Barcelona Cultura
Música al carrer, music in the streets of Barcelona

Música al carrer, music in the streets of Barcelona

Music in the streets is part of the city’s cultural heritage and urban landscape. Which is why this new project, which will expand from Ciutat Vella to envelop the whole city, is part of the Institut de Cultura de Barcelona’s Cultura Viva project. The project’s work is based on cultural processes and understands them as spaces for collective participation with the capacity to generate recognition and empowerment for all the communities involved.

Music in the streets is part of the city’s cultural heritage and urban landscape. Which is why this new project, which will expand from Ciutat Vella to envelop the whole city, is part of the Institut de Cultura de Barcelona’s Cultura Viva project. The project’s work is based on cultural processes and understands them as spaces for collective participation with the capacity to generate recognition and empowerment for all the communities involved.

This is why the Barcelona City Council, in coordination with the Ciutat Vella District and ICUB, have been working with musicians and several entities connected with the use of public space to draft new regulations (pending imminent approval) that will help to recognise and regulate this activity.

Barcelona’s Música al carrer project seeks not only to combat congestion in the city centre by providing alternative spaces, but also (after dealing with all the parties involved) to allow the development of a cultural programme that promotes this “unofficial” symbolic cultural space in the streets.

New Música al carrer points in the city

With the aim of establishing the coordinates of the new spaces that will be considered as new “Música al carrer points”, a preliminary study is being carried out to determine the best contexts for its implementation, while always respecting the right to peace of the neighbouring citizens. This is a positive programme that involves several social collectives who work with music as a tool for integration as well as neighbourhood organisations, shop owners, etc.

An open, participatory project

This project will also guarantee public competition to ensure that it is open to all musicians who wish to participate. This will be achieved through spaces for monitoring, shared governance and mediation, and also new digital tools that will help it to run correctly, always in the pursuit of greater participation and transparency.