On 14th and 15th September, Barcelona hosts the Night of Religions for the fourth year running. Fifty-four communities and organisations of different religions and faiths will take part in this two-day open discussion event: Christians of different denominations, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Bahai's, Hindus, Sikhs, in addition to non-religious organisations and faiths. Like previous editions, the aim of this open day is to raise awareness of the plurality of faiths, spiritual traditions, and confessions among the city's residents, and to promote their interaction.
The main purpose of the Night of Religions is to create and promote a space of mutual understanding and dialogue between city residents and the religious and faith communities and organisations of Barcelona. Among the organised activities planned are guided tours, workshops, musical and theatre performances, conferences, and traditional food tasting, among others. The programmes, timetables, and venues for these activities are detailed in this link.
Through interreligious, interfaith, and intercultural dialogue, the Night of Religions will affirm that religious plurality enriches and forms part of Barcelona’s identity. The initiative, sponsored by Barcelona City Council and the Obra Social “La Caixa”, has been organised by the ‘UNESCO Association for Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue (UAIID), led by its youth group.
Theinaugural event will take place on Saturday 14 September at 12.30 pm in the Espai Francesca Bonnemaison (C/ Sant Pere Més Baix, 7). Barcelona City Council’s Commissioner for Intercultural Dialogue and Religious Diversity, Khalid Ghali, and the head of the Department of Interculturality and Social Cohesion of the “La Caixa” Bank Foundation, Francesc Ventura, will speak at the event, which will be open to all city residents. The audience will be able to enjoy a musical performance of songs from different world cultures by the group Burruezo & Medievalia Camerata.
Once again this year, the activities leaflet ends with an affirmation that invites us to reflect upon Barcelona’s rich plurality and helps create a cooperative, cohesive coexistence.
“Contact between religions is good. Everyone should hear and respect the doctrines professed by others. And if there is reason to question, then it should be done in an affable manner”
Asoka, twelfth edict, third century B.C.
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