By Regina Winkle-Bryan
Economic crisis? Where? You would not know that this city and the country is suffering big time from the economic downturn by the looks of the line-up for La Merce, Barcelona’s biggest, baddest fiesta.
With stages covering the city offering up free music every night from the 23rd to the 26th, this city knows how to throw a bash. What’s more, there are fireworks every night at the beach, free entrance into many of the city’s museums, family fun at CosmoCaixa and at the Montjuic Castle, poetry slams in the park, dancing in front of the Cathedral, and parades every day. I’m leaving out tons of stuff, because honestly the amount of activities offered in the next 4 days is completely overwhelming for a culture-junkie like me. I feel pulled in all directions!
Here’s what the city’s website has to say about La Merce:
- Barcelona Acció Musical (Barcelona Musical Action): to hear new sounds
- Barcelona Street Arts: artists performing amongst the public
- Festival of tradition: human castles, bigheads, giants and all the festive beasts of the city, accompanied by guests of the Mediterranean
- Festival of the sky: acrobatic meeting of jets, balloons, ultra lights, etc.
- The Fire Festival: all kinds of sparks from the musical fireworks to the Fire Run…
For those who are in Barcelona this weekend, do not miss out on this incredible free party. The streets will be crowded, the vibe will be festive, and bars and restaurants will be open late.
See the full line-up of events for La Merce here: http://www.bcn.cat/merce/en/sobre-merce.shtml
And follow this link for flights to Barcelona.