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Fira Mediterrània de Manresa: A popular culture fair near Barcelona

Written by Miguel

Happening this October, from 6 to 9, in the Barcelona municipality of Manresa, Fira Mediterrània is a fair that celebrates Mediterranean roots and traditions through the vehicle of performing arts.

Started in 1998 and currently on its 19th edition, it will  bring popular culture activities and world music shows to various different venues around Manresa.

With the main goal of bringing together the past and the future, as well as the local and the global, the fair aims to serve as a hub for creativity, cultural dynamism, and community participation. Serving as a performance arts marketplace, it also hopes to simultaneously provide a gateway for international projects to gain visibility in Spain and act as a catapult for exporting local talents and productions.

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Photo by thelearningcurvedotca via Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC-SA

Photo by thelearningcurvedotca via VisualHunt

For the four days that the event lasts, Manresa’s streets and venues will be invaded by the arts – visual exhibitions, theatre, circus, dance, music and storytelling will all be part of a diverse and truly interdisciplinary program. Happenings will be divided into two main categories:

Popular culture – Events dedicated to popular culture, such as parades of giants and big-heads, traditional folk dances, circus performances and human towers will happen in major plazas around Manresa and will be free to attend. Most indoor events, such as theatre plays, will have an admission price that ranges from 6 to 12€. Tickets for both these and the music shows can be acquired right now at the event’s official website (just look for the desired show on the program and click “entradas/tickets”).

World music – Concerts will showcase musical traditions and realities from all over the planet. The line-up includes Bachar Mar-Khalifé, Alessio Arena, Baloji, Carola Ortiz Grup, Djmawi Africa, Edu Miranda Trio, Yacine & The Oriental Groove, Ialma and many others. Ticket prices vary depending on the show, ranging from 8 to 20€.

Related article: The Catalan Festival: Popular culture takes over the streets of Barcelona


Fira Mediterrània de Manresa flamenco

Photo via Pixabay

Right in the center of Catalonia, the Barcelona province of Manresa preserves a very important part of the region’s history and culture. Take advantage of being in town and visit some of its landmarks, such as the Santa Maria de la Seu Basilica or the beautiful “Old Bridge”, which dates back to the 12th century. From the medieval origins of the Sobrerroca Tower to the modernism of Manresa’s Casino (which is currently a public library and cultural center), exploring the town is like time-travelling through the history of not only Catalonia, but also Spain itself.

How to get there

To get there from Barcelona by car, take either Road C-55 or highway E9-C16. If you’d rather use public transportation, you can choose one of the many different buses and trains available. Travel times range from 45 minutes (driving) to one hour and a half (on the slowest train). Costs vary depending on method of transportation, but you can do it by train for about 6€.

Are you going to Fira Mediterrània de Manresa? If you do, don’t forget to tell us all about it using the comment box below. Have a good trip and have fun experiencing the culture and traditions of Barcelona and Catalonia first-hand.

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About the author


Miguel is a freelance writer and copywriter who believes that words can really take you places - so hop on his words and dare to discover the wonders of Barcelona with him.

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