Cartell_de_gracia_acoplata_ALTA_RES-371x600Fiesta Mayor de Gràcia street festival is Barcelona’s biggest, most colourful and most popular neighbourhood festival, which attracts about one and a half million visitors each year.

The Festa Major de Gràcia features, like all Catalan festivals, a rich presence of all the traditional cultural Catalan traditions including the “Diada Castellera de Festa Major.” This features “colles castelleres” which are groups that build up to 7 or 8 storey high human towers or castles, which is an amazing thing to see live.During the festa major there are many opportunties to see the local castellers group – called “Castellers de la Vila de Gracia” – build these amazing towers. On one of the festival nights they build a tower and move it between two plazas, which is called the “Baixada del Pilar Caminat.”

On many plazas in the Gracia festival area you will find concert stages and plenty of food, drink and handicraft items.

 

Some of the main festival squares have individual themes:

  • Plaça de les Dones del 36 will host family shows
  • Plaça de la Revolució has a theme of solidarity and social inclusion with daytime activities including book exchange, storytelling, games and more.
  • Plaça del Diamant will be the centre of swing music and dance
  • Plaça del Sol hosts folk concerts
  • Plaça de la Virreina has craft fairs.

 

More information about festival and Catalan traditions: http://www.barcelonayellow.com/bcn-events-articles/217-festa-major-de-gracia

Festival Schedule:

When Where What
Thursday 14th August 201418:15 Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia Presentation show to start the festival by many cultural groups of Gracia 
Thursday 14th August 201419:00 Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia Opening speech of Festa Major de Gracia by former president of Fundació Festa Major de Gràcia, Ricard Estruch
Friday 15th August 201412:30 Starts at Plaça de Nicolàs Salmeron; finishes at Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia Festival dance with giants, big heads, devils, dragons, trabucaire bandits, bastoner stick dancers and castellars towers builders.
Friday 15th August 201418.00 Starts at Junction of streets “Carrer de Santa Àgata” + “Gran de Gracia”; finishes at Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia Biggest parade of the Gracia Festival. This is a festive early evening parade featuring all groups of the Festa Major including the gegants (giants of Gracia including two sun and moon giants called “la Gresca i el Torradet”)  caps grossos (big heads)  dracs (dragons), castellers (human castle builders) and , bastoners (stick dancers) grallers – (pipers) and more. Definately worth seeing!
Saturday 16th August 201410:30 Start:  Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Finish: Usually junction streets Libertat + Fraternitat
Parade with Gegants (giants), Castellers (tower builders), Trabucaires (bandits) and Bastoners (pipers).
Finishes at 11:30 with homage to Sant Roc. (see also Sant Roc Festival in gothic area of Barcelona)
Tuesday 19th August 201420:00 Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia make human towers on Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia.
“Assaig” means rehearsal or attempt. These sessions are warm ups before a big castellars event.
Wednesday 20th August 201420:00 Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia make human towers on Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia.
Wednesday 20th August 201420.00 From Plaça del Sol to Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia make a human castle and walk it from Plaça del Sol to Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia town hall.
Sunday 17th August 201412:00 Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia Biggest castellers event of Gracia festival with groups Xiquets de Reus, Xicots de Vilafranca, Minyons de Terrassa & Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia
Monday 18th August 201419:30 From La Violeta to la Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia Show by all the cultural groups of Gracia explaining history of Gracia
Thursday 21st August 201418:30 Route: Plaça del Diamant, Astúries, plaça Virreina, Astúries, Torrent d’en Vidalet, Terol, Torrent de l’Olla, Diluvi; finishes at Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia Correfoc firerun in a smaller format for children
Thursday 21st August 201420:00 Start:  Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Finish: Plaça Trilla
Tabalada Infernal drum parade with drummers from the “colles de foc” fireworks groups.
Thursday 21st August 201421:30 to 23:00 From Plaça Trilla, Gran de Gràcia, Maurici Serrahima, Torrent de l’Olla, Bellver, Plaça del Nord, Robí, Torrent d’en Vidalet, Terol, Torrent de l’Olla, Diluvi
Finish at Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Correfoc is the traditional “firerun” where Festa Mayor visitors i.e. the general public are chased by “devil” groups brandished sparkling fireworks. Very dramatic and festive. 
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