Thursday, 7 January 2010

The Event Calendar – January 2010

The Event Calendar has a focus on activities typical for the Catalan popular culture and is presented under the headlines Human Towers, Festa Major, Other Events and Exhibitions.

General information can be found at the end of this post.

Castells/Castellers (Human Towers) and Falcons

Until April there will be few opportunities to see the arts of castells and falcons performed in public. However, many teams keep practising during the winter and usually allow non-members in to watch.

January 19, there will be castellers performance in the plaça Major of Palma de Mallorca.
Participants: Castellers de Mallorca

Festa Major - Town Festivities

January 7-24, Festa Major d'hivern in Vilafranca del Penedès - Sant Raimon. The opening ceremony takes place January 7, at 21:30. As far as I can see, the rest of the program is only available on the town council's intranet, thus not accessible for the public.

January 16-17; Vilanova i la Geltrú: Festa Major d’HivernSant Antoni Abat. On Saturday January 16, at 12.00, the bells will ring and 12 mortar shots will be fired off to declare the festa open. On Sunday January 17, from 12.00, horses with carriages and a few other domestic animals will parade through the town centre – els tres Tombs. Find here my earlier posts in English on this event (2009: 1, 2; 2008: 1) and here what (in Catalan) has to say about it.

January 15-31; Sant Pere de Ribes (Garraf): Festa Major de Sant Pau. As opposed to most other Catalan towns, in Ribes the winter Festa Major is considered more important than the summer version. Find here the program in a PDF-file and a article (both in Catalan). The event culminates on January 25.

Other events

January, 14; at 19:00 in the main aula of Escola Politècnica Superior d’Enginyeria of Vilanova i la Geltrú: A debate on Catalan popular culture with ethnologists Bienvé Moya and Xavier Orriols.


Catalan Christmas cribs built by the Associació Pessebrista de Vilanova i la Geltrú. Monday-Saturday: 18.00-20.00; Sundays and holidays: 12.00-14.00 plus 18.00-20.00, until January 17.

'Surge et Ambula' the jubilee exhibition to the 125 anniversary of the Victor Balaguer Museum of Vilanova. Until March 25, 2010.

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The Wirdheim.CAT Event Calendar is a summary of events where I will go - or at least could think of going - but can hopefully help other expats and tourists when they explore Catalonia. It is biased towards the Penedès area (including Sitges), but will also list manifestations of popular culture and other activities taking place in Barcelona, along the Costa Daurada and in the rest of the Catalan speaking world.

This entry will be up-dated whenever I learn about new things, since (compared to my native Sweden) here information about what will happen tends to come late. To the greatest extent possible will I link back to official pages (usually in Catalan) for information on time and locations but can not guarantee the correctness of the data presented.

Further information on castells/castellers (human tower) performances can be found under the tag ‘Properes Actuacions‘at the Coordinadora de les Colles Castelleres de Catalunya, or in the ‘Calendari’ at

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Technorati tags: Castellers, Catalonia, Festa Major, Expat, Human Towers, Penedès, Vilafranca, Vilanova

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