This year is the 27th edition of the Nit de l’Havanera organised by the Grup Folk Montjuïc. These lilting sea shanties filled with exotic tales of life at sea and nostalgia for the homeland, arrived in Catalunya at the end of the 18th century via sailors coming back from the Caribbean. The songs were later adopted by local people who worked at sea, and they would be sung in the taverns at night or to while away the hours when the weather was too bad to go out to sea. Nowadays, havaneres are sung by local groups whose members come from seafaring families. They’re traditionally performed with the sea as a backdrop, and spectators sup on cremat (rum flambéed with coffee). The atmosphere tends to be relaxed and jovial—perhaps helped by all that rum—and if you know the words you’re welcome to join in. Several of Catalunya’s most well-known havanera groups, including Blau Mediterrà, L’Espingari and Pescadors de l’Escala will be taking part in this annual celebration.