Federació Pessebres Vivents de Catalunya Tona
The Living Nativity Scene Federation of Catalonia 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, boosting the economy of the area and opening them to citizens.
The Federation of Living Nativity Scenes of Catalonia, established in 2018, has as its purpose the coordination and promotion of representations and carries out activities aimed at promoting knowledge of living nativity scenes and/or the relationship between them. The Federation continues the task begun in 1991 by the Coordinating Association of Living Nativity Scenes of Catalonia.
Currently the association is made up of different cribs, which are: Bàscara, Bigues y Riells, Breda, Brunyola, Calonge, Cànoves, Canyelles, Castell d'Aro, Celrà, Rodillo de Avall, Els Prats de Rei, Fontcoberta, Jesús, Joanetes, La Pobla de Lillet, La Pobla de Montornés, La Torreta, Las Gunyoles de Avinyonet, Las Torres de Falso, L'Espluga de Francolí, Linyola, Maçanet de la Selva, Manresa – Long Bridge, Martorelles, Masía de Castellón, Mundo San Benito, Navata, Pals, Peralada, Peramola, Polinyà, Premià de Dalt, Prullans de Cerdanya, Salou, San Feliu de Llobregat, San Feliu del Rincón, San Fost de Campsentelles, San Guim de la Plana, San Jaime de los Domenys, San Martín of Llémena, San Martín Viejo, San Pedro de Ribes, San Quintín de Mediona, Santa Pau, Tona, Villa de Rupit, Viladecans, Vila-Sacra and Vilavenut.
Some with representations as old as that of the Castell d'Aro Association, which started its living nativity scene in 1959 – becoming the oldest living nativity scene 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 have up to 30 scenes related to the life of the town where the birth of Jesus took place, with biblical, historical and everyday scenes. All of this is accompanied by a large number of volunteers, mostly residents of the town, surrounded by background music and dialogues, although some of them are static.
Most performances take place outdoors, in natural spaces and of architectural and heritage interest. Thus, we can find them in medieval neighborhoods and castles, in palaces, under the arches of an aqueduct hundreds of years old or in natural settings, which helps to recreate living nativity scenes with an even more realistic setting and becoming a real attraction. for visitors.