"What is trash to some is a treasure for others" is the motto of Drap Art, International Recycling Art Festival of Catalonia, which offers the CCCB exhibition and a flea market with items made from scrap material. Participants in the festival creative approach to recycling from various disciplines with a common denominator: convert abundant waste produced by our affluent society in terms of contemporary creativity. The materials provided municipal waste found in the street, as chairs, metal, cans or cartons, caps and bottles, plastic wastes, exhausts, powdered glass, newspaper, shoe lasts, bulb threads, disks vinyl, cork, flip flops … anything goes as raw material to be subjected to a process of transformation and creation. "Recycling and reusing means not only recover, but also enhance, which helps promote a more thoughtful and responsible consumption," says Tanja Grass, creator and director of the Drap Art, a non-profit association founded in 1995 that promotes creative recycling through festivals, exhibitions and workshops. Since 2000 Drap-Art has its own space in the Carbonari, the Espai Drap-Art, where you can find a permanent exhibition of works of art, design and crafts made with recycled materials, in addition to a program of exhibitions and individual subjects.
The annual festival began as Drap-Art in 1996 with the creation and Recycling Marathon of Barcelona and has continued to grow in number of participants in attendance. The origin of recycling in art is in the vanguard of the early twentieth century, but today this artistic movement reappeared in response to social and environmental needs. Drap-Art'09 be held at the CCCB, Joan Coromines plaza, Pati de les Dones and Plaza dels Angels on Thursday December 17 2009 to Sunday January 10, 2010. Those who wish to attend this exciting festival can compare prices at LateRooms.com. It is expected that 20,000 visitors will pass by Drap-Art'09, which will host over 150 artists, musicians, workshop leaders, designers, lecturers, filmmakers.