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Traditional festivals

Festa Major de Gràcia 2012

Written by Adriana

Every year, in mid-August and for a whole week, they celebrate the “fiesta mayor” of one of the most emblematic areas of Barcelona, a celebration that culminates, in an excellent way, the end of the August holidays for many native vacationers.

The fiestas de Gràcia fill with color, music, joy and people its streets in this expected (and planned) event by many people throughout the year. Today at 7pm Esteve Camps Sala, president of the Construction Board of Trustees of the Sagrada Familia, read the opening speech of the celebration from the balcony of the City Council of Gràcia, initiating all the events and activities from tomorrow, August the 15th.

One of the best known sides of the Fiestas de Gracia is the decoration of the streets, competing with each other to get the first prize, focusing their decorations and sculptures on a theme that changes each year.

The creativity and innovation of each committee improve every year, transporting the visitors to an imaginary world of fantasy, and making it very difficult for the judges of the competition. In the programming of the celebration you can also find activities for all ages: “correfocs” for children, outdoor cinema, evening concerts for youngsters, dances and cabarets with orchestras, exhibitions, sporting events, popular dinners on the street, etc.

Each year the neighborhood complains about noises and crowds from the “night-party” in the streets of Gràcia, so this year the holiday schedule has been reduced until 2am and until 3’30am on holidays, promoting events and daytime activities.

Photo by amaianos via Visualhunt

Photo by amaianos via Visualhunt

Among the most outstanding artists that are performing in some of the 38 stages scattered around the area, we find Sherpah, Tarantula, Mesclat, Bernat Font Trío, The Blacktones or Soweto.

Watch the video: Correfoc Festa Major de Gràcia 2011 to learn more about the official program of the Fiestas de Gracia. And if you also want to know the best rental apartments in the city of Barcelona, please visit our website ShBarcelona.

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Adriana is a writer, content & community manager, web designer, media analyst and tireless traveler.

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