Las Fallas 2020. Light shows and main illuminated streets

Some of the most anticipated moments of the Las Fallas celebration, are the light shows and inauguration of the illuminated streets. This year the events will be taking place Friday, the 6th of March, in the five main locations that also compete in the A category.

Falla Cuba-Puerto Rico

Launches its light decorations on Friday, the 6th of March, at 20:30. The following days the street will stay continuously illuminated between 20:00 and 04:00.

The light ensemble stretches for 200 meters. The theme is „EvoLUZión” (“LUZ” = “light”) and has to do with the past of this Falla. In 1960 it was the first to decorate a street with lights, and the one which led to the beginning of this tradition.

Below there is a photo of the assembly of the light structure.

* Photo source: Falla Cuba-Puerto Rico Facebook page.

Falla Cuba-Literato Azorín

The launch of this illuminated street will be on Friday, the 6th of March, at 21:00. It will be the only time when an audiovisual show also will also take place. The following days until the 19th of March will only have visual effects, including during nighttime.

The light structure of Cuba street has a width of 20.8 meters, a height of 21 meters and over 80.000 LEDs. It is programmed to display various light choreographies.

In total, the light decorations of Falla Cuba-Literato Azorín on both streets number at 260.000 LEDs.

Below there is a photo of the assembly of the light structure.

* Photos source: Falla Cuba-Literato Azorín Facebook page.

Falla Sueca-Literato Azorín

The launch of this illuminated street will take place on Friday, the 6th of March, at 20:00. The project’s name is Colorines.

The light ensemble stretches onto the Suedez and Literato Azorín streets. It is 25 meters in width, 6.75 meters in height and has a total of 238.107 LEDs.

Below there is a photo of the light decorations.

*Photo source: Falla Sueca-Literato Azorín Facebook page.

Falla Cádiz-Los Centelles

The launch of this illuminated street will take place on Friday, the 6th of March, at 20:00

Falla Malvarrosa-Antonio Ponz-Cavite

It will launch its light ensemble with a show of light and music, Friday, the 6th of March, at 20:00 and will last (with a few breaks) until 21:30.

The same programme will be repeated on the 7th and 10th of March starting at 20:00.

On the 8th and 9th of March there will be shows of visual effects only, without music.

Between the 14th and 19th of March light and music shows will take place from 20:00 to 22:00.

The project has not yet fully been revealed.

Below there is a photo of the assembly of the light structure.

* Photo source: Falla Malvarrosa website.

Here is a part of 2019 Falla Malvarrosa light show.

If you want to find out the Las Fallas 2020 program, i recommend the article Las Fallas 2020. The complete programme of the festivities.

Las Fallas 2020. EMT buses – Diverted routes and new temporary bus stops, due to mascletá

During Las Fallas, multiple mascletás (pyrotechnic shows), will be taking place between the 1st and 19th of March, at 14:00, in Plaza del Ayuntamiento. That is why, the running of public transport will be affected in this area. During those days, between 11:45 and the finishing time of the pyrotechnic show (after 14:00), some of the EMT bus routes that pass through Plaza del Ayuntamiento will be diverted.

These are the EMT bus lines that will be diverted or cutback due to the mascletà: 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 28, 32, 35, 36, 40, 61, 62, 63, 70 , 71, 72 and 81.

At the same time, new temporary bus stops will be set up nearby.

Temporary bus stops in the Tetuán – Puerta del Mar area

Temporary bus stops in the San Agustín area

If you want to find out how to travel across Valencia by public transport for the duration of Las Fallas, I recommend you read the following article: The Public Transport in Valencia during Las Fallas 2020.

In the Fallera Week (15th – 19th of March), you can benefit from unlimited public transport rides, at just 7 euros, with the Bonofallas pass. More information you can find in the article Las Fallas 2020. Bonofallas, special pass for public transport.

Find out how you can travel with the metro accross Valencia, here.

Find out how you can travel with the EMT buses accross Valencia, here.

Find out how you can travel with Valenbisi accross Valencia, here.

* Sources: www.emtvalencia.es, www.lovevalencia.com.

 

Las Fallas 2020. The Public Transport in Valencia during the festivities

During Las Fallas, the population of Valencia nearly doubles, and the city becomes very crowded. That is why it’s best to use the public transport, the bicycle or even walk short distances.

EMT Valencia

During the festivities, The Municipal Transport Company of Valencia (EMT) will boost their transportation capacity by extending some of the bus routes, as well as their running frequency, in the most crowded areas.

The EMT buses can be used especially to reach places you can’t reach by metro. (For example, the Malvarrosa neighbourhood, for the Show of lights and music). The EMT buses will run day and night, but you’ll have to be aware that some routes will be diverted, and some of the bus stops will be temporarily closed, due to falleras festivities.

During the Fallera Week, 15th – 19th of March, buses, as well as taxis, won’t be allowed to enter the historical centre.

Between the 1st and 14th of March, the traffic will be impelled from the Tetuan-Porta de la Mar changer to Plaza Sant Agustí (during the mascletá), and the buses won’t run in the inner circle.

Information about the diverted routes and the temporary bus stops in the areas mentioned above, can be found in the article Las Fallas 2020. EMT buses – Diverted routes and new temporary bus stops, due to mascletá

More information about the routes and schedule can be found on EMT Valencia’s website.

You can download the EMT Valencia app for Android and iOS  .

Metrovalencia

During the festivities, the metro is the fastest way to travel to the city centre and other popular areas.

On the weekends, Metrovalencia will extend their running schedule by 3 hours over their regular schedule.

During the Las Fallas Week (15th – 19th of March), Metrovalencia will run non-stop.

Tranvia (Tram)

For the official opening of Las Fallas (La Crida), on the 1st of March, the tram lines will also be supplemented.

Recommended stops for reaching areas that are hosting the festivities:

For Plaza del Ayuntamiento (Mascletá and Crema): Xàtiva (metro lines 3, 5, 9), Colón (metro lines 3, 5, 7, 9) or Bailén (metro line 7).

For Alameda (Fireworks and Castillos de fuegos): Alameda (metro lines 3, 5, 7, 9).

Warning: If you arrive very close to the starting time, the stop will be closed, and you’ll have to get off at Aragon or Colón stop.

For Plaza de la Virgen (Ofrenda a la Virgen): Colón (metro lines 3, 5, 7, 9) or Pont de Fusta (tram line 4).

For Benicalap (Mega Mascletà, March 19th): Garbí (tram line 4) or Beniferri (metro lines 1 and 2).

You can download the maps for metro and tram from here.

Apps for downloading for your mobile phone: Android and iOS.

More information can be found on the official website, Metrovalencia.

Available passes for public transport

Regardless of which form of transportation you travel with, it’s much more cost effective to use a pass, rather than buying individual tickets.

Only for busses

  • Bonobús:
  • Ride cost per person: 8.50 euros.
  • It includes 10 rides available only on EMT buses.
  • It allows you to change buses for free and for an unlimited number of times, for 1 hour from the first validation

Only for metro

 

Buses, metro and metropolitan lines

 Bono T1, T2 or T3

The passes can be purchased or topped up from tobacco shops (estancos), kiosks, authorised stores, ticket machines from the metro stops.

Bonofallas Pass

For the Fallera Week (15th – 19th of March), there’s a pass created specifically for this occasion, called Bonofallas. The pass has unlimited rides, a 7-day validity, and costs 7 euros. More information here.

Mobilis Card

The Mobilis card is a plastic card, with no rides on it, and it costs 2 euros. The card can be topped up multiple times with up to 30 metro rides or bus rides. The card can be used for metro, as well as buses and can be purchased from tobacco shops (estancos), kiosks, and authorised stores.

Valencia Tourist Card

If you intend to visit monuments and tourist attractions, then you may find the Valencia Tourist Card useful. It cludes unlimited rides on public transport (buses, metro, tranvia), one ride with the metro towards the airport, discounts for museums and various shops. The card has a temporary validity, as following: 24 hours – 15 euros, 48 hours – 20 euros, 72 hours – 25 euros.

It can be purchased from the Tourist Information Offices at the airport and in the city, online from here, but also from all authorised shops.

Valenbisi

Valenbisi is the bicycle rental public service offered by the municipality, that’s why i included it in cathegory of public transport.

The Valenbisi rental service is available at over 200 stations in Valencia, 24/7, all year round.

See here where the Valenbisi stations are.

The bicycles can be lifted and parked only in the Valenbisi stations.

Valenbisi for tourists

Tourists can purchase a pass valid for 7 consecutive days, with 13.30 euros, right from the bicycle stations. Practical informations about subscription, you can find here. The annual pass costs 29.21 euros and can be purchased online only, at http://www.valenbisi.es.

The bicycle can be used free of charge for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, the cost will increase depending on the riding time.

Additional costs:

  • 04 euros for exceeding 30 minutes, up to 1 hour;
  • 12 euros for every extra hour.

Temporary closed Valenbisi stations 

The costs have last been updated in February 2020.

Similar articles which maybe cand be interested for you:

– Las Fallas 2020. Bonofallas, special pass for public transport

– Las Fallas 2020. EMT buses – Diverted routes and new temporary bus stops, due to mascletá

– Las Fallas 2020. Parking in Valencia during the festivities

* Sources: www.emtvalencia.es, www.metrovalencia.es, www.valenbisi.es, las provincias.es

Las Fallas 2020. The complete programme of the festivities

Las Fallas, the grandest celebration of the Valencian Community, has begun. It’s a festival that has a profound traditionalist character, with complex manifestations and symbols. All these traits made Las Fallas worthy of being included in the UNESCO heritage. The complete schedule of all festivities during Las Fallas 2020 can be found here:

Sunday, March 1st

Despertà Infantil. “The Awakening”, event dedicated to children – 07:20 – Calle La Paz

Despertà. “The Awakening”, event dedicated to adults – 07:30 – Calle La Paz

Traditional music bands parade – 12:00 – Plaza del Ayuntamiento

Mascletà, pyrotechnic show – 14:00 – Plaza del Ayuntamiento

La Crida. Official opening of Las Fallas – 20:00 – Serranos Towers

1st – 19th of March

Mascletà, everyday – 14:00 – Plaza del Ayuntamiento

Friday, 6th of March

Show of lights and music “Falla Malvarrosa” – 20:00 – Avenida Malvarrosa

Lighting up the street ornaments on the streets of Las Fallas: Cuba – Puerto Rico, Cuba – Literato Azorin, Sueca – Literato Azorin, Cádiz – Los Centelles

Saturday, 7th of March

Mascletà, pyrotechnic show – 14:00 – Plaza del Ayuntamiento

Cabalgata del ninot. The parade of the main monument figurines – 17:30 – Route: Calle La Paz, San Vincente, Plaza del Ayuntamiento, Marqués de Sotelo, Xàtiva

Mascletà of colours – 00:00 – Plaza del Ayuntamiento

Sunday, 8th of March

Competition for children “Cant de l’Estoreta Velleta” (artistic remembrance of the tradition, according to which, children walked the streets and gathered rubbish, wrapped it in a carpet, which they later set on fire) – 10:00 – Plaza del Carmen

 Friday, 13th of March

Mascletà, pyrotechnic show – 14:00 – Plaza del Ayuntamiento

Cabalgata del Patrimonio. A parade of the most important and valued artistic traditions of the Valencian Heritage – 19:30 – Route: Lonja de la Seda, Calle Maria Cristina, Plaza del Ayuntamiento

Mascletà of colours – 00:00 – Plaza del Ayuntamiento

Saturday, 14th of March

Mascletà, pyrotechnic show – 14:00 – Plaza del Ayuntamiento

The closing of the Ninot exhibition for children – 17:00

Ninot Indultat Infantil. Announcing the 1st place winner at the Monuments for Children Category (fallas infantiles) – 17:30 – The Museum of Arts and Science

Collecting the ninot monument figurines (from the Monuments for Children Category) by the falleras committees – 17:45 – The Museum of Arts and Science

Plantà de la Falla Municipal Infantil. The assembling of the Town Hall’s monument (children version) – 19:00 – Plaza del Ayuntamiento

Sunday, 15th of March

Plantá de las fallas infantiles. The assembling of all monuments (fallas infantiles, children version) – 09:00

Mascletà, pyrotechnic show – 14:00 – Plaza del Ayuntamiento

The closing of the Ninot Exhibition – 17:00

Ninot Indultat. Announcing the 1st place winner at the Grand Monuments Category (fallas grandes) – 17:30 – The Museum of Arts and Science

Collecting the ninot monument figurines by the falleras committees – 17:45 – The Museum of Arts and Science

Announcing the awards for the Monuments for Children Category (fallas infantiles) – in the afternoon. The awards for the Special Category will be announced around 21:00

L’albà de les falles – 00:00 – Plaza del Ayuntamiento. Over 300 fires will be lit up across Valencia

Monday, 16th of March

Plantá de todas las fallas – 08:00

Mascletà, pyrotechnic show – 14:00 – Plaza del Ayuntamiento

Handing the awards for all monument categories (fallas) – 16:30 – Plaza del Ayuntamiento, in front of the Town Hall

Announcing the awards for the Grand Monuments Category (fallas grandes). The awards for the Special Category will be announced around 21:00

Castillo de fuegos artificiales. Firework show – 00:00 – Paseo de la Alameda

Tuesday, 17th of March

Handing the awards for all monument categories (fallas) – 09:00 – Plaza del Ayuntamiento, in front of the Town Hall

Mascletà, pyrotechnic show – 14:00 – Plaza del Ayuntamiento

Ofrenda a la Virgen de los Desamparados. The Sacrifice of The Virgin for the Forsaken – 15:30 – Plaza de la Virgen

Castillo de fuegos artificiales. Firework show – 01:00 – Paseo de la Alameda

Wednesday, 18th of March

Tribute at poet Maximiliano Thous’ grave – 10:30

Tribute at Maestro Serrano’s grave – 12:00

Mascletà, pyrotechnic show – 14:00 – Plaza del Ayuntamiento

Ofrenda a la Virgen de los Desamparados. The Sacrifice of The Virgin for the Forsaken – 15:30 – Plaza de la Virgen

Nit del Foc. Night of Fire, firework show – 01:30 – Paseo de la Alameda

Thursday, 19th of March

Flower tribute at the Patriarch’s display on the San José Bridge – 11:00

Religious service in honour of San José – 12:00

Mascletà, pyrotechnic show – 14:00 – Plaza del Ayuntamiento

Mega Mascletá (225 kilograms of gunpowder, 6500 firecrackers, a 7-min. and 30 secs. duration) – 14:00 – Benicalap, Avenida del Levante UD

Cavalgada del fuego. Fire parade – 19:00 – Route: Calle Russafa, Calle Colón, Puerta del Mar

Cremà de las fallas infantiles. The burning of the monuments for children – 22:00

The burning of the 1st place winning monument at the Monuments for Children Category, Special Section (fallas infantil) – 22:30

The burning of the Town Hall’s monument (falla infantil) – 23:00 – Plaza del Ayuntamiento

The burning of all monuments (fallas) in Valencia – 00:00

The burning of the 1st place winning monument at the Special Category – 00:30

Firework show and the burning of Town Hall’s monument, falla municipal – 01:00 – Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

Similar artcicles, about the programme of the Las Fallas 2020 events, can find here:

– Las Fallas 2020. Complete programme of the mascletá and firework shows

– Las Fallas 2020. Light shows and main illuminated streets

– Las Fallas 2020. Complete programme of the mascletá and firework shows

*For the most important manifestations I will add a separate article, containing additional information.

If you want to find out how to travel across Valencia by public transport during Las Fallas 2020, I recommend you read the following article The Public Transport in Valencia during the festivities.

You can read more about Bonofallas, the public transport pass with unlimited rides launched especially for the last week, the Fallera Week (15th – 19th of March), here. 

* Sources: www.lasprovincias.es, www.levante-emv.com, www.lovevalencia.com, www.valenciabonita.

Las Fallas 2020. La Crida. The laic and religious official openings, Sunday, March 1st

The official opening of Las Fallas, La Crida, will be on Sunday, March 1st, starting at 20:00, at Serranos Towers, marking the laic part of the festivity.

La Crida will be attended by town hall and government officials, but also officials of the falleras associations, fallera mayor, fallera infántil and the court of honour.

La Crida. The official laic opening

The event’s aim is to invite all the people in Valencia at the Las Fallas festivities.

The manifestation will close with a show of colours and projected lights on the towers, followed by a pyrotechnic show.

Recommendation: Those who want to have good visibility of the Serranos Towers need to arrive at least an hour earlier. The ones who are truly passionate about this event arrive even 2 or 3 hours prior.

Short movie from last year La Crida festivity.

La Crida. The official religious opening

After the ceremony at the Serranos Towers ends, the official religious opening of Las Fallas starts in the Virgen de los Desamparados Church, in Plaza de la Virgen.

The starting time is not precise, being dependent on the amount of time it takes the fallers to walk from the towers to the Plaza, seeing that the narrow streets will be very crowded.

For persons interested in seeing an official fashion show, this would be the right time! The falleras, dressed in traditional costumes, as well as their courts of honour, will all be present in the Church. Each fallera will lay a flower bouquet as a tribute at the Protectress of Valencia’s Statue.

How to reach Serranos Towers by means of public transport:

Address: Plaza de los Fueros, 46003, Valencia

  • By EMT Buses: lines 94, 5, 19, 27, 98, 79, 80.

– Find out how you can travel across Valencia on the EMT website, here.

– Find out what bus routes are diverted with the occasion of La Crida here.

  • By walking, from Plaza de la Reina, where the EMT buses have stops; lines 4, 8, 9, 11, 16, 28, 70
  • By Valenbisi. Check the nearest stations of Valenbisi here.

Here you can watch a video where the falleras mayor, falleras infántil and the court of honour enter the Virgen de los Desamparados Church i took it last year:

Las Fallas 2020. Bonofallas, special pass for public transport

Bonofallas is a special pass for the public means of transport, with unlimited rides, valid for 7 days. The Bonofallas card will be made available with the beginning of March.

The pass will be launched by the Metropolitan Transport Authority of Valencia as a means to facilitate the access to public transport, seeing as the city’s population doubles during the Las Fallas festival.

Information about Bonofallas

  • What is it? It’s a public transport pass, in the form of a card, with unlimited rides
  • Price: 7 euros
  • Validity: 7 days, in Semana Fallera (last week of Las Fallas)
  • It can be used for: Metro and tranvia (Metrovalencia)  – all areas, EMT buses and Metrobús (the buses that connect Valencia with the neighbouring cities)
  • It can NOT be used for: Regional trains and medium distance trains (cercanias)
  • Where and when it can be used: In Valencia, in Castellón during Magdalena festivities and in Alicante, during the Hogueras festivities
  • Where it can be purchased: The card can be purchased at tobacco shops (estancos), kiosks, metro stations and customer relations offices of EMT.

 The public transport schedule in Valencia during Las Fallas 2020

Metrovalencia will extend its program at the end of the week with 3 hours compared to the usual one, the EMT buses will be running during day time, and the night time buses will be running at night. Authorities will be announcing what routes will be modified and what lines will be supplemented.

During Las Fallas, the bus routes which pass through Plaza del Ayuntamiento will be diverted. More about this in a another article.

Find out how you can travel with the metro accross Valencia, here.

Find out how you can travel with the EMT buses accross Valencia, here.

 

 

 

Las Fallas 2020. La Despertá. “The Awakening” for Celebration, Sunday, March 1st

The official start of the Las Fallas 2020, the grandest celebration in the Valencian Community, will be on Sunday, the 1st of March. The opening of the celebration is marked separately by two different events, although they both have the same goal: to invite all Valencians at the grand upcoming party.

The first event takes place in the morning, and it’s called La despertá, “The Awakening”, while the second one takes place in the evening and it’s called Crida, “The call”.

Also, on Sunday morning, other events related to Las Fallas 2020 will occur.

La Desperta

La Desperta, or The Awakening, is a manifestation that consists of throwing low intensity firecrackers on the pavement, early in the morning, on a pre-established route. The objective is to wake up the neighbours and to invite them to take part in the upcoming celebration.

Hundreds of firecrackers fill the streets with smoke and noise in a couple of seconds. As the manifestation moves forward, the noise becomes deafening and the air unbreathable. That is why most of the participants cover their mouth and nose. People that do not know the significance of this manifestation and see a video recording of it, could believe that a war has started.

Who can participate

The event will be attended by active participants, or the fallers, who receive firecrackers and visitors that can join the group but won’t receive firecrackers.

The Fallers are members of the neighbour associations responsible with the organisation of Las Fallas. They possess a certificate issued by a competent authority, which attests the fact that they know how to use firecrackers.

The visitors are welcomed to take part in the event, without any other formalities. The participation is free.

Starting time

The Awakening has two parts, one for children, Despertá infantil, which starts at 7:20, and one for adults, Macrodespertá which starts at 7:30.

The route

The starting point will be on the Calle la Paz (Jargines de la Glorieta entrance), continuing with Calle San Vincente Martír, and ending in Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

To form an opinion about The Awakening, you can watch a video I took last year, here:

Other events, Sunday, March 1st

With the occasion of Las Fallas 2020, other events will also occur:

Music bands parade, performing traditional Valencian music, at 12:00 in Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

Mascletá, the pyrotechnic show, at 14:00 in Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

How to reach Plaza del Ayuntamiento

During Las Fallas 2020, the EMT buses that pass through Plaza del Ayuntamiento will have a diverted route.

The means of public transport which have stops near Plaza del Ayuntamiento are the following:

  • EMT Buses, lines 70, 72, 73, 7, 11, 13. Check how you can travel by EMT Buses across Valencia, here.
  • Metrovalencia, lines 3, 5, 9 or 7. Check how you can travel by metro across Valencia, here.
  • Valenbisi. Check the nearest station here.

 

Las Fallas 2020. Vertical Mascletá, Saturday, the 29th of February, La Marina de Valencia

A vertical mascletá of grand proportions will take place on Saturday, the 29th of February 2020, at 20:00, at La Marina de Valencia, in front of the “Veles e Vents” building.

At its fifth edition, the show is organized to celebrate the upcoming “Las Fallas” festival, which officially starts on the 1st of March.

Similarly to the previous editions, Ricardo Caballer will be staging the show. This year’s mascletá will be 2 times the height of Miguelete, the tower of the Cathedral, reaching the following measurements: 100 meters (328 feet) in height, 50 meters (164 feet) in width, and 5000 firecrackers will explode. The ending will be even more intense than usual. In just 20 seconds, 600 kilograms (1323 lbs.) of pyrotechnic material will create a „quake” of grand proportions. During the 10 minutes, the show will combine the best elements of a mascletà with the ones of a firework show.

Similar to the previous editions, Ricardo Caballer will be staging the show. He aims for this year’s mascletá to be a grand show that surprises and impresses with innovative elements.

The previous mascletá, organized in 2019 for the same occasion, was the tallest in the history of Las Fallas, reaching the following highs: 100 meters (328 feet) in height, 50 meters (164 feet) in width, a 12-minute duration, 1700 kilograms (3748 pounds) of gunpowder and 5000 firecrackers used, a 20-second “quake” (3 times stronger than a regular mascletá), and over 100 000 participants.

What is it a mascletá

Mascletá is a pyrotechnic show typical to the Valencian Community. It features firecracker explosions and fireworks, it has a crescendo dynamic and lasts between 5 and 7 minutes. The last part of the show is the most intense and loud, and is called the “quake”. The noise created reaches 120 decibels and it’s similar to the noise created by a plane taking off.

  • What: Mascletá, pyrotechnic show
  • When: Saturday, the 29th of February 2020, at 20:00
  • Where: At La Marina de Valencia, in front of the “Veles e Vents” building. Address: Carrer del Moll de la Duana, s/n, 46024
  • Free access

Recommendation: for good visibility, try to be there at least 30 minutes earlier.

Environmentally friendly mascletà

This year’s mascletà will be the least harmful to the environment in the entire history of Las Fallas, by reducing the waste by 70%. Three-quarters of the mascletà will just disappear. Ricardo Caballer claims that „30% of the material used is paper and biodegradable cardboard. The cardboard used will disappear on contact with water or soil, without harming the environment.” Furthermore, no kind of plastic or chemical substance considered harmful to the environment will be used.

How to reach La Marina de Valencia with public transport:

  • EMT buses, lines 95, 19, 92. Check here how you can travel across Valencia by EMT buses.
  • Tram, lines 6 and 8. Check here how you can travel across Valencia by Tranvía or Metrovalencia.
  • Valenbici. Check here the nearest station from La Marina de Valencia.

Here you can find a collage with moments from Mascletá 2019. If you don’t have the time to watch the entire video, I recommend watching from 4:00 onwards.

Salón del Cómic 2020 Valencia

Salón del Cómic is returning in Valencia this year, between the 28th of February and 1st of March, at Feria Valencia, Hall 7.

Salón del Cómic Valencia is a festive, cultural act, that unites the national and international comic books, audiovisuals and video games industries.

An important part of the event is represented by activities organized especially for children. There, in an area of over 20 000 square meters (215 278 square feet), you will find comic book stores, bookshop exhibitions, comic book publishers, board game playing areas, playing sites, video games, and workshops. There will also be comic book creation activities.

Invited actors at Salón del Cómic

Jaime Lorente, who plays Denver in “La casa de papel”, will be present at the event on Sunday, the 1st of March.

Jack Quaid, who plays Marvel in “The Hunger Games”, will be present at the event on Saturday, the 29th of February and on Sunday, the 1st of March.

The actors will be available for taking photos with the participants. For more information and costs visit https://www.saloncomicvalencia.com/visitar/

Access for taking photos with the actors is permitted only with the entry ticket.

Event Schedule: Friday and Saturday, from 10:00 to 20:00; Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00

Fees:

  • Children aged 3 or younger: Free access
  • Children between ages 4 and 14: 6 euros
  • Children aged 14 or older: the cost varies depending on the chosen package

Package Costs:

You can find more information on the event’s official website: https://www.saloncomicvalencia.com/

How to reach Feria Valencia

  • By metro, line 2. If you want to find out how can go by metro from one part to a city to another part by metro, check here.
  • By EMT bus, line 62. If you want to find out how can go by metro from one part to a city to another part by metro, check here.
  • By tram, line 4
  • By car (Avinguda de les Fires, s/n, 46035). Parking fee: 4 euros/day.

 * The photo from the article is from my personal archive.

Come and party at the „Cabanyal – New Orleans” Carnival on Sunday, 23rd of February!

On Sunday, the 23rd of February 2020, beginning at 11:00, in the Cabanyal area, Valencia, will take place the „Cabanyal – New Orleans” Carnival.

Already at its fourth edition, the carnival aims to be a modest replica of the famous festival „Mardi Gras” from New Orleans, which takes place every February, filling the streets with music, cheer, and color.

Through the involvement of musical professionals and the neighbourhood’s inhabitants, ever since the carnival’s first edition in 2017, the organizers aimed to revitalize the Cabanyal area and at the same time, the carnival to become an emblem for the city.

Sunday, at the event, there will be attending musical bands, famous jazz performers, students and members of various maritime musical societies. Along the way, they will make various stops to encourage people to take part in the festivities, to cheer and dance.

A very short history of the carnival

The festivity is organized by Sociedad Musical Unión de Pescadores (The Musical Society of the Fishermen Union). The Union was first established in 1884 by a group of musicians that made the events of the Cabanyal neighbourhood famous for their unique atmosphere. Due to their growing success, they decided to found a musical society, called The Folk Music Council from Nuevo Mar. The Council was disbanded in the 1920s due to economic difficulties. In 1926, the musicians founded a new association with the Fishermen Union, which is known today as „The Musical Society of the Fishermen Union”.

The Casinet building was chosen as the headquarters for the Union, being one of the most emblematic buildings of the Cabanyal area.

The Cabanyal neighbourhood is an old fishing village, shored by the Mediterranean Sea, incorporated in the city of Valencia. As of a few years ago, the area is being protected and helped by the local authorities to develop its architectural and cultural characteristics.

Useful information about the „Cabanyal – New Orleans” Carnival

When: Sunday, the 23rd of February 2020, 11:00 o’clock. The duration can vary depending on the number of participants.

What: „Cabanyal – New Orleans” Carnival

Where: Cabanyal Area, Valencia

Who: The participants can be musicians or anyone who wants to party, dressed up or not.

The instrumentalists wanting to participate can write an email at smupcasinet@gmail.com, for the organizers to send more information.

Route: The beginning point is the Casinet building, situated on Calle José Benlliure, number 272. The route length can vary depending on the number of participants.

Participating fee: Free access

How to reach Cabanyal: By EMT buses, lines 19, 32, 92 and by tram, lines 4 and 6.

Find out by what public means of transport you can travel across Valencia, here.

* The photo from the article is the official poster.

Traditional Valencian Clothing Parade in Nuevo Centro Mall

On Friday, the 21st of February, from 19:30, in the commercial centre Nuevo Centro in Campanar, will take place the  a traditional valencian clothing parade („Costums d’indumentària valenciana” parade).

At the event will be attending the Falleras Mayores, the presidents of the commitees that form The Fallas Benicalap-Campanar Group. It will be presided by Fallera Mayor Valencia 2020 – Consuelo Llobell Frasquet and her court of honour.

The parade is organized by ALBAES in collaboration with El Corte Inglés and Nuevo Centro, benefiting the ASPANIJER – Asociación de Padres de Niños y Jóvenes con Enfermedades Reumáticas de la Comunidad Valenciana (Parents of children and youths with rheumatic affections Valencian Community Association).

There will also be a raffle that offers a Valencian costume from the 19th Century as a prize. The costume is valued at 1500 euros.

To participate in the raffle, you’ll have to buy a 3 euro ticket from ASPANIJER’s stand, located in the Nuevo Centro, on the 20th and 21st of February 2020. The costume will be displayed at the event. All the money raised from the ticket sales will go to ASPANIJER.

The raffle rules, as well as the winning ticket, will be published on www.albaes.com and www.lacasadelosfalleros.com, and also on their social media pages.

How to reach Nuevo Centro Mall

You can reach Nuevo Centro using public transport.

See how to reach Nuevo Centro by EMT buses, Metrovalencia or the bicycle route here.

 

The article’s foto is the official poster.

The International Tourist Guide Day 2020. Organized tours in Valencia

On Friday, the 21st of February 2020, we celebrate The International Tourist Guide Day.

For this occasion, various thematic tours will be organized in Valencia, guided by professionals, at a special price.

Useful information about the guided tours on The International Tourist Guide Day

What: Thematic tours guided by professionals.

The themes of the tours will be the following: Roman Valencia, Muslim Valencia, Medieval Valencia, and Modern Valencia.

Where: The tours will take place in the historical city centre, in the Poblados Marítimos area, and at the Marquis de Dos Aguas Palace.

When: Friday, the 21st of February 2020, at various hours. One tour lasts between 1 hour and 15 minutes and 2 hours.

Languages: The tours will be available in Spanish, English, French, and Italian.

Fee: The attending fee for a tour is 5 euros. Children under 7 years old have free access.

The fees are 50% lower than usual, due to the celebration of The International Tourist Guide Day.

Attending conditions: There’s no need for a reservation, you just need to be at the meeting point of every tour, with at least 30 minutes before the beginning of each tour. There you will register on the tour guide’s list.

Detailed information about the tourist guided tours in Valencia

Observations related to table:

* Interested persons will show up with at least 30 minutes before the beginning time of a tour and they will register on the tour guide’s list.

* Spoken languages: B – Bilingual visits. M – Monolingual visits.

* Monuments: Galeria Tosal can only be visited from 16:30.

* Entry Fees: Museum entry fees will be 50% lower for groups larger than 10 people, with the exception of The National Pottery Museum. The exempt of entry charges for persons of certain ages will follow the rules of each museum. For more information, please ask your tour guide.

The table is provided by Association of Official Guides Valencia.

The article’s foto is from personal archive.