bring their instruments to accompany the works and fill the museum with music for visitors to enjoy. Saturday evenings are reserved for classical music. The concerts usually start at half-past five and include an afternoon snack.
Before the concerts, you can visit the collection exhibiting the best of contemporary figurative art. This is a feature of MEAM and highlights it from other contemporary art museums.
It dates back to over half a century and can boast that it offers live music 356 days a year. The Sala Jamboree is the Barcelona temple of jazz par excellence, where great legends and young promises of jazz have played. Figures like Bill Coleman, Kenny Drew, Chet Baker, Ponny Poindexter, Art Farmer, Lou Bennet, Stéphan Grappelli, Kenny Clarke, Cecil Taylor, Elvin Jones, Steve Grossman and Al FosGordon have all been on stage. All styles are represented, from vanguard to Dixieland passing through bop, fusion, vocal jazz, mainstream, nu-jazz, tango-jazz, flamenco jazz and Latin jazz, without forgetting other Afroamerican styles such as blues and gospel. This venue is a cultural benchmark of Barcelona, which won the Gold Medal of the city. Check it out every day at 8 pm or at 10 pm.
A large area, totally free of traffic, with different places to explore, most of them in the open air. That’s the Poble Espanyol de Barcelona, an iconic visitor attraction in the heart of Montjuïc. Every Sunday, there’s a different activity: theatre, dance, music, magic, treasure hunts, etc. Throughout the year there are loads of activities to ensure you have a great day out with the family: Carnival, a Giants’ Parade, a Puppet Festival, the Click and Go Fair, the Main Festival, the Medieval Fair, Christmas at the Poble, Halloween... and new additions, including a fantastic flower festival and Midsummer Eve party tailored to all the family. In short, a wide range of activities for all the family.
Listen to some of the finest guitarists of the moment in the unparalleled setting of the Church of Santa Ana, a 12th century Gothic edifice at the heart of Barcelona. In its 15th century cloister you can taste a specially selected wine for the occasion in the company of the performing artists.
We invite you to come and enjoy a superlative selection of music in one of the most unique and beautifully-preserved venues in Barcelona. In such an intimate atmosphere, these Spanish guitar concerts will give you a closer insight into the world's most acclaimed composers and performers.
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