Art on the streets

The Fallas Festival will start in

Professionals from the Fallas Festival

The role of the “artista fallero” or Fallas artist should be highlighted. This professional is more than a sculptor of huge figures, more than a painter, and more than a carpenter. In fact, the “artista fallero” is a kind of “total artist” who plans the monument in his mind and then gives it shape, assisted by his own team of specialists..

An “artista fallero” also tends to have his or her own personal style, a sign of identity that can always be identified in their work, differentiating them from other craftsmen in the same sector.

One of the most interesting places to visit to get a better idea of these artists’ work is, without a doubt, the “Ciudad del Artista Fallero”. This comprises the largest 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.

The Ninot Exhibition

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” (just one) to a collective exhibition that is open to the public up until the day of the “plantà” (15th March), 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.

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.

The same process is repeated with the children’s Fallas, whose “ninots” can also be visited at the same exhibition.

The “Plantà”

This is a term in Valencian which, in translation, 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

Fallas artists

The role of the “artista fallero” or Fallas artist should be highlighted. This professional is more than a sculptor of huge figures, more than a painter, and more than a carpenter. In fact, the “artista fallero” is a kind of “total artist” who plans the monument in his mind and then gives it shape, assisted by his own team of specialists..
An “artista fallero” also tends to have his or her own personal style, a sign of identity that can always be identified in their work, differentiating them from other craftsmen in the same sector.

Music

The valencian traditional music, through Music Societies and groups of “tabal i dolçaina” (valencian instruments) have developed thanks to popular festivals, specially thanks to Fallas.
From the beginning of the the day, all events are celebrated by the “falleras”, “falleros” and our visitors with live music bands and groups.
As Valencia is a land of music, the Fallas Committees organize a large number of street parties, known as “verbenas” in each neighbourhood, where locals meet to dance and have a good time.
At these Fallas “verbenas” , everyone who wants to join in is given a warm welcome, so they are recommendable for visitors, who are sure to find a friendly, laid-back atmosphere.

Streetlight display

A view of the city’s streets while the festival is on – and even a few days beforehand – is a sight worth seeing. The Fallas Committees decorate their districts with the most impressive artistic lighting..

Every corner of Valencia is decorated with a multicoloured display of hundreds of garlands of lights, in a multitude of shapes, colours and bold designs
The lighting in the Ruzafa district is especially attractive, where narrow alleys combine with broad, spacious streets, providing a huge range of illumination possibilities
As a complement to this lighting, some Fallas Committees take part in the competition to find the best Decorated Street.
To do so, they designate a section of a street in their district and decorate it as they want, following a specific theme designed by them and which changes every year with respect to the year before. The “Falleros” themselves do the work in making the decorations, which are increasingly elaborate and expensive.

Municipal Fallas

The City Council from Valencia finances the two Municipal Fallas, which do not take part on any contest and will be assembled at the City Council Square.
In 2018 the big Falla “Universal balance” is designed by Okuda and made by the artists Pepe Latorre and Gabriel Sanz, while the Children’s Falla called “The little Prince” is done by the artist Miguel Hache.

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