Barcelona fountains to light up in yellow in solidarity with imprisoned Catalan leaders
Christmas lights were also inaugurated with doves and hearts in honor of terror attack victims
Yellow has been the color of solidarity towards those pro-independence leaders, from civil society and the Catalan government, held in custody pending trial. And this Friday, around twenty fountains in Barcelona – including the iconic ‘Magic’ Montjüic Fountain – will light up in this very hue, in their name, and in support of their families.
This also coincides with the ceremonial lighting of the city’s Christmas lights on Barcelona’s main street, La Rambla, which was led by the mayor of the city, Ada Colau. The decorations were lit to a backdrop of doves and hearts, which, according to Colau, show that “the heart of Barcelona still beats and never stops,” despite the August terror attacks and the situation of “political tension” of the last few months.
Indeed, before being decorated to the tune of peace and love, La Rambla was the location of the tragic August terror attacks. The location was chosen by the City Council in memory of the victims, and also as homage to its retailers and residents.
“There beats the heart of a city, which today buries a bitterness, awakening little by little from anger and grief”
Clara Peya · Composer and musician
Colau plugged in the lights following a percussion show with drummers dressed in white, whose music symbolized the rhythm of Barcelona’s heart. They were accompanied by a festive production of performers wearing multicolored, glowing hearts, inside large, transparent spheres, designed to look much like snow globes. There was also an interpretive dance by Ariadna Peya, performed to the piano music of Clara Peya. The pianist also recited a poem, in honor and memory of those who lost their lives in the Barcelona attack: “There beats the heart of a city, which today buries a bitterness, awakening little by little from anger and grief.”
“Barcelona never stops”
The lighting was “poetic, tender and also energetic,” Colau said, in statements to the press, with the objective to show the world that “Barcelona never stops,” and to remind locals to shop locally. She highlighted that the city has been through some “difficult” months, first with the August attacks, and then with the recent “tense” political climate.
Regarding the latter, Colau added that, starting on Friday November 24, about twenty fountains in Barcelona will light up in yellow, the color that has become a show of solidarity for the Catalan pro-independence being detained in prisons throughout the Madrid region, and, in solidarity for their families. Barcelona must not forget this “political anomaly,” Colau stated, adding that she’s hopeful that the incarcerated will be released in time for the holidays.