Created by L’Auditori de Barcelona in 2006, Apropa Cultura currently makes over 120 cultural facilities all over Catalonia accessible to people assisted by social organisations. In addition to the concerts at L’Auditori de Barcelona, the programme also allows beneficiaries to enjoy shows, visits, workshops and other activities in theatres and auditoriums, festivals, museums and sites of special interest, while the Educa amb l’Art initiative provides art education for social educators and training in accessibility and diversity for cultural advisers.
If you know of any cultural organisations that would benefit from the Apropa Cultura programme, you can find full details here.
In addition to the concerts, L’Auditori Apropa offers two activities aimed at groups who may have difficulty attending concerts with the general public.
An orchestral morning is a workshop aimed at organisations that work with people living with Alzheimer’s and groups with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder or mental disorders.
Since 2018, L’Auditori Apropa has been organising La Banda ens Apropa with the Barcelona Symphony Band, a cycle of concerts on weekday mornings specially designed for an adult audience who may not be able to enjoy concerts at the normal times. With a view to ensuring the welfare of groups of every kind, the rules regarding noise and movement in the concert hall are less strict and there may be small adjustments to lighting, sound, etc. These sessions reduce anxiety levels and provide a better concert experience for those living with Alzheimer’s disease, autism, cognitive impairment, etc.
Via its Apropa Cultura social programme, L’Auditori de Barcelona allocates 2% of its regular concert programme seating capacity each season to social organisations working with vulnerable groups, including disabled people and those at risk of social exclusion, at a special rate of €3 per person.