The April Fair of Catalonia, (Feria de abril de Cataluña), is an annual event held in Barcelona. It usually takes place over the last week of April and the first week of May. It’s one of the main event of the Spring in Barcelona. The 2013 edition of the Feria de Abril de Cataluña will be from from Friday 26th Abril to Sunday 5th May 2013.
In 1971, immigrants to Barcelona from Andalusia, and their descendants, began their own version of the worldwide known Seville Fair, Feria de abril de Sevilla. Since then the Barcelona event has grown to become the second largest Spring Fair in Spain.
The fair is currently held at the Parc del Fòrum fairgrounds, in the Diagonal Mar district of Barcelona, a large area on the shores of the Mediterranean, which is covered with rows of casetas, colorfully decorated marquee tents which are temporarily set up. Most of the casetas are sponsored by cultural associations created by and for Andalusian immigrants and their descendants. There are also casetas sponsored by the cultural associations of other ethnic groups, such as Latin Americans and Moroccans, as well as others sponsored by political parties.
A major difference between the Barcelona and Seville events is that the casetas in Barcelona are completely open to the public. In the casetas, food and drink are served, people either dance on dance floors, or are entertained by musical performances, usually by flamenco dancers and singers.
Throughout the fairground, many men, women and children walk around dressed in traditional “trajes de corto” (short jacket, tight trousers and boots) and “trajes de flamenco” (flamenco style dresses).
The main sponsoring organization is FECAC, the Federation of Andalusian Cultural Groups in Catalonia, or Federación de Entidades Culturales Andaluzas en Cataluña.
The Feria de Abril of Barcelona takes place in a set of about 70 casetas, mainly devoted to leisure, dance, and restoration. Inspired by its Andalusian origin and customs of the South of Spain, in the April Fair of Seville and Barcelona flamenco and sevillana are the music that dominates the event. You can also meet other andalusian elements, as are traditional costumes, food and drinks as rebujito or “pescaíto” fried.
The area is divided into two parts, which occupy a total area of more than 10 hectáreas. The main part, the “Real” is the set of the casetas.
Another sector of the enclosure is called “Calle del Infierno”. It is dedicated to fairground rides, raffles and other entertainment.
The Feria de Abril of Barcelona is a feast of colour, music, food, dancing and fun fair attractions. The Feria de Abril of Barcelona has an fairground with a big ferris wheel and plenty of the usual fairground attractions, directly on the seafront of Barcelona. At the Feria de Abril, you can find endless traditional opportunities, where you can taste delicacies from all over Spain. But most of all, you can dance. Each big tent it houses a restaurant and a dance floor for the sevillana, a typical dance from Andalusia. There will also be a lady in traditional dress wishing to teach you to dance…
Come to visit Barcelona and you can participate in one of the most traditional festivals in Spain. Rent one of our bright and luxurious apartments with a sea view on the Diagonal Mar District and you will be very close to the Feria de Abril of Barcelona.