La Mercè – Barcelona, Spain
From their site:
Barcelona’s great festivity begins
Barcelonans and visitors alike can enjoy the annual celebrations for the city’s patron saint, La Mercè, from September 22 to September 25. This is Barcelona’sfesta major, a popular celebration that fills the city with countless venues where artists display their talents in more than 600 activities and shows.
This year, the programme for La Mercè includes folklore, street art, dance and circus, music and lots more fun events using the latest technologies… Because, of course, La Mercè is tradition, but it is also renewal, modernity. Don’t miss this great festivity because there is something for everyone to enjoy at La Festa de La Mercè, Barcelona’s great festivity, our festivity!
Buenos Aires, guest city at La Mercè
The Argentine capital will be the guest of Barcelona’s patron saint this year. Come and enjoy the action and you will see that the festival programme is packed with Argentinian culture in general, and artists and traditions from Buenos Aires in particular. One point where the presence of Buenos Aires will be particularly notable during La Mercè is the Ciutadella Park. There you will find ¡Viste, qué bueno que viniste!, a Buenos Aires-style cabaret that also includes a small food show, as well as many more activities and events.
La Mercè is tradition
Folklore, tradition, is one of the main pillars of the Festa de La Mercè. Castells (human towers), dragons and giants, dance performances that illustrate the wealth of Catalan folklore, sardanes, fire, gunpowder… These are elements never missing from the most traditional moments at Barcelona’s festa major celebrations. Come and see, and you will also notice that traditions are renewed. How? Well, there are always new features and events. This year, for example, the Born Cultural Centre will host the exhibition of giants for the first time. From September 13 to 23, there will be thirty pairs of these gegants, all looking forward to meeting you!