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La Mercè 2012
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THEEsatisfaction play at La Mercè 2012
It's a telling sign of the times that this year's Mercè festival only lasts four days. It used to be (or at least feel very like it) that as soon as the flags came down from marking La Diada on September 11th, Barcelona would switch straight into festa major mode, with free concerts from big-name bands, stalls set up in the city centre and regular encounters with Catalan traditions, such as gegants, correfocs and sardanes. This year, there will be all that, just on a much-reduced scale.
Amongst the highlights you´ll find: an expanded Mercè Arts de Carrer (art street festival), with events taking place day and night at the Ciutadella (including a giant karaoke event) and Montjuïc; a light and music show projected onto the Sagrada Familia by representatives from the guest city of Montreal (21st-23rd); and the traditional end-of-Mercè fireworks at Plaça Espanya, with a special feature commemmorating 20 years since the Barcelona Olympic Games. Barcelona Acció Musical returns with a compact line-up dedicated to alternative music that includes US artists Grey Filastine, THEESatsfaction and Howlin Rain.
For more details visit www.bcn.cat/merce