The Esquerra de l’Eixample neighbourhood festival starts on Friday 28 September and brings the city ten days packed with activities. The exercise yard at the former Model prison is the new venue for the opening speech, to be given by Dory Sontheimer, author of the book Les set caixes, an account of how she discovered her Jewish identity. Following the inaugural speech there’s a performance by the Ballets de Catalunya, with music by De Soca-rel and a tower constructed by the new Esquerra de l’Eixample human towers group, Els Esquerdats.
The first weekend of the festival starts with a sports day in the Parc de Joan Miró. Saturday 29 September brings a fair for LGBTI organisations and traders in C/ Consell de Cent, with various activities at the Rambla del Barri. These include a farm produce market, a workshop on community allotments, children’s entertainment, a workshop on Cuban salsa and ruedadancing, the transfeminist night and more. There’s also a shopping fair by the Associació Eix Comercial Nou Eixample, a communal paella meal, a human towers workshop with the Esquerdats and a police science workshop by the Mossos d’Esquadra police corps in the Jardins de Rosa Deulofeu, as well as a tasting evening at the Mercat del Ninot. On Sunday 30 September there’s a gathering of lace makers and games are being organised in the Parc de Joan Miró with sardanadancing in Plaça d’Enriqueta Gallinat and theatre at La Model.
Throughout the week, La Model will continue to host various film forums and mural painting activities, while municipal facilities will be offering activities such as concerts by Flamingo Tours and Siònia, a conference on the intimate history of L’Eixample and storytelling.
The Ús Barcelona festival continues over the last weekend at La Model and in C/ Provença, with the Womart event and a market for entities respectively, and with the Ús Kids between C/ Provença and C/ Nicaragua.
Saturday 6 October brings a popular bike ride, a communal paella meal, various participatory workshops at the Rambla del Barri and fire runs. The festivities round off on Sunday, with the traditional parade in the morning, traditional dancing and a closing concert at La Model against violence towards women.