Barcelona is constantly bubbling with activity.Alternative art galleries, urban sports, festivals, fairs and exhibitions of all kinds fill up the calendar with events offering the public a series of cultural offerings which always reflect the latest urban, artistic, transport and even gastronomic trends. The people of Barcelona embrace their deep-rooted customs and enjoy conserving and promoting their history through the preservation of the citys buildings and streets, and by maintaining their traditions year round. Celebrations such as the festival of La Mercè, the citys patron virgin, are a clear example of this. But other popular celebrations held in the city's different neighbourhoods should also be mentioned, such as those in Sants and Gràcia, where year after year the traditions are kept alive: giants, human castles and folk music concerts.
Barcelona is a city open to the sea, making it a great gate open to an influx of knowledge, traditions, customs and new consumer products. In short, an inexhaustible source of riches proceeding from Europe and all the lands making up the Mediterranean, and beyond.
Although Barcelona locals have been shaped by this ever-flowing stream, they are also people with their customs, well-observed schedules and a very family-centred nature, leading their cultural growth to hinge always upon their own, difficult-to-imitate formula: an interesting fusion of native traditions and customs coming from outside.
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