La Mercè Barcelona Festival
The Barcelona, La Mercè festival is one of the best festivals in Barcelona. Every year at the end of September the city of Barcelona is host to a wide array of events and festivities to celebrate the traditional feast day, Our Lady of Mercy.
La Mercè is one of the biggest festivals of Barcelona. A full week-long event, Barcelona’s La Mercè festival is jam packed with uniquely Catalan cultural activities and fun international events – including numerous free concerts. If you are planning to be in Barcelona at the end of September you will have a hard time deciding which events to check out.
Starting on Friday the 21st of September and continuing through Monday the 24th of Spetember, every day is jam packed with interesting events. During the Barcelona Mercè Festival, there is so much to do it is hard to make a decision and chose one event over another. That’s why we put together a short list of some of the most interesting and culturally unique events scheduled for the 2012 Festes de la Mercè.
Cool Things to Check Out at the 2012 La Mercè Festival
Sagrada Familia multi-media extravaganza:
When: Fri. Sat. Sun. the 21st 22nd and 23rd of September at 21:00, 22:00, 23:00 and 00:00
Where: The Sagrada Familia
A multi-media spectacular from the Moment Factory, this light and music showcase should be an impressive mix of modern high-tech digital lighting and music and an art nouveau tribute to the creative genius of Antoni Gaudi. Combined with the impressive structure of the Sagrada Familia this futuristic show should be an awe inspiring event. Check out the video below for an idea of what to expect.
Cirque Eloize at the Castell de Montjuic:
When: Sat. Sun. Mon. the 22nd 23rd and 24th of September at 13:00 and 18:15
Where: Castell Montjuic
This is a dance based circus performance by a group based in Montreal, Canada. The Cirque Elois gives a dance/circus performance that is a mix between cirque du soleil and a broadway dance production. Set in the stunning Montjuic Castel on the Montjuic mountain overlooking Barcelona this should be a pretty cool performance.
El Foc de la Merce:
When: Monday, September 24th at 22:00
Where: Font Montjuic
An impressive fireworks show that is coordinated with music and montjuic wáter fountain, “El Foc de la Mercè” is one of the highlight events of the Barcelona la Merce festival – Scheduled for
Giants and Beasts Parade:
When: Monday, September 24th from 18:00 to 20:30
Where: parade starts at c/ Pelai (c/ Gravina), goes down la Rambla, across c/ Ferran, through pl. Sant Jaume, past Jaume I, up Via Laietana & ending at pl. Ramon Berenguer el Gran
The traditional Giants and Beasts parade of the Barcelona la Merce Festival, “La Cavalcada de la Mercè. Quina animalada de cavalcada!” is a unique cultural event worth checking out. The traditional gegants (giants) will be accompanied by bestiari festiu (festive beasts) in a uniquely catalan parade.
Local Castellers Show (Diada Castellera Amb Les Colles Locals):
When: Monday, September 24th at 12:30
Where: Pl. St. Jaume
The day of the Castellers with the Local Gangs (diada castellera amb les colles locals) is a castellers performance by local casteller groups from Barcelona. Castellers is several hundred year old tradition of building human towers normally seen during festivals throughout throughout Catalunya. This is an old tradition, and impressive act and definitely worth checking out.
Where to stay during the 2012 Barcelona La Mercè Festival
For affordable, modern accommodation with a fun and friendly atmosphere check out our Sant Jordi Hostels in Barcelona. With superb locations, modern facilities and excellent services our award winning Barcelona hostels offer the best choice of accommodation during the La Mercè Barcelona Festival. If your planning on watching the Kooks play at the Estrella Damm and BAM organized free concert on Saturday the 22nd in front of the Old Estrella Damm brewery, then you should book a room at the Sant Jordi Hostel Sagrada Familia that is located right next to the concert venue.
The newly renovated, skateboard inspired Barcelona hostel, Sant Jordi Hostel Sagrada Familia is less than block away from where the concert is being held. Stay with us and you can have an amazing accommodation right next to the action at an affordable price. Also, not only is our Sant Jordi Hostel Sagrada Familia right next to the Estrella Damm factory where the free concert will be held but it is also just a short walk from the famous Sagrada Familia cathedral designed by Antoni Gaudi, one of the most visited sites in all of Barcelona.
After the concert, you can join us on one of our famous Sant Jordi Hostels Barcelona bar crawls. Enjoy one of the top rated Barcelona hostels, the famous La Mercè festival of Barcelona and the much anticipated BAM organized free concert at l’ Antiga Fabrica d’ Estrella Damm.