It's always a great shopping event for the city, but this year The Shopping Night Barcelona is also transforming Passeig de Gràcia into a great opera house as it commemorates the bicentennial of two important composers, Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner.
On 28 November, some 90 shops on the busiest shopping street in Barcelona will extend their hours until 1am, but the night also promises to bring a spectacular show. Passeig de Gràcia will be divided into three areas set in the works of both composers. It all kicks off at 8.30pm between C/Provença and C/Rosselló, with a procession starring Brunhilda and her eight sisters. Nine Amazon riders astride nine horses evoke Wagner's Valkyries. They'll be wearing fashion by nine designers (Krizia Robustella, SSIC AND PAUL, Maria Roch, Mirlo Denim Goods, Aitor Martínez, Ainhoa Gormaz, Néstor Osuna, Arnau Bosch and Marc Campoy) in collaboration with MODAFAD. The circuit comes to an end in Valhalla, located in Palau Robert, but from there it's invitation only.
The second area is comprises three parts inspired by as many Verdi operas. La Traviata-Anna Codorniu (Passeig de Gràcia, between C/Mallorca and C/Provença) will host tastings of cava, cheeses (including a space for chef Carles Gaig) and, and gin and tonics. And if you get your hair cut in the space, the money you pay will be donated to AECC-Catalunya cancer society.
The Il Trovatore (C/Provença, between Passeig de Gràcia and C/Pau Claris) space will programme events at the Liceu and L'Auditori and will also provide information on groups such as Soñar Despierto and Casal dels Infants.
In C/Provença, between Passeig de Gràcia and Rambla Catalunya, you'll find the Rigoletto area with a DJ zone, street art, and the participation of design schools like the Escola Superior de Disseny ESD and the Universidad Ramon Llull Istituto Europeo di Design (their illustrators will draw up a look just for you) and the IDEP Escola Superior d'Imatge i Disseny, whose photographers will make you the subject.
At 10pm, Passeig de Gràcia, between Ronda Sant Pere and Gran Via, check out the opera Prêt-à-danser, an audiovisual number with choruses of five Verdi operas and five Wagner operas that will play while 10 dancers walk the catwalk in 10 designs of fashion and footwear inspired by the works of the two composers.