Moixiganga folk dancing, Falcons, stick dancing, sardana dancing and an exhibition by folk-dance groups are just some of the popular culture highlights on La Mercè Sunday. This Festa Major Sunday also includes La Mercè’s historic human tower event; this year featuring the Castellers de Barcelona, the Minyons de Terrassa and the Castellers de Vilafranca.
Here is a summary of the day’s popular culture highlights, in chronological order:
- Falcons morning performance 10:30 am, from Avinguda de la Catedral to Plaça de Sant Jaume (11 am). A street parade and performance, featuring the Falcons de Vilanova i la Geltrú as the guest group. Route: Plaça Nova, Carrer del Bisbe and Plaça de Sant Jaume
- 69th Sardana-Dance Group Competition 11 am, on Avinguda de la Catedral. Groups from all over Catalonia see who can give the best sardana performance, the one that best adapts to the aesthetics and the music. This is one of the La Mercè’s most traditional events. Featuring the music of La Principal del Llobregat.
- The La Mercè Historic human tower event. 12 noon in Plaça de Sant Jaume. The Palau de la Virreina is the starting point for a parade by the human-tower groups invited by the hosts: the Castellers de Barcelona, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. The Barcelona group and their guests – the Minyons de Terrassa and the Castellers de Vilafranca – head towards Plaça de Sant Jaume to create some spectacular human towers. If you like human towers, this is your chance to see just how good these three groups are.
- Habaneras. At 12 noon, 5 pm and 7 pm, in Plaça Reial. It wouldn’t be a festa major without some habaneras. This year’s La Mercè offers you the chance to hear three groups on Sunday 22: The Pescadors de l’Escala (12 noon), Barca de Mitjana (5 pm) and the Catalans/Cuban group Havàname with Del Son a l’Havanera (7 pm).
- Sardana dancing 1 pm, in Avinguda de la Catedral. This traditional Catalan ring dance will be performed by Sardana-Dance Groups Federation of Barcelona. Featuring the music of La Principal del Llobregat.
- Folk-dance group exhibition. 11:30 am and 5 pm at Palauet Albèniz. The palace and its gardens will be full of music and dance on Saturday afternoon, Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. All the folk-dance groups invited to La Mercè will be performing at this venue at some point. Come and see Catalan Dance in action, featuring the groups: Sota-Rel (11:30 am), l’Esbart Maragall (5 pm), l’Esbart Català de Dansaires (6 pm) and l’Esbart Sant Martí (7 pm).
- Sardana dancing, at 6 pm in Plaça de Sant Jaume. The Agrupació Cultural Folklòrica de Barcelona is organising this popular dance-fest, featuring music from La Principal de Llobregat.