Not to worry, I’m not going to bore you with slides and descriptions of meals and harrowing flights. Just a few moments of beauty.
The Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona was the vision of a chorale society whose members all were volunteers who came into the city from far and wide to practice and perform. It included the famous skylight and sculptures, but also significant decisions to make this a venue for the people. An upstairs vestibule and outdoor balcony were included for the choristers to rest in as they could not come and rehearse, go home and return from the countryside to perform. The “theatre” itself is designed as a horseshoe, almost in the round, so that those attending a performance would have the pleasure of seeing the enjoyment on each others’ faces, not to mention the performers being able to see how they were appreciated.
It’s all very human, building community. This continues as tickets to performances are scaled according to ability to pay, with people on welfare able to attend performances during the year for free.
Imagine a space where people gather where you can delight in something together and register each others’ emotions. It’s almost intimate. Like a community of faith could be.