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El Pessebre Vivant du Roussillon

20th December 2017 - 7th January 2018

Living Nativity across the region


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.

Pessebre vivent

Jordi may be no longer with us, but the Fanal Sant Vincens 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 recognise.


One hundred and fifty singers, dancers, choir members and musicians present this living nativity scene

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.

Where can you catch this festive performance?

Wednesday 20th & Thursday 20th DecemberPalais des Rois de Majorque, Perpignan5pm
Friday 22nd DecemberEglise St Pierre, Corbère6pm
Saturday 23rd DecemberEglise Ste Marie, Baixas6pm
Tuesday 26th DecemberEglise St Etienne, Ille sur Tet4pm
Saturday 30th DecemberEglise St Michel, St Michel de Llots4pm
Saturday 6th JanuaryEglise Ste Marie, Montescot4pm
Sunday 7th JanuaryCarmel, Vinça4pm



20th December 2017
7th January
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