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8 Aug

DGTL & La Mercè Festival

There have been countless music festivals in Barcelona over the past month or so, and there are still more to come, such as DGTL festival, which is happening in a few weeks. We’re letting you know about it now, so you have some time to plan a trip if you think it interests you! And last week, we told you about ‘Festes Majors’, famous street festivals in Barcelona that will be happening throughout August. But arguably, the biggest, most important one is yet to come, called La Mercè Festival. So, if you’re interested in these two events, read ahead!

DGTL Barcelona – 23rd-24th August

DGTL Barcelona is an electronic music festival in the heart of Barcelona. You may have heard the name before, since it’s part of the well-established Dutch DGTL festival. The festival has a captivating set up, with art installations, along with intense and creative lighting systems that turn Parc de Fòrum into an immersive music scene. DGTL mixes both big names from the house and techno scenes with local and emerging international talents, so if you’re looking to discover new sounds and artists, this is the place to come to! As well as their impressive lineup of live performances and DJ sets, the festival is also conscious of making a sustainable impact on the festival world, working with their partners to spread their message of creating a positive environmental and social impact.

Prices: Day tickets starting from 53€

Location: Parc del Fòrum – just 30 minutes from ACYH via public transport

Visit their website for the full lineup: https://bcn.dgtl.nl/en/daybyday-line-up

La Mercè Festival – 20th-24th September

Every year near the end of September, Barcelona holds its biggest street party of the year. The festival says goodbye to summer and welcomes in autumn with a huge 5-day event called La Mercè. Like other typical ‘festes majors’ in Barcelona, locals celebrate with Catalan traditions such as the ‘correfoc’ (fire run), the human tower ‘casteller’ and the Sardana dance. These are staple events at the festival, which bring together hundreds of thousands of people for every edition, both locals and tourists.

Cultural and artistic festivities take place throughout the city in different public spaces, for example at Plaça St Jaume, there is a projection show in the evenings where images are projected onto the buildings in the square. These festivities are all free during La Mercè and it’s a great way to experience Catalan culture.

A key element of this festival is the artistic involvement of local groups and associations. The festival aims to be a reflection of Barcelona itself, a creative, innovative and ever-evolving city. More recently, the festival recreates traditions by adding a more modern twist. Presenting new trends and incorporating international elements, La Mercè is committed to embodying the city’s values in a modern environment, with daring artistic performances and experiences.

If you are in Barcelona between 20th-24th September, we would really recommend you keep an eye out for events happening related to La Mercè, because it’s really unmissable!

Visit their website for up-to-date information – https://www.barcelona.cat/lamerce/es