The Federació Pessebres Vivents de Catalunya is a non-profit cultural association, constituted by the voluntary integration of any entity that organizes a living nativity scene. Being part of this entity means placing small towns with natural and medieval environments on the Catalan cultural map, invigorating the economy of the area and opening them up to the public.
The Federació Pessebres Vivents de Catalunya, established in 2018, aims to coordinate and promote performances and carry out activities aimed at promoting knowledge of living nativity scenes and / or the relationship between them. The Federation continues the work started in 1991 by the Associación Coordinadora de Pessebres Vivents de Catalunya.
Currently the association is made up of 49 nativity scenes, which are: Bàscara, Bigues i Riells, Breda, Brunyola, Calonge, Cànoves, Canyelles, Castell d'Aro, Celrà, Corró d'Avall, Els Prats de Rei, Fontcoberta, Jesús, Joanetes, La Pobla de Lillet, La Pobla de Montornès, La Torreta, Les Gunyoles d'Avinyonet, Les Torres de Fals, L'Espluga de Francolí, Linyola, Maçanet de la Selva, Manresa - Pont llarg, Martorelles, Masia de Castelló, Món Sant Benet, Navata, Pals, Peralada, Peramola, Polinyà, Premià de Dalt, Prullans de Cerdanya, Salou, Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Sant Feliu del Racó, Sant Fost de Campsentelles, Sant Guim de la Plana, Sant Jaume dels Domenys, Sant Martí de Llémena, Sant Martí Vell, Sant Pere de Ribes, Sant Quintí de Mediona, Santa Pau, Tona, Vila de Rupit, Viladecans, Vila-Sacra and Vilavenut.
Some with representations as old as that of the Castell d'Aro Association, which began its living crib in 1959 - becoming the oldest living crib in Catalonia - and that of Sant Fost de Campsentelles, in 1967.
In the vast majority of towns, living nativity scenes are a set of scenes that range from the most limited of three scenes to the most complex, which can count up to 30 scenes of the birth of Jesus. All this is accompanied by a number of volunteers, mostly residents of the town, who surround themselves with background music and dialogues, although some of them are static.
The most represented recreations are the birth, the visit of the three Kings of the East or the flight to Egypt. Most of the performances take place outside, in natural or architecturally interesting spaces. Thus we can find them in medieval neighborhoods, in old castles, or in natural places, which helps to recreate the living nativity scenes with an even more realistic setting and becoming a real attraction for visitors.