Less than two week remain before Vilanova i la Geltrú enters the most emblematic event of its festive calendar: el carnaval. Those who live it intensely and participate in all events tend to end up having their apartments looking like what we see in this year’s official poster.
In the design by Àlex Soteres you will find eye masks, meringues, sardines and empty bottles, but also the many details which prove that this is the most typically Catalan of all carnivals: barretines, masks from the ball de malcasats, feathers from Moixó Foguer, xató and, of course, loads of candy.
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What I did not know when I reached La Sala and the presentation of the official poster last Friday, was that the members of the Federation of Carnival Associations (FAC) hold their positions for three years. By coincidence it was the third year in a row I participated in this event, and must therefore stress how impressed I was.
The first year I must admit feeling quite embarrassed that something as important to this town as the carnival was presented in such an improvised way. Last year, the act had developed a lot and was therefore fun also for outsiders, who, for example, will not laugh at a character just because they know who is playing him or her.
This year, FAC had reached level of perfection: They themselves were calm and almost serious, but interacted professionally with the funny people of the ball de malcasats. The format was highly dynamic – we were repeatedly invited to switch our sight from the stage in front of us, to a screen behind – and at the same time offered a historic setting thanks to Joaquim Mir’s film of the comparses of 1936. My message to the new FAC which will take over next year is that they do not have to beat this presentation. Just as good is good enough! A big hand to the sitting FAC plus the Ball de Malcasats and Can Pistraus, who helped them.