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Le Pessebre Vivant du Roussillon
17th December 2016 - 18th December 2016
Saturday 17 December 2016 at 17h30 and Sunday 18th December at 20h30
Living Nativity in Perpignan
palais des rois de Majorque, Perpignan at 17h
The ‘Pessebre vivant’, living reconstruction of the Nativity, is a long standing Catalan tradition.
Recreated in 1960 by Albert Esteve, poet, playwright, director, historian … the Pessebre has been interpreted by several choirs including the late, great Jordi Barre, famous Catalan singer.
Jordi may be no longer with us, but the Fanal Sant Vicens still wishes to share this wonderful moment of meditation and celebration, consisting of traditional songs, sung by the familiar characters of the Nativity scene that many will recognize.
One hundred and fifty singers, dancers, choir members and musicians present this living nativity scene (Information : 04 68 66 30 30).
In some towns and villages, these Nativity scenes come out onto the streets, life-size, to convey the essence of these festivities.
The leading characters, dressed up in period clothes, take their places in meticulously decorated stage-sets portraying traditional, historical and biblical scenes.
Sometimes they will also sing and talk, other times they will just stand/sit without moving!!
The census of the Jews, the difficulties encountered by Joseph and Mary as they looked for somewhere to stay, the Nativity and the coming of the Three Wise Men are among the many portrayals you will be able to witness.
In some of these creations, there will be a commentary and spectacular special effects and lighting.