From 2017 to 2018, Barcelona celebrates the Year of Commerce and Culture, joining two of our city’s strengths to offer city residents a diverse programme of activities.
It is hard for any of us to imagine Barcelona without local commerce, an identity tied into the history and the reality of its neighbourhoods. An identity that brings social cohesion and diversity and acts as a driving economic force for the city, contributing 13.6% of GDP and 14.5% of employment.
It is also difficult to imagine Barcelona without its cultural side: creation in general and our theatres, bookshops, museums, libraries, concert halls and galleries. Without a shadow of a doubt, commerce and culture form part of our identity as a city and as a society.
To strengthen these ties, and particularly to raise the profile of and strengthen local commerce and culture, Barcelona City Council and the Barcelona Trade Foundation have launched the first Year of Commerce and Culture, in collaboration with shops, entities and cultural institutions and the Advisory Council. Hundreds of activities will take place at various points across the city over the year.
In June 2017, with the open-air opera and concerts held in the Nou Barris and Maragall shopping hubs, we had a taste of what’s to come this year. Other activities related to artistic disciplines will follow, from music to the plastic arts. With the aim of multiplying the city's care services, these activities will bring us closer to cultural projects and shops worth discovering.
We want to encourage you to participate, to learn more about our neighbourhoods through culture and commerce, to enjoy their uniqueness and contribute to their culture.
Agustí Colom, Barcelona City Councillor for Tourism, Commerce and Markets