The Neighbourhood Picnic is, for the residents of Madrid’s Lavapiés neighbourhood, a celebration of being together and of the actions of solidarity that typify life in the area. This year, the initiative, which came into being in June 2018 in its first edition, takes on a special connotation of re-encounter.
Moving through the long and arduous crisis brought about by the pandemic, today there is a need to build new spaces of convergence, exchange and festivities to celebrate a resurgence in community life, despite everything.
The Museo once again opens its doors to the surrounding neighbourhood, constituting a public space with the capacity to accommodate different uses and ways of inhabiting. Children’s workshops, guided tours in migrant languages, audiovisual screenings, performances and concerts make up a programme that seeks to recover, as much as possible, a festive, in-person and diverse environment in keeping with previous years, where different Lavapiés collectives, associations and residents encounter a framework of common interaction.
Thus, there is vindication of the right to happiness, dance, and to celebrate being together as an indisputable life force. Moreover, the event becomes indispensable in reaffirming every struggle and campaign propelled and supported by the Museo Situado network.
Participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, which will be collected in the Sabatini Building Garden to be donated to food banks in the Lavapiés neighbourhood.
The event will take place respecting the capacity allowed and adhering to the pertinent health and safety measures. Therefore, face masks must be worn at all times and social distancing of 1.5 metres must be observed.