Oceanogràfic Valencia is reopening to the public beginning with the 1st of July

Oceanogràfic Valencia is reopening to the public beginning with the 1st of July, with a special promotion for adult tickets.

Promotion conditions

– Applicable only to adults.

– Available between the 1st and 10th of July.

– Tickets must be acquired online, at least 48 hours before visit.

– Reduced price of ticket: 23.3 euro.

– The offer has a limit of 2000 tickets per day.

– Oceanogràfic’s schedule will be: 10:00 – 20:00.

– Tickets can be directly acquired here: https://www.oceanografic.org/en/

The Oceanogràfic is situated in the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias.

How to get here 

Find out hot to get there, by clicking here.

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Informations and photo source: Valenciasecretsa.es

Free opera shows in various localities of the Valencian Community

From the end of June to the beginning of October 2020, in various localities of the Valencian Community, free opera shows will take place. They are part of the 4th edition of „Les Arts Volants” (The Flying Arts) project.

The „Les Arts Volants” project belongs to the Palau de las Artes, The Palace of the Arts of Valencia, and its aim is to bring opera closer to districts and localities.

The name of the project comes from its unique way of presenting the show. The „Les Arts Volants” company, which presents the show, has a large truck which will transform into a stage in the cities where the shows will take place. On it, artists of the Centre of Professional Development of the Palace of the Arts (Palau de las Artes) will perform the comedy-opera „El tutor burlat„, by valencian composer Martin i Soler, live.

Over the course of the 21 shows, the truck will visit cities like Altea and Villafranca del Cid, in the Alicante and Castellón regions, but also districts in the city of Valencia.

Touring schedule

In 2020, the tour will begin in La Barraca d’Aigües Vives (27th of June) city, followed by Sagunto (28th of June), Villafranca del Cid (1st of July), Potries (2nd of July), Godella (4th of July), Alcublas (5th of July), Casinos (8th of July), Palau de les Arts (10th and 11th of July), La Pobla del Duc (15th of July), Benirredrà (16th of July), Ayora (18th of July), Corbera (19th of July), Gandia (21st of July), Altea (22nd of July), Atzeneta d’Albaida (24th of July) and Buñol (25th of July).

After the August break, the „Les Arts Volant” team will resume the tour, concentrating on districts of Valencia city: Benicalap (25th of September), Sant Marcellí (26th of September), Central Park (27th of September), Malvarrosa (2nd of October), Patraix (3rd of October) and Ayora (4th of October).

The play

The play is set in a rural background, and its themes include the critique of rigid social norms of the middle 18th century, the defence of freedom and love above commodity and the status quo, and the social status of women in the years before the French revolution.

Director Jaume Policarpo put together the show, his design inspired by romantic postcards of the 19th century, in pastel colours.

The cast of „El tutor burlat” is comprised of artists from the Centre of Professional Development: Aida Gimeno (Violante), Vittoriana De Amicis (Dona Menica), Oleh Lebedyev (Fabrizio) and Omar Lara (Pippo), together with valencian singers David Ferri (Don Lelio) and Gonzalo Manglano (Anselmo). Carlos Sanchis will be performing on the piano across all the shows.

Jesús Iglesias Noriega, the Palace of the Arts’ director mentioned in a press conference which was meant as a presentation of the project, that „Les Arts Volant” comes „after a period of digital consumerism, in which citizens must be reminded about the experience of live art”. We mustn’t just think about the ones that can come to the Palace of the Arts, he added, but also to those that, due to distance or circumstance, cannot do so. „Les Arts Volant” is the most powerful instrument to make lyricism known without any sort of limitations.

Source: Valenciabonita.es

Photo source: Comarcalcv.com

Beginning with June 22, the Valencian government offers grants for purchasing of bicycles and scooters

Beginning with the 15th of June, Valencian Community shops that sell bicycles, scooters, electric personal mobility devices and electric conversion kits for bicycles can join the grant campaign initiated by the Valencian Community government.

Grant conditions

Grants will be up to 250 euro for electric bicycles (the value of which cannot surpass 1400 euro), 75 euro for non-electric ones (up to a maximum value of 500 euro) and 75 euro for electric scooters (the value of which cannot surpass 450 euro).

The grant will also be given for installing electric conversion kits (up to 200 euro for kits that have a maximum price of 600 euro) or for acquiring bicycles with child seats (up to 150 euro for bicycles that have a max price of 700 euro).

When can the grants be solicited

The grant will be available starting Monday, the 22nd of June.

Conditions for grant beneficiaries

Persons interested in accessing these grants need only be a resident of the Valencian Community. That is the only necessary condition.

After choosing the desired company and vehicle from the Ministry of Territorial Policy, Public Works and Mobility’s (Conselleria de Movilidad) site, the applicant must fill out a form directly in the shop.

As soon as the request is aproved, the buyer receives the grant at the moment of purchase.

Conditions for the companies participating in the campaign

Monday, the 15th of June, is set to be the date when the membership procedure will be made public. The Ministry will make public a list of companies that are going to participate in the campaign on its site. Interested companies can join through an application developed by the authorities.

No deadline has been set on joining the campaign, merchants are free to join at any time.

The condition they must fulfil is that they have their offices in the Valencian Community.

Information about the grant campaign of  Valencian government

Investments made by the authorities in this campaign go up to 500000 euro.

According to a representative of the authorities „these grants have a double purpose: to promote the use of engineless vehicles, for a more durable mobility, and to support and help businesses in the Valencian Community”.

The procedures for these grants will be applied and managed by the Bicycle Office, a newly created department under the Public Works division of the Ministry of Public Administration.

The Office will concentrate the various initiatives and lines of work to promote the use of bicycles and personal mobility vehicles.

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Source: Las Provincias

Photo taken from: totbikers.com

Tuesday, the 9th of June, the museums Lonja de la Seda, Torres de Serranos and Torres de Quart reopen to the public

Tuesday, the 9th of June, the museums Lonja de la Seda (The Silk Exchange), Torres de Serranos (Serranos Towers) and Torres de Quart (Quart Towers) reopen to the public.

There is no entry fee to the museums mentioned above, it will remain so until payment via the internet is implemented.

Schedule

Currently the schedule will coincide with the rest of the municipal museums in Valencia, as such it will be open the following days:

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10:00 – 14:00.

Friday and Saturday: 10:00 – 14:00 & 15:00 – 19:00.

Sunday: 10:00 – 14:00.

Mondays will be closed.

Tours can be done as an individual or in a group of up to 16 people.

Visiting conditions

Visitors must take heed of certain conditions and respect certain rules in order to access the museums.

Wearing a face mask is mandatory during the whole tour. The minimum safe distance of at least 2 meters must also always be maintained at all times.

For interior access it is also mandatory to use the hydroalcoholic gels that are available at the entrance.

Special visiting corridors have been set up and the instructions of the museum personnel must always be followed.

The limitations put upon the centres and visiting hours are due to the increase in staff, which monitors each centre to ensure that proper hygiene and social distancing regulations are being kept, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other museums reopened

Since the 21st of May 2020, 8 other museums in the municipal chain have been reopened: Benlliure House-Museum, Vicente Blasco Ibáñez House-Museum, La Almoina Archaeological Museum, The Natural Science Museum of Valencia, The City Museum, The Rice Museum, Valencia History Museum and Cervelló Palace.

Online activities started after the closing of museums due to the State of alarm will continue. The #Museuacasa virtual initiative will be maintained via the Cultural Valencia website and municipal social networks. They continue to post daily news and activities happening online, at the suggestion of different centres.

Source of informations: Valenciabonita.es

The photo of the article belongs to the author.

Coronavirus situation. Business hours of supermarkets, hypermarkets, stores and public post

The state of emergency declared on the entire territory of Spain, from Saturday, March 14th, along with the measures disposed by the Government, have affected the normal business hours of some stores, but mostly of the popular chain stores, which have implemented a new schedule adapted to the new situation.

In this article you can find information about the schedule of chain stores (supermarkets, hypermarkets) and also of the public post, in Valencia and other nearby cities.

The changes are made as of today, 16th of March 2020, and will be valid for the entire duration of the emergency state.

The information is gathered from each company’s official website. Some of them did not mention changes from the usual schedule. If you learn about any change, please leave a comment to this article so that everyone can be informed. Thank you.

Mercadona

New schedule: 09:00 – 19:00

– The number of customers that enter at the same time in the store is restricted, in order to comply with the effective norms regarding distance between each person.

– In the Fish sector and at the cash register, the distance between each customer is marked accordingly.

Consum

– New schedule: 10:00 – 20:00

Each customer is limited to buy up to 6 pieces of the same product.

– The number of customers that enter at the same time in the store is restricted, in order to comply with the effective norms regarding distance between each person.

* Mercadona and Consum appeal to customers to not crowd the store in the mornings, and to do their shopping at all hours. The stores guarantee that they will still find the primary commodities on the shelves.

Lidl

The usual schedule, 09:00 – 21:00, including Saturdays and Sundays.

Dia

– Schedule: 09:00 – 21:00, Monday – Saturday

– Offers a 10% discount for each online order. More information on their website.

AhhoraMas

The usual schedule, 10:00 – 15:00 and 17:00 – 20:00

Bon Preu

– The usual schedule: 09:00 – 21:00, Monday – Saturday.

Carrefour

– Schedule:

* Market and Hypermarket: Monday – Saturday: from 09:00 – 22:00, Sunday and public holidays: from 09:00 – 21:30

* Express: Monday – Saturday: from 09:00 – 21:30. Sunday and public holidays: closed.

* Express CEPSA: some are open daily, 24/7, others from 06:00 – 22:00. Check here for each store.

* EESS: Daily, 24/7.

* Check here for each store.

Alcampo

– Schedule: Monday – Saturday: from 09:00 – 23:00

– Please check on their website the schedule for public holidays.

Aldi

– The usual schedule: 09:00 – 21:00. Stores in Burjassot are open until 22:00.

Mercavalència

– Schedule:

* Fish market: Tuesday – Saturday, 03:45 – 08:00

* Fruits and vegetables market: Monday – Friday, 03:45 – 08:00

* Flowers market: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 15:00 – 17:00

– They supply and serve as usual, for the duration of the emergency state with fresh products (meat, fish, fruits, vegetables and others)

– The councillor for trade matters at Town Hall appeals to the customers to be calm, shop in silence and not in excess, but only for immediate, basic needs.

Municipal markets (mercado municipales)

– The usual schedule. You can check here for each market.

El Corte Inglés Group

Only the stores for essential products and food are open. These include Supercor supermarkets, Hipercor hypermarkets and food consumption areas.

Schedule: Monday – Saturday: 10:00 – 20:00, Sunday and public holidays: 11:00 – 20:00.

– Offers online shopping from any sector (first announcement that appears on the group’s website)

Public Post Service (Correos)

The post offices schedule: 09:30 – 12:30, respecting all the protocols set by the health care authorities.

– The personnel number will be restricted to a minimum possible for the service to function normally.

Every company mentioned is reserving the right to modify its schedule and implement new measures, according to the evolution of the situation.

You as well can:

– Buy only as much as you actually need;

– Take the necessary hygiene measures and precautions to prevent a possible contamination;

-Ask your elderly neighbours if they need anything;

– Keep your calm

If you show any symptoms of the virus, do not leave your home and call 900 300 555 (number available in the Valencian Community).

If you want to find out which are the measures taken by the Government for the duration of the emergency state, I recommend the article Coronavirus situation. Measures following state of emergency in Spain

Stay healthy and stay safe!

#MeQuedoEnCasa #QuedateEnCasa

* The photo from this article is the property of the publication lavanguardia.es.

* Sources: La Vanguardia, Las Provincias, each store’s official website.

 

 

 

 

 

Orchata and natural orange juice for free in Valencia, on the 10th and 11th of March

One thousand litres of oorchata and two thousand litres of natural orange juice will be offered in Valencia free of charge, Tuesday, the 10th and Wednesday, the 11th of March, from 12:00 to 14:00 in front of the main entrance to Plaza de Torros.

The event named „Horchatada y Naranjada fallera”, in its 11th edition, it’s being organized by the „Federación de Ocio Turismo Juego Actividades Recreativas”(FOTUR) together with „Denominación de Origen Chufa Valencia”, „Consejo Regulador I.G.P. Cítricos
Valencianos”, the Patronage of Tourism in the Counties of Valencia „València, Turisme”, PRODJ and the ZUMMO company.
A DJ will be present as entertainment and the Patronage of Tourism in the Counties of Valencia. Alsoc, „València, Turisme” will offer free tourism information about Valencia.

What is orchata?

Orchata is the generic name for a variety of beverages primarily made of plant milk, usually cereals.

Valencian horchata is made out of Chufas (the Spanish term for Tiger Nuts). Tiger nuts, also known as yellow nutsedge or earth almonds, are not actually nuts, but rather edible tubers. Orchata is a cold beverage made with water, sugar and wet or ground up tiger nuts.
Chufa is considered a super food due to its incredible nutritional properties. It is rich in minerals(phosphorus, calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron), unsaturated fats, proteins and vitamins(vitamins C and E) and contributes important enzymes which help digestion. Horchata regulates blood pressure and is suitable for people with hypertension, and is also recommended in diets which help lower cholesterol. Due to its lower energy value it is better than soy milk.

Useful information about the event

Schedule:
Tuesday, the 10th of March, between 12:00 and 14:00 – two thousand litres of fresh orange juice.
Wednesday, the 11th of March, between 12:00 and 14:00 – one thousand litres of horchata.
Place:
– The main entrance to Plaza de Torros, Calle Xàtiva, 28, 46004, Valencia

How to reach Plaza de Torros

– By metro, Xàtiva stop, lines 3, 5, 9.
– By EMT bus, lines 5, 32, 73, 81.

– With Valenbisi. A map of the stops can be found here. For the duration of Las Fallas certain Valenbisi stops will be temporarily closed, some of which are next to Plaza de Torros. Below is a list of the closed stops.

International Women’s Day in Valencia 2020

In Valencia, the International Women’s Day will be celebrated this year through multiple activities, as well as street protests.

Craftswomen’s Day

March 7th, at 19:30, at Centro de Artesanía de la Comunidad Valenciana (The Handicraft Centre of the Valencian Community), will be the inauguration of the “Bipolart” exhibit, of artist Verónica Palomares, specialised in cardboard and stone crafting. The exhibit is part of the “Craftswomen’s Day” event, organised by the Handicraft Centre.

Participation is invitation based. You can download the invitation here.

How to reach Centro Centro de Artesanía de la Comunidad Valenciana (The Handicraft Centre of the Valencian Community), can find here.

Feminine mascletà

It’s already become a tradition for a woman to stage the mascletà in Plaza del Ayuntamiento on the 8th of March at 14:00. This year, Reyes Martí will put on a pyrotechnic show, with a duration of 6 minutes, using 150 kilograms (330 pounds) of explosives that by the end, will leave purple smoke in the air.

Piano concert

Also with the occasion of International Women’s Day, Monday, the 9th of March, at 20:00, the National Museum of Pottery „Gozáles Marti” will host a piano concert by Alexandra Segal. Entry is free, limited by the availability of the seats(90).

Carrera 10KFem 2020 

Carrera 10KFem is a 10-kilometre race, which runners must complete in 1 hour and 30 minutes.

All women over 16 can participate in the race.

The race is held on March 8th, and starts at 09:00, from Paseo de la Alameda (at Puente de la Exposición point).

The registration period for participating in the race has ended, but you can still sign-up on the waiting list, here: https://www.carrera10kfem.com/inscripcion/.

On March 6th and 7th, at El Corte Inglés Mall (on Avenida Francia), on the sports gear floor, you can find t-shirts, overalls, and bags related to the race.

At the end of the race, every participant will go on a different path, depending on her performance, like so:

  • Elite Aisle: for runners that finish in less than 45 minutes.
  • Below 60 Aisle: for runners that finish in less than 1 hour.
  • 60+ Aisle: for runners that finish between 1 hour – 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Protests of the Feminist Movement in Valencia

Starting at 22:00, March 7th, in Plaza de la Virgen, the Feminist Movement in Valencia will hold a series of activities like music shows, (theatre) plays, feminist boardgames, muixeranga workshops (human pyramid tradition).

On March 8th, there will be a march for gender equality. The march will start at 18:00, form Lluis Vives Institute (Carrer Xativa, 46002, Valencia).

* The photo from the article is the official poster of “Dia de la Dona” Festival

* Sources: www.okdiario.com, www.valenciabonita.es, www.visitvalencia.com

 

Las Fallas 2020. Cant de l’Estoreta Velleta, children’s contest, Sunday, March 8th

Sunday, the 8th of March, at 10:00, in Plaza del Carmen, Carmen district, will take place the „Cant de l’Estoreta Velleta” contest.

What is about „Cant de l’Estoreta Velleta”

The contest is a tradition that dates back to the ‘60s, when fallers, members of Falla Plaza del Árbol, decided to retrace some their childhood moments. It was the beginning of spring when carpenters and other locals were cleaning their houses, throwing away old things into the streets, that they would burn, come the day of the patron of the guild, Saint Joseph.

Children were walking the streets, dragging an old carpet after them (“estoreta veletta” means “old carpet” in Valencian), in which they gathered the scraps and other things being thrown away. Their enjoyment came from stacking all the things together in order to burn them. To garner attention whilst walking the streets they sang a popular song, which in time became a faller anthem.

* Foto source: www.valenciablancoynegro.blogspot.com.es/ and valenciabonita.es

Its chorus is now well known: „¿Hi ha una estoreta velleta/per a la falla de Sant Josep,/del tio Pep…?” (Do you have some old stuff/For Saint Joseph’s falla/from uncle Pep…?).

In order for the event to be even more evocative of ancient Valencia, participants wear typical Valencian costumes from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Beginning with 1962 the Cant de l’Estoreta Velleta contest takes place annually, in Plaza del Carmen. Participants are children that represent different moments in the social life of late 19th and early 20th centuries Valencia.

Useful information

What: „Cant de l’Estoreta Velleta” contest for children

When: Sunday, the 8th of March, at 10:00

Where: Plaza del Carmen

Access: Free to anyone.

The event will be presided over by the Fallera Mayor Infantil 2020 and her Court of Honour.

Traffic warning: Between 08:00 and 15:00 traffic will be diverted in the area of the Blanquerías, Padre Huérfanos streets and the Serranos Towers.

How to reach Plaza del Carmen

– EMT buses, lines 5, 28, 95 (Torres dels Serrans – Comte de Trénor stop)

– By walking, passing by Ponte del Fusta, from the EMT bus stop, lines 6, 16, 26, 28, 79, 94, 95 (Cronista Rivelles – Santa Amàlia stop)

– By walking, from Plaza de la Reina, reachable by EMT bus lines 4, 8, 9, 11, 16, 28, 70. More info about getting around the city by EMT bus here

– With Valenbisi, the closest stop being at the Serranos Towers. Find a map of the Valenbisi stops here

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* Sources: fallaplazadelarbol.es, valenciabonita

* The articles foto are from my personal archive, from 2017 the previuos years contest.

Las Fallas 2020. Cabalgata del Ninot. Parade of the main figurines of the monuments, Saturday, the 7th of March

Saturday, the 7th of March beginning at 17:30, will take place Cabalgata del Ninot 2020 . This manifestation is a parade of the figurines presented in the Ninot exposition, considered representative of a monument (falla).

The parade is in fact a contest which focuses on the originality of the represented idea, the satirical message, rhythm and choreography, costumes, and also ease of understanding, without the need for an explanation.

Beginning with 2019, Cabalgata del Ninot has included a new concept: the representation of a certain part of the monument through a show of music and choreography.

Cabalgata del Ninot is organized by the Junta Central Fallera. 10 fallera committees will be present at Cabalgata del Ninot 2020.

They are as follows:

  • Quart-Palomar
  • García Lorca-Oltá
  • Ramiro de Maeztu-Leones
  • Albacete-Marvá
  • Periodista Gil Sumbiela-Azucena
  • Dr. Gil y Morte-Dr. Vila Barberá
  • Archiduque Carlos-Xiva
  • Alcácer-Yátova

Useful information:

What: Cabalgata del Ninot 2020

When: Saturday, the 7th of March at 17:30

Where: Beginning from Jardines de Glorieta, continuing onto Calle de la Paz, San Vicente Martír, Plaza del Ayuntamiento, Marqués de Sotelo and ending in Calle de Xàtiva.

Traffic warning: Traffic will be closed beginning with 16:30 on the streets mentioned above.

How to reach Glorieta:

– Metro, lines 3, 5, 7, 9 until Alameda, followed by a 250-metre walk. More info about getting around using the metro can be found here.

– EMT buses lines 5, 6, 9, 11, 16, 26, 28 until Tetuan stop. More info about getting around the city with EMT buses.

– Using Valenbisi from stops close to Tetuan Plaza and El Partere. Find a map of Valenbisi stops here.

Sources: www.deceroadoce.es, www.fallas.com

Here a short movie i made at Cabalgata del Ninot 2017:

* Images are from previous Cabalgata del Ninot, provided from my personal archive.

 

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. 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.