This weekend brings the sweetest festival of the year, with sweets aplenty being shared out. Saturday is the day of Sant Medir, and Gràcia will be celebrating with processions around the main streets and squares in the neighbourhood. Sarrià and Sant Gervasi are also marking the occasion with popular celebrations on Friday and Saturday. Friday also sees the start of a fortnight of metropolitan dance, with six cities in the Barcelona metropolitan area bringing artists closer to the general public until 16 March. Once again this year, the Maria Canals International Music Competition puts grand pianos in public places for passers-by to stop and play.
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Celebrations for Sant Medir get under way in Sarrià-Sant Gervasi on Friday at 9.30 am, with a procession by local groups. From 6.30 pm onwards, the various Sant Medir groups will set off from their premises on parades, filling the streets with children, horses and sweets.
On Saturday the popular celebration reaches Gràcia and Sant Gervasi, with an early morning start at 9 am which sees the various participating groups set off on a procession around the main streets and squares. At midday, the groups will gather at the Sant Medir hermitage in the Collserola mountain range, and in the evening the procession heads down C/ Gran de Gràcia led by the city police mounted unit and amid a shower of sweets. On 11 March, the neighbourhood of La Bordeta will also be organising its own celebration.
Art in movement
The metropolitan dance fortnight is on from 2 to 16 March and is intended to promote new creations and techniques relating to art in movement, helping citizens and artists engage through dialogue.
This cultural event is being held in six cities in the metropolitan area (Badalona, Barcelona, Cornellà de Llobregat, Esplugues de Llobregat, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat and Santa Coloma de Gramanet) and uses theatres, museums, metro carriages and streets as its venues. Click here to view the programme.
Pianos in public places
This year brings a new edition of the Maria Canals International Music Competition and the organisers will again be putting grand pianos into the city streets for passers-by to play. Some of the most notable locations for the pianos include Plaça de Pastrana, the UPF Ciutadella Campus, Plaça Reial, Passeig de Gràcia, El Born CCM and La Pedrera.
Each piano will be accompanied by somebody encouraging members of the public to play. School sessions will also be held and music school students will be playing in the afternoon. Before the pianos are removed, professional pianists will be offering free recitals. Click here for piano dates and locations.