First sign of Fallas - A visit to the Ninot Exhibition 2022. Fallas is back on track. After the strange, stunted celebrations of 2021, the city is trying to return the festival to its normal routine -- and one of the first items on the agenda is the annual Ninot Exhibition. Last year, it was held in an empty building at the America's Cup port, but the exhibit has now returned to the Ciudad de Artes y Ciencas, where it belongs. If you go, remember to pack your camera, your patience, and maybe some caffeine tablets... as always, there is a lot to see, and it's going to take you awhile, even if you're moving swiftly.
It's hard to believe that it's almost time for Fallas 2022! We can still smell the smoke from the last edition of the festival (there might still be gunpowder particles in our noses). Fallas 2021 really wasn't all that long ago -- because of the pandemic, it was celebrated in September instead of March.
I always wanted to see fireworks at Calatrava's City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, imagining how spectacular they must look against the futurist architecture. Turns out, my imagination was spot-on; the fireworks which celebrating the opening of this year's Ninot Exhibition looked just as breathtaking as I had hoped.
Fallas of Alzira - Our plan had been to take the train in the morning, see a few figures and the mascletá at 14h, then grab lunch and return home.
Fallas 2021 came to an end on Sunday, September 5th -- the strangest Fallas which we and many others had ever experienced. Set in the autumn instead of the spring, devoid of mascletàs at the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, and marked by falleras wearing masks.
On the last few days of Fallas, once all the figures have been erected, you got roughly 4 days to see as many figures as possible. As mentioned before there are roughly 800 of them (split up half in a kids figures and the main figures) and it's impossible to see them all. Of course we had to wonder if someone attempted to see them all.
If this is the first time you're hearing about Fallas, and the first time you're seeing photos of the amazing figures which are constructed around the city, you're probably not going to believe (too precious to burn) that they're all burnt to the ground.
If a Valencian from 2018 had been able to glance three years into the future, they wouldn't understand what's happening. Why is Fallas being held in September?
The Fallas of 2021 is probably the weirdest Fallas of all; not only because it happened during the month of September, during a pandemic, but also because all of the Falleras and Falleros were wearing masks while marching in the big parades through Valencia.
The Plantà of Fallas, when monuments are erected throughout the city, is already in its final stages. Valencians are accustomed to having their streets taken over by the massive, colorful statues, but usually it's in March.