Find out what activities are planned to celebrate the long-awaited reopening of the Mercat de Sant Antoni.
On May 23 the neighbourhood of Sant Antoni gets back its beloved city market. In total 235 establishments will open up: 52 selling fresh produce, 105 with flea market wares, and 78 stalls that open for the Sunday market, which will come out from under the tent on Urgell and surround the market under a canopy with retractable covers. The big inauguration party is at the weekend, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27, with some 30 activities for all ages that aim to reflect the variety of cultures that live together in the neighbourhood.
A big part of the celebration will be in the square at C/Tamarit, which hasn't seen much action of late due to the construction works on the market and surrounds. If you get there from 11.30am until about 8pm, you'll find an exhibition of tai chi, country, Bollywood dancing and dances from Bangladesh, as well as a rumba concert, improv shows and recitals. If you've got the kids with you, head to the Espai Fossar area, on Floor -1, where from 11am to 2pm, and from about 4pm to 7pm, you'll find plays for kids, a circus workshop, live music for the whole family, and much more. The Same is on again on sunday, but just the morning timetable.
For a bit of local flavour, the Trabucaires de Sant Antoni are in charge, with giants, percussion and a 'correfoc' (fire run) on the super island starting at 9.15pm. There will be a street market happening all day (10am-8pm), you can learn how to be a responsible consumer (Rda de Sant Pau, 43), and there's a guided tour of the market on Saturday and Sunday at noon that includes details and stories about the market itself – for that you'll have to sign up at Casa Golferichs starting on Friday 25.
If you still want more after all that's going on on Saturday, on Sunday you can get just that. In the square at C/Tamarit, after an opening speech at 11am by journalist and writer Miqui Ortero, there's a poetry recital (both in Catalan) from catautor Joan Vinuesa and a concert by the group Coriolà. At the super island at noon you'll get a dose of traditional Chinese dancing and a parade. After the party, be sure to visit the brand-new neighbourhood market as well!