Participation and culture: the example of the Teatre Arnau

21/05/2019 - 17:30

Participation. The reclaiming of the Teatre Arnau, led by numerous entities and collectives in the Poble-sec neighbourhood.

The reclaiming of the Teatre Arnau, located on Av Paral·lel, has been channelled through the launch of a public initiative and a participatory process, led by numerous entities and collectives from the Poble-sec neighbourhood.

For the purposes of reclaiming the last Barraca theatre along Paral·lel, the group behind “Recuperem el Teatre Arnau”, promoted a participatory process to enable the establishment of the uses that the space would be put to, once Barcelona City Council had acquired it.

It was between October 2016 and December 2017, that the main cultural and local-resident actors, in the city, and especially in the neighbourhoods of Poble-sec, Raval and Sant Antoni, set out the mission for the new Teatre Arnau and the type of activity it would hold there.

The result of this year’s joint work between the cultural sector, local residents of the neighbourhoods themselves and the City Council was the establishment of a project involving performing arts, the community and historical memory, through a community-management and social-economy model.

During the time when the site was under construction and uninhabitable, “Recuperem l’Arnau” ended up as a new cultural project in the city: the Arnau Itinerant, a scenic place managed collectively and nomadically, which launched three interdisciplinary projects in its first year of life: an archive of memories and two theatre shows: C/ Hospital amb St. Jeroni, , from the Blanca Roto theatre company, and L’espectacle comunitari (en construcció)!, a collective production that was performed in December 2018 on stage at the Mercat de les Flors.