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Sant Joan in Barcelona: The flame of Canigó

Sant Joan in Barcelona is a magical festivity, for the locals this means the beginning of the summer and the end of the school year. It also is the shortest night of the year because it coincides with the summer solstice, the night of June 23. One official Sant Joan tradition, which has been around since 1955 and has grown in popularity in recent years, is the Canigó Flame. A huge beacon is lit on the summit of the dramatically situated mountain of Canigó, one of the most easterly Pyrenean peaks, full of significance for Catalan speakers. Torches kindled in the fire are carried down in relay to light bonfires in towns and cities all over Catalonia, symbolising the vitality of Catalan culture.

This year in Barcelona the route the flame will take is from 5.30pm starting at C/ d’Arístides Maillol and heading along Riera Blanca, Carretera de Sants, Plaça d’Espanya, Gran Via, Pelai, La Rambla, Passeig de Colom, Via Laietana, and Jaume I, before arriving at Plaça de Sant Jaume at 6.30pm. Officials will receive the flame and there will be a party with the Dance of the Eagle, and the city’s Giants. You’ll also find some delicious ‘coca’ sweet bread going around. At the end of the celebrations the flame heads around to various neighbourhoods in town, where there will be plenty more traditional dances and parties to welcome it along the streets and in the squares all over Barcelona. The city’s beaches are also a sure thing for celebrations all night long.

The “revetlles populars” arround the city 

San Juan is a popular party basically, to live in the neighborhood, so we can not forget the festivals that fill the streets and squares of the city with dance, music, dinners and fire. For example, in Horta celebrate with a free concert festival in Park de Horta (23 h). From the street Josep Pijoan a Batukada will start at 20.30 and it will end with a barbecue. From 22 pm until the next morning there will be music in every corner of Barcelona.

Sant Joan for LGBTI

Many a party has been held at Passatge Valeria Serra where the ill-fated and much-missed Barcelona Gay Collective once was. But nostalgia aside, it’s time to celebrate the Sant Joan festival once again, which always has been and always will be a party for the people where everyone is welcome and diversity and respect are the king and queen of the party. You’ll get a live performance by Angie Olof, and DJ König at the decks.

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