(NOTE: To celebrate the New Year I’m trying outa new bullet marker as the usual one has become unstable. CA)
BEWARE: probable temporary street closures on Saturday 5th January for the Three Kings’ Parades.
(See parade times below and more about Andorran traditional celebrations at the bottom)
Tuesday, 1st January at 19h at the National Auditorium, Ordino.
ORDINO CLÀSSIC – New Year’s Concert – Waltzes, Polkas and much more with the Orquestra Nacional Clàssica d’Andorra
directed by Fransesc Prat. (Huge apologies Tedeschi and Jr. Watson, among others, with some compositions of the band. Musicians: Pablo Villar (vocals and guitar); Virginia Yañez (keyboard and vocals); Marc Milian (bass and sound); Dante Falótico (percussion).
Thursday, 3rd January at 16.30h in the Teatre de les Fontetes, La Massana. Christmas show
Friday 4th at 21-30h and Sunday, 6th January 2019 at 18h in the Claror Auditorium of the Cultural Centre, Sant Julià de Lòria (10€ from the Cultural Centre or online www.santjulia.ad/entrades ). The 25th consecutive edition of the ever popular, Els Pastorets (The Shepherd Boys). This year’s version is again based on that written by Josep Maria Folch i Torres in 1916 and is directed by Juanma Casero assisted by Irina Robles. Els Pastorets is a very traditional Catalan entertainment dating back to the Middle Ages, a cross between a comic pantomime and a dramatic Nativity play. Lots of jokes, slap stick and laughter set around two shepherd boys trying to get to Bethlehem to see the baby Jesus. But there’s also a monumental battle between good and evil. For their journey is beset on all sides by colourful, snarling devils, bubbling cauldrons and lots of smoke, all orchestrated by the fiendish Lucifer as he tries to stop the boys and always, at the most perilous moment, the situation is saved – ‘Duduh!’ – by Angel Gabriel who appears on high, flourishing a sword of righteousness! Els Pastorets is well acted by local amateur actors guided by paid professional directors. Children love it – and so do I!
If you go on Three Kings, 6th January, then, at the end, the Kings come down from the back of the theatre in all their splendour.
Monday, 31st December at 23h at Prat del Roure, EscaldesEngordany.
(7€ or free for Balland members) Evening of ballroom dancing with live music from Xarope de Nit.
NEW YEAR’S PARTY
Starting Tuesday, 1st January at 0.30h – 05.30h in the Party hall of the Sports and Sociocultural Complex of Encamp. (Buy your tickets in advance to enjoy a free drink.
We have prepared a party to start the year with good footing! Celebrate New Year 2019 with a Gatzara show. The New
Alaska Orchestra is waiting for you with an extraordinary show – audiovisual innovations, effects with the latest Robots, Laser Ray, your own repertoire, costume changes, choreographies and much more!
VISIT OF THE ROYAL PAGES
Until Friday, 4th January in the Cultural Centre, Sant Julià de Lòria The Royal Pages’ post box for letters to the Three Kings from the parish’s children will be available in the lobby.
Thursday, 3rd January at 18h at the Tourist Office, La Massana
Visit of the Royal Pages who will gather the La Massana children’s letters to bring to their Majesties the Kings of the Orient.
VISIT OF THE THREE KINGS ON SATURDAY, 5TH JANUARY
CANILLO: at 18h starting from the Cable car exit and travelling to the parking Prat del Riu. The arrival of Their Majesties the Kings of the Orient where they will receive all the children.
ENCAMP: at 18h after travelling the streets of the town in their carriage, traditional Cavalcade of the Kings will arrive in the Plaça dels Arínsols. A parade where the smallest wait bright eyed and cold cheeked for the arrival of the Magi who will be accompanied by their pages and elves come to distribute gifts and sweets to the good and coal to those children who have been naughty.
PAS DE LA CASA: at 19h the Three Kings will arrive in 4×4 at the Sports Centre after a firework display and a torchlight decent of the pistes on skis which will start from 18h from the piste Directa.
ORDINO: at 19h arrival of Their Majesties the Kings of the Orient at ACCO followed by performance of Els Pastorests by children from the parish with Tortell (Three Kings Cake) and hot chocolate in the Plaça Major.
LA MASSANA: at 17h the Cavalcade of the Three Kings through the main streets of the town and reception in the Plaça de les Fontetes where Their Majesties will receive all the children of the parish.
ANDORRA LA VELLA & ESCALDES-ENGORDANY: The biggest parade of them all will be starting at 18.30h. The Cavalcade of Their Majesties the Three Kings from the Orient includes many floats, lots of music and hundreds of kilos of sweets thrown to the crowds (so far there is no advertisement on Agenda.ad, so hope to tell you more in the Update. C.A.)
SANT JULIÀ DE LÒRIA: at 18h in the streets of the parish. Arrival of the Magi from the East. Adoration of the infant Jesus in front of the Comú. Card delivery to the lobby of Lauredià Cultural Centre and Congresses.
CHILDREN (Unless otherwise stated all activities are in Catalan.)
ANDORRA’S 27TH CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH SHOW
Until 2nd January from 16h – 21hs with shows at 19h at the Sports Complex, Encamp and then from Thursday 3rd to Sunday, 6th January from 16h – 21h with shows at 18h in the Sports Centre of Pas de la Casa. The Children’s and Youth Fair is faithful to its name and, for the twenty-seventh time, will open its doors in Encamp and Pas de la Casa. It celebrates with strength and vitality so that young people aged from 2 to 18 can enjoy the activities, workshops and varied shows that will be carried out taking advantage of the Christmas holidays. As every year, the Encamp Youth and Youth Hall offers an extensive programme of activities aimed at different age groups in various areas of Encamp’s sports and sociocultural complex. You’ll find
demonstrations of the latest in video games and simulators to test your skills in competitions that will be organized each day. There will be tests of MotoGP, flight, F1 driving, rolling xtreme, water scooter, rally, mountain bike, surfing, etc. The most fancied gamers also have a reserved area with Kinect, PlayStation, Wii, Rally, Fifa and other online games.
The youngest will be able to enjoy, among other attractions, a circuit of electric cars, a children’s train, the Circus space, the elastic beds and the toy ‘library’. This is a big event. Don’t miss it.
Wednesday 2nd – Saturday, 5th January at 16h at the EscaldesEngordany Art Centre, Escaldes-Engordany. (Free) Fashion
Workshop for Children. The Escaldes-Engordany Art Centre is immersed in the fashion world thanks to the exhibition “The fashion of the 60s, from enthusiasm to reality”. In order to make children know how fashion is a reflection of the social and economic changes of a society. These Christmas holidays, after skiing, went through the CAEE, we have prepared workshops for children related to the exhibition The fashion of the 60’s, we will design models inspired by the dresses of the exhibition and with recycled material and we will also paint dresses for paper dolls.
Thursday, 3rd January at 11h in the Casa Pairal, Ordino, an Intergenerational Christmas biscuit-making workshop.
Thursday, 3rd January at 16.30h at the Theatre de Les Fontetes, La Massana. Christmas Children’s Show: Paf, el meu amic màgic (Paf my magic friend) The holidays are over and Belinda will have to go to school. What will happen to her dragon? Who will play with him ? And what if she suddenly enters the cave and stays there forever, in the magical world of Paf? Paf, my magic friend is a show, with live musicians, who speak to us of nostalgia and the magic of children’s worlds. A cheerful and intriguing proposal where humour and narration mix with a dynamic and dynamic theatrical game suitable
for all ages, and where music and songs play a relevant role.
Friday, 4th January at 19.45h at the Palau de Gel ice rink of Andorra, Canillo. Somnis sobre gel (Dreams on Ice). Andorra Club
Gel presents its Ice Skating Christmas show.