Gaudí Festival


1 June, 2002

On 1 June the city of Barcelona reaches the high point of International Gaudí Year.
"A day with Gaudí" will be a unique day designed for everyone to enjoy. The aims of the day are to bring the architect to life, to provide an insight into his work and to fascinate the public with the magic of his creativity.



Gaudí opens the doors...

This is the moment to discover the exhibitions being held to celebrate International Gaudí Year. On Saturday 1 June, the museums and other centres hosting an activity related to Antoni Gaudí will open their doors and grant free admission to everyone who wants to see Gaudí's architecture and its forms and colours.

Gaudí. Exploring form (from 10 a.m to 8:00 p.m)
City History Museum
Pl. del Rei, s/n
08002 Barcelona
Tel.: 93 315 11 11

Gaudí universe (from 10 a.m to 8:00 p.m)
CCCB (Barcelona Contemporary Culture Centre)
C. de Montealegre, 5
08001 Barcelona
Tel.: 93 306 41 00

Gaudí and Güell Park. Architecture and nature (from 10 a.m to 8:00 p.m)
Güell Park Interpretation Centre
C. d'Olot, s/n
08024 Barcelona
Tel.: 93 315 11 11

Life at the palace. Eusebi Güell and Antoni Gaudí: wo men, one venture (from 10 a.m to 7:00 p.m)
Palau Güell
C. Nou de la Rambla, 3-5
08001 Barcelona
Tel.: 93 317 51 98

The Canosa brothers: photographers, publishers and architects (from 10 a.m to 7:00 p.m)
Palau Robert
Pg. de Gràcia, 107
08008 Barcelona
Tel.: 93 238 40 00

Scenes. Gaudí in contemporary décor (from 10 a.m to 2:00 p.m)
Bd Ediciones Diseño
C. de Mallorca, 291
08037 Barcelona
Tel.: 93 458 69 09

Verdaguer and Gaudí. Tradition and Modernity in turn of the century Barcelona, 1878-1912 (from 10 a.m to 8:00 p.m)
Casa Padellàs. City History Museum
Pl. del Rei, s/n
08002 Barcelona
Tel.: 93 315 11 11

Casa Batlló (from 9 a.m to 2:00 p.m)
Pg. de Gràcia, 43
08007 Barcelona
Tel.: 93 488 06 66

Casa MilÓ. La Pedrera (from 10 a.m to 8:00 p.m)
Fundaciˇ Caixa Catalunya
Provenša, 261-265
08008 Barcelona
Tel. 93 484 59 95

Sagrada Família (ATENTION, Open day on 9 June, from 9 a.m to 8:00 p.m)
Mallorca, 401
08013 Barcelona
Tel.: 93 207 30 31

Museum of Modern Art (from 10 a.m to 7:00 p.m)
Parc de la Ciutadella, s/n
08003 Barcelona
Tel.: 93 319 57 28

The Modernista medal (from 10 a.m to 7:00 p.m)
MNAC (National Museum of Catalan Art)
Palau Nacional. Parc de Montjuïc
08004 Barcelona
Tel.: 93 622 03 75

Jujol, designer (from 10 a.m to 7:00 p.m)
MNAC (National Museum of Catalan Art)
Palau Nacional. Parc de Montjuïc
08004 Barcelona
Tel.: 93 622 03 75

Joan Miró. The Gaudí series (from 10 a.m to 7:00 p.m)
Miró Foundation
Parc de Montjuïc, s/n
08004 Barcelona
Tel.: 93 443 94 70


Small pleasures... in Güell Park

Between 6.00 p.m. and 9.00 p.m., Güell Park will be the venue for Small pleasures, an artistic event in the most popular Modernista urban park in the world. Some 60 different activities led by actors, musicians, performers and dancers from the Ilotopie company and the Associació Marató de l'Espectacle invite us to rediscover this emblematic natural and architectural environment.
For some years now, Ilotopie has been intriguing audiences with Land Act, which they describe as "landscape action": man in action at the centre of the new landscape utopias. On this occasion, as a tribute to Gaudí and in collaboration with the Associació Marató de l'Espectacle, they have chosen to fill Güell Park with extraordinary life, in which man moves amidst his mineral, organic and cosmic bonds.
During these fascinating strolls through the park, visitors will discover powerful images of actors seemingly consumed by matter itself, performances unlike anything seen before, new-born men and various other characters, all of which is the result of the utopian split between mankind and nature. The little men of this theatre of space, who are melded with the architecture of the park, will turn the public into witnesses of their repetitive actions: the slowness of snail races, caged actors, delicate noises wafting through the avenues, soloists playing to the stones...
Over 60 artists and installations will encourage visitors to wander along a path where they will find everything, from the solitary, naked and multicolour man to bionic installations. Here we have a park of perfumes, emotions, sensuality and utopias, a park of the 21st century.

With the collaboration of the ASSOCIACIÓ MARATÓ DE L'ESPECTACLE
Musicians: Carles Elmeua, Pol Stothsamer and Blai Vidal
Performers: Piero Steiner, Luis Brusca and Claret
Dancers: Bettina Kratz, Juan José Fernández Ruano, Natalia Labiano
Actors: Josep Gascó, Ivanciva Horvat, Sonia Gómez, Eva Magrané, Richard
Collins Moore, Alba Blanco, Ton Muntaner and Andrés Waksman
Stage managing: Mireia Reig


A night of light and fire at Sagrada Família

This will be a magical and unrepeatable night in Barcelona. A night of light and fire at Sagrada Família, an adventure of light and music conceived by the renowned French company Groupe F, directed by Christophe Berthonneau, will begin at 10.00 p.m. in the church environs.
Visitors will have the opportunity to go on an unforgettable journey through the various scenes and enjoy a unique atmosphere. Groupe F will present a work consisting of light and music that will grow in force over the course of the evening until the church is transfigured by fireworks, the high point of the event that will take place at midnight and last for approximately ten minutes.
Two very different musical groups will provide original sound accompaniment at each of the façades, interrupted on occasions by sacred and profane recordings chosen for the occasion. Alongside the Passion Façade, the Barcelona Municipal Orchestra will intermittently play pieces that inspired Gaudí (Maurice Ravel, Modest Mussorgsky and Hector Berlioz). At the Glory Façade, there will be contemporary music solos will be performing. The music will accompany the plastic creation of lights that will take shape on the building.
The event is deliberately concentrated in terms of time to ensure that it constitutes a grandiose event, and will make the most of the forms of the building, adding a passionate vivacity to them.
Primitive fire, the exuberance of the plant kingdom and the marine world will be the dominant and which will make the towers vibrate from the ground upwards while interpreting their majestic lofty height.
Participating musicians: Banda Municipal de Barcelona, Patrick Boronat (cello), Marc Lauras (cello) and Laurent Dehors (saxo).

Firework display at 12 am

The burst of fireworks at midnight with music, light and colour will be the culminating point of this festive day of 1 June. By using movement and vivacity, this final explosion will leave those present with the feeling that time has stopped still during this exceptional moment. The bursts of blue, red, golden and white light imbued with a certain solemnity will illuminate the entire city and leave a potent image of the building as never seen before. You can follow the Firework Display from all the places in Barcelona from where you can see Sagrada Família.
Director: Cristophe Berthonneau
Produced by: Groupe F
Firework display: Pirotècnia Igual SA
Lighting design: Michel Touitou

Organised by: Barcelona City Council, the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport

Sponsored by: Cepsa and Telefónica
With the collaboration of: La Vanguardia, TV3 and RAC 1















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