Turisme de Sitges

Festa Major Sitges 2019

The Sitges Festa Major has been declared "Fiesta Patrimonial de Interés Nacional " (Heritage Festival of National Interest) by the Generalitat de Catalunya (autonomous government of Catalonia), 2016 and "Fiesta Tradicional de Interés Nacional" (Traditional/cultural event of National Interest) by the Generalitat de Catalunya (autonomous government of Catalonia), 1991.

This is the most popular festival of Sitges, in honour of the patron saint of Sitges, Sant Bartomeu. From 17th to 26th August 2019. 

 

PROGRAM

 

Wednesday 7th August

FAMILY WORKSHOP

La Festa Major en la camiseta ( Festa Major on your T-shirt!)

18h Racó de la Calma

In this workshop we will help the boys and girls paint their Festa Major shirt, so they can wear a unique, original and very artistic T-shirt!

* Remember to bring a T-shirt to paint.

Organized by Consorci del Patrimoni de Sitges

 

Saturday 10th August

X TORNEIG DE FUTBOL SALA DE COLLES DE FESTA MAJOR (Hard Court Soccer Tournament) by “colles de Festa Major”)

16h Escola Esteve Barrachina

Organized by: La Saca - Sitgetana de Cultura i Animació.

 

Wednesday 14th August

FAMILY WORKSHOP

La Festa Major en la camiseta (Festa Major on your T-shirt!)

18h Racó de la Calma

In this workshop we will help the boys and girls paint their Festa Major shirt, so they can wear a unique, original and very artistic T-shirt!

* Remember to bring a T-shirt to paint.

Organized by Consorci del Patrimoni de Sitges

 

Friday 16th August

EXHIBITION "FOC A LA FESTA" (Fire at the ‘Festa’)

19.00h Opening of the exhibition in the Jofre Vilà auditorium of the Prado Suburense Casino. The exhibition can be visited until September 25th.

Open every day from 4 pm to 9 pm (except August 24th and September 23rd)

Organized by Casino Prado Suburense

 

Saturday 17th August

Inauguration of BARRAQUES (Music Concerts)

La Fragata 

With concerts by :  Pavvla, Lildami, Obeses, El Niño de la Hipoteca, Orequestra Di-Versiones, Dj Send0

 

The “Barraques” group is formed by Agrupació de Balls Populars de Sitges, Ateneu Popular, Colla Jove de Castells de Sitges, La SACA (Sitgetana de Cultura i Animació, el Casino Prado Suburense and la Societat Recreativa El Retiro . 

Organized by: Barraques in collaboration with Comissió de Festa Major

  

GRUP D'ESTUDIS SITGETANS (GES) CONFERENCE

19h GES auditorium at the Espai Cultural Pere Stämpfli  (Calle d’en Bosch, 9)

The defense of Sitgetan traditions and festivals in the 18th century by Eduard Tomás i Sanahuja

Organized by GES 

 

SOPAR-BALL DE CASATS (Dinner-Ball of Married Couples)

22.00h Societat Recreativa El Retiro

With musical performance by Andreu’s Quartet & Disco Marin.  The Pubilla and Hereu del Retiro for 2019/2020 will be announced that evening. 

There will be a gift for all ladies and prize draws during the evening.

Information and reservations until August 14th in the Retiro’s secretariat  (93-894-01-37), Cable Jardins (977-78-13-51) or by email elretirositges@gmail.com.

Act organized by the Societat Recreativa El Retiro 

 

Sunday 18th August

EXHIBITION OF THE FLAG OF SANT BARTOMEU

Open during the hours of parish church celebrations

 

BARRAQUES (Music Concerts)

19:00h La Fragata

With concerts by: Ezetaerre, Roba Estesa, Buhos, Els Catarres, Porto Bello

 

The “Barraques” group is formed by Agrupació de Balls Populars de Sitges, Ateneu Popular, Colla Jove de Castells de Sitges, La SACA (Sitgetana de Cultura i Animació, el Casino Prado Suburense and la Societat Recreativa El Retiro . 

Organized by: Barraques in collaboration with Comissió de Festa Major 

   

Monday 19th August

EXHIBITION OF THE FLAG OF SANT BARTOMEU

Open during the hours of parish church celebrations

 

LECTURA DEL PREGÓ SATÍRIC SITGES 2019 (Reading of the Satirical Opening Speech)

18:45h Opposite the Palau del Rei Moro (c/ d’en Bosch, 10-12)

By Mia Muntanar.

At the end of the speech, announcement of the “Pubilla” and “Hereu” of the Agrupació de Balls Populars de Sitges 2019 and member’s awards. The party will conclude with a glass of cava and refreshments.

Organized by: Agrupació de Balls Populars de Sitges 

 

BARRAQUES (Music Concerts)

19.30h Platja de La Fragata

With concerts by: Reggae per xics

Organized by Barraques in collaboration with Comissió de Festa Major

 

PREGÓ DE FESTA MAJOR SITGES 2019 - (Inaugural Festa Major Street Cry 2019)

21.30h Plaça de l’Ajuntament (in front of the town hall)

Opening speech by Toni Vigó Julià, with simultaneous interpretation in Catalan sign language. The ‘Pregó’ will be broadcasted live at the Fragata. In the case of rain or bad weather, the proclamation will take place elsewhere and be announced through social networks. 

At the conclusión of the speech, on Baluard Square, celebration of the beginning of the Festa Major with a glass of Cava, courtesy of Perbacco and a glass of beer courtesy of La Sitgetana Craftbeer. 

 

Enlivened by Xaranga Buskant el To.  

 

BARRAQUES (Music Concerts)

22.30h La Fragata beach

With concerts by: Suu, La Pegatina, Doctor Prats

Organized by Barraques in collaboration with Comissió de Festa Major

 

Tueday 20th August

CONCERT OF "HAVANERES"

20:00 h Passeig de la Ribera

By Serra de Marina. The typical "rom cremat"  (burned rum) will be offered.

 

CINEMA A LA FRESCA (Outdoor cinema)

22.00h Hort de Can Falç

Film Bohemian Rhapsody (Sing Along version). Sing and dance the songs of Queen.

Tickets: €10. (Includes one La Sitgetana beer and Pip Pop popcorn). Tickets on sale at www.cineclubsitges.com, at the Prado Cinema box office.

Organized by: Cineclub Sitges with the collaboration of La Sitgetana and Pip Pop

  

Wednesday 21st August

 

TRANSFER OF THE IMAGE OF SANT BARTOMEU

20.30h Parish church of Sant Bartomeu y Santa Tecla

The Municipal Commission of the Festa Major de Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla, representing the municipal authorities, will recieve the icon of Sant Bartomeu from parish vicar Josep Pausas and to the sound of the Agrupació Musical Suburband of El Retiro, will parade it this year to calle Floreal, 14, place designated by the Pendonist, Josep Carbonell Alquézar.  Once it arrives at C. Floreal 14, opening prayer of THE EXHIBITION OF THE IMAGE OF SANT BARTOMEU.

Route: Baluard, Ajuntament, C. Major, Cap de la Vila, Jesús, Francesc Gumà, Hort Gran, Pont sota la via, Av. de les Flors, Vidal i Barraquer, Floreal 

 

EL BALL (Festa Major concerts)

22.00h La Fragata beach

Orchestra Maravella

  

Thursday 22nd August

EXHIBITION OF THE FLAG OF SANT BARTOMEU

C. Floreal, núm. 14

From 10.30h to 13.00h and from 17.00h to 21.00h 

 

VERMUT DE FESTA MAJOR SITGES 2019

FESTA MAJOR VERMOUTH

13.00h Ateneu Popular de Sitges

(c/ del Sol, 2)

The Ateneu invites all ‘Sitgetans’ and ‘Sitgetanas’ to share this moment and celebrate the arrival of the Fiesta, to the sound of the band Charanga Buskant el To.

Organized by Ateneu Popular de Sitges

 

THE "GEGANTS MOROS" CELEBRATE 40 YEARS

19h Playground of the Esteve Barrachina School

We offer a small party to celebrate 40 years of the "Gegants Moros " (Papier Maché Moor Giants). An afternoon with stylistic surprises.

Novelty replica dolls of the Moor Giants made by La Davallada.

Ice cream for little kids. A short story will be read about the construction of Moor Giants by the Agrupació de Balls Populars de Sitges.

To end the event, the Christian Giants and the Americanos Giants will join the Moor Giants and the three couples will be paraded to reach the town hall where they will sleep together the night prior to the Eve of the Fiesta.

Route: Rafael LLopart, Davallada, Pl. Ajuntament

Organized by: Agrupació de Balls Populars de Sitges

 

POPULAR REHEARSAL OF FESTA MAJOR (open rehearsal of human towers)

20.30h Palau del Rei Moro 

After Snack and glass of cava

Organized by: Colla Jove de Castellers de Sitges

 

DELIVERY OF THE FLAG

21.30h Parish of Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla

with poems and singing of Sant Bartomeu "Goigs" (praises) by the “Amics de l’Orgue” choir. This year, the authors of the Poem of the Flag titled  "Nards i Clavells" are Mercè Garcia and Juzz Ubach and the illustration that accompanies it is by Àngel Lorenzo.

 

PARADING OF THE TRANSFER OF THE IMAGE OF SANT BARTOMEU

After the act in the Parish Church, parade of the image, followed by the musical group "Agrupació Musical Suburband del Retiro" to the home of the President of the "Commissió", Maica Díez-Alcón, on Santa Bárbara, 26.

Route: Baluard, plaça de l’Ajuntament, Major, Parellades, plaça del Pou Vedre, Santa Bàrbara.

  

SINDRIADA POPULAR (watermelon for all)

Parc de Can Bóta. Upon the arrival of the flag.

Musical fusion of local talent: Retrio and Nuria Scarp will perform an unprecedented performance for the musical repertoire of the Festa Major.

Organized by: Comissió de Festa Major with the collaboration of Mercat Municipal de Sitges. 

 

Friday 23rd August

La Vigília (The Eve)

 

EXHIBITION OF THE IMAGE OF SANT BARTOMEU

From 11.00h to till the start of the Civic Procession,  (C. Floreal, 14)

 

ENTRADA DE GRALLERS ( Arrival of the "Grallers" )

12.00h Sant Francesc, Cap de la Vila, Major and plaça de l’Ajuntament

 

The different groups offer their inaugural concert in tribute to the founders of the Festa Major. Participation of “grallers” of Escola de Grallers de Sitges, Marcets, La Sitja, Colla Maricel, and the groups of “sacaires”, Joan Olarte, Víctor Berbegal and Miquel Acunya. 

 

21 MUSKETS ARE FIRED AND THE PARISH CHURCH BELLS ARE RUNG

14.00h Playa de la Fragata

By musicians of  "cobles" of Sitges that have interpreted the sardana "La Procesó de Sant Bartomeu", in commemoration of the centenary of its creation.

 

SARDANAS

14.00h Cap de la Vila

Two emblematic Sitges sardanas are danced: “La processó de Sant Bartomeu” (The Procession of Sant Bartomeu) by the maestro Antoni Català and “La Festa Major”, by Enric Morera, played by Cobla Maricel.

 

PARADE OF TRADITIONAL POPULAR DANCES

14.00h Plaza del Ayuntamiento

 Starting at Plaza Ayuntamiento: Gegants, Cabeçuts, Drac, Àliga, Diables, Bastons, Cercolets, Panderetes, Pastorets, Cintes, Gitanes and Moixiganga, accompanied by the musical group Suburband Retiro.

At the Cap de la Vila, the Moixiganga will perform the complete dance.

 

EXHIBITION AND PERFORMANCE OF “BALLS PARLATS” (the "balls parlats" are the recitation of verses of some of the popular dances)

14.30h Hort de Can Falç 

Arriving at Hort Can Falç,  In honor of the authorities and the citizens, all the groups will perform the full dances and there will be “Balls Parlats” (speeches/recitation of verses): Ball de diables, Ball de Cercolets, Ball de Gitanes and Ball de Pastorets). 

Simultaneously some groups will visit the Sant Joan Baptista Hospital

 

CASTELLES EXHIBITION  (Human Towers)

18.00h Cap de la Vila

By Colla Jove de Castellers de Sitges.

 

CIVIC PROCESSION

 

19.00h From the home of the president of the Comisión de Festa Major, Maica Díez-Alcón (Santa Bárbara, 26)

The group of traditional dancers and musicians and the authorities, will recover the shrine of Sant Bartomeu from the place designated by the “pendonista” of the Festa Major 2019, Josep Carbonell Alquézar, and they will accompany it to the parish church.

Route: Santa Bàrbara, plaça del Pou Vedre, Espalter, Passeig Vilafranca, Av. de les Flors, Escoles Pies, Camí Capellans, Camí de la Fita, Pl. Doctor Pérez Rosales, Floreal, Av. Vidal i Barraquer,  Pl. Hospital, Av. de les Flors, Creuament under the bridge, Hort Gran, Francesc Gumà, Jesús, Cap de la Vila, Major, Town Hall.

In front of the doors of the parish church, the popular dances receive the image of Sant Bartomeu which, accompanied by the authorities, the “Pendonista” and “Cordonistes” will be placed in the presbytery to preside over the liturgies of the festival. 

 

FIREWORKS

23.00h From la Punta (Parish), La Fragata and the breakwaters

By Pirotècnia Igual S.A. 

 

CASTELL DE FOC EN CALMA (Fireworks in calm)

23.00h Passeig de la Ribera

(in front of Pic-Nic Restaurant, on the sea side)

During the pyrotechnic show, the fireworks may be viewed from a private seating area, where attendees will enjoy a tasting of a glass of cava Maria Casanovas Brut de Brut.

Space is limited and it is advised to purchase tickets in advance from the Commission stand or at the Sitges Tourist Office. People with reduced mobility must also formalize their reservation in advance at the aforementioned points.

Collaboration: Perbacco and Cava Maria Casanovas.

 

THE DESCENT OF THE STAIRS BY THE POPULAR DANCES

Once the fireworks are over, the popular dances descend the “La Punta” stairs 

Parade to El Greco Monument and back to Carrer Nou.

 

SARDANAS EVE

From midnight at Cap de la Vila

With Cobla Sitgetana.

EL BALL (The Dance – Festa Major concerts)

From midnight, on La Fragata beach

With Banda del Coche Rojo and  dj Carles Pérez. 

  

Saturday 24th August

Diada de Sant Bartomeu Apóstol, Patron Saint of Sitges

 

JOYFUL AND FESTIVE “MATINAL”

6h From Baluard Miquel Utrillo i Morlius

The "matinal" begins early in the morning, and the folkloric dances and musicians with the “charanga” Buskant el To, follow an itinerary through the streets of town while flowers are handed out to lady spectators by "la Comissió de Festa Major". People can join in the "ball de faixes" (one must be dressed in white and wear "espardenyes de betes" (espadrilles with ribbons) and a "faixa" (waistband in the fashion of the castellers).

Route: Baluard, Fonollar, Baluard Vidal i Quadras, Port de n’Alegre, Rafel Llopart, Sant Damià, Sant Sebastià, Jesús, Sant Bartomeu, Sant Gaudenci, Sant Josep, Espalter, plaça del Pou Vedre, Parellades, Cap de la Vila, Major  and Ajuntament. 

  

SOLEMN MASS IN HONOUR OF SANT BARTOUMEU

10.30h Parish Church of Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla

Presided over by Father Josep Pausas, rector. This year, the group Colla Mitjana de Bastons de Sitges, will make the offering to Sant Bartomeu commemorating its 40th anniversary. At the end of the celebration, song of the “Goigs” (praises) of the Saint by the Choir of the Amics del Orgue and veneration of the relic.

 

EXIT FROM MASS

After the celebration of mass, from the Baluard to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento

Musical parade of the Band, which will accompany the authorities to the Town Hall. Then, all the dances and their respective musicians will perform, together with the Cobla Maricel and the Suburband del Retiro Music Group, in one of the most magical moments of the festivities.

 

After the performance of the popular dances, the band will perform "Els Segadors", the national hymn of Catalonia.

 

EXHIBICIÓN CASTELLERA

12.30h Plaza del Ayuntamiento

Performed by Colla Jove de Castellers de Sitges.

After the exhibition, presentation of the Pubilla and Hereu of the Colla Jove de Castellers 2019 at Palau del Rei Moro.

 

CONCERT- VERMOUTH OF FESTA MAJOR

13.00h After the exit of mass

Casino Prado Suburense, with the performance of Agrupación Musical Suburband del Retiro.

Sociedad Recreativa El Retiro with la Cobla Maricel.

 

SANT BARTOMEU’S PROCESSION

19.30h From Baluard

Circuit around town with the authorities, the Saint and the folkloric dances and musicians, accompanied by all the Sitgetanas and Sitgetans who wish it. The rector of the parish, Mn. Josep Pausas y Mas will preside over the processional act joined by the Illustrious Town Hall dignataries.

The popular dances, grallers and the Suburband del Retiro will precede the tabernacle. The tabernacle, with the image of the Saint, will be taken by the “Costaleros” of Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla. The Flag of Sant Bartomeu shall be carried by the pendonista Josep Carbonell Alquézar, who has named as Cordonistes: Roser Gallego Albet, Xavier Carbonell Pascual, Xavier Carbonell Alquézar and Josep Carbonell Gallego.

Route: Baluard, Fonollar, Sant Joan, Davallada, Barcelona, Santiago Rusiñol, Jesús, Sant Bartomeu, Sant Gaudenci, Sant Francesc, Cap de la Vila, Parellades, Bonaire, passeig de la Ribera, Nou, Major, plaza de Ayuntamiento and Baluard. 

 

As the procession advances along the Paseo de la Ribera, the religous procession will be saluted by firing mortars and the ringing of bells, La Cobla Sitgetana will interpret the sardanas “Els Gegants de Sitges” composed by Tomàs Gil i Membrado and “La Processó de Sant Bartomeu”, composed by Antoni Català i Vidal. 

 

SANT BARTOMEU RETURNS TO THE PARISH CHURCH

When the Saint is being returned to the parish church, in the plaza del Baluard in front of the church all the fires and crackers are lit, the dances are carried out to their respective music and a small firework display takes place. It is, in all probability, one of the most emotional and awe inspiring moments of the fiesta. 

Then, inside the church, closing prayer.

 

The public capacity in the Baluard is limited. For security reasons, in case of reaching the maximum capacity allowed, only those who participate in the procession will be allowed access to the square. 

 

LAST DANCE OF THE “BÈSTIES DE FOC” AND GEGANTS (Beasts of fire and giants)

With the Saint restored to the parish church, the gegants, drac and àliga (papier-mâché giants, dragons and eagle) dance their farewell at Plaça de l'Ajuntament.

 

EL BALL (The Dance – Festa Major concerts)

00h La Fragata beach

With La Loca Histeria and DJ Lagarto 

 

Sunday 25th August

Vot de Vila a Sant Lli (Vow of the town to Saint Lli)

 

OPEN DOORS AT THE MUSEUMS

From 10.00h to 20.00h Museo Maricel and Museo Cau Ferrat

From 11.00h to 14.00h and from 17.00h to 20.00h Fundación Stämpfli

Free activity. Limited capacity

In honour of the festivity of Sant Bartomeu

Organized by Consorci del Patrimoni de Sitges.

 

VERMUT DE SANT LLI

12.30h Els Jardins d' El Retiro

 

The event will feature a performance of Sergi Ramírez. The traditional Sant Lli's vermouth will be served.

 

In collaboration with: Societat Recreativa El Retiro and els Jardins d’El Retiro que ara ho porten els del Cable

 

“CASTELLS” EXHIBITION OF FESTA MAJOR

18.30h Plaza del Ayuntamiento

 

With the groups of Minyons de Terrassa, els Xicots de Vilafranca and  Colla Jove de Castellers de Sitges. 

Organized by: Colla Jove de Castellers de Sitges  

 

MÚSICA EN LA CALLE (Music on the streets)

From 19.30h, in different establishments

19:30h Sergi Estella at Café Bar Roy

20:00h Oshun at Pic Nic

20:30h Mercè Garcia and Juzz Ubach at Jardines del Prado - Cañateca

21:00h Rumba at Bar los Jardins del Retiro

 

SANT BARTOMEU CONCERT

21.30h Parish of Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla

By  Maria Nacy (Barcelona)

Voluntary entrance fee.

Organized by: Amics de l’Orgue de Sitges

 

Monday 26th August

 

MASS TO HONOR THE DEAD 

19.30h Parish Church of Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla

We are invited to remember those who, with us, lived the Sitges Festa with joy.

 

DANCE FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE

19.30 h Hort de Can Falç

By Josep Delgado. 

 

SARDANA CLOSING EVE

22.15h Playa de Sant Sebastià

 

With Cobla Maricel. We will say goodbye to the Festa Major with cake and sweet wine.
 

Friday 30th August

“LA PEÇA DEL MES” ( The piece of the month of Museus de Sitges)

El Ball de diables de Sitges

20 h Palau Maricel

Authorship of the file by Jordi Cubillos and Josep Ramon Parés

Presentation of the file by Josep Ramon Parés

Free activity. Limited capacity

Organized by Consorci del Patrimoni de Sitges

 

Sábado 31  de agosto 

SUMMER DINNER  

21:30h Jardines del Casino Prado Suburense

 

With the  performance of magician Txema and the show "Txema, The Postman" and the presentation of the “Pubilles” of Casino Prado and Carrusel and the “Hereu” of Carrusel.

17/08/2019

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