A detail from the poster for the Festa Major del Raval 2017

El Raval està de festa!

Concerts, dances, games, workshops, parades and whole lot of other activities in this downtown Barcelona neighbourhood from 13 to 16 July.

The Festa Major del Raval is a reflection of the neighbourhood’s rich associative and multicultural character. From 13 to 16 July, the area’s streets and squares will be full of activities for all tastes and ages.

The fiesta will begin with a parade by the Societats Corals del Raval, complete with a dance on the evening of Thursday 13 July, culminating with the official opening speech by Faouzia Chati Badou, chair of the Moroccan Women’s Association in Catalonia. Most activities are scheduled for Friday and the weekend, including the farewell commemorations of Escola Massana, Centre d'Art de Disseny, a school with deep roots in the neighbourhood, which is leaving Jardins de Rubió i Lluch for Plaça de la Gardunya. But that’s not the only thing going on that Friday; you’ll also find concerts, street feasts, book presentations and a whole lot more.

There will be even more activities on Saturday 15 July. Carrer de la Junta del Comerç will be particularly buzzing from the morning until the DJs bring things to a close at night. The Castellers of Barcelona will commemorate their half-century by building human castles in different parts of the neighbourhood and will take part in the Diada Castellera at 6pm, together with other invited groups. In Plaça de Salvador Seguí, there will be a children's workshop focusing on festive imagery. Meanwhile, in Plaça dels Àngels, Jardins de Sant Pau del Camp, Rambla del Raval and Plaça de Terenci Moix you’ll find plenty going on morning, afternoon and night Plaça Joan Amades will be given over to dance in the afternoon, while kids will be having fun in the workshops on Carrer Pintor Fortuny. Saturday will also see the 13th Dada Bastonera del Raval, a gymkhana for the neighborhood, with zarzuelas and a silent comedy film set to jazz music.

On Sunday, the Raval will take you on a roller-skating race, with a display of activities by the Catalan Bolivian Center, together with the possibility of tasting Arabic sweets or taking part in a henna and Moroccan crafts workshop in Rambla del Raval. Or head for the Maritime Museum to take part in a workshop focused on making boats out of rubber stamps. The main parade of the Festa Major will take place at noon. And in the afternoon and evening you can catch an exhibition of dances, live habaneras head for Plaça dels Àngels to see the screening of the film Dones: accions i resistències.

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Publication date: Monday, 10 July 2017
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