La Mercè, one of the most eagerly awaited celebrations of the year, combines a number of Catalan cultural traditions into a single event. With “gegants,” “castellers,” traditional dances, lots of concerts and performances, and a pyromusical to top it all off, the Barcelona Festival unites the city over the course of four days on nearly every neighborhood in Barcelona.
Here you’ll find a guide with all the details you need, including dates, times, poster, stages, and highlights, to ensure that you don’t miss any of the events suggested in this edition.
👆 Check this short video recap of last year’s festival
La Mercè dates and events
The city’s patron saint, La Mercè, is honored on September 24, but because it falls on a Sunday this year, the city’s work holiday is moved to the following Monday.
La Mercè Fun Run
Three races make up the Cursa de la Mercè 2023: a 10-kilometer run, a race for people with physical and mental disability, and a race for young people born between 2007 and 2011. There will be three routes, each with a varied mileage, in an effort to foster a more welcoming environment for various types of people.
Adults of any gender and minors between the ages of 16 and 17 may participate in the classic and longest race, the 10K, with the previous consent of their legal guardians.
Shows and concerts
Over a hundred concerts are scheduled for La Mercè on 16 different venues throughout Barcelona. The musical suggestions include homage to Victor Jara as well as the international vocalist Abraham Mateo and the catalan summer fashion group The Tyets.
However, Catalan performers like Lildami, Mushkaa, La Fúmiga, Triquell, and Doctor Prats will take up quite a bit of this year’s performance calendar.
The La Mercè Festival will once more come to a conclusion with the Piromusical in 2023. On Monday, September 25, a fireworks display set to music will take place on Reina Maria Cristina Avenue.
The Piromusical’s 25-minute celebration of its 30th anniversary will feature a soundtrack created by Sónar. The’show’ will begin at 10 p.m.
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