The Mercè Arts de Carrer (Mercè Street Arts; MAC) Festival in the Ciutadella park this year once again includes the stretch of pedestrian street above the park, Lluís Companys, where you can see a selection of performances of dance, street theatre, circus arts and music during the day (Sep 22-24, noon-9pm) and at night (Sep 21-23, 8.30pm-2am).
Among the highlights is the return of the Dancing Partners with Barcelona company Thomas Noone Dance, who work with collectives from various countries and in diverse styles; the dressed-in-white group of Los Moñekos; a journey around the world with Esperit!, the most personal project from musician and orchestra man Mau Boada; and electromagic jazz from Llibert Fortuny. In Passeig Lluís Companys you'll find activities presented by Guinea-Catalan actor Tamara Ndong.
When the sun sets the venue takes on a magical and mysterious look with performances by light artists who put their creativity into action to transform the Ciutadella into a special space. And in Passeig Lluís Company the party carries on before coming to a close with music and wild energy from Flamingo Tours and Dani Nel·lo.
Focus Corea, presented by the Korean cultural centre in Madrid, which focuses on Korean culture in Spain, and brings in the group Noni to perform; as well as introducing to the world the Korean percussion group, Tago; dance performances by companies such as I.O.F. Crew; and the mix of fine arts and street art from the Croquiky Brothers. Also appearing in the park are the Dancing Partners with Thomas Noone, where his comapny works with three collectives from various countries: James Wilton Dance from the UK, Norrdans from Switzerland, and Italy's Spellbound Contemporary Ballet – guest companies who offer their own shows in the park and where at the end of each day they all get up onstage for a dance jam session. Tap dance also has a place in the festival with performances from Big Drums, from Catalan group Camut Band, 'Slap' from Martin's Tap Dance, and 'Spring', which is tap combined with classical music, from Sharon Levi.