After several years of construction and excavations in the former Mercat del Born, the Born Centre Cultural is finally complete. The centre is an unparalleled historical and cultural location that includes a vast archaeological excavation and four multi-purpose showrooms.
The site is unique in Europe, both for its size and for the optimal conditions of conservation, and includes an archaeological portrait of Barcelona from the 14th to the 17th centuries and a true representation of everyday life in Barcelona around the year 1700.
In addition, the premises have four multi-purpose areas designed to hold exhibitions and activities as well as providing services. The Sala Villarroel will host the permanent exhibition Barcelona 1700, de les pedres a les persones (‘from stones to people’), a representation of the everyday life in the city during the 17th and 18th centuries, while the Sala Casanova will hold the temporary exhibition titled Fins a aconseguir-ho! El setge de 1714 (Until victory is ours! The siege of 1714), a journey through time that combines the epic nature of the battles with the everyday life of those under siege. The Sala Moragues will host most of the regular programme of activities and events for the centre, while the Sala Castellví will be the area dedicated to gastronomy and shopping.
From the 12th to the 28th of September, the centre will also play host to performances of L’Auca del Born
, directed by Jordi Casanovas, a series of 48 brief scenes played by 30 actors, representing life in the district in two distinct historical moments, 1700 and 1876, the year the market first opened. These performances mark the inauguration of the programme of tercentenary activities, most of which will take place in the centre itself.
Coinciding with the inauguration, and up until the La Mercé festivities, the new premises, under the direction of Quim Torra, will be offering open days up until the 29th of September.