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El Pessebre Vivant du Roussillon

8th December 2018 - 6th January 2019

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 tradition lives on with the Fanal Sant Vincens and other local associations still wishing 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.


The Fanal Saint Vincens performance brings together one hundred and fifty singers, dancers, choir members and musicians to present this living nativity scene at the Palais des Rois de Majorque on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December.

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?

Saturday 8th DecemberVillage de Noël, Le Barcarès5pm
Saturday 15th DecemberEglise, Ponteilla5pm
Saturday 15th DecemberPalais des Rois de Majorque, Perpignan6pm
Sunday 16th DecemberEglise, Saint Michel de Llotes5pm
Sunday 16th DecemberPalais des Rois de Majorque, Perpignan6pm
Saturday 22nd DecemberEglise, Saint Cyprien6pm
Saturday 22nd DecemberEglise, Baixas6.30pm
Sunday 23rd DecemberEglise, Pézilla la Rivière5pm
Wednesday 26th DecemberEglise, Ille sur Tet5pm
Saturday 29th DecemberEglise, Le Boulou5pm
Sunday 30th DecemberEglise, Collioure4.30pm
Sunday 6th JanuaryEglise, Vinça4pm



8th December 2018
6th January
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