La Laia: the Santa Eulàlia Festival
The opening speech for La Laia, on Tuesday, 12 February, Santa Eulàlia Day, will mark the start of the festival dedicated to the co-patron saint of the city.
The Santa Eulàlia Festival, for which the majority of activities will be taking place on 16 and 17 February, invites young and old alike to enjoy our rich popular culture. There will be no lack of giants, castellers, devils, drummers, falcons, sardanes [traditional dance] and hornpipe groups.
Once again, as part of the Santa Eulàlia festival there will be the Llum BCN light show. This is a series of activities that explore the creative possibilities offered by light and projections, with workshops, installations and shows.
The star event are the projections on the façade of the City Hall from 7 pm on 15, 16 and 17 February.You will be able to see up to six different shows that will change the appearance of it.
At the same time, a number of other buildings and monuments in the city will be lit up for the occasion, sporting a new skin made of light.This is the perfect occasion to take an evening walk and discover the new-look Torre Agbar, Palau de la Virreina and Arc de Triomf, among others.
As is also traditional, a number of museums and exhibition centres in the city will be joining in the Laia festival, with open days and activities.
Most of them, including the Picasso Museum, the Museu Blau, the MUHBA and the CCCB, will be holding open days on Santa Eulàlia Day on 12 February.
What’s more, to coincide with the Laia festival the restored Drassanes Reials [Royal Shipyards] will be open to the public in the Barcelona Museu Marítim, and can be visited free of charge on the two weekend days of the festival.