[30.06.2016] Ampliar noticiaLa Mercè expands to new areas in the city for its most participatory edition ever
Are you ready to fully enjoy La Mercè’s festive activities? Because this year the party will be closer to you than ever. Not only...
Are you ready to fully enjoy La Mercè’s festive activities? Because this year the party will be closer to you than ever. Not only will it expand to new areas of the city, such as Parc de la Trinitat or Fabra i Coats, this year’s Festa Major de Barcelona will also particularly encourage the participation of the city’s artists and residents.
Even though La Mercè usually takes place in various different areas in Barcelona, ranging from the city centre to the Forum, as well as Avinguda Maria Cristina, Montjuïc Castle and Parc de la Ciutadella, this year’s festival actively sought out new settings to add to already traditional venues. And it found some that you will want to discover or rediscover: Parc de la Trinitat, the surroundings of the former Damm brewery and the Fabra i Coats complex.
Parc de la Trinitat was one of the areas in the city that offered the best conditions to host the festival, so for two days (24 and 25 September) it will become one of La Mercè’s main areas for circus, dance and street arts. Many of the activities of the Mercè Arts de Carrer (MAC) street art festival will be held in this park, hosting such acts as Combinat de Circ or an urban dance group directly from New York, among many other activities.
Fabra i Coats has for years been hosting La Mercè activities and it is here where you will be able to enjoy many weekend activities related to new technologies, ranging from screening performances to... an artificial cloud suspended above the ground! The venue will also host evening concerts, so you know where to go if you want to dance for a while.
This year’s festival will involve more participation than ever, with many activities designed to involve residents and artists in various parts of the city. While the most creative residents are to be asked to become involved in the decoration and scheduled activities in Parc de la Trinitat (including a dancing football match), Ciutadella will have such participatory activities as an invitation to create large cardboard constructions as a group. In addition, you will be able to witness the participatory possibilities provided to us by the latest technologies at CCCB, Parc de la Ciutadella or Fabra i Coats!
[30.06.2016] Ampliar noticiaParis, the city of light, to be guest city at La Mercè 2016
This edition of Barcelona’s annual festival will speak French and feature the best artists and activities from the French capital....
This edition of Barcelona’s annual festival will speak French and feature the best artists and activities from the French capital. This is due to the fact that the Mercè Arts de Carrer (MAC) street art festival always aims for an excellent artistic level and to attract the most talented performers from various disciplines, and Paris is a very rich source of such talent.
In order to prepare this year’s programme, La Mercè sought out a host of collaborators from the French capital, such as the street and circus art cooperative 2r2 or the prestigious theatre company Théâtre Silvia Monfort, a leading institution in the cultural life of the French capital. Or Centquatre in Paris, an artistic platform that is open to international artists and dedicated to supporting innovative creations such as those related to digital art.
Thanks to its collaboration, as well as that of other cultural agents in Paris, this year’s La Mercè will include all the ideas that have emerged and been seen on the streets of Paris. At Fabra i Coats, for example, you will be able to see Nuage, a suspended artificial cloud upon which some French acrobats will manoeuvre. At Parc de la Ciutadella, you will be invited to participate in the large cardboard constructions by the artist Olivier Grossetête and see French hip-hop artists sing and dance. At Montjuïc Castle, you will also discover several French artists adept at performing spectacular jumps, staging aerial performances or making you laugh with their music...
These are just a few of the examples of a La Mercè festival with a French accent. And it will also sing, because this year’s Barcelona Musical Action (BAM) is dedicating a featured venue to music from the French capital.
Finally, both the International Pyrotechnic Festival and Piromusical will also include a French presence, with either the participation of French pyrotechnic companies or, in the case of the Piromusical event that closes La Mercè, in a section dedicated to Parisian music and culture.[30.06.2016] Ampliar noticiaLa Mercè stays abreast of the latest technologies
You already know that Barcelona’s annual festival always stays abreast of technological advances and always programmes shows that use...
You already know that Barcelona’s annual festival always stays abreast of technological advances and always programmes shows that use the latest technologies. But this year it is making a radical commitment to the Internet of the future thanks to the CreatiFI EU project.
The programme, co-funded by the European Commission and developed by the Culture Institute of Barcelona in collaboration with the i2CAT Foundation, has launched the Creative Challenge Ring open call in Barcelona, Ghent, Brussels, Helsinki and Trento. Each city will welcome proposals for a specific project that uses so-called FIWARE technologies, the cornerstones of the Internet in the future. In the case of Barcelona, the call is for projects that promote connection and participation and apply the aforementioned technologies to the field of art.
What does all this mean? Simply this, that three spaces (Fabra i Coats, Parc de la Ciutadella and CCCB) will be virtually connected online during La Mercè to create a unique real-time interactive show. By using information technologies and FIWARE, as well as the creativity of the various troupes, the interventions and fragments produced in these interconnected spaces will be transformed into one complete show that can be followed simultaneously from any of these three venues.
This is not La Mercè’s only technological activity, as it will once again fill Parc de la Ciutadella with shows featuring technology and light, especially in the evening. Figures made of light recreating the impression of movement or Finnish artists converting movement into light are just some the examples of a programme that will fascinate techies.
This same interest in technology and light shall also apply to the former Damm brewery, where you will be able to enjoy immersive audiovisual performances that will make you realise that La Mercè of the future... is already here now!
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