The Wirdheim.cat Event Calendar has a focus on activities typical for the Catalan popular culture and is presented under the headlines Human Towers, Festa Major, Other Events and Exhibitions.
General information can be found at the end of this entry.
Castells/Castellers (Human Towers) and Falcons
The real start of the casteller season is on the Day of Sant Jordi, April 23, but some teams (colles) make their first appearances already now.
March 6: Start of the season performance in Salt (Girona)
Participants: Marrecs de Salt
March 7: A performance during the Tres Tombs festivity in Reus (TGN)
Participants: Xiquets de Reus
March 13: A performance during the bunyol fair of Figueres (Girona)
Participants: Colla Castellera de Figueres
March 14: At 12:30 in the intersection between Rambla Principal and Avinguda Francesc Macià: A “first move” (tret de sortida) performance in Vilanova i la Geltrú (BCN)
Participants: Bordegassos de Vilanova, Minyons de Terrassa
March 14: The Sant Medir Day of Human Towers in Barcelona, this year celebrated in Sants.
Participants: Castellers de Sant Cugat, Castellers de Sants, Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia
March 21: The Santa Madrona Day of Human Towers in Barcelona
Participants: Castellers de Barcelona, Castellers d’Esparreguera, Castellers de Poble Sec
Festa Major (Town Festivities) and Folkculture
March 1-19: The Falles of Valencia – a spectacular festival full of firecrackers, fireworks and huge papier-mâché figures, set alight in the end.
Every Friday of March: The children of Reus are invited to a countdown to Easter: A huge Easter Witch (la Vella) with seven legs is hung up in plaça de les Peixateries Velles and every Friday, a local celebrity saws off one of them – marking the seven weeks of quaresma (Catholic lent).
March 28: At 12:00 starting in plaça de la Vila: The Dia del Geganter giant parade, in Vilafranca del Penedès (BCN).
Participants: Gegants de Vilafranca, Gegants del Pi, Gegants petits de Vilafranca, Gegantons del Pi.
March 14: "Sitges Stock" – a sales oriented street market in La Fragata, Sitges (BCN), from 10:00 to 21:00.
March 18: At 19:30, Author Mònica Zgustova presents her book “Contes de la lluna absent” in the Joan Oliva i Milà library of Vilanova i la Geltrú.
March 21: The 52nd Vintage car "rally" Barcelona-Sitges. The car procession leaves Barcelona at 11:00 and start to arrive in Sitges about one hour later. Find here my impressions from the 2008 edition.
Art Exhibtion “I have a dream” (Tinc un somni) at the Miramar museum of Sitges (BCN). Until March 7.
The photo student exhibition Emprenedors del món can be seen at Centre Cívic de la Geltrú, Vilanova. March 22 – April 8 (17:00-20:00).
'Surge et Ambula' the jubilee exhibition to the 125th 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 (compared to my native Sweden) here 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 locations 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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