Days 2 - 4: June 18-20 (La Patum, Berga)
Set off after breakfast for the picturesque village of Berga. It’s a one and a half hour drive from Barcelona, and it’s the best time of year to be there. The entire village is preparing for a week of celebrations known as La Patum, declared a ‘Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’ by UNESCO in 2005.
La Patum’s roots can be traced all the way back to the Middle Ages. The multi-day event is based around a series of theatrical performances which would have originally been pedagogical in nature, created to educate the congregation in morality by enacting teachings from the Holy Scriptures, now they are much more festive in nature.
By midday on the 18th of June we will be in place to capture the "Passada" where the "Gegants"(giant papier maché anthropomorphic figures) walk the city to announce the opening of La Patum. As the procession winds through the ancient streets we’ll witness the mood of the following crowd becomes progressively more boisterous. The festivities are now well and truly underway - and they’re going to continue in this vein for several days. Anyone can simply watch, but we’re offering you the chance to get inside the story of this curious marvellous event.
As evening falls the"Plens" starts. As is the case in most Mediterranean festivities, fire, firecrackers and music play an important role. All the villagers get involved in these animated dances, and so can you… Oh, yes, we'll get some silly hats for you too…
The performance culminates with the ‘Tirabol’ - wherein the whole village rejoices in having cleansed themselves of evil. It’s a public outpouring of emotion expressed through song and dance, around the figures of the ‘gegantes’ and the ‘guites’.
We will provide you with knowledgeable support staff, extensive background notes (it’s a complicated and mysterious festival) and access to characters and stories. You are here to make a film, have a rich immersive experience, but you can be involved as much or as little as you want.