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XXVII International Festival of Sustainable Art of Catalonia

Welcome to the exciting Drap-Art Al Gòtic, the 27th Sustainable Art Festival of Catalonia!

This year, we are pleased to announce the start of the Festival, with two preliminary activities that will mark the beginning of an extraordinary festival. First, the remarkable installation of recycled advertising paper by the talented German artist Ramona Seyfarth. This installation, inaugurated on September 16th at one of the charming flower kiosks on La Rambla, has been made possible thanks to the collaboration of Línia Cultural Rambles, Mercats de Barcelona, the Societat d’Art Circular de Lübz (Germany), and its tireless promoter, Julia Theek.

Additionally, our historic bullring converted into the Arenas de Barcelona Shopping Center has been the perfect place to host a collective Drap-Art exhibition, thus bringing sustainable art closer to our beloved visitors. From September 26th to October 21st, you can enjoy the wonderful works of prominent artists linked to Drap-Art, such as the Alacalle collective, the Ocean Sole organization, and the talented Tucho Bergeret, Orson Buch, Noni Font, Alberto Gramegna, Emeric Jacob, Eduard Massegú, Imanol Ossa, Jordi Palli, J.M. Pastó, Jordi Prat Pons, and Hernan Seco.

This year, we are especially excited about our local and international collaborations. We will be present at the Cósmica Festival in Montevideo, Uruguay, presenting the works of renowned veteran Drap-Art artists Karol and Tucho Bergeret, father and daughter, whose commitment to Barcelona and Uruguay has been fundamental to this partnership. You will also have the opportunity to appreciate an impressive piece by the talented Uruguayan artist Pincho Casanova, and don’t miss our market of art, design, and crafts made from recycled materials in the framework of Cósmica.

But that’s not all. We will also be participating in the prestigious Westbund Art & Design Fair in Shanghai, invited by the Cervantes Institute to exhibit our works at their institutional stand and at the Cervantes Library at the Consulate of Spain in Shanghai in January 2024. Furthermore, we have initiated an exciting collaboration with Eddy Ekete, the promoter of the Kinact Festival in Kinshasa, who will present his astonishing performative project “Ndaku ya, la vie est belle” during Drap-Art.

Our local cultural community in Ciutat Vella has experienced a notable renaissance after the challenges we faced during the pandemic. Tourists have returned, and with them, a flourishing of new galleries and cultural spaces. From the Royal Artistic Circle of Barcelona, which has transformed the Palau Martorell into a private museum, to the Test Gallery of Ukrainian artists and the Bien Cuadrada Gallery, a fascinating multicultural initiative of artists from different nationalities, we are witnessing a vibrant renaissance in the local cultural landscape.

We sincerely thank Gràcia Territori Sonor for the generous provision of archive materials from Víctor Nubla, and Juan Crek for his magnificent interpretation of this valuable legacy. Nubla, an exceptional and eclectic talent from Barcelona, is affectionately remembered in our special In Memoriam section this year. His legacy as a musician, writer, graphic designer, and advocate for life and creativity continues to inspire our souls.

Don’t miss our exciting exhibition “Infinite Natures,” curated by Betty Bigas, featuring works by prominent artists at the magnificent Núñez y Navarro space on Ample Street 13. Additionally, we invite you to explore the exciting proposals of our guest artists at the Base Elements, Test Gallery, Artevistas, and La Bien Cuadrada galleries. At Artesanía Cataluña, we have assembled a fascinating collection of works by our selected artists.

We want to thank all the artists, participants, and observers for their dedication to sustainable art and the reuse of materials. We encourage you to follow their example and support their work, thus strengthening our collective movement that fosters reflection and creativity around our world and its sustainability. Together, we can make the world a more beautiful and sustainable place for everyone. Once again, we welcome you to the 27th Drap-Art Al Gòtic Sustainable Art Festival of Catalonia!

Below you will find the complete program, all exhibitions, guided tours, activities, and concerts are free and open to the public.