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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.
It is said that this is the most magical night of the year, and these three characters are definitely to 'blame'. The Three Kings are enthusiastically welcomed by children and adults every 5 January, just a few hours before they visit our homes bringing gifts for everyone who has been good during the rest of the year. The afternoon of the 5th of January, the Three Kings, with the amazing entourage, will most probably reach the city by sea, docking at the Barcelona Port and then they will parade around the city, giving sweets to the crowds as a prelude to this unique night. The Three King's floats, magnificently decorated, reflect all of the excitement and magic of this special tradition. Weeks beforehand, boys and girls have sent their letter to the Three Kings, asking for their gifts and at last they will see them in real life.
The Parade starts from Av. del Marquès de l'Argentera at 6pm. The Three Kings and their retinue will then make their way through Pla de Palau, Pg. Isabel II, Via Laietana, Pl. Urquinaona, Fontanella, Pl. Catalunya, Pelai, Pl. Universitat, Rda. Sant Antoni, Sepúlveda, Av. Paral·lel, Pl. Espanya and Av. Reina Maria Cristina.
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.
In keeping with tradition, the Strauss Festival Orchestra will perform the best waltzes, polkas and marches by Strauss: Napoleon, Waltz of the flowers, Klipp Klapp, The emperor waltz or Champagne. The most famous waltz of all will also be performed: The Blue Danube, together with the Radetzky march which usually ends the evening to the beat of the audience applause. This renowned orchestra has 28 years of success with audiences of over 5 million throughout the world.
In the cycle “Opera and Flamenco”, we will be able to enjoy the performance “Historia de un amor”, choreographed by the great Rafael Amargo. A couple of dancers unleash their flamenco passion to music by Verdi, Bizet, Falla or popular flamenco music, with the voices of flamenco singers Luis El Granaino and Eli Santiago, the soprano Noelia Mora and the tenor Oscar Marín.
The Ukraine State Orchestra and choir put all their artistic quality at the service of the best arias, duets, quartets and choral music of the brilliant composer Giuseppe Verdi. An impressive selection that runs through the most heart-rending melodies, from the Triumphal March of Aida, to the Anvil Chorus of Il Trovatore passing through "Va Pensiero" of Nabucco. The programme also includes fragments and pieces of other outstanding operas such as Don Giovanni and La Traviata with its famous toast.
Carl Orff's most famous work, Carmina Burana celebrates life, love, dancing, drinking and hedonism – but always with an eye on the role of fate. Based on 24 mediaeval Latin poems whose carefree spirit contrasts vividly with traditional concepts of life and death in the Middle Ages, this sweeping and powerful cantata for large-scale chorus, orchestra and soloists was a huge success at its 1937 premiere. Its worldwide popularity since then has made it a firm favourite with both singers and audiences alike. It will be accompanied by Beethoven's 9th Symphony with its immortal Ode to Joy.
The Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra and Choir,consecrated as one of the most outstanding institutions of his country, has developed over the years an intense local and international activity, performing in the main venues in Spain and Europe, with a vast and diverse repertoire.
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.
The Barcelona Maritime Museum presents a new semi-permanent exhibition on the stories of ships, where you can see some of the Museum’s most outstanding model ships, from naval vessels to container ships, as well as a variety of objects from the Museum’s collections such as atlases and nautical maps, navigation instruments, cannons, equipment for stowing merchandise, engravings, offerings, weapons, documents, etc.
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