Six hundred activities for every kind of public await you at La Mercè 2009, some thirty venues throughout the city and five days and nights of Festa Major (patron-saint-day festivities). You’ll have no excuse for being bored if you’re in Barcelona between 23 and 27 September!
40 years of human pyramids
Barcelona’s human-pyramid makers, the Castellers de Barcelona, are celebrating their 40th anniversary and to do this, along with other groups from the city, they’ll be turning up in their biggest number ever for the Diada Castellera, which takes place on Thursday 24 in Plaça Sant Jaume.
Traditional music and BAM
Music has always been one of La Mercè’s main attractions, both in terms of the more traditional kind and the more innovative events at BAM , a festival now in its 17th year with such big names as The Hives, Billie The Vision & The Dancers, Manel, La Kinky Beat and Calima taking part.
In addition to BAM, you can also go to concerts featuring James Hunter, The Pepper Pots, Tarrakota and Baba Zula.
Fire and fire music
As for the traditional part of the festival, its main features have always included the ‘Piromusical‘ – a fire, water and music spectacle – and the International Pyrotechnic Festival.
The former, in Avinguda Maria Cristina, will be held on Sunday 27 and pay tribute to composers of cinema music and the Catalan ‘Nova Cançó’, the new song wave now celebrating its 50th anniversary.
The latter will be taking place for the 12th time at Barceloneta beach with three firework spectaculars – Thursday, Friday and Saturday – which you can watch from the Espigó del Gas.
The fun run
This year’s traditional La Mercè 10k fun run is being dedicated to a worthy cause. And that’s because the five euros it costs to enrol will be earmarked for the UN project ‘Sport for development and peace’. What’s more, those joining in will receive a gift!
There will also be a 2k course for people with disabilities and the TMB Gymkhana (in connection with Cerdà Year).