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La Mercè Festival Barcelona 2014
Les Festes de la Mercè - Fiestas de la Mercè 2014
This page will be updated in late august 2014, when Merce Festival 2014 programme is announced.
Merce Festival Barcelona. Merce Guide, Merce programme and maps and Top Events at Merce 2014 - Barcelona's biggest festival of the year.
The Merce 2014 dates have not been announced yet but usually the Merce festival is from 20th September 2013 to 24th September. This Merce Festival 2014 guide lists the best things to do and what to see during Barcelona's biggest annual festival. The Merce 2014 public holiday is on 24th September 2014. Barcelona's metro trains will be open all night during the Merce festival. La Merce is "La festa major de Barcelona" and the biggest city festival of the year in Barcelona. Scroll down this page to find top things to do at Barcelona Merce Festival including concerts, fireruns, fireworks, human towers and much more. La Merce always has hundreds of wonderful events in the Merce festival, so be sure to check links below for highlights and download the full Merce festival programme. Bones festes de la Mercè!
> Top things to do Merce Festival
> PDF Festival highlights La Merce 2013 (in English)
> PDF full programme Merce Festival 2013 (in Catalan)
> Download PDF BAM festival 2013
> DAY BY DAY programme and calendar 2013 Merce festival
> Pictures Merce Festival
> Map locations Merce events
> Twitter search #mercè13
Merce Festival Apps
> Merce Festival Iphone App
> Merce festival Android App
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Origins of Merce Festival name
Barcelona's biggest annual festival is the Merce Festival - “Les Festes de la Mercè." This is the celebration of the Patron Saint of Barcelona, the Virgin Mary, who is called “María de las Mercedes”, meaning "Mary of Mercies." She is also called ”La Mare de Deu de la Mercè," meaning “Mother of God of Mercy” in Catalan - or “Virgin de La Mercè” – Virgin of Mercy - or "Nuestra Señora de la Merced" (Spanish) which means Our Lady of Mercy - or La Mercè for short. The words "Mercè" in Catalan and "Merced" in Spanish, mean "mercy” in English.
The legend of La Mercè
According to legend on the night of 2nd August 1218 the Virgin Mary appeared to the Catalan knight Pere Nolasc. She asked him to form a sacred order of monks in her name. He did as she asked and formed the Order of Merced, dedicated to ransoming poor Christians, who were take prisoner by Saracen pirates during the wars of the crusades and who could not afford to pay their ransoms. Pere Nolasc had actually already been doing this since 1202 so for 15 years before the Virgin appeared to him, but he always praying for help and divine intervention and this came in the form of a Marian experience in 1218. The Order of Mercy was established on August 10, 1218 with the help of Nolasc's confessor at Barcelona cathedral, Saint Ramón de Penyafort, and with support from the Count of Barcelona and King of Aragon King Jaume I. All the details of the foundation of the Order of Mercy are kept to this day in the Archives of the Aragon Crown in Barcelona. Centuries later in 1687 the Virgin of La Mercè helped Barcelona by making a plague of locusts disappear. After the locust plaque the Council of the City chose La Merce as patron saint of Barcelona and she was canonised as a patron saint in 1868 by the Pope Pius IX. Since 1687 the city has celebrated La Mercè festival every year in Barcelona and the locust plague has never returned. La Mercè was also briefly appointed commander of the army during the war of succession in 1714, when the Barcelona was under siege by the French. The Virgin had better success fighting locusts than French soldiers because this time Barcelona lost the fight and the city was captured by the French on September 11th 1714. This defeat is now commemorated as the Catalunya national day.
La Mercè church in Barcelona - Basilica La Mercè
There is a sculpture of La Merce on top of the church called "Basilica La Mercè" on the square Plaça de la Mercè in the Gothic area of Barcelona near Barcelona's Port Vell harbour and quite close Las Ramblas. This is the only church in Barcelona with a baroque façade. The first church on this location was built in 1267 and it has later been reformed several times. Between 1765 y 1775 the architect Josep Mas renovated what can now be seen as the present day church Basilica La Mercè. The building at the opposite end of the plaza was formerly a convent called "Convent of the Mercè," and is an army building today. You can also see a fountain on the Merce plaza of Neptune, the Greek god of the sea in Roman mythology. Look up and you will see the sculpture of the Virgin on the roof of the Basilica La Mercè. Inside the church you can see a gothic wooden statue of “Virgin and Child” which is attributed to the artist Pere Moragues in 1361.
Highlights of Les Festes de la Mercè 2013
Les Festes de la Mercè 2013 will have hundreds of big and small events that focus on popular Catalan and Mediterranean culture. You can see the most popular events below. The festival presents a music festival, Catalan traditions, parades, concerts, firework displays, air shows, a 10km run and many more events in Barcelona at many locations from Friday 20th September 2013 to Tuesday 24th September 2013, which is the main festival period.
in 2013 La Mercè commemorates Catalan history on the 300th annivesarty of the siege of Barcelona ending the War of the Spanish Succession between 1713 and 1714. Merce visitors will be able to experience eighteenth-century Barcelona brought to life thanks by actors and actresses in period costumes and exhibitions. La Mercè’s special guest city in 2013 is the much admired capital of Austria, Vienna.
Some events like the 10k Merce run on Sunday 15th Sep and the airshow on Sunday 29th September take place before and after the main festival. The 24th September is always a public holiday in Barcelona in honour of the city's patron saint La Merce and in 2013 the Merce public holiday is on a Tuesday. The metro, FGC and trams is usually open all night during the Merce festival from Friday night until and Monday 24th at midnight. Many of the Merce activities also have special buses. Bicing city bikes (residents only) are usually open 24 hours a day during the festival. The poster for the 2013 Merce festival is called SuperGegant! - SuperGiant! and is by photographer Joan Fontcuberta. See all the previous Merce festival posters here.
> Merce festival metro / bus timetables
Mercè opening speech - Pregó de festa major
"Pregó de festa major." The Festes de la Mercè are traditionally opened with a speech by the “pregoner” or "the town crier" to signal the start of the Mercè festivities. This speech is called the "Pregó" and is usually by a prominent Catalan citizen or artist. In the past it has been made by many famous Catalans among them Dalí, Miró, Tàpies and Pau Casals. In 2013 La Merce will be officially opened by world famous chef Ferran Adrià. The opening speech is in Catalan and on Frdiay 20/9 2013 at 7pm in the "Saló de Cent del Ayuntamiento" in Barcelona city hall on Plaça de Sant Jaume in the Gothic quarter. The Prego ceremony itself is by invitation only and is in Catalan. It is broadcast live on big screens outside the city hall on Plaça Sant Jaume and it is also transmitted live on the Merce website and on Catalan TV channel TV3
Mercè Concerts and music festivals
The Merce 2013 BAM music festival (Barcelona Acción Musica) 21st edition of BAM (Barcelona Acció Musical) Bam is a 4 day annual indie music festival that takes place during the Merce Barcelona city festival. All BAM festival concerts are outdoor and free. The BAM festival is organised by the city of Barcelona and has around 106 free open-air concerts by artists from 19 countries on 6 open air venues in Barcelona. A popular highlight of BAM is the street concert at the "Antiga fàbrica d'Estrella Damm" in Eixample on Saturday 21 September 2013 from 19:30 onwards. Visit the BAM website to see full festival programme and BAM13 artist line-up.
PLAÇA REIAL - Plaza in gothic area of Barcelona > Map link
PLAÇA DELS ÀNGELS by MACBA museum > Map link
JOAN COROMINES - in Raval area in CCCB cultural centre > Map link
PARC DEL FÒRUM - in Diagonal Mar area > Map link
ANTIGA FÀBRICA D'ESTRELLA DAMM - Eixample area > Map link
RAMBLA DEL RAVAL - Raval area > Map link
One of the highlights of BAM music festival is the street concert at the "Antiga fàbrica d'Estrella Damm" in Eixample on Saturday 21st September from 19:30 onwards featuringThe Free Fall Ban, El Petit de Cal Eril and headliner Miles Kane. Other big concerts at Merce are Cadena Dial concert at Parc del Forum on Monday 23rd September 2013 - and the 40 principales/Hard Rock concert on Tuesday 22nd Sep from 17.30 onwards at Avenida Reina Cristina near Plaza Espanya. Visit the BAM website and Merce website to see full programme of concerts and artist line-up
> Barcelona BAM music festival
> Artists line-up BAM13 Barcelona
Mercè Parades and traditional Catalan events
Activity: Opening Ceremony procession "Toc d’Inici" or "Seguici Inaugural"
Date & time: Friday 20th September 2013 at 7pm - 19:00
Where: > Starts at Palau de la Virreina on La Rambla then at 7pm and finishes at Plaça de Sant Jaume both the Gothic area of Barcelona
Seguici Inaugural - also called "Toc d’Inici" which means "starting touch." This is the opening procession of La Merce which features mythical figures of "Bestiari de Barcelona" and giants and bigheads called "Gegants i Capgrossos" in Catalan language - from medieval Barcelona. It starts from place on Plaça de Sant Jaume, where the gegants and capgrossos perform their dances to the sounds of the traditional minstrels called "Ministrers del Camí Ral," who meet just once a year specially for this event..
Activity: Passejada de dracs i bèsties de foc - Parade of Fire-Breathing Dragons and Beasts
Date & time: Saturday 21st September 2013 at 9pm - 21:00
Where: > Starts at Plaça de Sant Jaume in Gothic area of Barcelona, then along streets Ferran, las Ramblas, Cardenal Casañas, Plaça del Pi, Plaça Sant Josep Oriol, Palla, Plaça Nova, Bisbe, to finish at Plaça Sant Jaume
Parade of Fire-Breathing Dragons and Beasts
Activity: Parade "Xambanga de Gegants " - Giants’ Xambanga
Date & time: Monday 23rd September 2013 at 9pm - 21:00
Where: > Parade start at Maritime museum. Finish at Plaça de Sant Jaume
The "Xambanga de Gegants" is a procession of "dancing" giants from many districts and neighbourhoods of Barcelona. Both the groups and the giants dance to traditional drums and pipes and sometimes even to pop music. This event is especially fun because the giants and giants groups are dressed up in their own fancy dress and different costumes. This parade starts in 2013 at the Maritime museum Museu Marítim then goes along street la Rambla, street Ferran to end at Plaça de Sant Jaume in the Gothic area.
Activity: La Mercé Parade "Cavalcada Mercè" - also called "La Gran Cavalcada de la Mercè"
Date & time: Tuesday 24th September 2013 from 6pm to 8pm - 18:00 to 20:00
Where: > Map parade route
Start: > Avinguda Marquès de l'Argentera in El Born area
Finish: > Plaça de Sant Jaume in Gothic area
Nearest Metro station: Barceloneta yellow line L4
Merce's biggest parade called Cavalcada Mercè and often called "la Gran Cavalcada de la Mercè." This procession features many of the city "gegants" - giants and is led by the Barcelona giants called "Jaume I" and "Violant d´Hongria." There are also groups of street artists, dancers and many other traditional Catalan figures and traditions. This procession starts at 18.00 from Avinguda Marquès de l'Argentera, then goes along street Comerç, street Princesa, street Via Laietana, street Jaume I to finish at Plaça de Sant Jaume . > Map parade route
> Calendar Merce 2013 events
> About gegants and capgrossos traditions
Mercè Sardanes dancing
Activity: Sardanes inaugurals amb la Cobla de Sant Jordi
Date & time: Friday 20th September 2013 at 7pm - 19:00
Where: > Av. de la Cathedral in front of Barcelona Cathedral
Nearest metro station: Jaume I - L4
Sardanes is the traditional folk dancing of Catalunya. The "cobla" is the band that plays for the Sardanes dancers.
Activity: 63è Concurs de Colles Sardanistes – Sardanes dancing competition
Date & time: Sunday 22nd September 2013 at 11:00
Where: > Av. de la Cathedral in front of Barcelona Cathedral
Nearest metro station: Jaume I - L4
Big Sardanes competition in front of Barcelona Cathedral. This is a lovely event to watch with many sardanas groups competing.
> About Sardanes dancing and Cobla music
> Pictures Sardanes dancing
Merce Correfocs - Fire runs
Activity: Firerun - Correfoc infantil - Children's Correfoc
Date & time: Sunday 22nd September 2013 from 6.30pm - 18:30
Nearest metro station: Jaume I - L4
Where: Starts and ends on Via Laietana between Carrer de Joan Massana and Plaça d'Antoni Maura
"Correfoc infantil dels petits diables" is the special children's correfoc firerun with fireworks and firecrackers that are a little less noisy and scary for the kids and with special focus on the children. The children's correfoc is on Via Laietana. There will be correfoc activities and workshops all day in front of the Santa Catarina market.
Activity: Firerun - Correfoc - Porta de l´Infern
Date: Sunday 22nd September 2013 at 20:30 - 8.30pm
Where: Starts at Plaça d'Antoni Maura on Via Laietana then down Via Laietana to Plaça d'Antonio López to end at Carrer del Consolat de Mar
Nearest Metro station: Jaume I - L4
The Correfoc is one of the most popular events of La Merce with up to 70.000 spectators. About forty groups of "colles de diables" - “groups of devils” from in and around Barcelona, as well as dragons and other "bestiari de foc" - fire beasts, take part in this festival of fire. The legend of Correfoc is that the Mascle Cabró (Catalan) or Macho Cabrón in Spanish - a male goat or ram in English - hears the arrival of the "diables" the devils, and commands his armies to cross the gate of hell called "Porta de l´Infern" which separates the real world from hell. At the end of the correfoc the devils are sent back into hell. The Merce correfoc starts with spectacular fireworks of the "Porta de l´Infern " - "Gates of Hell," which then open and release the "diables" to start the "correfoc" firerun. About 80.000 fireworks are used during the correfoc so you are advised to follow some basic correfoc safety precautions about practical clothes to wear to see a correfoc. Ear plugs are a very good idea or just put some tissue paper in your ears, because it's very noisy, especially when the "Trabucaires" Catalan "bandits" shoot their blunderbuss guns There is also a children's correfoc the same day at 18:30 and you can find correfoc activities and workshops all day in front of the Santa Catarina food market in the Born neighbourhood.
> About correfoc traditions in Catalonia
Merce Castellers - Human Tower building
Activity: Castellers display - Human castles
"Diada castellera amb les colles locals"
Date & time: Tuesday 24th September 2013 at 12:30
Where: Plaça de Sant Jaume in the Gothic quarter
Nearest metro station: Jaume I - yellow L4
"Diada castellera amb les colles locals." Castellers display by Barcelona groups of human tower builders on Plaça de Sant Jaume, Barcelona at 12.30. Features all the human tower groups on Barcelona which are the Castellers de Barcelona, Castellers de la Sagrada Família, Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia, Castellers de Sants and Castellers del Poble-Sec.
Activity: Falcons de Barcelona i cercavila - Falcons human towers display and parade
Date & time: Sunday 22nd September 2013 at 10.30
Where: Starts at Av. de la Catedral and finishes at Plaça de Sant Jaume
Nearest Metro station: Jaume I - yellow L4
Matí de Falcons. Falcon Tower building display by "Colla Falcons de Barcelona" and "Falcons del País del Cava." The groups will tour the gothic area from Plaça de Santa Jaume to Barcelona cathedral. This is another form of human tower building called the Falcon discipline named after a Czech tradition called "Sökol," which means falcon. Falcon structures were popular in Catalonia at the beginning of the 20th century, but then fell out of favour. In Barcelona a young group called the Barcelona Falcons has revived this tradtion of making falcon structures and they performed first at the Saint Eulalia festivities in 2003. Very festive to watch. This is another form of human tower building called the Falcon discipline named after a Czech tradition called "Sökol," which means falcon. Falcon human tower structures were popular in Catalonia at the beginning of the 20th century but then fell out of favour. In Barcelona a young group called the Barcelona Falcons has revived this tradtion of making falcon structures and they peformed first at the Saint Eulalia festivities in 2003. Worth seeing.
Activity: Diada castellera Castellers display - human towers Cercavila de castellers i festa castellera
"Diada castellera de les colles convidades."
Date & time: Sunday 22nd September 2013 at 12:00
Where: > Plaça de Sant Jaume - Gothic quarter
Nearest Metro station: Jaume I - Yellow line L4
"Cercavila de castellers i festa castellera" also called "Diada castellera de les colles convidades" Biggest human towers Castellers display of the Merce Festival. Takes place on Plaça de Sant Jaume, Barcelona featuring top "colles" i.e. groups of castellers invited from all over Catalunya including Castellers de Barcelona, Minyons de Terrassa and Castellers de Vilafranca. Very exciting to watch. Pl Jaume will be very crowded, but generally the crowds tend to loosen and disperse after each tower, so with a little patience you will be sure to see some of these stunning human towers that reach 9 and 10 levels in height. > About castellers traditions
Merce Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta
Activity: Tall ships sailing race
Date & time: Saturday 21st September to Tuesday 24th September 2013
Where: Port Vell marina
Nearest metro stations: Drassanes L3 - Barceloneta L4
Barcelona’s Port Vell marina hosts the Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta 2013. Visitors will have access to the amazing ships and their crews based at Port Vell harbour in Barcelona for a 4 day festival featuring crew parades and guided tours of these majestic queens of the sea. The Mediterranean Tall Ships race is organised by the Sail Training International which is a non-profit foundation that promoted education and development of youngsters of all nationalities, religion and social background through sail training.
> More event information Barcelona Tall Ships Regatta
Merce Barcelona Air show - Festa al Cel - CANCELLED
Activity: Barcelona Air show - Festa al Cel
Date & time: >CANCELLED Sunday 29th September 2013 from 12:00 to 16:00
Where: > Festa al Cel air show map - beaches of Barcelona
Nearest metro stations: Various stations on yellow line 4
Festa al Cel 2013 - Barcelona Airshow. This Merce event has been cancelled at the last minute for 2013 citing environmental objections and capacity. "Barcelona City Council will not be able to hold the Festa al Cel air show this year, because the Spanish Ministry of Public Works has not given Barcelona-El Prat airport the relevant authorisation to operate within the runway complex that would allow the air exhibition to go ahead. The decision is based on environmental considerations (noise) and the airport's operating capacity" The Barcelona Airshow was scheduled for Sunday 29 September 2013.
> More event information Merce Airshow - Festa al Cel
Merce - (MAC) Mercè Arts de Carrer
Activity: Street Arts Festival - Mercè Arts de Carrer
Date & time: Saturday 21st September to Monday 23 September 2013
Where: > Parc del Ciutadella
Nearest metro station: Barceloneta yellow L4 or Arc de Triomf red L1
(MAC) Mercè Arts de Carrer. Dance and street art festival in the Parc del Ciutadella with many performances all over the park. A beautiful setting for music. Worth a visit.
> Programme events Parc del Ciutadella
Merce Circ al Castell - Circus Festival
Activity: Circus Festival at Montjuic Castle
Date & time: Sunday 22nd, Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th September 2013
Where: > Castell de Montjuic on Montjuic hill
Merce circus festival at Castell de Montjuic during Merce Festival with many local and international artists. The focal point of the circus festival of Merce is a the large circus tent in the Santa Eulàlia castle moat.
> Programme Merce Circ al Castell
Merce Sports Events
There are many sports events during La Merce festival. The Nova Icària beach hosts Barcelona City International Beach Volleyball Trophy which is daily during the festival. On the Somorrostro beach you can enjoy the 4th La Mercè Beach Rugby Tournament. At Port Vell marina in Barcelona harbour you can see the traditional Merce open water harbour swim on Sunday 22nd September. d the popular 10k run Cursa de la Merce, which is before the main festival on Sunday 15th September 2013.
Activity: Mercè 2013: Harbour swim - Travessia Nedant al Port de Barcelona
Date & time: Sunday 22nd September 2013 at 09.30am
Registration: > Register online here
Location: Swim starts at Plaça del Portal de la Pau near Columbus Monument.
Nearest Metro: Drassanes green line L3
86th edition of Merce open water harbour swim called "86a Travessia Nedant al Port de Barcelona" will be on Sunday 22nd September 2013. As always it is organised by the "Club Natació Atlétic" sports club in Barceloneta. This open water swim across the port of Barcelona takes place every year during the Merce Festival and there are various routes and categories from 400m to 3000m. The event starts at the "Golondrinas" harbour boats near the Columbus Monument at the port end of La Rambla. Visit the website for details of registration.
> Website 86a Travessia Nedant al Port de Barcelona - open water swim Merce 2013
> Route Merce open water swim 2013
Merce fireworks - "El Foc de la Mercè" Exhibició Pirotècnica
Activity: Mercè 2013: Exhibició Pirotècnia (previously called Festival Pirotècnic)
Dates: Saturday 21st September 2013 and Sunday 22nd September 2013 at 10pm - 22:00
Location: > Platja de la Barceloneta - by "Espigó del Gas" breakwater
Nearest metro station: Ciutadella Vila Olimpica L4 - or Barceloneta L4
El Foc de la Mercè" Exhibició Pirotècnica. Two nights of spectacular fireworks displays from 22.00 in the evening on the beach of Barceloneta at the Platja de la Barceloneta by the "Espigó del Gas" which is the name of the first breakwater to the south of Port Olimpic.
Merce Piromusical at Magic Fountain
Activity: Mercè 2013: Piromusical - Music, fireworks and Magic Fountain light and water display
Date & time: Tuesday 24th September 2013 at 10pm - 22:00
Location: > Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina at Magic Fountain of Montjuic
Nearest metro station: Espanya L1
The Piromusical is the grand finale of the main Merce Festival and takes place at the Magic Fountain at the foot of Montjuic hill near Plaza Espanya with the Palau Nacional in the background. The Piromusical is a fantastic music, water, fireworks and laser light display centred around the Magic Fountain at Montjuic hill with music and light themes change from year to year. Spectators fill the entire length of the Maria Cristina avenue from the twin Venetian towers, so we recommend that you get there around 21.00 to get a good place. There is no seating so you will have to stand on the street during the fireworks and music show. This is a charming and fun event for all ages and truly a treasured tradition and highlight of the Merce festival. You can see this event live on Catalan TV channel TV3.
Mercè 2013 - Light projections show on city hall
Activity: Mercè 2013: " L’increïble viatge a la Lluna" - light show
Date & time: Friday 20th September 2013 to Tuesday 24th September 2013
Town hall light show times:
Friday 20/9 at 21:15, 21:45, 22:15 and 22:45
Saturday 21/9 at 20:45, 21:45 and 22:45
Sunday 22/9 at 20:45, 21:15, 21:45, 22:15 and 22:45
Monday 23/9 at 20:45, 22:00, 22:30 and 23:00
Tuesday 24/9 2013 at 20.45, 22:00, 22.30 i 23:00
Location: > Plaça de Sant Jaume in Gothic quarter
Nearest metro station: Jaume I - Yellow line L4
Projection light show on facade of Barcelona city hall. Projeccions a la façana de l’Ajuntament:" L’increïble viatge a la Lluna." The incredible voyage to the moon. This is an Innovative and fun light projection show every evening during the Merce festival which uses the facade of the Barcelona's city hall as a giant screen. Light show times vary according to other events at Pl Sant Jaume.
Merce 2013 - La Ciutat de la Bullícia
Activity: Mercè 2013: La Ciutat de la Bullícia
Date: Friday 20th September to Sunday 22nd September 2013
Admission: Free. Open daily
Location: > Parc de la Ciutadella
Nearest metro: Arc de Trionf - Red Line L2
Barcelona's Parc de la Ciutadella becomes the "La Ciutat de la Bullícia"- the "bustling city" - for the Merce 2013 festival. Visit the park and see music and dance shows, theatrical performances and concerts that showcase the Barcelona the way it was three hundred years ago giving visitors the opportunity to live Catalan history and an important turning point in the destiny of the Catalan people - the siege of Barcelona which ended the War of the Spanish Succession between 1713 and 1714.
> See all Merce events at the Parc de la Ciutadella
Merce Catalan Wine & Cava Festival
Activity: Mercè 2013: Wine and Cava Festival 2013
Date & time: Saturday 21st September to Tuesday 24th September 2013 from 12:00 a 20:00
Admission: Free. Tickets on sale for tasting. (ticket sales for tasting closes at 21.15)
Location: > new location at Passeig de Lluís Companys near Arc de Triomf
Nearest metro station: Drassanas Green line L3 - Barceloneta Yellow line L4
"Mostra de Vins i Caves de Catalunya." Catalan Wines and Cavas Fair featuring Catalonia's DO wines and cavas from Catalan vineyards is from Saturday 21st September to Tuesday 24th September 2013. The 33rd edition of this popular wine tasting festival in Barcelona, which is part of Merce Festival. The Mostra de Vins i Caves de Catalunya moves in 2013 from the old location on "Moll de la Fusta" wharf in Port Vell marina to a new location near the monument Arc de Triomf on Passeig de Lluis Company. On Sunday 22nd September 2013 you can also visit the "Trobada d'Intercanvi de Plaques de Cava Diada 2013" from 10am to 2pm where collectors of Cava bottle top wrappers - called a "Chapa de Cava" meet and buy and sell.
> Visit Mostra de Vins i Caves de Catalunya website
Merce Book Fair - Passeig de Gracia
Activity: Mercè 2013: 62a Fira del Llibre d’Ocasió Antic i Modern
Date: Friday 20th September to Sunday 6th October 2013
Time: Monday to Saturday 10.00 to 21.00 - Sunday 11.00 to 21.00
Location: On "Passeig de Gracia" from Plaza Catalunya up to street of Arago.
Nearest metro station: Passeig de Gracia
Annual outdoor book fair which also is part of Merce Festival. The "62a Fira del Llibre d’Ocasió Antic i Modern" (Catalan) or "La 62 Feria del Libro de Ocasión Antiguo y Moderno" (Spanish) is an outdoor book market selling new and old Spanish and Catalan books, and a few foreign books too, on "Passeig de Gràcia" street. The outdoor book market starts at Plaza Catalunya and ends at the crossing of the street "Carrer de Arago." Organised by El Gremi de Llibreters de Vell de Catalunya
Merce Asia Festival Barcelona
Dates: Friday 20th September to Tuesday 24th September 2013
12th edition of the Festival Asia organized by Casa Asia. The Festival Asia is a permanent part of the Merce Festival of Barcelona. Barcelona showcases the cultural richness and diversity of Asia with a range of high quality productions from abroad and the presence of the Asian communities in Catalonia.Visit the Festival Asia website for programme and information.
> See programme Barcelona Asia Festival
Merce Museums Open Day
Activity: Museums Open Day - Free entrance to many city museums
Date & time: Tuesday 24th September 2013 and some other days
Where: Many top museums in Barcelona
Jornada de Portes Obertes Merce 2013. Many museums and Barcelona landmarks take part in the Merce festival by opening their doors to the public for free on certain days of the Merce festival. This is called "Jornada de Portes Obertes" - day of open doors. Find all free museums participating in open day at Merce 2013. Several theatres in Barcelona also offer half price tickets during the Merce festival. The Sagrada Familia church is free for three days during the Merce festival on Sunday 22nd, Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24 September, but only from 4pm in the afternoon until 8pm in the evening. Free open house tickets are available on www.sagradafamilia.org from 12th September until capacity has been reached.
La Merce Festival organisers: Institut de Cultura de Barcelona - Oficina de premsa
Address: La Rambla, 99 08002 Barcelona
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