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.

Live music concert playing action and superhero movie soundtracks

On Saturday, the 22nd of February 2020, from 12:00 to 14:00, in Plaza de la Virgen, will take place a live music concert where soundtracks from famous action and superhero movies will be played.

Music from movies like Batman, Spiderman, Star Wars, The Pirates of the Caribbean, Frozen, Indiana Jones, The Incredibles, songs composed by Enio Morricone, and many others, will be played live by The Orchestra of the Musical Association „San Luis Fuente Carrera”, formed of over 60 instrumentalists.

At the event will also participate cosplayers from the Obi Wan Club (a cosplayer is a person that dresses up as movie, books or video games characters, especially from Japanese ones). Kids dressed as their favorite characters are welcomed!

The concert is organized as part of the inauguration of the Salón del Cómic Valencia 2020 (Valencia Comic Book Hall 2020). This is a festive, cultural act, that reunites the national and international comic books, audiovisuals and video games industries.

Salón del Cómic Valencia will take place between the 28th of February – 1st of March, at Feria Valencia, Hall 7.

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

Useful information about the live music concert

When: Saturday, the 22nd of February 2020, from 12:00 to 14:00

Where: Plaza de la Virgen

Who: The Orchestra of the Musical Association „San Luis Fuente Carrera”

What: Live music concert playing famous action and superhero movie soundtracks. Cosplay event that welcomes kids dressed as their favorite characters.

Participation Fee: Free access

 

How to reach Plaza de la Virgen:

By walking or by using the public transport from one of the bus stops below:

– Plaza de la Reina, EMT buses, lines: 4, 8, 9, 11, 16, 28, 70;

– Marqués de Dosaigües – Pau, EMT buses, lines: 6, 26, 31;

– Torres dels Serrans – Comte de Trénor, EMT buses, lines: 5, 28, 95.

 

* The photo from the article is property of the online publication https://www.valenciabonita.es.