Everything¬ís ready for the 2018 Corpus Christi Festivities
The festival debuts a website that contains all of this fiesta’s information and that becomes another key for its acknowledgement as a Patrimonial Festival of National Interest.
The festival will kick off with the Carnation Proclamation by Josep Milán. The Sitges Heritage Consortium will be in charge of making the flower carpet at Cap de la Vila Square on the occasion of Maricel Palace’s 100th anniversary. Other new additions presented by the new commission, headed by Angelina Salesas, are the first painting competition and the Corpus Christi Concert.
Sitges will be getting decked out in flowers from June 2nd to 10th to celebrate the Corpus Christi festival, one of the most traditional and popular celebrations on the events calendar. This year, the celebration is debuting a new Corpus Commission headed by Angelina Salesas.
The Councilwoman for Culture, Traditions and Festivities, Rosa Tubau, pointed out that Corpus Christi brings together “three relevant aspects: Tradition, participation and innovation. Tradition, because it’s the oldest; innovation for having incorporated new elements that need to be announced and promoted, like environmental awareness and recycling, and this year the Corpus Christi website that we’ve actuated and coordinated from our Department, assigning it many resources; and participation because it’s the fiesta that encourages the most people to participate, either making flower carpets or decorating facades and balconies with flowers”.
The new website, www.sitgescorpus.cat, offers all the graphic and historical material from Corpus Christi. The digitalized content is one of the elements required, along with the documentation that was presented, in order to obtain Corpus Christi’s classification as a Patrimonial Festival of National Interest. Eduard Tomàs and Edgar Comas explained how the public can access all the up-to-date Corpus Christi information, with the program, post and activities, but also historical documentation, the sections of the streets where flower carpets will be made, the carnation exhibition, bibliography and photo gallery, among other elements.
This year, 34 sections of streets will be decorated to complement the festival and other cultural activities will be added. The Corpus Art Competition will take place for the first time and the selected pieces will be exhibited at Àgora 3 Art Gallery, from 8th to 30th June with the intention of encouraging artistic creativity. Also new is the first Corpus Christi Concert featuring the Sitges Canta Chorus, which will take place on Sunday June 3rd at the Prado Theater.
The Councilwoman for Culture, Traditions and Festivities, Rosa Tubau, described the Corpus Christi poster, a piece of work created by the artist Florència Coll, “highlighting that it is an image that transmits a great tenderness and symbolism while not avoiding the situation the country is now going through, and at the same time it acknowledges the carnation growers and exhibitors, essential for the Festival”.
The Festival’s official acts kick off on Saturday June 2nd with the traditional reading of the proclamation and the official opening of the 79th National Carnation Exhibition and the 28th Bonsais and Suiseki Show. This year the reader of the Corpus Christi proclamation will be Josep Milán, expert in Sitges’ history and traditions as well as a theater and culture lover. This Sitgetan will read the Carnation Proclamation on Saturday June 2nd in the El Retiro Gardens. Vinyet Caballé, who has been making the flower carpet on Santiago Rusiñol Street since the late 70’s, will be the Minerva Standard Bearer.
The night of June 2nd to 3rd will be one of the crowning moments of the celebration, when Sitges’ neighbors will work together to prepare natural flower carpets on the town’s main streets. The works can be visited on Sunday June 3rd starting first thing in the morning. One of Corpus Christi’s main elements is the Cap de la Vila Square Flower Carpet that will be made by the Sitges Heritage Consortium this year on the occasion of the Maricel Palace’s 100th anniversary. The Pati Blau (Blue Courtyard), another emblematic space, will be decorated by the Cercle Artístic de Sitges (Sitges Art Circle).
First Corpus Christi Activities
The celebration’s main events will take place on the weekend of June 2nd and 3rd, but will previously start revving its engines with the opening of the 2018 Sitges ReciclArt Festival and the group exhibition this Friday, at seven in the evening at Miramar Cultural Center.
On Saturday, also at seven in the evening, the Conference ‘100 Years since the First Carnation Exhibition’ will be held in the Pere Stämpfli Cultural Space. A talk moderated by the journalist Jordi Castañeda, with Pere Cabot, agricultural engineer, and historians Roland Sierra and Eduard Tomàs.