FADFEST - Festival de les Arts i del Disseny
FADFEST - Festival de les Arts i del Disseny
FADFEST - Festival de les Arts i del Disseny

Relive the ‘Tour of alternative narratives for tourist Barcelona’

On 1 July Barcelona’s neighbours were called to visit spaces around the city that the tourist avalanche has made us forget. The goal of the tour was to rediscover these locations on which the locals have given up, led by seven experts in different fields who offered another narrative beyond that of the stereotypes.

Through their areas of knowledge such as anthropology, architecture or design, these exceptional guides explained, at street level, in each one of the improvised spaces or ephemeral auditoriums, all the aspects that are often forgotten by the tourist narrative. For example, do you know the origins of Barcelona’s tourist model and the role of Paseo de Gracia in drawing it up? Did you know that the Sagrada Familia was built in defiance of the people in a city immersed in a revolution? Or that María Eugenia Palace was the overwhelming winner over Casa Ramona in terms of modernity?

Seven stops, seven speakers, seven different stories on Barcelona that you will be able to relive when you download these seven podcasts. We also tell you the exact location of the spontaneous auditoriums where the talks took place so that the experience is as close as possible to the one enjoyed by the tour’s attendees during this FADfest. A unique opportunity to witness the construction of other tales on the city in a delayed broadcast.

Stops, speakers and titles of the podcasts:

1. Park Güell with Gerard Horta, social anthropologist: “Social anthropology and tourism: reflections on the Barcelona of (un)sustainable capitalism”.

Venue: Plaza de la Naturaleza. Right-hand access (monumental part of Park Güell).

2. Sagrada Familia with Juan José Lahuerta, director of the Gaudí Chair and Art History professor at the ETSAB: “The Sagrada Familia in 1000 words. From its origins to the present day: architecture, ideology and politics”.

Venue: centre of Sagrada Familia square.

3. Paseo de Gracia with Saida Palou, social and cultural anthropologist: “Stroll around the grace and story of tourism”.

Venue: in front of the Paseo de Gracia façade of La Pedrera.

4. Olympic Ring with Javier Mariscal, multidisciplinary designer: “From the grey Barcelona to the Barcelona of colour”.

Venue: in the heart of the Jardines de Aclimatación gardens.

5. Montjuïc Mountain with Francesc Pla, co-director at Leve_Projects and professor at ELISAVA and ETSAV: “IBERIONA. The answers can be found in the Montjuïc mountain”.

Venue: In front of the Mies van der Rohe pavilion, on plaza Carles Buïgas.

6. The Barceloneta District with Andrés Antebi, social anthropologist and researcher: “House Taken in the Barceloneta”.

Venue: open space on paseo Marítimo at the crossing with Almirall Cervera street.

7. Gothic Quarter with Daniele Porretta, architect and member of the Acciones Urbanas collective: “Gothic Quarter: people live here too”.

Venue: Avenida Catedral at the crossing with Doctor Joaquim Pou street.