LA MERCÈ 2014
19 – 24 September 2014
If you´ve never experienced La Mercé before, this is one of the biggest festivals in Bacelona since it is held in honor of the Patron Saint of Barcelona – Mare de Deu de la Mercè. Since 1902 it´s been a way to say goodbye to summer and to welcome the colder winter months. This is probably why one of the main attractions of this festival includes of lot of pyrotechnic activities such as the Correfoc (Fire run) and fire-breathing dragons that spray sparkers into the crowds. (bring protective clothing, glasses and hats). To ensure that people of all ages can enjoy this traditional activity, there will be two Correfocs – one for the children which is more tame, and another one that takes place later and is for the adults. In addition to this there will also be many other traditional, typically Catalan activities such as:
- Castellars (human tower building) which involves a tremendous amount of skill, planning and teamwork, where a team builds a human tower and a small child climbs to the top. It´s very impressive to see and draws a large crowd so get there early.
- Dancing of the Sardana (traditional Catalan folk dance) which is usually performed by the older generation in a circle, accompanied by a brass band orchestra.
- Loads of music concerts and shows that highlight up-and-coming talented artists and performers.
- A projection show on Plaça Sant Jaume every night (free of charge)
The soundtrack to this festival will include all genres of music such as rock, pop, traditional and of course concerts by the Municipal band of Barcelona. Since Sweden will be the host country for this year´s Mercè, you can expect to see some impressive performances by Swedish artists. There will also be some live Reggae music by Shakti I&I http://shaktiini.bandcamp.com/
Mercè traditionally aims to fuse folklore with modern culture. This is evident by the highly technological projection that will be displayed on the façade of the city hall building, as well as the fact that the city will be overrun by jugglers that come from all over the world to showcase the developments in the performing arts. You will be able to enjoy circus, street and dance shows at Ciutadella Parc and Montjuic Castle with many of these acts coming from Sweden.
Since this year will mark the end of the commemorations for the Tercentenary of the events of 1714 which has helped Barcelonians to learn more about their history and their future, there will be a spectacular fireworks show to bring this festival to an end.
Mercè will begin on Friday 19 September at 19h00 on Avenida de la Catedral with traditional Sardana dancing, followed by the opening speech and processions and finally the projection on the façade of the city hall with projections at 21h15, 21h45, 22h15 and 23h00. The rest of the program can be found on the website