Over the next couple of weeks, residents and visitors of Barcelona will be able to spot, and indeed play, 20 pianos 'sprinkled' around the city in various parks, as part of a project called 'Toca'm, sóc teu' ('Play me, I'm yours'), which has already been carried out in London, Syndney and Sao Paolo. It's all part of Barcelona's 56th Maria Canals International Competition of Music, which sees renowned pianists from around the world come to the Catalan capital to compete for prestige and the first prize of €20,000.
PLEASE NOTE THAT, DUE TO THE RAIN FORECAST FOR TODAY, THE VENUE AND SCALE OF THE EVENT HAVE BEEN CHANGED. To kick off the event, on Friday 12th March, in Plaça Reial, students from the Escola Massana will be painting seven Maria Canals pianos between 10am and 2pm and between 2 and 4.30pm, they'll be left to dry. The painters will be joined by the British artist Luke Jerram, the man behind the city piano project.Unfortunately, a planned open-air piano concert using the painted instruments has been cancelled due to the inclement weather.