Querid@s amig@s, we have the La Merçè 2022 festivities just around the corner. In fact, they start this week and always coinciding with the beginning of autumn.
The official day of La Merçè is the 24th of September, but the festivities will be between the 23rd and 26th of September.
What do we celebrate? La Merçè 2022, the patron saint of Barcelona. Mother of God of the Meced. He is awarded a few miracles linked to the city. The origin was on September 24, 1214, when the virgin appeared simultaneously to James I, St. Peter Nolasc and St. Raymond of Penyafort to create a religious order with the purpose of rescuing Christian hostages in Saracen lands. Centuries later, in 1687, Barcelona was attacked by a plague of locusts and the people invoked the protection of the Mother of God of La Meced. At the end of the plague she was proclaimed patron saint of the city, becoming official in 1868. And we complain now that bureaucracy today is slow… It took 200 years for the Diocese to officially proclaim her patroness.
The first celebrations in his honor were 120 years ago, in 1902, consolidating year after year becoming one of the most important celebrations in the country. At La Merçè 2022 they have brought together artists of all kinds, both local, national and international, offering free concerts in multiple public spaces.
La Merçè 2022 returns to the festivities without restrictions and with this they have recovered the legendary stages such as Avenida María Cristina, Playa del Bogatell and Rambla del Raval. This year they are opening new spaces such as the University Zone, Ciutat Meridiana and Ronda de Sant Antoni and some that were created during the pandemic years remain, such as the Greek Theatre, the Pla y Armengol Gardens and the Plaza de Nou Barris.
In these festivities in Barcelona there are endless proposals, plans and concerts to attend; So organize your agenda well, squeeze your time and write down your schedules to be able to squeeze all the possibilities and enjoy your favorite artists. I leave you the official link of La Merçè 2022 so that you can find out about the entire musical program and get the most out of La Merçè 2022.
La Merçè 2022 is back after two years with restrictions and with it the return of pyrotechnics in Montjuïc, the emblematic space to close the festivities. This year the show will be made up of 5 different themes. The first is dedicated to Rome, this year’s guest city, playing Italian melodies to the sound of firecrackers. The second is dedicated to the empowerment of women by playing music by local and international composers. The third block is dedicated to the Liceu in Barcelona to commemorate its 175th anniversary. The fourth section is dedicated to Peace, a theme that is unfortunately very topical and very necessary in our day. And it ends with more danceable music so that the people of Barcelona can say goodbye to the festivities by moving their bodies.
The pyromusical starts at 10:00 p.m. and one of the busiest places to see the fireworks is from Avenida María Cristina. We are going to tell you a secret, one of the most privileged places to see the fireworks is at Las Arenas viewpoint. Remember that you have to have a reservation in one of the restaurants to be able to access the dome, and if it is in Abrassame, all the better.