Happy Summer!

Sol_gigante_Francesc_Macia (c) Greenpeace - Pedro Armestre

Barcelona woke up today greeting the summer with a giant sun on the Francesc Macià Square, painted by Greenpeace activists using eco paints. Intended to support the use of renewable energy and to express protest against the so called “sun tax” for energy self-supply, this act reclaims the educational role of public space and joins the latest technologies and concerns with the ancient worship of the summer solstice.

But the 21st of June is also the World Music Day, and Barcelona goes into the first summer night celebrating its public spaces with a sunset concert on San Sebastian Beach, courtesy of the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC).

 

And there is more to come, with midsummer bonfires and other Saint John’s Eve rituals that honour nature and fertility, city and community.

 

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