One thing you really shouldn’t miss as an expat in Barcelona, is the international community’s big annual get-together! The Barcelona City Council organises the ‘Barcelona International Community Day’; a fair featuring various exhibition stands for companies, organisations, international schools and NGOs with the aim of offering all the necessary tools, knowledge and contacts to help the international community continue to grow. The 7th Barcelona International Community Day will be an all-day event, completely free of charge, with an extensive programme that includes a wide variety of activities.
Back to (net)work!
The slogan of this year’s Barcelona International Community Day is ‘Back to (net)work!’, as the event aims to bring everybody back together, strengthening relations between the international community and the city and its involvement in the recovery and reactivation of Barcelona.
BICD 2021 will be a hybrid event, meaning that not only will the event take place in person, but one of the activity rooms will also be streamed live on the event’s website.
More than 70 exhibitors will be present at the fair, including renowned companies and public authorities/associations from a variety of sectors, all showcasing what they have to offer at their stands and information points on the day.
There will also be more than 50 activities held during the course of the day, each divided into different categories:
- Personal Landing
- Working and Doing Business
- Enjoying the City
If you’re still wary of being out in big crowds and haven’t had your vaccine yet, there will be a mobile COVID vaccination point at the Barcelona International Community Day for those who are interested.
Barcelona International Community Day 2019
Meet the Barcelona International Community Day 2021 host ambassadors – 6 Barcelonians by choice who are living and working in the city.
BICD in the past
In 2020, the City Council organised the Barcelona Expat Week, as an alternative to the Barcelona International Community Day fair which had been postponed that year due to Covid-19. The recordings of the online activities that took place during the event are accessible via this link.
2019 was the last time that BICD was held at the Maritime Museum. Below is a short video to give you a taste of what the event was like:
Organisation and support
The Barcelona International Community Day is organised by Barcelona International Welcome – Barcelona City Council’s official website for recent arrivals, where you can find (in English) all the information you need for beginning your new life in the city.
Barcelona Activa offers Barcelona City Council support in the organisation of Barcelona International Community Day, together with various other organisations, entities and professionals.
Banc Sabadell provides significant support as a premium sponsor. Other major sponsors inlude Clínica Corachan, ERES Relocation Services, MAPFRE, Page Personnel and the special presence of the Catalan Sailing Federation and Barcelona International Schools Association.
La Vanguardia newspaper will be the media partner for the event, in collaboration with Barcelona Metropolitan and the Catalan News Agency.
The Maritime Museum of Barcelona
The Barcelona International Community Day will take place at The Maritime Museum.
Register for free
The BICD 2021 will open its doors at 10 am, following all the health protocols designed to protect the safety of participants. All the activities will be held between 10:30 am and 7 pm. Access is free of charge and you can get your ticket by registering online.