Fallas de Valencia 2014 | Info and Program

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Lights, gunpowder, monuments, flowers, traditional costumes, music, satire, emotions and a great deal of fun are the ingredients of a unique cocktail known as the Fallas Fiestas.

In the middle of the Mediterranean coast, Valencia city, celebrates each year the final days of the winter and the arrival of spring with spectacular fires and pyrotechnics. From March 15 to 19 (the feast of Saint Joseph, day of the father in the whole country), Valencia is given over to a carnival of bonfires, fiesta, fireworks and a healthy dose of satire known as Las Fallas, the fires.

Displayed on every corner all over the city are colourful ninots, giant papier-mâché figures often 20 feet tall or even more that have been paraded through the streets and then placed in fantasy groups to tower over excited spectators. Each one in some way satirises a political figure, or a soap star, or more exotic creatures from the movies, TV, sports idols, or simply imagination. Some of them are grotesque – others playful and charming – all are larger than life and up for public scrutiny.

Every day at 2pm firecrackers rip through the Plaza del Ayuntamiento in an noisy event called la Mascleta. This concert of gunpowder is very popular and involves different neighbourhood groups competing for the most impressive volley, ending with the terremoto, (literally means “earthquake”) as hundreds of masclets exploting simultaneously. While this may not be for the frail or faint-fainthearted, you understand how hearted, the Valencians got their valiant name.

Another important event is the Ofrenda de Flores a la Virgen de los Desamparados, a beautiful ceremony every March 17 and 18, that honours Valencia’s patron Virgin. Thousands of Falleras and Falleros arrive to the city from every corner of the Comunitat (Valencia State) and take the streets wearing traditional costumes and dancing to their neighbourhood or village bands as they wend their way to the Plaza de la Virgen to offer bouquets to the giant image of the Virgin.

 Historians say that the origins of the festival go back to the time when carpenters cleared out their workshops and talleresat the end of winter, throwing out odds and ends of wood and old candles and lighting them on the street the day of Saint Joseph.

Nowadays, celebrations draw to an end with a fabulous firework display in the Paseo de la Alameda, called the Nit del Foc (literally “The Night of Fire”), on March 18. All Fallas burn all over the city the Crema night (including the winner of the competition) in a tremendous spectacle of fire and joy. Valencia is at that moment like Nero’s Rome, a city in flames. That’s why Valencians call this the best firework fiesta in the world! Don´t miss it!

 The Programme of Fallas 2014 (Display company’s will be added 2nd week of feb.)

 The official programme offers a diverse range of activities that run through March, intensifying as the Fallas week approaches. Decorative lighting covers the 370 falla group headquarters spread throughout the city. Valencia becomes an immense and unparalleled museum, born to be destroyed, once its mission is accomplished: the exposure of the negative side of life, exposed to be ridiculed and incinerated.
Date Time What? Where Company
23 Feb 2014 07.30h Desperta Calle de la Paz Pirotecnia
23 Feb 2014 14.00h Mascleta Plz. del Ayuntamiento Pirotecnia Valenciana
23 Feb 2014 20.00h La Crida (Opening Fallas) Torres de Serranos Pirotecnia Valenciana
1 March 2014 14.00h Mascleta Plz. del Ayuntamiento Pirotecnia Peñarroja
1 March 2014 18.00h Mascleta Earial Paseo Alameda Pirotecnia Valenciana
2 March 2014 14.00h Mascleta Plz. del Ayuntamiento Pirotecnia Ferrandez
2 March 2014 14.00h Mascleta Nocturna Plz. del Ayuntamiento Pirotecnia Ferrandez
3 March 2014 14.00h Mascleta Plz. del Ayuntamiento Pirotecnia Angustias Perez
4 March 2014 14.00h Mascleta Plz. del Ayuntamiento Pirotecnia Crespo
5 March 2014 14.00h Mascleta Plz. del Ayuntamiento Pirotecnia Aitana
6 March 2014 14.00h Mascleta Plz. del Ayuntamiento Pirotecnia Lluch
7 March 2014 14.00h Mascleta Plz. del Ayuntamiento Pirotecnia Gironina
8 March 2014 14.00h Mascleta Plz. del Ayuntamiento Pirotecnia Marti
8 March 2014 00.00h Mascleta Nocturna Plz. del Ayuntamiento Hmnos. Caballer
9 March 2014 14.00h Mascleta Plz. del Ayuntamiento Pirotecnia Boreda
10 March 2014 14.00h Mascleta Plz. del Ayuntamiento Pirotecnia Vulcano
11 March 2014 14.00h Mascleta Plz. del Ayuntamiento Pirotecnia Thomas
12 March 2014 14.00h Mascleta Plz. del Ayuntamiento Pirotecnia Zarzoso
13 March 2014 14.00h Mascleta Plz. del Ayuntamiento Pirotecnia Caballer FX
14 March 2014 14.00h Mascleta Plz. del Ayuntamiento Pirotecnia Elite
15 March 2014 14.00h Mascleta Plz. del Ayuntamiento Hmnos Caballer
15 March 2014 00.00h Castillo Paseo de la Alameda Pirotecnia Europla
16 March 2014 14.00h Mascleta Plz. del Ayuntamiento Pirotecnia Europla
16 March 2014 01.00h Castillo Paseo de la Alameda Pirotecnia Carlos Caballer
17 March 2014 14.00h Mascleta Plz. del Ayuntamiento Pirotecnia Carlos Caballer
17 March 2014 01.00h Castillo Plz. de la Alameda Pirotecnia Valenciana
18 March 2014 14.00h Mascleta Plz. del Ayuntamiento Pirotecnia Valenciana
18 March 2014 01.00h Castillo Paseo de la Alameda Pirotecnia Caballer
19 March 2014 14.00h Mascleta Plz. del Ayuntamientoo Pirotecnia Caballer
19 March 2014 19.00h Calbagata del Fuego La Porta de la Mar Pirotecnia
19 March 2014 23.00h Crema Infantil Plz. del Ayuntamiento Pirotecnia Caballer
19 March 2014 01.00h Mascleta Nocturna Plz. del Ayuntamiento Pirotecnia Caballer

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