Running at the same time as La Mercè, and just as colourful, is the Casa Asia’s annual Festival Asia. Over 150 people from 13 Asian countries will join in this celebration of Eastern culture, which will take place at eight venues in the city. The highlight of this year’s festival is the Beijing Opera who will open the festival with a performance of Don Quixote, the Wandering Knight at the Espai Francesca Bonnemaison. They will perform again the following night at the Caixaforum. Other concerts include the Pocheon Folk Art Company with traditional Korean dances and songs (22nd), Jazz in Japan with musicians Masahiko Satoh and Akiko Uesugui (23rd), and Pakistani singer and ximta player Arif Lohar (24th). On September 20th the Barcelona Coral Àsia will take to the stage. This choir was formed in 2012 and is made up of 23 different nationalities. The concert will take place in the gardens of the beautiful Sant Pau Modernist Venue, where Casa Asia has its headquarters.
There’s fun for the whole family on September 24th at One Day in Asia, a packed day of activities and performances in Pl. dels Angels, Pl. Joan Coromines and the MACBA auditorium. There will be concerts, martial arts, Asian food stalls, traditional games, and workshops ranging from Japanese manga to Indian basket making.
All the events are free, with the exception of the Beijing Opera performance at the Caixaforum.
See the website for more details.