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Our Agenda will give you all the information you need about what’s going on in the city. Festivals, concerts, exhibitions, shows, etc. — a comprehensive events listing.

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THIS MONTH'S HIGHLIGHTS

Shows
Will take place between 18 October 2017 and 7 March 2018
Flamenco Evenings

WHO, WHAT AND HOW. The Talia Theatre is embracing the spirit of traditional performance with “Panorama Flamenco”, a series of shows featuring an exceptional selection of flamenco artists. Singer Sandra Carrasco and guitarist Daniel “Melón” Jiménez will get the season off to a rousing start, while the closing performance will be given by David Carmona. WHEN AND WHERE. Six performances will take place between 18 October 2017 and 7 March 2018 at the Talia Theatre. Each performance will start at 20:00 WHY YOU SHOULDN’T MISS IT. “Panorama Flamenco” is a unique opportunity to see leading lights from the world of flamenco. One such example is Pedro “El Granaino”, a performer who has received a great deal of popular and critical acclaim. He will be joined on the bill by the Miel de Romero trio and dancer Manuel Fernández Montoya, “El Carpeta”, who will also be accompanied by special guest La Farruca. The series also offers the perfect opportunity to discover the sound of the zambomba navideña, a percussion instrument originating in Jerez de la Frontera that will give a flamenco-inspired twist to this year’s Christmas Carols. Interested? Tickets are available at the online store of the Valencia Tourist Office and at the theatre’s own box office and website. Prices start at €12.

Venue:  Teatre Talia
http://www.teatretalia.es
Shows
Between 14 and 23 December
THE MAGIC OF SARA BARAS

WHO, WHAT AND HOW. The dancer and choreographer Sara Baras needs little introduction. She is currently touring Spain with Sombras, a new and spectacular flamenco performance in which she takes audiences on a journey through time and explores the extremes of noise and silence, solitude and crowds, and light and shadow. Best of all, she is bringing her show to Valencia. WHEN AND WHERE. Eight performances will be taking place at the Olympia Theatre, between 14 and 23 December. The show starts at 20:30 WHY YOU SHOULDN’T MISS IT. Sara Baras is one of the world’s most renowned ambassadors for the scenic arts. She is a dancer, director and choreographer, and since 1997 she has run her own company, the Sara Baras Flamenco Ballet, which has produced 13 different shows and given over 4,000 performances. Her new show owes much to the great La Farruca, who worked closely with Sara on its development and staging. Their collaboration is sure to take audiences to unexpected heights. INTERESTED? Tickets are priced from €30 to €54. They can be purchased at the online store of the Valencia Tourist Office and at the theatre’s own box office and website. A 10% discount is available for groups and there is one free entry per 20 group members.

Venue:  Teatro Olympia
http://www.teatro-olympia.com/ Purchase your tickets here >>
Sports
From October 2017 to May 2018.
VALENCIA BASKET MATCHES

WHO, WHAT AND HOW. The basketball season has begun! You can now watch Valencia Basket take on its opponents in the Liga Endesa and Turkish Airlines Euroligue. Don’t forget that the boys in orange are the current champions of the Liga Endesa, so we can hope for some early success-stories. WHEN AND WHERE. You can view the list of fixtures to be played at the Fuente de San Luis Arena (“La Fonteta”) from October 2017 to May 2018. WHY YOU SHOULDN’T MISS IT. Valencia is not only about football, and having a championship-winning team is a source of great pride for the city. It’s time to defend the title and cheer the team on! La Fonteta is set to host a series of excellent basketball teams, including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Baskonia, Estudiantes, Olimpia Milano, Olympiacos, CSKA Moscow and Panathinaikos BC. INTERESTED? Matchday tickets can be purchased at the arena box office, online, or at one of the various points of sale located in shops throughout the city. You can also treat yourself to a season ticket, which is valid for all of the league, play-off and European matches that the team will play over the course of the season.

Venue:  Pabellón Fuente de San Luis
http://www.valenciabasket.com/
Miscellaneous
The festivities, which get under way at 22:45 and continue until 01:30
Ring in the New Year in Valencia!

New Year’s Eve is a cause for celebration throughout Valencia. Among the many parties, one of the most spectacular takes place in Plaza del Ayuntamiento, where the traditional countdown and grapes are accompanied by a spectacular light and music show. The festivities, which get under way at 22:45 and continue until 01:30, bring thousands of partygoers to one of the city’s most famous squares to eat the traditional 12 grapes in time with the twelve chimes. A spectacular light and music show welcomes in the New Year, with the balcony of City Hall transformed into a musical stage while the square becomes an enormous dancefloor. Access to the square is free and alcohol can be consumed in public areas, provided no glasses or bottles are used.

Venue:  Plaza del Ayuntamiento
Miscellaneous
30 december
San Silvestre Fun Run: let’s kick-start the New Year!

The San Silvestre Fun Run is a popular way of saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming in the new, and is celebrated in various locations around the world. Although the actual saint's day is 31 December, in Valencia the race is always held on 30 December. The run starts at 20:00 in Calle Xátiva, while the finish line is in Plaza del Ayuntamiento. The route passes through Guillem de Castro, Blanquerías, Plaza América, San Vicente and a host of other well-known streets. The distance is 5.3 kilometres and there is a time limit of 75 minutes for completing it. There is a competitive version of the run (limited to 600 entrants) and a non-competitive version (limited to 17,000 entrants), for those who only wish to see out the old year in a fun way. Traditionally, non-competitive entrants run the race in fancy dress. Competitive entrants must register at the offices of the Correcaminos Sports Club (Carrer de l'Arquebisbe Fabián y Fuero), while non-competitive entrants can do so at the sports department of El Corté Inglés. Registration for non-competitive entrants costs €1, with all proceeds going to charity.

Venue:  The run starts at 20:00 in Calle Xátiva, while the finish line is in Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
http://correcaminos.org/
Miscellaneous
From december 1st to 7 january
Valencia, city of nativity scenes

Enjoy nativity scenes from the Renaissance and Naples, displays created for charity, and some even inspired by Valencia’s famous Fallas! A tour of Valencia’s most outstanding nativity scenes has become one of the most popular Christmas activities. More than just a religious tradition, it offers visitors an opportunity to appreciate the work of the city’s craftspeople. The list could go on and on, but the following eight nativity scenes are simply not to be missed: • The Crystal Room nativity scene. Hundreds of figurines are on display in one of the most beautiful rooms at Valencia City Hall. Opening hours are from 08:30 to 15:00 (extended to 19:00 on the most important dates in the calendar). Free admission. • The Neapolitan nativity scene at the National Ceramic Museum. This 18th-century nativity scene is made up of 29 figurines of various sizes and has exceptional artistic value. It can be visited from 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 20:00, Tuesday to Saturday. On Sundays it is only open in the morning. Free admission. • The Cathedral nativity scene. Although it is not the largest of nativity scenes, this display by artist Pedro Ródenas is situated in one of the city’s most historic buildings. It is open from 10:30 to 13:30 and 16:00 to 20:00, Monday to Friday. It can also be visited on Sundays and public holidays, provided no services are taking place. • The Roca nativity scene. This is the largest nativity scene in Valencia and boasts more figurines than any other scene in Spain. The figurines are made from clay by members of the Almela-Pascual and Pascual-Domenech families. It can be visited in the Roca de Meliana neighbourhood (Horta Nord) from 11:00 to 14:00 and 16:30 to 20:30. A small contribution is requested upon entry. • The City of Arts and Sciences nativity scene. This monumental display includes more than 300 figurines made by master craftsmen. It is open to the public from 11:30 to 21:30, although timings may change on important dates. • The Plaza de la Reina nativity scene. A genuine municipal nativity scene that was donated by the Guild of Fallas Artists. Admission is free and the display is open all day. • Nativity scenes in Valencia’s markets. There are nativity scenes in the city’s Central Market (open from 07:00 to 15:00) and Colón Market (open all day). • Nativity scenes in Valencia’s shopping centres. The Nuevo Centro, MN4 and Galería Jorge Juan are just a few of the shopping centres that boast their own nativity scenes. Shoppers can visit them for free while the shopping centre is open.

Venue:  Different places at the city
Miscellaneous
Diferents dates
Christmas is the best show in town

Art has always been one of the main attractions during Valencia’s Christmas celebrations. Spectacular shows, orchestra recitals and opera performances promise to transform the city into an epicentre of light and music. On 9, 12, 15, 18 and 21 December the Palau de Les Arts will host performances of Verdi’s famous opera Don Carlo, directed by Ramon Tebar and starring Plácido Domingo. The story offers a profound reflection on duty, desire, love and obedience between a people and its ruler. Not to be outdone, the Palau de la Música is hosting a Christmas concert by Valencia’s Municipal Ensemble. Admission is free, and the concert will take place at 11:30 on 17 December. A special one-off performance of Handel’s Messiah has been organised by La Caixa Foundation, taking place on 21 December at 19:30. Tickets cost €15. The Big New Year’s Concert will feature music by Johann Strauss, with tickets costing €32. Despite its name, the concert will actually be taking place on 26 December at 21:00. Last but not least, the Russian Ballet will perform Swan Lake on 7 January at 19:30. (Tickets €45.) Sara Baras, one of the biggest names in the world of flamenco, is bringing her spectacular show Sombras to the Olympia Theatre from 14 to 23 December. (Tickets from €30.) Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone, and from the box offices (up to three hours before the performances begin).

Venue:  Different theatres at the city
https://entradas.teatroenvalencia.com/turisvalencia/public/janto/
Miscellaneous
From 15 December to 7 January
FUTURISM AT CHRISTMAS

The City of Arts and Sciences is not only an architectural and cultural icon for the city of Valencia, but also aims to become a focal point for social events, with a programme of Christmas activities designed for all the family. Visitors can browse the large Christmas market, indulge their appetite at the various food trucks, enjoy musical performances hosted (as always) by Pep “El Botifarra” Gimeno, and much more. Children’s activities include songs, games, puppet shows and piñatas, as well as the traditional sending of letters to Father Christmas and the Three Kings. All this and more will be waiting for you at Paseo de Arbotantes on L’Umbracle, from 15 December to 7 January and open from 11:30 to 21:30.

Venue:  Paseo de arbotantes de L'Umbracle
http://www.cac.es/navidad/
Miscellaneous
From 1st december till 7 january
SHOPPING AT THE CHRISTMAS MARKETS

What would Christmas be without market stalls and lights? Valencia is home to many temporary markets, but Christmas is when the truly special ones arrive. One such example is the Christmas Craft Fair, which can be found in Plaza de la Reina from 1 December to 7 January. Opening hours are 10:30 to 14:00 and 16:30 to 21:00. Ho, Ho, Ho Christmas Market is the slogan of the Christmas market at Mercado de Tapinería, which runs from 22 December to 5 January. Meanwhile, the City of Arts and Sciences will also host a craft market, running from 15 December to 7 January and open from 11:30 to 21:30. For those who leave their shopping until the last minute, the Three Kings Market in the El Cabanyal neighbourhood will be open from 3 January to the early hours of 6 January. Make sure everyone gets a present!

Venue:  Different places at the city
Miscellaneous
From december 1st to 22th january
THE FERRIS WHEEL ROLLS INTO TOWN

The perfect choice for an outing with the family, friends or as a couple. The Christmas Fair offers you the opportunity to enjoy the music, lights, candy floss and other classic funfair attractions, such as the Ferris wheel, ghost train and dodgems. You can even try your hand at darts! The fair can be found between Calle Ingeniero Manuel Soto and Avenida de Francia from early December through to the end of January. Closing time is 23:30 from Monday to Thursday; 01:30 on Fridays, Saturdays and the night before public holidays; and 00:30 on Sundays and public holidays. Visit the website of the Valencia Funfair Association (Asociación de Feriantes de Valencia) to find out which dates offer discounts and special offers for the attractions. Let's spin that wheel!

Venue:  Marina de Valencia
http://feria.dbvinformatica.com/
Miscellaneous
From 2 december till 7 january
VALÈNCIA ON ICE

In a city where it rarely snows, ice skating is something of a privilege. And it’s even more special when you're skating in the open air, in a location as iconic as the Plaza del Ayuntamiento and surrounded by Christmas lights. The skating rink opens on the first weekend in December and will remain open until the end of the holidays, which this year falls on Sunday 7 January. The rink is open every day of the week from 11:00 to 23:00, except on 24 and 31 December when it will close at 20:00. Tickets can be purchased at the rink itself and cost €8 for adults and €5 for children. Discounts are available if you have made a purchase (receipt required) at participating stores in the historic city centre. The skating rink has two separate areas, one for adults and one for children, making it the perfect destination for Christmas family fun!

Venue:  Plaza del Ayuntamiento
Shows
9, 12, 15, 18 & 21 December
DON CARLO WITH PLÁCIDO DOMINGO

WHO, WHAT AND HOW. Plácido Domingo is opening the new season at the Palau de Les Arts with Don Carlo, Verdi’s magnificent and oft-performed opera about duty, desire, love and obedience between a people and its ruler. Ramón Tebar is the musical director for this new interpretation. WHEN AND WHERE. Performances are scheduled for 9, 12, 15, 18 and 21 December at the Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofía. WHY YOU SHOULDN’T MISS IT. At 76 years of age, Plácido Domingo continues to develop his remarkable talent and has received rich accolades for his portrayal of the Marquess de Posa, a role which extends his musical repertoire as a baritone. Don Carlo is also the opera with which he made his début at the Vienna State Opera House in 1967, at the tender age of 26. Interested? Tickets are priced from €38 to €135. They can be purchased at the online store of the Valencia Tourist Office and at the Palau’s own box office and website.

Venue:  Palau de les Arts
https://www.lesarts.com/ Purchase your tickets here >>
Music
From 14th October to 23rd December
MÚSICA PARA LUNÁTICOS

MUSIC FOR LUNATICS WHO, WHAT AND HOW. ‘Llunàtic Jazz’ is the title given to this edition of the Botanic Garden's music season, featuring jazz music, with up to eight performances taking place between May and December. WHEN AND WHERE. On 14 and 21 October, 18 November, and 2 and 23 December in the Joan Plaça Auditorium in the Botanic Garden, performances will commence at 19:30. A new feature of this year's programme is two concerts aimed at children, set to take place at 12:00 on 14 October and 2 December. WHY YOU SHOULDN’T MISS IT. The offer of jazz and classical music has attracted a loyal following to the Botanic Garden, which affords an incomparable natural setting for the performances. In 2017, collaboration continues with the Sedajazz group of musicians, who will take part in a programme where each performance is named after one of the eight phases of the moon. INTERESTED? Tickets are on sale for €4 in the Botanic Garden ticket office, 15 days prior to each concert.

Venue:  Jardí Botànic
http://jardibotanic.org/?apid=llunatic_jazz-197
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