Diary of Events 2018

Santa Tecla is coming!


Santa Tecla is coming!

After the main festival of summer, most of the habitants and tourists of Sitges have already returned to their corresponding routines and said goodbye to the holidays until next year. However, the September party is about to arrive and, even though we have entered into the life of work and studies, each year it gives us that last summer memory to be able to endure all winter with energy: Santa Tecla!

If you still didn’t know this party, we think that the best way to describe it is like a reduced and familiar version of the August festival. Being September, the spectators are reduced to habitants of the town and surroundings since most of the tourists have left, and therefore it becomes a much more comfortable, quieter and therefore more pleasant party, especially for the children.

All the popular dances and all the groups that act in the main party act but also join the children’s groups, which have been practicing for months to execute their best outings. Apart from the traditional, there is also a long list of related and parallel activities such as concerts, workshops, vermouths … for more than a week!

Then we leave part of the program, a selection we made this weekend and the most important days of the week to come (which is when Santa Tecla is celebrated):

 

Saturday 15th  September

TROBADA DE GEGANTS, CABEÇUTS I DRACS PETITS (meeting of the paper maché giants and “big-heads”, dragons and eagles made by children) 

11.00h Hort de Can FalçThe children participate in the party with their creations. Entertainment by La Tija (Sitgetan company of puppets)

 

II OPEN DE BRIDGE

Trofeo Festa Major de Santa Tecla

Hotel MiM

Organized by: Club Sitges Blau Bridge in collaboration with “Comissió de Festa Major”

 

XIX PHOTO CONTEST OF FIESTA MAYOR

18.00h Espai Cultural Pere Stämpfli

Opening of the photo exhibition of  the best 50 photographies of  “XIX Concurs de Fotografia de Festa Major” (photo contest of Festa Major)  and corresponding awards to the winners. This exhibition will remain open until 30th September.

Organised by the Grup d’Estudis Sitgetans, Secció Fotogràfica.

 

TIMBALADA NIT DE FOC (parade of the participating drummers in the “Nit de Foc”)

19.30h La Fragata

With the drummers of the participating groups in the “Nit de Foc” (Night of Fire)

Route: Fragata, passeig de la Ribera, Sant Pau, Parellades, Cap de la Vila, Major y plaça de l’Ajuntament

 

NIT DE FOC (Night of Fire)

20.30h From Baluard

With the participation of: Espetegafoc, Diables de Les Corts, Ball de Diables de Sabadell, Ball de Diables de Torredembarra, Àliga de Sitges, Ball de Diables de Sitges and la Cuca de Castellbisbal.

Route: Baluard, Plaça de l’Ajuntament, carrer d’en Bosch, Davallada, Barcelona, Aigua, Major and Plaça de l’Ajuntament.

 

MOSTRA D’ENCESES (Evil firework display,  by the participating groups in the Nit de Foc)

21h Plaça de l’Ajuntament

 

CORREFOC (Parade of demons, Eagle and dragons with fireworks display)

21.45h Starting from the street d’en Bosch

Route: Carrer d’en Bosch, Davallada, Barcelona, Aigua, Major, Nou i passeig de la Ribera

 

“ENCESA FINAL” CONJUNTA (Final Evil firework display, of the participating groups in the Nit de Foc)

22.50h Passeig de la Ribera

 

NIT DE FOC CONCERTS

23h La Fragata

With Vivèrrids, Miquel del Roig and the group of versions Angangas.

Organized by: La Saca – Sitgetana de Cultura i Animació

 

 Sunday 16th  September

 EXHIBITION OF SANTA TECLA’S FLAG

During the hours of Parish celebrations

 

CONCENTRATION OF CHILDREN’S “GEGANTS & CABEÇUTS” (paper maché giants and “big-heads” made by children)

10h From plaza del Ayuntamiento

After the concentration, a parade and a final dance all together.

Route: Plaça de l’Ajuntament, Major, Cap de la Vila, Parellades, Sant Pere, passeig de la Ribera and Fragata.

 

EXHIBITION OF CHILDREN’S WHITE DANCES (Popular dances that are neither giant, nor bigheaded, nor fire)

Onece the parade is finished, on La Fragata

With: Ball de Bastons, Panderetes, Pastorets, Cercolets, Cintes, Gitanes and Moixiganga.

 

CONCENTRATION OF “DRACS”  AND CHILDREN DEMONS (paper maché dragons made by children)

17.30h Pont d’en Domènech

After the concentration, a parade that will finish with a final demons and dragons firework display

Route: passeig de la Ribera until la Fragata.

 

“BALL PARLAT DE DIABLES” INFANTIL (the “balls parlats de diables infantil” are the recitation of satirical verses made by the demon children groups about life in Sitges)

Once the “Ball Parlat” is over, a final demon firework display held at La Fragata

They will act in this order: Agrupació de Balls Populars de Sitges, Colla Vella and Colla Jove.

 

Thursday 20th  September

“UN HIPOPÒTAM A LA BANYERA” (An hippopotamus in the bathtub, music story)

18.00h Racó de la Calma

You can not imagine what can appear in a bathtub! Will we find the Pukka duck? Will we hear the sound of the sea? PETA bubbles? What is the cry of the hippopotamus? And the song of the whale? Come and discover it!

Musical story by the youngest students and teachers of the Municipal Music School Montserrat Almirall.

Organized by: Escola Municipal de Música Montserrat Almirall

 

PARADING OF THE TRANSFER OF THE IMAGE OF SANTA TECLA

20.30h Departing from the Parish Church of Sant Bartomeu y Santa Tecla

The Municipal Commission of the Festa Major de Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla, representing the municipal authorities, will recieve the icon of Santa Tecla from parish vicar Josep Pausas and to the sound of the Agrupació Musical Suburband of El Retiro, will parade it this year to the Fundació Ave Maria (Avenida de Artur Carbonell, 11 ), place designated by the Pendonist, Montse Quelón i Piqueras. The route will follow the streets of Baluard, plaça de l’Ajuntament, Major, Cap de la Vila, Jesús, Sant Bartomeu y Artur Carbonell.

Once the image is at the destination, PRAYER OF THE OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION OF THE IMAGE OF SANTA TECLA.

 

CONCERT OF “GRALLES” + LES GITANES D’ANTES

21.00h Racó de la Calma

And then the leaps and pirouettes of  LES GITANES D’ANTES (satire)

Event organized by Agrupació de Balls Populars de Sitges.

 

Friday 21st  September

EXHIBITION OF SANTA TECLA’S FLAG

From 10.00h to 14h.00h and from 17.00h to 21.00h, Fundació Ave Maria

(Avenida de Artur Carbonell, 11)

 

FIESTA INFANTIL (Children’s Festival)

17.00h Palau del Rei Moro

Children’s show and party sweetened with CHOCOLATE for all the children. By the end, VESTIM ELS GEGANTS MOROS (Let us dress the “Gegants Moros”), we will dress La-hia and Fa-luch with the help of the children.

Organized by: Agrupació de Balls Populars de Sitges

 

EL BALL (The Dance – Fiesta Mayor concerts)

21h La Fragata Beach

With Brigitte Laverne, Amaia & The Free Fall Band, El petit de Cal Eril, Mujeres and Dj Amable.

 

“CASTELLS” POPULAR REHEARSAL OF SANTA TECLA (open-rehearsal of human towers)

21.00h Palau del Rei Moro

Once the rehearsal is finished, there will be snacks for the participants.

Organized by: Colla Jove de Castellers de Sitges

 

Saturday 22nd September

La vigília (The Eve)

 EXHIBITION OF SANTA TECLA’S FLAG

From 11.00h to till the start of the Procession. Fundació Ave Maria (Avienida de Artur Carbonell, 11)

 

VERMUT MUSICAL 

13h La Fragata

With dj’s DierKamps and Blacksubur.

 

21 MUSKETS ARE FIRED AND THE PARISH CHURCH BELLS ARE RUNG

14h La Fragata Beach

By Agrupació de Balls Populars de Sitges, in commemoration of their 40 anniversary.

 

 BUTIFARRADA FOR THE DANCERS (butifarra for those who participate in the Popular Dances and open to all)

14h La Fragata

Open participation to all and sundry

Price: € 5 Point of sale at Janio’s Bar

 

PROCESIÓN CÍVICA

19.00h From Avenida Artur Carbonell, 11 (Fundació Ave Maria)

The group of traditional dancers and musicians and the authorities, with the musical group Agrupació Musical Suburband, will recover the shrine of Santa Tecla from the place designated by the “pendonista” of Santa Tecla 2018, Montserrat Quelon i Piqueras, and and they will accompany it to the parish church.

Route: Artur Carbonell, Sant Bartomeu, Sant Gaudenci, Sant Josep, Parellades, Marquès de Montroig, plaça de la Indústria, Primer de Maig, Santa Tecla, Bassa Rodona, passeig de la Ribera, Sant Pau, Parellades, Cap de la Vila, Major and Ajuntament.

In front of the doors of the parish church, the popular dances receive the image of Santa Tecla which, accompanied by the authorities, the “Pendonista” and “Cordonistes” will be placed in the presbytery to preside over the liturgies of the festival.

 

FIREWORKS

23.00h From la Punta (Parish), La Fragata and the breakwaters

 

SARDANAS Eve

From midnight at Cap de la Vila

With Cobla Sitgetana.

 

EL BALL (The Dance – Fiesta Mayor concerts)

From midnight, on La Fragata beach

With Raggatunning and Nogs.

 

Sunday 23rd  September

Diada de Sant Tecla, protomártir, Patron Saint of Sitges

JOYFUL AND FESTIVE CHILDREN’S “MATINAL” PARADE

With the participation of Sitges children,  who will performance the popular dances. There are 3 routes and breakfast for the participating children when the route ends, courtesy of the Municipal Market of Sitges.:

 

MATINAL FOC (Parade for children demons and dragons)

6.30h From plaza del Ayuntamiento

Infant beasts will alternate among the groups of devils that will participate in this order: Diables de l’Agrupació de Balls Populars, Colla Vella de Diables and Colla Jove de Diables.

Route: Davallada, Barcelona, Àngel Vidal, Cap de la Vila, Parellades, Sant Josep, Espalter, plaça del Pou Vedre, Bassa Rodona, Santa Tecla, Primer de Maig, Paseo de la Ribera (sea side) and La Fragata.

 

MATINAL GIGANTES Y BAILES BLANCOS (Matinée route for the children’s parade of popular dances without fire and with the giants made by children)

07.00h From Baluard

Route: Fonollar, Baluard Vidal i Quadras, Port de n’Alegre, Rafel Llopart, Sant Damià, Sant Sebastià, Jesús, Sant Bartomeu, Sant Gaudenci, Sant Francesc, Cap de la Vila, Parellades, Sant Pere, Paseo de la Ribera (mountain side) until la Fragata.

 

MATINAL PEQUEÑA  (Route of the smallest children participating in the “Matinal”)

8.00h Plaza del Ayuntamiento

Route: plaça de l’Ajuntament, carrer d’en Bosch, Davallada, Barcelona, Àngel Vidal, Cap de la Vila, Parellades, Major, Nou, Paseo de la Ribera until la Fragata.

 

SOLEMN MASS IN HONOUR OF SANTA TECLA

11.00h In the Parish Church of Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla

Presided over by Father Josep Pausas, rector. This year, Agrupació de Balls Populars de Sitges, will make the offering to Santa Tecla commemorating its 40th anniversary. At the end of the celebration, song of the “Goigs” (praises)  of the Saint in charge of the Choir of the Amics del Orgue.

 

EXIT FROM MASS

After the celebration of mass, from the Baluard to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento

Musical parade of the Band, which will accompany the authorities to the Town Hall. Then, all the dances and their respective musicians will perform, together with the Cobla Maricel and the Suburband del Retiro Music Group, they will come together in one of most magical moments of the festivities.

After the performance of the popular dances, the band will perform “Els Segadors”, the national hymn of Catalonia.

 

CASTELLS EXHIBITION (Human Towers)

13.00h Plaza del Ayuntamiento

Performed by Colla Jove de Castellers de Sitges.

 

CONCERT- VERMOUTH OF FESTA MAJOR

13.00h After the exit of mass

Casino Prado Suburense,  with Agrupació Musical Suburband del Retiro

Sociedad Recreativa El Retiro with la Cobla Maricel interpretará “Concert per cobla & gralles”.

 

SUBIDA Y BAJADA DEL PILAR DE LA JOVE DE SITGES (a human tower walks up and down the stairs of La Punta)

18h Baluard and the stairs of la Punta

Performed by la Colla Jove de Castellers de Siges

 

SANTA TECLA’S PROCESSION

19h From  Baluard

Circuit around town with the authorities, the Saint carried by “Pubilles” and “Hereus” and the folkloric dances and musicians, accompanied by all the Sitgetanas and Sitgetans who wish it. The rector of the parish, Mn. Josep Pausas i Mas will preside over the processional act joined by the Illustrious Town Hall dignataries.

The popular dances, grallers and the Suburband del Retiro will precede the tabernacle. The tabernacle, with the image of the Saint, will be taken by the “Costaleros” of Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla. The Flag of Sant Bartomeu shall be carried by the pendonista Montserrat Quelón i Piqueras, who has named as Cordonistes Ramon Paco Quelón and Fina Fernández Moya

Route: Baluard, Fonollar, Sant Joan, Davallada, Barcelona, Santiago Rusiñol, Jesús, Sant Bartomeu, Sant Gaudenci, Sant Francesc, Cap de la Vila, Parellades, Bonaire, passeig de la Ribera, Nou, Major, plaça de l’Ajuntament and Baluard.

As the procession advances along the Paseo de la Ribera, the religous procession will be saluted by firing mortars and the ringing of bells, La Cobla Sitgetana will interpret the sardanas “Els Gegants de Sitges” composed by Tomàs Gil i Membrado and “La Processó de Santa Tecla”, composed by Antoni Català i Vidal.

 

SANTA TECLA RETURNS TO THE PARISH CHURCH 

When the Saint is being returned to the parish church, in the plaza del Baluard in front of the church all the fires and crackers are lit, the dances are carried out to their respective music and a small firework display takes place. It is, in all probability, one of the most emotional and awe inspiring moments of the fiesta.

Then, inside the temple, closing prayer “Us he mirat Santa Tecla”.

 

LAST DANCE OF THE “BÈSTIES DE FOC” AND GEGANTS (Beasts of fire and giants)

With the Saint restored to the parish church, the gegants, drac and àliga (papier-mâché giants, dragons and eagle) dance their farewell at Plaça de l’Ajuntament

 

EL BALL (The Dance – Fiesta Mayor concerts)

00.00h La Fragata Beacj

With Veneno en la Piel, K-LIU and Dj Dani Empa

You can read the full programme in www.visitsitges.com.

 

Now you know what to do if you want to end your summer as it should. We’re waiting for you!

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