After two years, Valencia Muixeranga will come back to the streets of Algemesi, on Wednesday next week. This year’s procession will also mark the tenth anniversary of UNESCO’s designation of Valencia Muixeranga as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The festivities will begin with a mass in the cloister of the Convent de Sant Vicent, followed by a procession through Calle Fusteros and Calle Muntanya. Traditional dances will be performed upon arrival at Plaça Major, from which the procession will continue to the entrance of the Basilica of Sant Jaume de la Mare de Déu de la Salut.
Muixeranga is the collective name for the performance of ancient street dances and human pyramids or castells, which originated in the ancient Kingdom of Valencia and are best preserved in the town of Algemesi. The muixeranga is more than just an acrobatic dance. It is a collection of ancient human choreographies of incredible plasticity depicting various figures and shapes, which are traditionally celebrated during the Algemesi town festival (September 7 and 8th), in honour of the Virgin of Health (Mare de Déu de la Salut). Because of the health crisis, the festival has been postponed for the last two years, and even this year, it was delayed until December.
Although Valencia Muixeranga is performed in other villages throughout the province, Muixeranga d’Algemesi is the most well-known. It is a large festival with over 2,000 participants, and it is a one-of-a-kind event that everyone should experience at least once. Because of the 10th anniversary of its Unesco Heritage status and the public holiday, it is expected to draw large crowds this year. The organisers have stated that they will do everything possible to avoid overcrowding and to provide a safe environment for this event.
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