This little seaside town of Sitges Barcelona transformed itself into Fashion Night Sitges 2011. The fashion show was put on by Zappa & Alberto Beach who had been organizing this event for months inviting Barcelona’s fashion world who’s who. The event was in a great spot just situated right along the Mediterranean and hundreds of onlookers firstly were entertain by a saxophonist then got a chance to see Zappa’s women and men’s summer collections, with it ending in a great musical act.
We’ve been told next year is going to be even bigger and to check out the video of the Sitges Fashion Night click here
Sitges Barcelona magically changes each year as the festival Corpus Cristi unfolds over the 3rd weekend of June.
What happens is each street draws an amazing design on the street and during the night using carnation flowers to fill in rich and technical designs and make Sitges come to life.
Normally the streets are closed until Monday, on Saturday the town of Sitges uses ‘los Gigants’ (giant papier-mâché creations showing the king and queen from the past) from approx. 1800h in Cap de la vila (center square of town).
On Sunday there is a procession throughout town walking over all the flowers as well (which everyone can participate in).
The summer solstice is the best reason for a Spain wide fiesta!! The festival is over 3 days and really kicks off on the night of the 23rd where in front of the Sitges church is an amazing fireworks display. Here’s a little history of San Juan/ Sant Joan
The traditional midsummer party in Spain is the celebration in honour of San Juan (St. John the Baptist) and takes place in the evening of June 23. It is common in many areas of the country. Parties are organised usually at beaches, where bonfires are lit and a set of firework displays usually take place. On the Mediterranean coast, especially in Catalonia and València, special foods such as Coca de Sant Joan are also served on this occasion. In Alicante, since 1928, the bonfires of Saint John were developed into elaborate constructions inspired by the Fallas of Valencia.
Midsummer tradition is also especially strong in northern areas of the country, such as Galicia, where one can easily identify the rituals that reveal the pagan beliefs widespread throughout Europe in Neolithic times. These beliefs pivot on three basic ideas: the importance of medicinal plants, especially in relation to health, youth and beauty; the protective character of fire to ward men off evil spirits and witches and, finally, the purifying, miraculous effects of water. What follows is a summary of Galician traditions surrounding St. John’s festival in relation to these three elements.
- Medicinal plants: Traditionally, women collect several species of plants on St. John’s eve. These vary from area to area, but mostly include fennel, different species of fern (e.g. dryopteris filix-max), rue (herb of grace, ruta graveolens), rosemary, dog rose (rosa canina), lemon verbena, St John’s wort (hypericum perforatum), mallows (malva sylvestris), laburnum, foxgloves (digitalis purpurea) and elder flowers. In some areas, these are arranged in a bunch and hung in doorways. In most others, they are dipped in a vessel with water and left outside exposed to the dew of night until the following morning (o dia de San Xoan -St. John’s day), when people use the resulting flower water to wash their faces.
- Water: Tradition holds it that the medicinal plants mentioned above are most effective when dipped in water collected from seven different springs. Also, on some beaches, it was traditional for women who wanted to be fertile to bathe in the sea until they were washed by 9 waves.
- Fire: Bonfires are lit, usually around midnight both on beaches and inland, so much so that one usually cannot tell the smoke from the mist common in this Atlantic corner of Iberia at this time of the year, and it smells burnt everywhere. Occasionally, a dummy is placed at the top, representing a witch or the devil. Young and all gather around them and feast mostly on pilchards, potatoes boiled in their skins and maize bread. When it is relatively safe to jump over the bonfire, it is done three times (although it could also be nine or any odd number) for good luck at the cry of “meigas fora” (witches off!).It is also common to drink Queimada, a beverage resulting from setting alight Galician grappa mixed with sugar, coffee beans and pieces of fruit, which is prepared while chanting an incantation against evil spirits.
Hey guys, it’s that time of year again and the sun is shining on! From the 18th -28th of June Barcelona will be holding Pride 2011. Over 100,000 people celebrated the event and grows each year. The main parties are on June 24th-26th.
Over 30 non-profit organizations help provide a safe, aware and fun event that is sure to be an amazing event
For more information you can check out
So get out there and show your colours
If you’re a motorcycle enthusiast and are in Barcelona and don’t feel like going to the beach, this weekend is Moto Grand Prix 2011 in Montmelo. We’re pulling for last year’s Moto GP winner Lorenzo but you never know the racing legend Rossi might take it or the quick aussie Casey Stoner. If you can’t be there to catch the action check it out on your SKY or on Spanish TV.