Eixample Modernism Festival: a long weekend with Gaudí

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Calling all vintage fans: the Eixample Dret quarter will play host to its annual Modernism Festival on the last weekend in May 2017, with activities for all the family!

Modernism Festival Barcelona

Carrer Girona
metro: Girona (L4)


Friday 26th - Sunday 28th May 2017

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to discover Barcelona's artistic heritage

For the 13th year running, the Eixample Dret quarter of Barcelona will play host to the Modernism Festival (fira del modernisme, in Catalan) over the long weekend of 26th-28th May. It’s a three-day celebration with a touch of festive nostalgia, period costumes and a whole range of exciting activities, held in the area around the mercat de la Conception.

Modernism Festival 2017: surprises in store!

Art nouveau (or Catalan modernism) was responsible for shaping much of Barcelona’s artistic and cultural landscape. Last year, the  fira del modernisme paid tribute to the celebrated local painter Ramon Cases i Carbó, celebrating the 150th anniversary of his birth. There are sure to be some exciting surprises in store this year, too!

Modernism Festival 2017: key events

Dates and times: Friday 26th – Saturday 27th May, 10.30am  – midnight; Sunday 28th May, 11am – 2pm

  • Craft market: held on Carrer Girona between Valencia, Mallorca and avigunda Diagonal. Friday and Saturday, 11am – 9pm; Sunday, 11am – 3pm.
  • Costumed pianist: Saturday, 11am – 2pm and 5pm – 8pm
  • Dancing: organised by a cultural association with public participation. Saturday, 12.30pm – 1pm and 6.30pm – 7pm.
  • Vintage car show: Vehicles on display Saturday from 10.30am – noon, followed by a parade through the quarter from noon – 1pm and again from 5pm – 6pm.

Modernism festival costume

Many local inhabitants make the most of the event to dress up in period costume. Participants can have their picture taken against a vintage backdrop on the corner of Carrer Girona and Mallorca as a souvenir of the event.

Take a stroll through the streets to see what’s going on and to discover a whole host of other fun and fascinating activities!

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Valérie, the creator of Barcelona Top Travel Tips, loves discovering new places, finding the words to describe them, and coming up with little illustrations for the website. Her favourite thing in Barcelona is the unusual, curvy architectural features of some of the city’s buildings. Some say she’s a dreamer… in any case, a city full of works by Gaudí is a great place for her!