Pianos on Barcelona Streets
Maria Canals Contest 2018
Happy 1st of March, Barcelona is preparing for the spring! The International Music Competition Maria Canals Barcelona have decorated the city by placing real pianos in public spaces of Barcelona, Catalonia and whole Spain, available to anyone who wants to play. They will be here for you from March 3 to 19. For an amazing stay in Barcelona, take a look at beautiful apartments by Two Sisters Apartments in the neighborhood of Sant Antoni.
The Maria Canals International Music Competition Association is a non-profit organisation that has been declared of public Interest. Its main purpose is to help young and aspiring professional music performers from all over the world through the Maria Canals International Music Competition of Barcelona (MCB), held annually since 1954. For many years, the Association has also been working towards breaking social and cultural barriers, which have traditionally limited the access to music (mainly classical music and piano studies), through many activities OFF Competition (OFF MCB).
In order to break down the barriers and reluctance, the Maria Canals pianos are stannding directly on the streets of Barcelona without any carpeting. The pianos have words like "Touch me, I'm yours", "See, I'm in your hands" on them and will be accompanied by a person who will invite you to play. The idea is for people to get closer to piano music, which can be imposing for people who don’t know how to play, making it available to everyone. In addition, some pianos will serve for school sessions in the morning and in the afternoon there will playing be students from music schools. At night a professional musician will offer a free concert.
Among the numerous places where the Maria Canals pianos will be placed, are: Pastrana Square, the Ciutadella Campus of Pompeu Fabra University, Catalunya Ràdio, Plaça Reial, Passeig de Gràcia, El Born Centro de Cultura y Memoria and la Pedrera at Passeig de Gràcia. If you´ve decided to visit Barcelona you can always stay in Two Sisters Apartments in the popular neighborhood of Sant Antoni.