If I had to tell you about all inspiring things related to Festa Major de Gràcia, the list would have no end!
The Gràcia district in Barcelona is well-known for everyone who loves romantic places, bohemian style and moody nights in coffee bars. However, during festival days, you should forget about a quiet walk through the narrow streets. Every year in August, these alleys are changing diametrically and become a centre of dance, art and culture.
5. Mixture of local traditions, Catalan culture, and art
Festa Major de Gràcia is the street festival organised every year between 15th and 21st of August. In the nineteenth century, Gràcia was the independent village. From 1897, it’s the official part of Barcelona. Gràcia has an artistic atmosphere what makes this area the ideal spot for bohemian lovers. You can find here the unusual architecture, narrow alleys and numerous squares with coffee-houses, streetlights, and benches. There are hidden also small shops with organic food, handicrafts or clothes from natural materials.
During the Festa Major de Gràcia event, the image of the area is entirely different. This week-long festival consists of street parades, exhibitions, workshops, dance evenings, sightseeing monuments, speeches and more! Gràcia is transforming in these days into a vibrant cultural and social centre. You can take part in concerts, shows, design contests, games as well as the book exchange.
4. Human towers? Let’s do it! Ok… maybe let’s see it! 🙂
Do you know what the word castells means? These are the human towers which are being built in Catalonia since the XIX century. Nowadays this kind of tower is a symbol of Catalan culture. During the Festa Major de Gràcia, you can see a lot of these incredible feats! Don’t miss it! 🙂
3. Are you a street parade aficionado? Gràcia offers you something more than a typical show!
First of all, during this festival you can observe the correfoc parade. Correfoc means fire run in the Catalan language. The masqueraders chase visitors with fireworks in their hands. This kind of event is really popular in Catalonia and related to local traditions.
XVII Cercavila de Cultura Popular is the biggest and the most famous parade of Festa Major de Gràcia. It’s the another incredible experience. The massive street parade with puppets, stilt walkers, gunfire, guns and – what’s more – even candies are falling from the sky (throwing directly by the jugglers). You can also notice the enormous giants – two suns and moon called la Gresca i el Torradet – walking through the streets .
What else is there? Dragons, big heads, human towers builders, stick dancers and pipers. It’s definitely worth to see it!
2. Handmade decorations are surrounding whole neighbourhood
Once a year, the Gràcia‘s streets in Barcelona are becoming a paradise for everyone who enjoys carefully handmade streets decorations. Look at these incredible patterns! The residents of Gràcia made all of the decorations. Can you believe it? They are real artists!
Neighbours prepare handmade streets decorations and compete for the prize for the best-decorated street. Currently, there’s also a contest for the most beautifully decorated balcony.
Every street has the own theme – for example, one time you go through the Japan theme street, other time you are between the sculptures from the Avatar movie. These decorations are totally impressive! That’s the reason why through these narrow streets every day, during the festival, come thousands of people to enjoy these exciting themes of handmade decorations.
1. Enjoyment of neighbourhood
I’ve just shared with you many great ingredients of Festa Major de Gràcia. But there is one more thing – the most important reason, why it’s worth to visit this festival. It’s the simple story about the joy of being a part of the community. The residents of Gràcia organise this festival year after year. They want to celebrate their culture, keep a tradition and improve local relationships. It’s admirable that they spend a lot of time together to prepare decorations. They volunteer their time, build and develop relationships, take care of local customs. It’s a beautiful story about a value of relationships in our daily life.