When you think about New Year’s Eve celebrations, most likely cities like New York, London, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney or Paris come to mind. No wonder, those cities hold the best reputation for staging the most amazing New Year’s Eve shows in the world. But should we expect a new city joining this select group? You bet, as Barcelona is heading to grab headlines this next December 31st.
Barcelona hasn’t yet succeeded in staging a memorable New Year’s Eve spectacle, with the exception of the one that took place in 1999 to celebrate the Millennium. But this is all about to change, as this year Barcelona wants to top that night with an ambitious performance, in order to set new grounds for an annual event that hopefully will shake things up and become one of the most awaited shows in the world. A steppingstone in the city’s successful reinvention as top touristic destination.
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The show has already been planned to the last detail, and the key to stand out from the crowd is showing the world a different and unique aesthetics in the ceremony, completely inspired in the local culture and traditions. To meet such standards, they resorted to famed theatrical group “La Fura dels Baus”, who were the centerpiece for the 1999’s show that attracted 20.000 people in Plaza Cataluña.
Hopefully, the attendance this year will be much larger, as the usual scenery for la Mercé pyrotechnics show, the Maria Cristina Avenue at Plaza España, will host the show and it has already proved to host big crowds. Hold your breath, because the pyrotechnics display will run for about 45 minutes into the new year, and don’t expect the regular clock: the twelve strokes at midnight will be created through fireworks effects. With more surprises to come, we can’t wait for New Year’s Eve to witness this magical show with Montjuïc’s Magic Fountain in the background.
If you want to be a part of this exceptional performance, don’t forget to show up at Plaza España no later than 21.00h, as the access to the premises will open at that time, and above all, bring all your excitement and get ready for the biggest party of the year in Barcelona!
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