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Mercat de les Flors

The avant garde theatre of dance

Mercat de les Flors

Tucked away on the slopes of Montjuïc, the grand and handsome 'Flower Market' was, like its neighbours, built for the 1929 Exposition. In its present incarnation, it was first used by legendary director Peter Brooke for a performance of the Mahabharata in 1985. Since then, it has served as Barcelona's stage for modern and experimental dance, with a full schedule of performances throughout the year, including some concerts and plays. Tickets can be as inexpensive as €8.

When visiting, be sure to take a look at the back wall of the building, with its 30 by 17m Mural de les Olles ('Mural of the Pots') by Frederic Amat (2001). Amat created and deformed each of the 1500 glazed earthenware pots stuck on the wall.

The Mercat, part of the Ciutat del Teatre, hosts a number of festivals throughout the year, including the city's biggest flamenco bash, the Festival Ciutat Flamenco.

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C/ Lleida 59

Hours Ticket office open Mon-Fri 11am-2pm and 4-7pm; tickets also available at the Palau de la Virreina on the Ramblas.

metro: Espanya

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Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Puigalder, PD Art