The Wirdheim.cat Event Calendar has a focus on activities typical for the Catalan popular culture and is, this time, presented under the headlines Carnival, Human Towers, Festa Major, Other Events and Exhibitions.
General information can be found at the end of this entry.
The carnival starts with Dijous Gras, this year on February 11 and ends with Dimecres de Cendra (Ash Wednesday) on February 17. If you are in Catalonia, this is a good time to explore Garraf. Go to the carnival of Sitges if you like glamour, samba, beautiful people and wannabees. Go to Vilanova i la Geltrú if you are interested in popular culture in general or Catalan culture in particular.
Find here the official web-page (in Catalan) of the Carnaval de Vilanova i la Geltrú and here a general day-by-day presentation in English. Or refer to the festes.org articles (in Catalan) about the carnivals of Vilanova and Sitges, respectively.
Castells/Castellers (Human Towers) and Falcons
Until April there will be few opportunities to see the arts of castells and falcons performed in public. However, some teams keep practising during the winter and usually allow non-members in to watch.
February 14, the Festa Major of Santa Eulalia will be celebrated by all casteller teams of Barcelona.
Participants: Castellers de Barcelona, Castellers del Poble Sec, Castellers de la Sagrada Família, Castellers de Sants, Castellers de Vila de Gràcia
Festa Major - Town Festivities
February 12, Barcelona (Ciutat Vella and Sarrià) celebrates the Festes de Santa Eulàlia. Read more (in Catalan) on festes.org
February 12, Roquetes (Sant Pere de Ribes, BCN) celebrate their winter Festa Major to honour of Santa Eulàlia. Here is a presentation (in Catalan) from festes.org.
February 6; In the Plaça de la Vila of Vilanova i la Geltrú and Vilafranca del Penedès, respectively, there will be manifestations of public support for the Vegueria Penedès.
'Surge et Ambula' the jubilee exhibition to the 125 anniversary of the Victor Balaguer Museum of Vilanova. Until March 25, 2010.
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The Wirdheim.CAT Event Calendar is a summary of events where I will go, or at least could think of going, but can hopefully help other expats and tourists when they explore Catalonia. It is biased towards the Penedès area (including Sitges), but will also list manifestations of popular culture and other activities taking place in Barcelona, along the Costa Daurada and in the rest of the Catalan speaking world.
This entry will be up-dated whenever I learn about new things, since information about what will happen tends to come late. To the greatest extent possible will I link back to official pages (usually in Catalan) for information on time and location but can not guarantee the correctness of the data presented.
Further information on castells/castellers (human tower) performances can be found under the tag ‘Properes Actuacions‘at the Coordinadora de les Colles Castelleres de Catalunya, or in the ‘Calendari’ at LaMalla.cat/castellers.
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