A photo exhibition featuring scenes from the living nativity scene at Torre del Suro

Living nativity scenes around Barcelona

Diverse entities and associations depict the birth of Jesus in different locations in the city

From the living nativity at Torre Baró, currently in its 35th year, to the nativity scene at the Jardins del Cottolengo del Padre Alegre, a house located near Parc Güell, the live staging of nativity scenes seem to be becoming more and more common in Barcelona. The 10th and 11th of December the Poble Espanyol saw the 4th annual edition of an exhibition of  living nativity scenes, organised by the Associació Coordinadora de Pessebres Vivents de Catalunya. But now, as Christmas approaches, these scenes can be found at many locations in the city, including parks, gardens and woods.

The first scene we mentioned, at Torre Baró, is organised by the local neighbours’ association and will take place at the Santa Bernardeta parish church on Friday 30 December at 7pm; admission is free. Some 40 people will be taking part in the nativity scene. The scene at Cottolengo del Padre Alegre will be staged twice, on 23 and 30 December at 6.15pm, and is also free of charge. Thanks to local support,  the Espai Via Barcino is also taking part this year, from 6pm to 8pm on 22 December. The elderly people of Casal Josep Trueta are also doing their bit for the cause and their nativity scene will be enacted at 5pm on 22 December.

The living nativity scene at Torre del Suro, which is organised by the Taller Escola Sant Camil and its Casa de Repòs, deserves a mention of its own. This year sees its 23rd edition on 21 December, though if you miss out on that you can call in at the exhibition El pessebre vivent de la Torre del Suro vist per..., with images by the neighbourhood’s amateur photographers, which can be seen at Casal d'Entitats Mas Guinardó until 9 January. Another photo exhibition on the theme of living nativity scenes can be seen at Centre Municipal de Cultura Popular de Sant Andreu until 2 February,paying special attention to the actors’ faces.

Publication date: Thursday, 22 December 2016
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