Nine-year-old FC Barcelona member Laia de Luca y Ramírez, from Sabadell, has been named the winner of the XVI Blaugrana Christmas Festival, for a drawing full of expression, colour and joy, which represents a Barça version of the Catalan tradition ‘Caga tió.’
The festival is running for the 16th consecutive year, and FC Barcelona, through the club’s Social Area, have invited young members aged up to 15 years old to show their creativity with Christmas drawings. The theme this year was "A very special Christmas: Tots units fem força."
Due to the current pandemic, this year’s edition was held digitally, and the participants sent their drawings through an application installed on the club's website. More than 800 drawings were entered into the competition.
Final responsibility for the selection of the award-winning drawings this year fell to illustrator and short story writer, Mercè Arànega, who acted as judge and chose five winners from two age categories.
Arànega said afterwards that "I was very excited to be able experience this, because much of my work is aimed at children. Serving as a judge has been a very tough task, because there was great quality and things that stood out in many drawings."
"I was attracted to the winning illustration because of its simplicity, and also by the visual power it gives off, with strong colours and the cheerful expression of the characters. There was also the clear presence of the Barça colours and a composition of the tradition that fills all of the space."
The winning drawing will be the images that the club will send to members as a greetings card for the Christmas holidays.