A piece of Valencia in Madrid

By | 30 November, 2021 | 0 comments

A piece of Valencia has landed in Madrid this autumn and will remain here until January 2022. It’s an exhibition dedicated to Las Fallas, hosted by the Centro de Arte Tomás y Valiente (CEART) in Fuenlabrada, less than half an hour drive from our hotel.

Las Fallas is the festival par excellence in the Valencian Community. Along with Hogueras, which is held in summer and showcases the best of the province of Alicante, Las Fallas attracts thousands of visitors every spring, though this year it has been held in September owing to the coronavirus crisis.

These papier-mâché monuments—which typically depict a moment in current affairs or politics—have been in construction since the beginning of the year. They will be displayed in all their splendour in mid-March, before disappearing on the day of the cremà, with the occasional reprieve.

Its origins date back to ancient carpenters who, on the eve of their patron saint, Saint Joseph, burned everything that was no longer useful in their workshops. The festival has evolved into how it’s known today, and it has become an Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

If you haven’t yet been—and even if you have—you can visit the exhibition in Fuenlabrada, where works from Valencian Fallas museums are on display and where you can admire costumes, posters as well as pardoned pieces, such as the one from 2019 and others dedicated to Charles Chaplin or the comedians Tip and Coll.

At the end of the exhibition, the plan is to hold a cremà to faithfully honour the Valencian tradition, so don’t miss out now or in January 2022.

This exhibition is aimed at the young and old alike, with workshops and Fallas creation activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Categories: Madrid Eventos