Barcelona will be the 2014 Sardana capital, putting on more than a hundred activities and involved in all Barcelona’s festivity.
It all begins on the morning of 8 March, with an opening ceremony at the Fossar de les Moreres, which will be open to the general public. During the ceremony the change of capital will be officially proclaimed and the writer Màrius Serra will read the opening speech. A popular Sardana dance festival will then follow.
In the afternoon, in Avinguda de la Catedral, there will be a community festival and the street show “La cultura és nostra” [Culture is Ours] will be performed for the first time. Taking part in the show will be various members of the Comediants theatre company, as well as a hundred Cobla musicians, seven Sardana groups, nine Esbart traditional dance groups and Barcelona Gegants [giants] and Bestiari [bestiary].
One of the big events will be the performance of “La Santa Espina” in a concert version on 15 March at the Barcelona Teatre Musical. This musical work was first performed in 1907 at the Teatre Principal, and it was then performed over two hundred times. However, since then, it has never been performed in its entirety and had inexplicably fallen into obscurity.
The work will be performed by the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès, maintaining the music of Enric Morera and the lyrics of Àngel Guimerà. It will be conducted by Rubén Gimeno, with more than a hundred musicians on stage and renowned soloists as singers: the mezzo-soprano Anna Alàs, the tenor David Alegret and the baritone Enric Martínez-Castignani.
The Sardana was included in the Festival Heritage of Catalonia Catalogue in 2010