Monday, 26 September 2011

Penedès Agenda - October 2011

This month the agenda consists of two parts; first Catalan Folk Culture and then Other Events.

Catalan Folk Culture (cultura popular): human towers, Falcons and a festa major

September 28 - October 2: Segur de Calafell (Baix Penedès): Festa Major de Sant Miquel. Read more in Catalan

October 1Dia de la CollaFalcons de Vilanova, in Vilanova i la Geltrú (Garraf) - The performance starts at 18:00 with a parade through the town, starting in plaça de Sant Antoni, and will be followed by a full performance once they reach plaça de les Cols (approximately at 19:00). Guest team: Falcons del País del Cava. Read more in Catalan

October 8: At 18:30 in plaça de les Cols, Vilanova i la Geltrú (Garraf). Diada Castellera Albert Salvany: Human Towers by: Bordegassos de Vilanova, Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia and Xiquets de Reus. Read more in Catalan

October 8: At 18:30 in la Bisbal del Penedès (Baix Penedès). Milenari: Human Towers by: Castellers de Vilafranca. Read more in Catalan

October 12: At 12:30 in the plaça de la Vila of Vilafranca del Penedès (Alt Penedès): Diada Jove. Human Towers by Colla Jove Xiquets de Vilafranca, Bordegassos de Vilanova and Tirallongues de Manresa. Read more in Catalan

October 16: At 13:00 in plaça Vella of el Vendrell (Baix Penedès): Fira de Santa Terèsa: Human Towers by Nens del Vendrell, Colla Jove dels Xiquets de Tarragona, Colla Joves Xiquets de Valls and Colla Vella dels Xiquets deValls. Read more in Catalan

October 22: At 18:30 in Cap de Vila of Sitges (Garraf): Dia de la Colla: Human Towers by Colla Jove de Castellers de Sitges, Castellers de Vilafranca and Castellers de Sants. Read more in Catalan

October 23: At 12:00 in the plaça de Pius XII of Igualada (Anoia): Diada dels Moixiganguers. Human Towers by Moixiganguers d’Igualada, Castellers de Lleida and Sagals d’Osona. Read more in Catalan

October 30: At 12:00 in the plaça de la Vila of Vilafranca del Penedès (Alt Penedès): Diada del Roser. Human Towers by Xicots de Vilafranca, Moixiganguers de Igualada and one more guest team. Read more in Catalan

Other events

October 6-16, Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival (Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Sitges, Garraf) – horror in all its aspects. Read more in English

October 7-9, Sant Sadurní d'Anoia (Alt Penedès): CavaTast - the annual cava and gastronomy festival and trade fair. Read more in Spanish

October 13-16, el Vendrell (Baix Penedès): The Santa Teresa Trade Fair (Fira de Santa Teresa) – a multisectoral trade fair with special areas especially dedicated to ceramics and beer. Read more in Catalan

October 15: The day when Lluís Companys is commemorated throughout Catalonia. In Vilanova i la Geltrú (Garraf) the ceremony takes place in the Rambla de Lluís Companys. Find here an earlier post about the role of this politician in Catalan history.

October 23: at 11:00 and starting in the plaça del Mercat of Vilanova i la Geltrú (Garraf): Cursa popular – the town's annual running competition. Read more in Catalan

October 30: all around Penedès and the rest of Catalonia: Castanyada. The evening before Tots Sants is celebrated with grilled chestnuts (castanyes), sweet potatoes (moniatos), panellets (cookies especially made for the occasion) and muscat wine (moscatell).

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The Penedès Agenda is a collection of events which I recommend to foreigners (expats or tourists) who want to explore Penedès or events which I consider important from a – highly subjective – international perspective. It is biased towards the comarca Garraf (Vilanova i la Geltrú and Sitges) but also covers Alt Penedès, Baix Penedès and Anoia.

The agenda posts are up-dated whenever I learn about new things. To the greatest extent possible will I link back to official pages for information on time and locations and cannot guarantee the correctness of the data presented. Feel free to inform me about events which you think would fit in here, either by writing a comment or contacting on twitter: @wirdheim

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