Barcelona’s markets are the focus of a new TV3 series

In Gent de Mercats the cameras explore the daily life of various facilities, including the markets of Sant Antoni, La Concepció, La Mercè, Sants, L’Abaceria, Estrella, Provençals, Carmel and Horta.

Barcelona’s markets are the focus of Gent de Mercats, the new series which TV3 has started filming and which also features markets in other municipalities in Catalonia. The series, which has the support of the Barcelona Municipal Institute of Markets, offers an in-depth look at municipal markets selling fresh produce and the people who use them and work in them every day, explaining the life of stallholders, customers and different human profiles.

The series also has the support of the Mercabarna wholesale market, lBarcelona Provincial Council, Tarragona Provincial Council, the Government of Catalonia and the city councils of Reus and Vilanova i la Geltrú. Gent de Mercats is directed by the journalist Tana Collados and is expected to be shown in the autumn.

The production focuses on daily life in these micro universes which are fundamental to neighbourhood networks. In Gent de Mercats the cameras explore the daily life of various facilities, including the markets of Sant Antoni and La Concepció (Eixample), La Mercè (Nou Barris), Sants (Sants-Montjuïc), L’Abaceria and Estrella (Gràcia), Provençals (Sant Martí), Carmel and Horta (Horta-Guinardó). The nine markets are very different from each other, but they reflect the daily reality of the city’s forty municipal markets.

Barcelona has a network of 39 permanent markets offering food produce within their own buildings, which in recent years have either been remodelled or are due to be remodelled.

The network of municipal markets in Barcelona constitute a unique case which various cities in the world have wanted to emulate. In this respect, in the last four years the Municipal Institute of Markets has actually advised the city governments of Maputo (Mozambique), Mitrovica (Kosovo), The Hague and Amsterdam (Holland), as well as receiving delegations from Korea, France, Holland, Portugal, Italy, Argentina, Denmark, Russia, Peru, Poland, Sweden, USA, Australia, China, Mexico, Slovakia, San Salvador and Norway.

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