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The Best Fallas Monuments of 2019
20 March 2019

Once again Fallas is over and yet another roaring success for the City of Valencia, but for those who didn't manage to go this year, here is a video and some photos of the best monuments before they went up in flames!

This year the First Prize was won by  L'Antiga de Campanar.

 

 

 



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The Fallas of Valencia - What it's all about?
15 March 2019

  

Fallas in Valencia is in full swing..... A festival that is attracting more and more people every year. I must admit the first time I came to Valencia and saw “Fallas” I was blown away, excuse the pun, as I was amazed at how much money literally went up in flames and the sheer quantity of gunpowder that was used in fireworks and bangers throughout the streets, literally millions and millions of euros. One of the most expensive Fallas was that of Nou Campanar in 2008, yes before the crisis, which cost €900,000 for a papier-mâché statue which was 30 meters tall, admittedly it was incredible and towered above the neighbourhood. However it made it back in visiting fees. These sculptures are so big that they actually have routes paved out so you can travel through them and see all the details close up. Over 370 full-scale fallas and 368 children’s fallas are mounted throughout the city, and many of these reach extravagant heights. Photos do not do them justice at all. It is something that must be seen in the flesh to really take in its magnitude and artistic creativity. They are well and truly works of art, which take a year to build and 20 minutes to burn to the ground.

Well in excess of €4 million euros are spent by the Valencians on bangers and firecrackers which are constantly being blown up day and night throughout the month of March. However when you look at the big picture, the direct and indirect economic impact of Fallas for Valencia is well over 600 million euros, so it is certainly well worth it for the local economy. Long live the Fallas! I must admit no one throws a party like the Valencians do! Nonetheless the vast majority of the Valencianos under 40 have no real idea why they are celebrating Fallas they just do! So To open this diary I thought I would do a little research into the real origin and give you all who don’t know this festival an insight into what going on Valencia from the 1st of March through to the 19th.

Like many Spanish festivals, Las Fallas was, in its origin, a simple pagan ritual that celebrated the Spring Equinox and the subsequent coming of summer. The religious undertones and celebratory association with Saint José, the patron saint of carpenters, was added later by Spain's ultra-Catholic leaders. The history goes a little something like this:

In 15th-century Valencia, as autumn crept in and the days began to get shorter, artisans and carpenters had to spend the last few hours of the work day working by the light of oil lamps hung from crafted wooden "parots." When spring arrived, the days naturally became longer and it was evident that the pleasant days of spring and summer were just around the corner. No longer needing the lamps, artisans took to ceremoniously burning the "parots," standing them up in the middle of wood shavings, extra cuts of lumber and old junk accumulated with spring cleaning.

Over time, these workers added a creative touch to the ritual, decorating the lamp post with rags and a hat, thus giving it semblances of a doll or human form; these figures, often depicting someone from the neighborhood, that came to be known as a Ninot Falla (Doll Fire). The evolution of the festival of Las Fallas as we know it today took place during the second half of the 18th century. At this point, during the morning of 18 March, rag dolls were strung across city streets from window to window, or small platforms were set up against walls displaying one or two figures (ninots) that referred to an event or to certain individuals that were particularly deserving of public derision. Throughout the day, children and young people collected objects to be burnt on these bonfires called “fallas”. All were burnt the evening before St. Joseph's Day in the midst of much celebration.

The next day, devout Valencians and carpenters attended their local churches in honour of their patron saint. Families also celebrated the saint's day for anyone called José (also known as Pepe) with cakes, fritters and anisette. It was a time of widespread, neighbourly festivities.

The first documentation concerning the fallas is an official letter sent to the mayor of the city of Valencia prohibiting the placing of monuments (especially of a theatrical nature) in narrow streets close to facades. This measure adopted by the city's police for the purpose of fire prevention led the inhabitants to set up their fallas only in wide streets or at crossroads and in squares and, unexpectedly, led in the long term to an important transformation. Although the fallas continued to have a horizontal, theatrical structure made up of two parts (a platform and a scene arranged on it), they started to be placed on wheels so that they could be moved to the centre of a street or square. As they were no longer placed against a wall, the design changed to make it possible to view them from all sides. This created much greater freedom of construction and invited the inclusion of messages all round them.

For a long time, the term falla was used indistinctly for the torches, bonfires, rag dolls and platforms, but gradually the term came to be restricted to the satirical pyres that exposed vices or prejudices to public scorn. These fallas gave rise to great expectation and the local inhabitants came en masse to view them. The structure was usually prismatic and erected on a square, wooden base decorated with painted frames and canvases or panels to conceal the combustible materials underneath. The figures included in the scenes were usually dressed with old clothes. As with the popular theatrical performances of the miracles of St. Vincent, these satirical fallas usually came with verses that were hung on nearby walls or on the pedestals and that related to the subject of the falla. By the middle of the 19th century, these verses started to be printed and bound, giving rise to the booklet called the llibret. This made it possible to develop the subject much further.

The special characteristic of the satirical fallas is that they represent a reprehensible social action or attitude. They have a specific subject and aim to criticise or ridicule. They are more than mere bonfires or pyres because they show scenes referring to people, events or collective behaviour that their makers - the falleros - consider should be criticised or corrected. The two most popular subjects for falleros in the 1850s were eroticism and social criticism.

In 1858, the falleros in the Plaza del Teatro were officially prohibited from erecting a moving falla with a direct allusion to social inequality with verses written by Josep María Bonilla, but they went ahead all the same the following year. The press gave the name of "erotic falla" or "anti-conjugal tendency" to the many fallas that alluded to racy or risqué subjects with verses using double-entendres that reflected a hedonistic, lewd mentality. Bernat i Baldiví wrote llibrets on such subjects but the best-known is that written by Blai Bellver for the falla in the Plaza de la Trinidad in Xativa in 1866. This was called "The Cross of Marriage" and was severely condemned by the Archbishop.

Throughout the 19th century, the Town Council and the authorities in general tended to disapprove of these fallas. Their policy of repression, which aimed to modernise and civilise the city's customs by eradicating popular celebrations such as the Carnival and the Fallas, was applied with rigour during the 1860s when heavy taxes were levied on permits for setting up fallas or playing music. This led to a reaction in defence of local traditions and, in 1887, the magazine La Traca awarded prizes to the best fallas. The initiative was continued by an association called Lo Rat Penat. This explicit support from civil society provoked competitiveness amongst the different neighbours' committees, stimulating fervour for the fallas and encouraging artistic creation. Criticism did not disappear from the subjects of the fallas (in some cases, it was politically radical) but a new trend arose favouring formal structural and aesthetic concerns.

Eventually, though rather reluctantly, the City Council of Valencia took over from Lo Rat Penat and awarded the first municipal awards for the fallas at the end of the festivities - one for 100 pesetas, and another for 50 pesetas. The social climate was not only in favour of this initiative but demanded it. A wide range of organisations was involved - cultural, recreational, civic, sporting, political and for workers - and all of these helped to promote the fallas during the first decade of the century. In return, the fallas increasingly devoted their attention to exalting local values, resulting in a growing association between the festivities and Valencia as their centre. From the start of the 20th century, the fallas no longer maintained the dual structure of platform and scene. A new concept took over in which the figures were no longer the most important part. The fallas now basically comprised three different elements - a low base with various platforms for the different scenes, a central body holding up the monument and a top.

The latter usually comprised a large, allegorical figure, condensing the topic of the whole falla and summarising the scenes below it.

The falla did not only contain a scene set against a background but content was expressed in the whole of the sculpture and had to be deciphered by walking all round the falla looking at it from top to bottom. Fallas had become lavish, majestic and imposing - large enough to be seen from a distance. The competitiveness introduced by the awards meant that the artists strove to produce monumental, elaborate creations.

In 1927, the Valencia Atracción association for the promotion of tourism organised the first Falla Train to bring emigrants from Valencia living in other Spanish provinces back to their home town for the festivities. This was so successful that Valencian society became even more devoted to its fallas and the number of monuments constructed grew and grew. The festivities soon came to require better organisation. The General Association for the Valencian Fallas and the Central Fallas Committee were created to represent the commissions and to organise the celebrations.

An article published in 1935 by Y. Llopis Piquer and entitled "How the fallas are prepared" describes the production of a falla in detail.

"The most important elements are: cardboard, plaster and wax, without forgetting the wood of the frames and the metal mesh covered with sacking for the large figures."

Using these simple materials, the Valencian artists emulate the large, long-lasting creations of sculptors, showing their skill in the production of grandiose monuments.

The most difficult and complex task is the construction of moulds for the heads. These are based on clay models which are then cast in plaster and subsequently in wax to give heads that are then completed by adding a moustache, a squint or a sneering expression to give a non-human touch and turn them into the characters featured in the falla.

The bodies are easier to build. The cardboard is pressed while wet onto plaster moulds and then shaped, an essential skill for any up-and-coming falla artist. And a further clay mould is made resulting in yet another human incarnation which will then be completed with physical distortions and material additions. This is the basic method used for turning out the multiple characters of the fallas.

The most difficult part is to paint the wax. There are few artists who are capable of injecting life into the figures by the use of colour but, by dint of experience and perseverance, miracles take place. What still remains to be done? The bodies are then placed on a wooden strut which serves to attach lightweight materials such as straw, cloth, sawdust and wax. The figures are finally erected on the actual day of the plantá when the fallas are placed in their final locations and the frames and mouldings are hammered on. Once in the streets, the figures blend with city life and, in the night-time darkness, observers can be forgiven for not being able to distinguish between what is real and what is fantastic.

It is no exaggeration to say that almost every street corner has its own falla and fallas commission. During the festivities, Valencian women wear their best traditional clothes and parade through the streets in colourful pageantry under their fallas standards to the sound of regional music.

 

 

At midday, each falla stages its own daytime-fireworks display, harmonizing the booming sounds of rockets with the smell of gunpowder. They are basically synchronised explosions that vibrate through the entire city, it sounds like a war zone!

At night there are spectacular fireworks displays that brighten up the night-time sky.

The flower offering to the patron saint of Valencia, Our Lady of the Forsaken, (la Ofrenda) is staged on two consecutive days. Thousands and thousands of flowers are placed over a wooden structure that serves as the framework upon which her image is formed. This is located in front of the Basilica and the entire Plaza is perfumed with the fragrance of endless bouquets of flowers. Almost 100,000 Valencians take part in the procession.

 

 

And of course, every day at five o´clock in the afternoon there is an important bullfight within the framework of the March Bullfighting Fair. On the night of the 19th, Valencians burn down their creations, saving only what is known as the "Ninot Indultat", or the “reprieved figurine”, which becomes a museum piece. The children’s fallas are burnt at ten in the evening, with the exception of the first prize in the children’s category, which is set alight at 22:30 and the city council children’s falla, which goes up in flames at eleven.

 At twelve o’clock midnight, preceded by a grand fireworks display, the large fallas are set to the torch.

The entire city is filled with flaming fallas. At 12:30am the first prize Falla is burnt and at 01:00am at night the Falla in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento is set alight, symbolically finishing for another whole year this semi-pagan, semi-patriotic, semi-religious fiesta that stirs the hearts of the Valencians.

 On the day after the ‘night of fire’, a few marks on the asphalt are all that remains of the falla that stood so proudly the night before. The town council spends all night cleaning the City and removing the rubbish and the remains. It is almost a military event, synchronised to perfection. The following day you would never have guessed what happened the night before. On this very same day, the next fallas campaign gets under way.

 

Each falla elects their own “Fallas Queen” from among the Fallas Maidens who form the court of honour for that particular Falla. Towards the end of the year, they present one of these ladies - not necessarily their Fallas Queen - in the competition from which the judges will choose the thirteen Valencian women who will make up the court of honour for the Valencian Fallas Queen; “Fallera Mayor” of the entire city of Valencia. Children’s fallas follow the same process.

The Fallas are a feast to which people from all walks of life can contribute. No one, even if they try, can come to Valencia during this time of year and stay on the sidelines. The catafalques are there in the street. The parades never end, whether the falleros happen to be marching to collect their prizes, offering flowers, coming to the deafening midday sound fireworks sessions, seeing fireworks at night, or listening to outdoor concerts in the streets. Food and drink are everywhere, with typical pastry stands on every corner. The noise is sometimes too much for people used to quieter quarters, but there is no doubt about it. Valencia welcomes everyone with open arms and encourages everyone to join in with the festivities. So as the days go by I will be posting Mascletas, Photos of Fallas as and when they go up, and anything else related to this unique and fantastic festivity.

 

 

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The building and burning of a prize-winning Falla
23 March 2018


If you have never seen a Falla being erected or being burnt, it is something that is well worth seeing. A year's work for 5 days of glory and then it all goes up in flames.

In translation, la plantà means something like “finishing touches”. It is actually the moment when the Falla’s top part is finally put in place. Since the Fallas are higher and more spectacular every year, the positioning of these pieces has become a difficult task which may take several days and which is observed with great expectation by dozens of onlookers.
Over time, the expression has become generalised: the “plantà” is now taken to be the exact moment when the Falla is completely finished and ready to be visited, with all its “
ninots”, posters and various details (grass, lights, explanatory signs, etc.)

This takes place on the night of March 15th. You can see the video of the ‘Plantá’ of this year’s First Prize Winner below: Falla Convento Jerusalén

In contrast to the Plantà, which marks the proper start of the Fallas Festival, the Cremà marks its finish.
It is probably the most popular event internationally and the one that gives the concept of “Fallas Fiesta” its full meaning: the monuments are exhibited in the street to be burnt. That is their fate and, at the same time, their grandeur.

In the small hours between the 19th and 20th of March, enormous pyres burn around the whole city. The splendid monuments, which a few hours before stood proudly in the streets and squares, are reduced to ashes amidst the clamour of hundreds of people who attend the ritual every year.

Symbolically, the “Falleros” throw everything that is considered to be superfluous, harmful or simply unusable onto the bonfire and, by doing so, aim to make a new start and regenerate the spirit. This objective has always been the basis of this kind of pagan rite, since ancient times. Below you can  see the burning of this year’s First Prize Winning Falla: Falla Convento Jerusalén 

 

 

Planta Convento Jerusalén - How a Falla is erected

 

The Burning of the Falla Convento Jerusalén - Part 1 & 2



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Essential 'FALLAS' Vocabulary
16 March 2018

Las Fallas is a huge festival, with many different elements. To learn a little more, read this glossary:

Fallas Committees

The Junta Central Fallera (or Fallas Central Board) is its governing body and organizes all official events. Every monument is set up by an association called a “comisión fallera” (Fallas Committee), managed by its members, the “Falleros”.

The Fallas Committees are groups in charge of organising and setting up the Fallas Fiesta. They take their names from the intersection of streets or squares where they set up their Fallas monument.

Every year, each Committee appoints its top representative for the Fallas Fiesta: its own “Fallera Mayor”. The other women in the group make up the Court of Honour that accompanies her in the Fallas week’s events. Likewise, each Committee has a Children’s Section, which is represented by its own “Fallera Mayor Infantil”.

At present, there are more than 400 Fallas Committees listed officially in the city of Valencia, and a similar number again scattered all over the Region of Valencia, and the total number of Falleros and Falleras easily surpasses a hundred thousand people.

 

Falleras Mayores

 

The two “Falleras Mayores de Valencia” (one adult and one child) are the queens of the fiesta, the official representatives of the entire Fallas organisation. The child selected bears the title of “Fallera Mayor Infantil de Valencia”.
These titles have reached a considerable level of importance and they frequently appear at the city’s most significant events throughout the year.

 

Artista Fallero

The enormous number of professionals that depend directly or indirectly on the Fallas Fiesta gives an idea of how large and important it has become for the city.

One of the most interesting places to visit to get a better idea of these artists’ work is the “Ciudad del Artista Fallero”, a number of huge workshops where the Fallas monuments are constructed. The whole year round, it sees a frenzy of ongoing work and it is common to find dozens of curious onlookers, interested in seeing for themselves how a Falla is made.

Apart from the “artista fallero”, there are other professions associated directly with the fiesta: there are regional shops, jewellers, hairdressers specialized in the Valencian hairstyle, shoe shops, textile factories (particularly those making silk), and fireworks manufacturers.

 

Fallas

 

Falla is the name given to each one of the gigantic, sculpted structures of cardboard, wood and sometimes cork, which humorously portray events and personalities.

Every monument has a subject-matter, or general theme. On that basis, the artist plays with intentions and ideas, using the subject as a pretext to portray what he or she wants to say.

Even though they are colossal monuments (they can exceed 20 metres in some cases), the most spectacular thing about the Fallas is the way they combine sculpture, carpentry, engineering, painting and, in particular, creativity and humour.

A Falla does not only consider style, composition and modelling. A fundamental role is also played by ingenuity and humour. These are the Fallero terms to define the wit and irony of the artists or writers who devise a monument, when portraying the most significant current events or ferociously criticizing what they consider most deserves it.

The Fallas monuments are distributed in sections, according to their size and budget (costs can range from €6,000 to €600,000).

 

Ninots

The ninots are the individual figures that make up the scenes in the Fallas monuments. At the beginning of February, each Committee donates its best ninot to an exhibition that is open to the public up until the day of the plantà (see below) when each figure is collected by its Committee and taken back to the Fallas monument it belongs to on a noisy and colourful parade with whistles and brass bands.

 

Cabalgata del Ninot

 

A parody parade where the participating Committees dress up to portray famous personalities or current events in a critical or satiric way, playing with double meanings or even provocation. This parade takes no political sides and has no taboos: any institution, person or event currently in the public eye can become the subject of criticism. As a result, it is seen as a Falla on the move with its “human Ninots”.

 

Cabalgata del Ninot Infantil

Here it is the children who make up the amusing, colourful, lively parades. Although its themes obviously don’t reach the same levels of mordacity as its elder namesake, this cavalcade also includes a fair dose of satire and humour, more suited to the public it is aimed at.

Each visitor to this exhibition has the chance to vote for the ninot that he or she likes best: whether because of its originality or its design. When the time comes to close the exhibition, the votes are added up and the ninot with the largest number of votes is saved from the flames: this ninot indultat will have the honour of being the only ninot in all of Valencia that will not burn on the night of the 19th.

 

Cabalgata Folclórica Internacional

With the Fallas in full swing, the city centre welcomes communities and groups from around the world to portray their customs, folklore and celebrations. It is a dynamic festival that combines music and colour with elements of tradition and culture.

 

La Crida

 

La Crida marks the official opening of the Fallas Festival. Crowds of onlookers and all the Fallas Committees gather beneath the Serranos Towers, one of historical Valencia’s best-known monuments, usually on the last Sunday in February.

After a spectacular inaugural display of light, sound, music and fireworks, the “Fallera Mayor” of Valencia (elected festival queen), surrounded by her Court of Honour and the city authorities, invites everyone to enjoy the imminent fiesta, proclaiming its excellence and virtues.

 

Despertà

This refers to the act of waking up the neighbourhood. How? Very simple: by setting off hundreds of firecrackers first thing in the morning. The “Falleros” come out into the streets at dawn, armed with a kind of local firecracker known as “tró de bac”, which has no fuse and is set off by throwing it at the ground, making a very loud bang.

 

Mascletà

Like a concert of gunpowder: pyrotechnicians carefully study the rhythm of firework sequences, launches and whistles, combining them in a spectacular crescendo that concludes with the “terremoto” (earthquake): hundreds of “masclets” exploding on the ground simultaneously.

The City Council of Valencia organizes a calendar of “mascletaes” from the 1st of March to St. Joseph’s Day (19th March), at the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, the city’s urban centre. At 2pm thousands and thousands of people congregate there, every day.

 

Nit del Foc

(literally “Night of Fire”), this pyrotechnical festival takes place on the night between the 18th and the 19th March and acts as a preamble to the main day of the Fallas.

 

Ofrenda de Flores a la Virgen de los Desamparados

 

A floral offering to the Kingdom of Valencia’s patron saint, Our Lady of the Forsaken. All the Fallas Committees take part in this event, decked out in their finest, to present their bouquets of flowers to the enormous image of the Virgin which stands in the centre of the plaza named after her, overlooked by her Basilica.

A parade of thousands upon thousands of “Falleras” and “Falleros” fills the city streets, wearing regional costumes and adding to the visual charm with the colours of the flowers. Each Committee brings its own music band and, in some cases, a spectacular basket with the most original and creative floral decorations.

Because of their incredible numbers of participants, the Offering is held on two days (17th and 18th March) and, for many reasons, it has now become the Fallas week’s central event.

La Plantà

In translation, la plantà means something like “finishing touches”. It is actually the moment when the Falla’s top part is finally put in place. Since the Fallas are higher and more spectacular every year, the positioning of these pieces has become a difficult task which may take several days and which is observed with great expectation by dozens of onlookers.

Over time, the expression has become generalised: the “plantà” is now taken to be the exact moment when the Falla is completely finished and ready to be visited, with all its “ninots”, posters and various details (grass, lights, explanatory signs, etc.)

This takes place on the night of March 15th.

 

Cabalgata del Fuego

(Fire Parade) takes to the streets of Valencia in the evening of 19th March.

Fire is the fiesta’s symbolic spirit and the Fallas’ final destination. This is a colourful, noisy event, with floats, people in costumes, rockets, gunpowder, street performances, music – all at nightfall, as the time approaches for the Ninots to be consumed by flames.

 

Cremà

 

In contrast to the Plantà, which marks the proper start of the Fallas Festival, the Cremà marks its finish.

It is probably the most popular event internationally and the one that gives the concept of “Fallas Fiesta” its full meaning: the monuments are exhibited in the street to be burnt. That is their fate and, at the same time, their grandeur.

In the small hours between the 19th and 20th of March, enormous pyres burn around the whole city. The splendid monuments, which a few hours before stood proudly in the streets and squares, are reduced to ashes amidst the clamour of hundreds of people who attend the ritual every year.

Symbolically, the “Falleros” throw everything that is considered to be superfluous, harmful or simply unusable onto the bonfire and, by doing so, aim to make a new start and regenerate the spirit. This objective has always been the basis of this kind of pagan rite, since ancient times.

 

Verbenas


In each neighbourhood The Fallas Committees organize a large number of street parties known as Verbenas, where locals meet to dance and have a good time. Everyone who wants to join in is given a warm welcome, so they are ideal for visitors, who are sure to find a friendly, laid-back atmosphere.

Now you are ready for Fallas!

 

 

 

 

 



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Street Lighting Winners Fallas 2018
12 March 2018

Valencia loves doing things to the extreme, especially in Fallas and street lighting is no different. One particular area in Valencia has taken street lighting to another level where they compete year in and year out for the most spectacular lighting show. If you haven’t seen this before it is quite something.

The first time I saw these streets decorated I was literally blown away and it is something that I always try and make an effort to see each year. The neighbourhood of Ruzafa is literally another world in Fallas. The millions of light bulbs, now LEDs, used to dress the street is breath-taking and I have no idea how the locals manage to get any sleep if they don’t have shutters, the sheer amount of light given off is blinding and puts most Christmas decorations to shame!

Just the other day was the official “lighting” of the streets and the crowds united to see the favourites, Calle Cuba-Litorato Azorin and Calle Sueca-Litorato Azorin, two eternal rivals in this competition. However, the winner was announced and this year there was a surprise winner: Calle Cuba-Puerto Rico. The second and third prize was taken by the all-time favourite respectively. I must admit I haven't seen the light show which won the first prize yet and from the photos, it doesn't seem as impressive as the other contenders but my opinion will have to wait until I get to see it in person....I'll update this post later.

First prize

Lights Falla Cuba-Puerto-Rico 2018

 

Second Prize

Lights Falla Cuba-Literato 2018.

 

 

Third Prize

Lights Falla Sueca-Literato Azorín 2018

 

Fourth Prize

Lights Falla Malvarrosa-Ponz-Cavite 2018

 

Daytime fireworks display - daily for a month!

Mascletà Sunday 11 Marzo 2018 



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Fallas 2017 - Winners
14 March 2017

Inscribed in 2016 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, The Fallas of Valencia is finally being recognised fro what it is. One of the most spectacular festivals in the world. 

 

 

Valencia loves doing things to the extreme, especially in Fallas and street lighting is no different. One particular area in Valencia has taken street lighting to another level where they compete year in and year out for the most spectacular lighting show. If you haven’t seen this before it is quite something. 

The first time I saw these streets decorated I was literally blown away and it is something that I always try and make an effort to see each year. The neighbourhood of Ruzafa is literally another world in Fallas. The millions of light bulbs, now LEDS, used to dress the street is breath-taking.

Just the other day was the official “lighting” of the streets and the crowds united to see the favourites, Calle Cuba -Litorato Azorin and Calle Sueca-Litorato Azorin, two eternal rivals in this competition however this year there was competition from another neighbourhood which stole second place!  The winner was announced and Calle Cuba managed to hold onto their crown from last year but Calle Sueca their most direct rival was knocked off its perch by last year's new-comer Malvarossa who clinched second prize..... Watch the videos and see for yourself…..

 

First Prize - Calle Cuba - Litorato Azorin

 

Second Prize - Avenida Malvarossa

 

The winners of the Special Section prize were L'Antiga Campanar with this enormous 22-metre Falla with 30 figures and a budget of 175,000 euros. This Falla represents a beautiful lady who, aided by her stylists, seduces a wealthy gentleman while he does the same with her, while around him different figures represent other seductions, from the first seduction to other more everyday seductions sucha as music or the gym.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is a special mascletá which was held in the town square recently...

Nightime Mascletá - 11 March



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Fallas Street Lighting Winners 2016
17 March 2016

Just the other day was the official “lighting” of the streets, and the crowds united to see the favourites to win, Calle Cuba -Litorato Azorin and Calle Sueca-Litorato Azorin, two eternal rivals in this competition. The winner was announced and Calle Cuba managed to claw back their crown from the previous winners Calle Sueca after two years. A new-comer to the lighting competition came in this year and took third prize, Malvarossa neighbourhood, which also did a fantastic job. Watch the videos and see for yourself…..

 

 

First Prize - Calle Cuba

 

Second Prize -  Calle Sueca

 

Third Prize - Avd. Malvarossa



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Fallas 2015 - The Winners
18 March 2015

Renowned artists, painters, and sculptors take great care in designing and constructing the enormous fallas – some tower up to 30 meters high! – that dominate Valencia's public squares and open spaces every year. You won't be able to keep a straight face, admiring the masterfully-created, colourful fallas(monuments) depicting celebrities, politicians, and current events of the past year in a toungue-in-cheek manner that sits halfway between a scathing satire and sardonic humor.

While awards and prizes identify the best fallas and their creators, these crafty individuals tirelessly work for months fully aware that the fruits of their talents and labors will meet their end as piles of discarded ash. At midnight on March 19 the city quite literally lights up as the 370 large fallas and 368 smaller infantile fallas burst into colorful flames.

While the week-long fiesta certainly revolves around the axis of the fallas and their eventual ignition, it also sparks the participation of the entire city. Valencian women pass through the city donning traditional regional costumes, music brightens the atmosphere, fireworks explode in the sky, and a general sense of merriment and partying fills the streets around the clock.

Here are the winners for 2015:

 

1er Prize Street Lighting - Falla Sueca Literato Azorín - 2015.

 

2nd Prize Street Lighting - Falla Cuba Literato Azorín - Fallas Valencia 2015

 

Plaza del Pilar - 1st Prize  Monument 2015

 

L'Antiga de Campanar - 2nd Prize Monument  2015

 

Cridá Show - Opening of Fallas



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Fallas is back with a vengeance - A Mascletà like never before
03 March 2015

This year celebrates the 75th anniversary of the "Central Fallera", the main organising body of the fallas in Valencia. And to mark the occasion Amstel lager sponsored the largest aerial mascletá ever topping 3500kg of gun powder, 500kg more than the previous record. For those of you who have experienced a mascleta in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento of Valencia before will have an idea of how ridiculously big this mascleta was, when I say it was 15 times bigger than the average mascletá held in the centre of Valencia!  

Obviously it drew in the crowds and thousands of people went to see it. It had to be held in the old river bed as the force and size of the event was so much that it would have been extremely dangerous to do in the town square, as would normally be done.

There are few words to describe such a crazy event so it is best just to see it for yourself.... don't miss the last 30 seconds!

 



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2014 Fallas Winners
21 March 2014

These are the winners for this years Fallas:

 

2nd Place Street Lighting

 

1st Place Street Lighting

 

The winning Monument :

1st Prize Fallas 2014



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