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Illuminated Barcelona: the feast of Santa Eulàlia 2017

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Next weekend we can enjoy the most emblematic buildings in the center of Barcelona illuminated with surprising projections. In this way, the city pays homage to its former patron, Santa Eulàlia, on the occasion of his holiday.

In the style of the Festival of Lights in Lyon - although saving the distances - Barcelona experiences a mystical day decorating its medieval gothic stones with elaborate audiovisual projections.

The Tinell Hall in the Plaza del Rei in Barcelona

A whole circuit of luminous installations will adorn the center, through themes where tradition, art and technology come together as representative places as the Sant Jaume square, the facade of the Salon del Tinell or the small square of Sant Felip Neri will be tinged with the most varied colors playing with the relief and darkness of the night.

Both students and teachers of schools of design, lighting and architecture get down to work these days to offer a very original show.

From Friday to Sunday a whole series of activities during the day and night take place in the city. Castellers, dance groups and habitual processions with big heads, dragons and devils will meet to stroll through the main streets of the center. And it is after seven o'clock on Saturday afternoon, with the arrival of the night, the illuminated projections take over to end the party with a fireproof or devil dance making his own in the Cathedral Square. The lighting of historic buildings will also take place on Sunday.

Also, a long list of museums will remain open offering free activities and visits during the holidays, between February 10 and 12.

Lights during the celebrations of the celebrations of Santa Eulàlia

On previous occasions, during our walk in the Gothic quarter, on occasion I had more fun looking at the faces of surprise of the little ones than the same show that was happening before us. An ideal place to start the route of the illuminated Barcelona passes by visiting the Rei square where last year the Salon del Tinell was lit with different colors with a bunch of white balloons that danced to the rhythm of the music. In this edition the work that will be screened is entitled Opening the Eyes.

The shows do not only take place abroad. Some of the historical buildings are also animated based on imagination such as the Historical Archive of Barcelona, ​​in the Casa de la Arcadia where an authentic light rain It fell inside during the previous edition.

The facade of the City Hall in Sant Jaume square will see one of the most elaborate projections. In this case perhaps at the height of one of the spectacular projections that can be seen in Lyon - a city that has been with this tradition for more than four centuries. The facade will screen different episodes enlivened with music offering traditional details of the city as well as stories that made the mouth open to more than one.

The small square of Sant Felip Neri with dim light

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