La Mercè: Barcelona's big celebration

Concerts, traditions and family activities you won't want to miss during Barcelona's biggest festival, La Mercè, September 21 to 24

Toc d'inici La Mercè
Toc d'inici La Mercè

During this year's La Mercè celebrations, in honour of the city's patron saint, you'll thrill with festival essentials such as the 'correfoc' (fire run), 'castells' (human towers), the amazing Piromusical fireworks and music show, and concerts in the BAM festival. This is your guide to all you need to know to get the most out of Barcelona's Festa Major, from September 21 to 24.

La Mercè highlights

Pregó (opening speech)
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Pregó (opening speech)

Head to Plaça de Sant Jaume for the pregó given by Barcelona-born actor Leticia Dolera

Open doors
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Open doors

Your guide to the museums and landmark buildings offering free entry during La Mercè

38th Catalan Wine and Cava Tasting
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38th Catalan Wine and Cava Tasting

Taste wines and cavas from 70 wineries around Catalonia, and sample local food as well

Piromusical
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Piromusical

It wouldn't be a Mediterranean festival without the smell of gunpowder and the sight of sparks

Correfoc
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Correfoc

Devils, beasts and other creatures parade along the city streets and shoot fire in the traditional 'correfoc'

International Pyrotechnic Festival
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International Pyrotechnic Festival

The sky over Barceloneta beach shines with light and colour over two nights

Human tower day
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Human tower day

Local human tower building groups ('castellers') take center stage in the great Diada Castellera de la Mercè

Parade and historic human tower day
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Parade and historic human tower day

The Castellers de Barcelona parade to Plaça Sant Jaume, where they'll build their 'castells' along with invited casteller groups

Video projection at the Ajuntament
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Video projection at the Ajuntament

From September 21 to 24 you can see the video projection 'Oda des del Cel' on the façade of the Ajuntament (City Hall)

La Mercè without cars
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La Mercè without cars

On Saturday, September 22 from 10am to 2pm, Via Laietana becomes a car-free space

MercèDansa
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MercèDansa

Traditions are alive and kicking in Catalonia, and proof of that are the many age-old traditional dances still being performed throughout the region

Special carillon concert
Music

Special carillon concert

Principal carillonist Anna Maria Reverté, puts on a special concert where Portuguese music is the star

Associate yourself with the festival
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Associate yourself with the festival

Plaça Catalunya is the heart of the Festa Major for the third edition of this big party of the city's associations

Special spaces for La Mercè

The Ciutadella by day and by night
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The Ciutadella by day and by night

See performances of dance, street theatre, circus arts and music during the day and at night in and around Parc de la Ciutadella

Circus at the Castell de Montjuïc
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Circus at the Castell de Montjuïc

Montjuïc castle changes into a Big Top for a few days to the delight of kids and any fans of the circus arts

Parc de la Trinitat
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Parc de la Trinitat

You'll find all kinds of music and dance performances in the form of shows you can watch and workshops you can participate in

Family fun and traditions at the Palauet Albéniz
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Family fun and traditions at the Palauet Albéniz

Circus, mime, animation, concerts, games for the whole family... All this and more September 22 to 24 at the Palauet Albéniz

At the bed of the Besòs River
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At the bed of the Besòs River

Among the activities is a show featuring the exotic structures from Jordà Ferré and his company Antigua i Barbuda

La Mercè and BAM concerts: Fri 21

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 + Orquestra Baobab + Nakani Kanté
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Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 + Orquestra Baobab + Nakani Kanté

African sounds are the star of the first of three themed nights of La Mercè festivities at the Moll de Fusta at the Barcelona Port

Cuca Roseta
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Cuca Roseta

This year's guest city for La Mercè is Lisbon, and Cuca Roseta represents the sound of a new generation of fado singing

Maisha + Kokoroko + Meute
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Maisha + Kokoroko + Meute

Sounds of jazz and beyond take over the first night of BAM at the Plaça dels Àngels stage

Banda Municipal de Barcelona
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Banda Municipal de Barcelona

The Barcelona Municipal Band performs 'A sea of music', a series of traditonal pieces from Mediterranean countries

RAC 105 concert
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RAC 105 concert

Local radio station RAC 105 hosts these concerts by four Catalan bands at the Parc de la Ciutadella

Cadena 100 concert
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Cadena 100 concert

Local radio station Cadena 100 hosts this night of concerts in Av. Reina Maria Cristina

La Mercè and BAM concerts: Sat 22

Tomasa del Real + Oshun + Ammar 808 & The Maghreb United
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Tomasa del Real + Oshun + Ammar 808 & The Maghreb United

Concerts tonight feature Chile's Tomasa del Real, Oshun from New York, and Ammar 808 and The Maghreb United from The Maghreb

Dr. Calypso farewell concert
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Dr. Calypso farewell concert

These pioneers on the ska scene in Catalonia are hanging up their instruments, but first they bid farewell to their fans old and new

Mediterràniament
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Mediterràniament

On Saturday 22, at Bogatell Beach, you can catch local acts La iaia, Love of Lesbian, and Fundación Tony Manero

OBC Mercè concert
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OBC Mercè concert

The Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra (OBC) kick off their season with a date during La Mercè

La Mercè and BAM concerts: Sun 23

Ferran Palau + IDER + Warmduscher
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Ferran Palau + IDER + Warmduscher

On the stage in Plaça Joan Coromines are Barcelona's Ferran Palau, and two bands from London, IDER and Warmduscher

Les Filles de Illighadad + Lineker e os Caramelows + Pongo
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Les Filles de Illighadad + Lineker e os Caramelows + Pongo

The Rambla del Raval brings to the stage these acts from Nigeria, Brazil and Angola

Marina Herlop + Marina Gallardo + Témé Tan + Cléa Vincent + Side Chick
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Marina Herlop + Marina Gallardo + Témé Tan + Cléa Vincent + Side Chick

Today at the Antiga Fàbrica Estrella Damm catch these artists from Barcelona, Cádiz, Belgium, France, and beyond

Nathy Peluso + Throes + The Shine + The Mani-Las + Real Combo Lisboense + Barcelona Jazz Orquestra
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Nathy Peluso + Throes + The Shine + The Mani-Las + Real Combo Lisboense + Barcelona Jazz Orquestra

Concerts in Av. Paral·lel feature music from Barcelona, Portugal, Madrid and Argentina

Mediterràniament
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Mediterràniament

On Sunday 23 the music by the sea continues with Dr. Prats, Els Catarres, and Gertrudis

Liceu Orchestra and Choir Mercè concert
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Liceu Orchestra and Choir Mercè concert

The Gran Teatre del Liceu Symphonic Orchestra and Choir venture into Nou Barris for this performance

La Mercè and BAM concerts: Mon 24

La Bien Querida + La Estrella de David + La Plata + Hazte Lapón
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La Bien Querida + La Estrella de David + La Plata + Hazte Lapón

The second day of concerts at the Antiga Fàbrica Estrella Damm brings in bands from Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia