The city commemorates Santa Eulàlia, who met her end at the hands of the Romans after enduring terrible tortures at the age of only 13. Barcelona’s co-patron saint, along with La Mercè, Santa Eulàlia is a special favourite of children. This year, from Friday, February 10 to Sunday the 12th, the festival features more light than ever with Llum BCN. There will be a network of 13 light works that, from 7pm to midnight, will encircle and decorate various terraces and squares in the Ciutat Vella ('old town') district. Among these spaces being transformed into art are the Pati Llimona, the Fossar de les Moreres, the Ateneu Barcelonès and the Picasso Museum.
What BCN Llum also proposes is following routes that connect the sea with La Rambla, wandering first through the Born and the Barri Gòtic; yet the central event is the work of director of photography Josep Maria Civit, creator of the fun light show, 'Les Laies', at the Palau de la Virreina, which you can visit until Saturday, and where the Ciutat Vella giants will parade as if they were top models.
And it won't be just the Virreina that everyone will want to visit: all of Barcelona's public musuems will throw their doors open from Saturday the 11th until Tuesday the 14th, making this winter festival even more popular, with some free art to admire. The festival's more traditional features will still be on the agenda as well, including the correfocs (fire runs) on Saturday the 11th (for children at 6.15pm and for adults at 8pm), the parade featuring giants on Sunday the 12th from 9am, and the ceremony of the city Eagle on Friday the 10th at 8.15pm, which, along with the Colonel, will leave from the City Hall to head for the Santa Maria del Mar church in order to dance.