A Saturday morning in Palma: people do their shopping, chat with friends and neighbors, or take a break at their favorite café. Sun sprinkles the garden of the cultural center La Misericòrdia turning it into a magic place. Which it is, not just for the Antique Book Fair it is hosting, right now. While adults browse through the book stands, children squeal with delight, clap their hands and dance in front of the stage. Aida and Nabil from Conte Contat sure know how to captivate their young audience. Beware, they also cast a spell on random passers-by.
Conte Contat presents an exciting potpourri of theater, puppet play, songs and dance. And while the children follow every move on the stage they soon become part of the play. Excitedly listening to the story of prince and princess, and cheering the fight with the dragon. There’s a happy ending of course, but Aida and Nabil don’t leave the stage without an encore, a little song about sobrassada and how to make pamboli. The kids jump for joy and their parents not only join the big applause but file for a picture with the actors, dragon included.
The Jardí de la Misericòrdia is one of my favorite places in Palma. Sometimes it is just a small quiet parc, an oasis in the bustling old town. Sit down on a bench under the trees, read a book or let your mind wander. Or enjoy the many cultural events that take place in the garden and often come as a surprise. Like the amazing photo exhibition about Palmas traditional stores, the BiblioJardí during the summer months, or El Jardí Màgic, today. A magic garden, indeed.