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Weekend: Romani culture, a new community centre in Trinitat Nova and debunking myths about autism

05/04/2018 - 11:04h

Free time. Romani culture, rumba, games, dance, displays and solidarity and inclusive activities

This Saturday sees local residents in the Trinitat Nova neighbourhood inaugurate a new community centre with a celebration organised by social and cultural entities. On Sunday, various cultural and pro-Romani acts are being held around the city to mark International Romani Day. Also on Sunday, a large public celebration is being organised to raise awareness about autism.

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Sunday is International Romani Day and Barcelona is offering a series of activities recognising the importance and wealth of gypsy culture, its values and history, the Romani language and the contribution that the Romani people have made to the modern world.

The Romani flag will also be hung from the balcony at the City Hall at 10 am the same day and at 12.30 pm a symbolic candle-lighting ceremony will take place next to the Besòs river, with flower petals also being thrown into the water. In the afternoon, the Municipal Romani Council will be taking part in an act at the Conservatori del Liceu, with a rumba festival, a theatre performance and flamenco music.

Casal SomLaPera

The community centre in the Trinitat Nova neighbourhood, known as ‘Casal SomLaPera’, opens on Saturday with an inaugural party organised by local residents in this part of the Nou Barris district. The celebrations begin at 10 am with displays, games, children’s entertainment and workshops.

The formal opening of the centre is at 1 pm and will be followed by a finger buffet. Afternoon activities include workshops on laughter therapy, circus acts and musical performances. At 9 pm, music and the desire to dance are set to take over the facility.

The centre had long been called for by local residents and associations and is now a reality thanks to European funding and municipal funds from the Neighbourhood Plan.

Awareness about autism

A few days after World Autism Awareness Day (2 April), which saw the façade of the City Hall lit up in blue to raise awareness about this disorder, Sunday brings a public celebration to break down myths relating to autism.

Using the slogan ‘Connect with blue’, the initiative aims to show what life is like for people with this disorder, highlighting their needs and those of their families and calling for a diverse society which is inclusive for those who are different.

Family and solidarity activities are being organised at fifteen points around the city on Sunday morning and lunch time, including the Centre Natació Barcelona, the CEM La Mar Bella, the zoo, the Museu Marítim, the Museu d’Història de Catalunya and La Salle Comtal.