Valencia's spring festival, celebrated since 1871, is the highlight of the year in the city. Close to a hundred enormous wood and cardboard satirical papier-mâché figures are created and erected along the streets by different communities and these creative and comical figures are eventually burnt on the final night of the festival, amid much celebration and jollity in the streets. These huge works of art, called Las Fallas, are invariably beautifully crafted and a lot of effort and thought goes into the theme and execution, with crowds of artists working on each structure. Hundreds of events are organised over a period of several days following the official opening, including flower offerings, music concerts, astonishing fireworks displays, street parties, parades, and bull fights. The five days and nights of the festival are a continuous party, with each day beginning with the lively 8am wake-up call which sees brass bands and merry-makers marching down the streets playing music and throwing fireworks. Many locals wear traditional folk costumes or dress up as historical figures, but anything goes. The festival is in honour of Saint Joseph, whose saint's day is celebrated at this time throughout Spain.
Venue: Various, throughout the central city area
Date: 1 - 19 March 2014