Lisbon’s traditions are on display on the stairs at the Palau de la Virreina, with an exhibition of the Tron de Sant Antoni tradition and the International Folklore Meeting, featuring the Grupo Etnográfico Danças e Cantares do Minho. Fados will also play a part in the Mercè Música festival in Av. Catedral, with the voice of Cuca Roseta and Camané.
Elsewhere, the Mercè Arts de Carrer (MAC), in the Parc de la Ciutadella and Passeig de Lluís Companys, offers a voyage from tradition through to the artistic avant-garde with La Incrível Tasca Móvel, recreating Lisbon’s popular culture in the form of an open-air venue; Teatro Dom Roberto, by the puppet company S.A. Marionetas; the multidisciplinary setInSomnio, by Teatro do Mar, which combines physical theatre, aerial acrobatics, video and music; a performance by the dancer and choreographer Avelino Chantre and the show M.O.M.E.N.T.U.M., by the break dance group Momentum Crew.
The Barcelona Acció Musical (BAM) festival features the groups Throes + The Shine (electro-rock, kuduro) and Real Combo Lisbonense (lounge music) at the Apolo stage; Capicua (rap), Bruno Pernadas (pop) and Surma (electronic music) at the stage in Pl. Joan Coromines, and the group Pongo (kuduro) in Rambla del Raval.
The guest city will also be involved in the 21st International Firework festival, with the Grupo Luso Pirotecnia (Lisbon) taking part and some fados featuring in the firework and music spectacular to round off La Mercè.