Weekend: Welcome, Year of the Rooster!

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 08:14

Leisure. Chinese and Catalan communities combine to celebrate the arrival of the year 4175 with different multicultural acts.

For some time now, Barcelona has been celebrating a multicultural and diverse act: the arrival of Chinese New Year, which this time around is the Year of the Rooster. Festivities are held in numerous cities around the world, and this Saturday Barcelona will be showing how it is open to other cultures and how eastern and western traditions live side by side here. The Flic is also back, the literature festival for families, while the Museu d’Història de Barcelona is home to an audio-visual installation paying homage to the victims of the Holocaust.

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The arrival of the New Year is the most traditional and important festivity for the Chinese community around the world, a community with nearly 19,000 people in Barcelona. The city will also be welcoming the year 4715, dedicated to the rooster. The city streets are set to fill with festivities and culture, with a large procession involving Chinese federations and entities from around Catalonia, alongside Catalan entities and associations.

Literature for families at the Flic Festival

On 4 and 5 February, the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) and the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) set the scene for the Flic Festival, which aims to promote literary innovation and experimentation among young children and youths. This year’s festival slogan is ‘Paraules que alimenten’ [words that nourish], and along these lines the event links food and literature via the solidarity campaign ‘Vine al FLIC i dónan’s la llauna’[come to the FLIC and bring a tin]. The idea is for families to take along tinned foods and other basic food which will be donated to the food bank.

This year’s event opts for in-house creations, with new productions such as Batibull, a show based around music, poetry and dance, Soroll, an audio-visual production inspired by Marion Bataille’s book Bruits, and the sensory game area ‘Prohibit no tocar’, designed for toddlers up to the age of three.

‘Je vous offre les oiseaux / Us ofereixo els ocells’

This is the title for a new exhibition at the Museu d’Història de Barcelona (MUHBA), based on the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Survivors at the camp never recalled seeing any birds fly overhead when they were imprisoned there, yet a study catalogued the presence f 127 bird species in the area. The installation by Marta Marín-Dòmine highlights the distortion which occurs in a situation of extreme violence.

The display, which includes an interactive part to record the sound of visitors up until the final day, is intended to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day and is on in the Santa Àgata chapel.