La Festa de la Lletra, 1979

The Celebration of the Letter, 1979
Photograph, 33 photographs of various dimensions

The Liceu opera house seen from the stage, a shop of masks and puppets called El Ingenio, a ride on a golondrina (a sightseeing boat) around the Barcelona harbour with Carles Santos playing the piano, the municipal kennels, the popular Boqueria market, a fire-eating show and a striptease by the famous Christa Leem at the Estació de França railway station, were the different stops in the itinerary designed by Joan Brossa for an anti-touristic tour of Barcelona on 5 October 1979. Coinciding with La Festa de la Lletra festival, it was vividly documented by Colita.

Described as a ‘secular pilgrimage’ by the journalist Lluís Permanyer for an article in La Vanguardia – ‘a maliciously entertaining experience that should be repeated’ –, the tour was attended by about a hundred people and didn’t end until about three in the morning. Taking part was a mixed bag of intellectuals, architects, writers, artists, actresses, photographers, doctors, executives and all sorts of other people wanting to discover Joan Brossa’s Barcelona.

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Original title:
La Festa de la Lletra
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MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Object type:
Gelatin silver print
33 photographs of various dimensions
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium. Gift of Jaume Maymó
© Colita, A+V Agencia de Creadores Visuales
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