The celebrated Els Quatre Gats restaurant in Barcelona will celebrate its 120th Anniversary in 2017 and has already presented the official program of activities that will take place over the next year. The modernist complex was inaugurated on June 12, 1897.
The birthday of Els Quatre Gats will include a series of activities that will be celebrated throughout the 12 months of 2017 and that will have like common denominator the painting, the photography, the literature, the solidarity and the gastronomy.
The first activity will take place the first three weeks of each month. In these days, the main dining room of the Restaurant Els Quatre Gats will once again become an exhibition hall that will house up to 11 individual exhibitions of some of the best painters, artists and photographers of the moment.
Another of the planned activities is the literary prize Pen 4 Cats , which this year reaches its third edition with important novelties. The literary competition, organized with the support of the Writing School of the Ateneo Barcelonés, awards the best original stories written in Catalan or Spanish with a maximum length of 3,000 characters.
Solidarity will also have an important presence on the anniversary of 4 Cats. Thus, each more will take place the Solidarity Story Hour. One Sunday of each month, in the restaurant will organize the public reading of a story that has marked the life of its narrator, who will be a popular figure of Catalan life as Dr. Eduard Estivill, writer Empar Moliner, musicians of the group dogs , Or actress Mariona Ribas, among others. The storytelling session will be accompanied by a chocolate breakfast with churros. The entrance has a cost of 5 euros that will go to a charity of the city of Barcelona.
Another outstanding activity will be the Sketching Contest or Quick Painting, which will be held on a Sunday morning in the morning. This competition invites artists from Barcelona to approach the restaurant and, during a morning, make drawings related to 4 Cats and modernism. The competition is open to all kinds of artistic modalities (painting, watercolor, oil, charcoal or pen). The winning works will be awarded and displayed inside the restaurant. The other participating works will be published on the website www.4gats.com.
Finally, on June 12, the exact day of the foundation of the restaurant, there will be a gala dinner where personalities from all areas of the city and the country will attend. The menu of the dinner will be surprise and will have the collaboration of a recognized Catalan cook.