The City Council of Redován has presented its programming for the month of December, in which in addition to the traditional Christmas events, it has wanted to put the focus on children and youth so that this population can prepare their plans for the coming weeks and, above all, for their Christmas vacation period. The councilors of Childhood and Social Welfare, Marisol Ibáñez, and Culture and Education, Clara Ezcurra, have been responsible for publicizing this program in which are involved directly or indirectly all areas of the City Council. Marisol Ibáñez has shelled the actions of their departments that begin this Friday with a calisthenics workshop in the Plaza Francisco Ferrer aimed at young people aged 12 to 16 years.
“The little ones will begin activities on Saturday, December 9 from ten in the morning, with a toy library in which monitors will perform games, gymkhanas, dances and workshops for children from 5 years. On the 15th it will be the turn of improvisational theater in a workshop to be held at the Senior Center aimed at people from 16 years, and on Saturday December 16 will be a planetarium activity with virtual reality and solar observation. That same weekend of December 16 and 17 will take place a CIAM camping in the Alicante town of Biar, with actions related to environmental care. On Friday 22, on the eve of Christmas, children from 12 to 16 years old have an appointment at the Senior Center with a scape room that will take place from 17.00 to 20. 00 hours, and from December 26 to January 5 “will take place the traditional Christmas recreational activities, which are carried both the center of Redován and the neighborhoods of San Carlos and El Rincón from 9.00 to 14.00 hours, with the aim of reconciling work and family life of mothers and fathers who work in this non-school period”.
Marisol Ibáñez has announced that this year, as a novelty, on December 23 there will be a family bike ride with departure and arrival at the Plaza de la Paz. It will start at ten o’clock in the morning and will last about 45 minutes, with a tour through different streets of the town. At the end, there will be lunch and a day with the Redovan associations will be held in the same square. Another of the appointments of this Christmas program each year is the youth trip to the fair Exponadal in the Institución Ferial Alicantina (IFA), which will take place on 26, and on 29 “we will close the program with the intergenerational carols that are made from the CLIA, with departure from the Senior Center”.
Lighting of the lights on December 7
Christmas will be lit in Redován on December 7, as explained by the mayor Clara Ezcurra, who has given an account of the programming of traditional activities such as the gastronomic tourist day that takes place every year in the Plaza de la Paz with responsible for the butchers of the town that through the typical products, on this occasion on Sunday December 10 from ten in the morning, will recall the pig slaughter that for decades was performed for Christmas in many homes in Redován. “The theater can not miss these dates, and will arrive at the Casa de la Música ‘Antonio Ibáñez Serrano’ on Sunday December 17 at six in the afternoon, with the play dedicated to children’s audience ‘The fantastic bonbonería’,” said Clara Ezcurra, who has specified that the little ones will have another important appointment on Friday 22, also from six in the afternoon, to visit Santa Claus in his tree house and give them their letters in the Plaza de la Paz. Afterwards, there will be a parade with several Harry Potter characters to the Plaza Miguel Hernández. Young people will also have the traditional evening, this time on December 23 in the Plaza Miguel Hernandez from 17.30 to 01.00 hours, the same day that the Musical Union of Redován will make its Christmas party at five o’clock in the afternoon.
El viernes 29 serán las campanadas infantiles en la Plaza de la Paz, donde habrá una fiesta para despedir el año con colchonetas y distintos talleres. Cerraremos el año con música, el día 30 de diciembre en la Casa de la Música Antonio Ibáñez Serrano con el concierto ‘Iluminando Redován’. El 3 de enero el Paje Real recibirá las cartas dirigidas a Sus Majestades los Reyes Magos de Oriente, Melchor, Gaspar y Baltasar, instalando su campamento en la Plaza Miguel Hernández a partir de las seis de la tarde, y la programación terminará, como cada año, con la Cabalgata de Reyes del 5 de enero a las seis de la tarde desde la Plaza de la Cruz. A continuación, se representará el Auto de Reyes Magos.
- The City Council presents the book and programme of the festivities that have not been held in full since 2019, when the DANA forced the suspension of part of the events.
The Redován Town Hall has everything ready to kick off, on 27 August, the most eagerly awaited fiestas in honour of the Virgen de la Salud and San Miguel. As the Mayoress and Councillor for Fiestas Nely Ruiz recalled, “in 2019 because of the DANA we were unable to finish our fiestas as they deserved, and then the pandemic has kept us waiting for another two years, so both the Town Council and the Fiestas Committee know the enthusiasm of the whole town of Redován to recover them as we have always known them, and with the same enthusiasm we have worked to achieve this”. Nely Ruiz was accompanied during the presentation by Carlos García, author of the photo that illustrates the cover of the fiestas book, taken during one of the firework displays in September 2020, at the worst of the pandemic.
The traditional celebrations add up to around thirty events that will get underway on Saturday 27 August with the election of queens, the proclamation of the fiestas by Nuria Escudero Rodríguez and the crowning of queens, an event that, as is traditional, will take place in the Plaza de la Paz. From then on, there will be a succession of events, both civil and religious, until 30 September, when the programme will end with a mass. On 28 August there will be a children’s party in the Plaza Miguel Hernández and on Friday 2 September the events will resume with a concert by the Unión Musical de Redován in the Plaza de la Paz and the prize-giving ceremony for the 2019 parade. On Saturday 3 September the Offering of Flowers will start at 20.00 hours from the Plaza Miguel Hernández, and an hour later the Chupinazo will be fired from the balcony of the Town Hall by the Festero de Honor, Miguel Terol Martínez, which this year goes to the Barraca La Gramaera. This will be followed by the retreta which will end with a DJ in the Plaza de la Cruz.
On 3 and 4 September in the San Carlos industrial estate there will be a remote-controlled car championship and on Sunday 4 there will be the traditional exhibition of grass and hemp spinning by La Gramaera. The barracas will be set up on Wednesday 7 September, and on Thursday 8, the feast of the Virgen de la Salud, the day will begin with mass in honour of the patron saint, officiated by the parish priest Eloy Martín and sung by the Manos Unidas choir. In the evening, at 20.00 hours, the procession in honour of the Virgen de la Salud will start, at the end of which there will be a fireworks display from the Avenida de la Diputación.
On Friday, 9 September, the charanga tapeo (brass band) will be performed by Los Feos, and on Saturday, 10 September, the grand general parade of peñas, barracas and queens will begin at 21.00 hours. On 11 September the water festival will be repeated and on the 15th the horse show, which has not been held for some years, will be resumed.
On 11 and 13 September the ‘Sálvame’ will be held in the bullfighting ring and on Friday 16 the Redován Dance Association will offer its Dance Gala. The Fiesta Blanca, one of the most popular of the fiestas, will be held on Saturday 17th September at 21.00 hours in the Plaza Miguel Hernández and will feature a performance by the Happy’s. Registrations can be made at the Town Hall from 1 to 16 September.
On Sunday 18th September the Casa de la Música Antonio Ibáñez Serrano will host the Valencian language theatre show ‘Aladín’ and on Friday 23rd at 18.00 the XIII Campeonato Intergeneracional de Petanca (13th Intergenerational Petanque Championship) will take place. That same Friday at 22.30 hours, in the Plaza de la Paz, we will enjoy the musical Mamma Mia. On Saturday 24th there will be a Multicolour Parade from the Plaza de la Cruz, followed by a concert by the group Los 80 Principales, after which there will be DJ music.
On Sunday 25th September, the XVII Encuentro de Motos Clásicas Villa de Redován will be held, with remember music by the group American Revival and at 20.00 hours on the same day we will switch to the music of the Unión Musical de Redován, with the Concert of San Miguel Arcángel. On 28 September, the eve of the celebration of San Miguel, the musical show ‘Somos Eurovisión’ will take place in the Plaza de la Paz and on the 29th, the feast of the patron saint, at 12.00 there will be mass officiated by the new parish priest, Emilio Manuel Sánchez Martínez, sung by the Manos Unidas Choir. At 20.00 the procession in honour of San Miguel will start and will end with a new fireworks display in the Avenida de la Diputación.
Nely Ruiz thanked the involvement of “the many people who have made possible the preparation of this extensive programme”, as well as the work for the publication of a book of more than 200 pages “in which we can find, as is traditional, a guide with practically all the shops and establishments of Redován, as well as numerous collaborations of people who have selflessly wanted to participate and further enhance our festivities”. The mayoress made special mention of the clubs and barracas of Redován grouped in the Junta Festera: Barraca La Gramaera, Peña Contrabandista El Volante, Peña Contrabandista, Barraca Pirata Redován, Barraca Templarios, Barraca Sultanas, Comparsa Benimerines, Barraca Los Cobras, and welcomed the Comparsa Mora Al-Khäusil which joins the festive groups this year.
After the obligatory break caused by the pandemic, Redován is once again hosting the Christmas Trade Fair. Nearly twenty exhibitors will take part in the event which will be held this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, in the Plaza de la Paz and which was presented today by the Councillor for Commerce, Maite Martínez, and the Mayoress, Nely Ruiz, who also gave an account of the festive events for these dates which began last Tuesday with the switching on of the lights and the inauguration of the Municipal Nativity Scene. The fair is organised by the Town Hall in collaboration with the Vega Baja del Segura territory brand and the Alicante Provincial Council. The mayor of Commerce, Maite Martínez, has assured that “our commercial fabric needs all the support possible and that is why we wanted to recover an event that in 2019 was a great success that we hope to repeat this time, yes, with respect to all security measures in front of the Covid-19”. Martínez reminded the attendees that they must have their Covid passport in order, as the regulations require them to apply for it at events where more than 500 people are present. In addition, the mask is obligatory in places where the safety distance cannot be respected. The municipal official added that in the 17 exhibitors “it will be possible to buy both Christmas products from our bakeries and gifts of different kinds from our shops, another way of encouraging shopping in Redován as we have done in previous campaigns”. The fair will open its doors on Saturday at 11.00 am and then start the gastronomic contest ‘Grandfather chef Redován’. In the afternoon, the Unión Musical will bring Christmas carols to the square from 16.30 and from 18.30 children will be able to hand their letters to Father Christmas in person. The fair will remain open until 10pm. On Sunday, the opening will be at eleven o’clock in the morning and the carols of the Unión Musical will be played from 12.00 noon. At one o’clock there will be a fashion show organised by some of the participating businesses and in the afternoon there will be a performance by the Redován Dance Association at four o’clock. Both Maite Martínez and Nely Ruiz have encouraged the people of Redovan to attend, “as well as people from other parts of the region, who will have the opportunity to get to know our shops and enjoy our town, our hotels and restaurants and our nature. For her part, the mayoress has previewed some of the activities that will take place during the festivities in Redován. Thus, on Saturday 18 December there will be an evening party in the Plaza Miguel Hernandez, from six in the afternoon until midnight. “We want young and not so young people to enjoy this evening with music from the garage and DJ Angelo,” said the councillor. Ruiz added that that evening the Department of Social Services together with the Mancomunidad La Vega will carry out an action against gender violence “which will consist of the installation of a photocall where attendees can take a photo with messages against this type of violence that we always have to keep in mind since it takes the lives of many women every year”. The Department of Culture has scheduled for Sunday 19 the children’s theatre performance ‘The Adventures of the Young Prince’ at the Casa de la Música Antonio Ibáñez Serrano. Also from the area directed by Clara Ezcurra, on 23 December it will be the turn of the Royal Page, who will arrive with his tent in the Town Hall Square to collect the letters to the Three Wise Men from the children of Redován. “The page boy will not arrive alone, as he will be accompanied by different elements of children’s entertainment so that in addition to delivering the letter our children will have a fun afternoon,” said the mayoress. Finally, this year, on the evening of 5th January, the traditional Three Kings Parade will return to Redován starting at six o’clock in the evening, and at the end of which, the traditional Three Kings Auto de Reyes will be held in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento (Town Hall Square). Nely Ruiz has assured that “we have prepared a programme as similar as possible to that of the years before the pandemic, but we must be very aware that Covid-19 is still here, and we have to take all possible precautions to avoid a further increase in cases in our municipality and in our region”.
- The event will join other activities to celebrate the holidays such as the children’s theatre show, concerts and the visit of the Three Kings
The mayor of Redován and in charge of the Department of Festivals, Nely Ruiz, together with the councillor for Culture of the municipality, Clara Ezcurra, presented this morning the activities that the Redován Council has programmed for this Christmas. “This year, and due to the situation we are experiencing in relation to the Coronavirus, we have had to reduce the number of activities, but at no time has it been considered to leave the municipality without Christmas activities during these special days,” said the first mayor, who added that “all the activities scheduled will be carried out following a strict safety protocol and with all the guarantees against the Covid-19.
The main novelty will be the first Christmas decoration competition for façades and balconies, which, as the Councillor for Culture explained, “is an initiative that was created with the aim of involving citizens in the municipality’s festive decoration, and thus contributing to creating a Christmas atmosphere in the town’s streets”. All those registered in Redován can participate, “registering for free before Monday 14 December by presenting the completed form at the Town Hall, which can be found on the municipal website, and competing for three prizes in the form of a Christmas basket”, explained Ezcurra. The decorations will have to be installed until 6th January, to be visited by the members of the jury to assess their originality and colouring, as well as the lighting used, creativity and the aesthetic result of the decoration.
This competition will be joined by the children’s theatre play “Tarzán”, which the youngest visitors will be able to enjoy on Sunday 20th December from 17:30 in the auditorium of the Casa de la Música ‘Antonio Ibáñez Serrano’. Entrance is free, “and the capacity for this activity will be limited, and children must enter with a protective mask, respecting the safety distance and complying with the prevention protocol before the Covid-19”, indicated the Councillor for Culture. This Christmas we will also be able to enjoy the performance that the Redován Musical Union will carry out on the morning of the 24th in different parts of the municipality, also starting at 10:00, and “with the aim that the carols and typical songs of this season can be heard from different parts of the town, without the residents having to move or leave their homes,” explained Ezcurra.
Similarly, the Three Kings will visit Redován again on 5 January, with a tour of its streets starting at 17:30, so that the children can greet them from their balconies and receive gifts from their Majesties. Previously, and from 28 December, “the children will have been able to deposit their letters with their wishes for this Christmas in the Royal Mailboxes, which will be installed during these days in the Parish Church of San Miguel Arcángel, in the Sagrados Corazones Primary School, and in the offices of the Local Police”, indicated the Mayor.
Nely Ruiz also wanted to invite the citizens to participate in these Christmas events and to celebrate these very special dates “always following all the indications of the health authorities and respecting the limitations established by the Generalitat for meetings of people both in public and private spaces, as well as respecting the limitation of driving at night”. Meetings with family members or friends can reach 10 people on 24th, 25th, 26th and 31st December and 1st January, while the ‘curfew’ will be extended to 1.30am on 24th, 25th and 31st December.
- Children’s theater, the traditional Christmas parade through the streets of the municipality and the visit of the Magi with their Grand Cavalcade are some of the activities that can not be missed every year
Christmas comes to Redován thanks to the activities organized by the Department of Festivities, which the mayor, Nely Ruiz, and the Department of Culture, headed by the mayor Clara Ezcurra. The events "will focus this year on the little ones, the true protagonists of these dates," said the mayor.
In this way, the festive program will begin next Saturday, December 21, with the play ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ at the Antonio Ibáñez Serrano House of Music from 5:30 p.m. The representation has the support of the Diputación de Alicante and admission will be free until the auditorium capacity is completed. The next day, Sunday, December 22, the music will bring the spirit of Christmas to the Redovans with the traditional Christmas Parade of the Musical Union of Redován, “which will tour the municipality from 11:00 am announcing the neighbors the arrival of the holidays ”, Clara Ezcurra informed. It will be in the afternoon, at 5:00 p.m., when the boys and girls of Redován “can have a great time in the Church Square with the Children's Festival organized by the San Miguel Arcángel Parish,” explained the mayor of Culture.
The Christmas activities will continue on Thursday, December 26 with the Christmas Concert of the Orihuela City Orchestra, starting at 8:00 p.m. at the Antonio Ibáñez Serrano House of Music. On Thursday, January 2, the visit of the Royal Page to the City Hall will take place from 5:30 p.m., where the little ones will be able to deliver the letters with their wishes for the Magi. Likewise, on Sunday 5, starting at 5:45 p.m., it will be when his Majesties of the East will parade through the streets of Redován in his Grand Cavalcade, which will run from the Plaza de la Cruz to Juan Carlos I Street. “Will take place the traditional representation of the Auto de Reyes in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento from 7:00 pm, after which the Kings will distribute sweets and toys to all the children of the municipality as a gift,” said Nely Ruiz .
This program joins the one held last weekend in the Plaza de la Paz, where the Christmas Trade and Gastronomy Fair took place. During these two days “we have had the presence of many residents of the municipality supporting our commerce and local products, as well as children’s and leisure activities for the whole family, including the visit of the elves and Santa Claus to Redován” , the mayor has finished.
- Judith Espinosa is Queen of Sympathy, Belén Cascales receives the crown of Youth and Cristina Martínez is proclaimed Queen of Festivities
The management holidays in honor of the Virgin of Health of Redován began their journey last Saturday with the election and coronation of queens for this year 2019. Cristina Martínez Barberá is already the Queen of the Fiestas of the municipality, while Judith Espinosa Santos and Belén Cascales Manzano were chosen as Queen of Sympathy and Queen of Youth, respectively. In addition, the reading of the proclamation of parties, by Miguel Monera Martínez, put the finishing touch to the event that took place in the Plaza de la Paz, and that marked the beginning of a complete program of activities that will take place until next September 29th.
After the exhibition of grass and yarn made by the Barraca La Gramaera and the refreshing activities related to water that took place throughout Sunday, the programming of the festivities continues this week with the opening of barracks from 21:00 hours on September the 4th. Thursday at noon will be when joy and music will be on the streets of Redován thanks to the Charanga-Tapeo.
The Flower Offering will start on Friday, September 6 at 8:00 p.m. from Plaza Miguel Hernández, after which the shot of the Great Chupinazo will take place from the balcony of the City Hall in charge of the Festero de Honor, César Vegara Cuadrado, representative for Los Templarios. Upon completion, the Retreta will take place until the Plaza de la Cruz. Saturday will be the day to enjoy the General Parade of Peñas, Barracas and Queens from 9:00 p.m. starting at the Plaza de la Cruz and the Serenade to the Virgin of Health at the church of San Miguel at 00:30, with a special Verbena dedicated to the elders of the municipality in the courtyard of the Sacred Hearts school after its completion.
The week will conclude with the big day the festivities, the one dedicated to the patron saint, the Virgin of Health, on Sunday, September 8th. The day will begin with a solemn Mass in hes honor from 12:00 noon. In the afternoon, at 8:00 p.m., the procession dedicated to the Virgin will begin, with fireworks and Gran Verbena firing at the Plaza de la Paz at its end.