Santa Tecla Sitges 2021

Santa Tecla, Sitges 18-26 September 2021. Programme of festivities

Santa Tecla is the popular festival in honour of the patron saint of Sitges, as it is Sant Bartomeu.

Santa Tecla is the “small” Fiesta Mayor, infused with local flavour (in September many visitors are already back home) with the focus on children taking the leading role. It features the “Matinal” with exhibitions of popular dances as well as paper maché giants, “big-heads”, dragons and eagles, made and paraded by the children. It is also a fiesta where fire goes mainstage with the celebration of the “Nit de Foc” held the weekend before Santa Tecla with lots of fireworks, crackers and fire beasts in the old town of Sitges.

Needless to say, in 2020, Santa Tecla was not celebrated in the traditional sense, having been practically limited to the firing of the “Morterets”, the celebration of mass, a parade exhibiting the various Fiesta Mayor popular dances, the fun “Gitanes d’Antes”, some on-line events and not much else.

The celebration of Santa Tecla 2021 will bear a closer resemblance to the traditional “Festa Petita” as we know it. The Commission and Sitges City Council have agreed to allow limited parades for both the Children’s Morning and the parading of the image of Santa Tecla, on September 23rd.

The programme also includes the shows featuring the children on Sunday 19th in Plaça de Catalunya, a firework display on the night of the 22nd September, the traditional “Morterets” and mass.

No prior reservation is required for seating along the route of the parades.

* At the beginning of June, the Generalitat de Catalunya (autonomous government of Catalonia) approved measures regulating and authorizing the celebration of festivities, festivals and popular events and thus the programme of the Sitges Fiesta Mayor has been drawn up complying with the established protocols.

In 1991, the Sitges Fiesta Mayor was declared “Fiesta Tradicional de Interés Nacional” (Traditional/cultural event of National Interest) by the Generalitat de Catalunya and in 2016, the Fiesta Mayor was declared “Fiesta Patrimonial de Interés Nacional” (Heritage Festival of National Interest) by the Generalitat de Catalunya.

LINK TO SANTA TECLA’S  SITGES 2021 FOTOS

Sitges despide, con pasión, la fiesta mayor en honor a Santa Tecla con un pasacalle intenso en sentimientos

Santa Tecla  Sitges 2021 Schedule

The schedules and location of the events are subject to current health regulations and the weather.

In event of rain or modification of the sanitary measures, kindly refer to the official social networks @visitsitges @fmsitges and @ajsitges

 

Friday September 17th

21h NIT DEL PUBILLATGE SITGES 2021
(Night of proclamation of the Pubilla and the Hereu de Sitges)

Terramar Gardens Dinner of associations in which the Pubilla and the Heir of Sitges 2021 will be proclaimed.

The doors will be open to the public, with a controlled and limited capacity, from 10.30 pm, when the proclamation ceremony will begin.

No appointment required.

The Proclamation of the Pubilla and the Heir of Sitges 2021 will be broadcast live via the Facebook page of Visit Sitges.

 

Saturday September 18th

EXHIBITION OF SANTA TECLA’S FLAG

During the hours of Parish celebrations

 

17h – 20h INTRIGUILIS FESTIUS 2.0:
Palau del Rei Moro

Three shifts:

Children’s shift: backpacks, at 5 pm

Other shifts: cloth bags, at 6.30 pm and 8 pm

Reissue of the customization of cloth bags.

Organized by: Agrupació de Balls Populars de Sitges.

Link for registration available on Instagram and Facebook of the entity @agrupasitges

 

Sunday September 19th

EXHIBITION OF SANTA TECLA’S FLAG

During the hours of Parish celebrations

 

EXHIBITION OF CHILDREN’S POPULAR DANCES
Plaça Catalunya

No prior reservation is required.

Controlled and limited capacity.

9:30h Exhibition of Children’s Popular Dances

Performances by giants, bigheads, children’s dances and dances featuring speeches recited in verse.

17:00h the different Dracs (dragons) and fire groups will do their performances.

Ball de Diables Infantil (Junior Devil’s Dance) organized by the Colla Vella, Colla Jove and the Colla de la Agrupació de Balls Populars de Sitges.

 

Monday September 20th

20:30h TRANSFER OF THE IMAGE OF SANTA TECLA
Parish of Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla

The Municipal Commission of the Festa Major de Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla, representing the municipal authorities, will recieve the icon of Santa Tecla from parish vicar Josep Pausas and to the sound of the Grallers de La Sitja, will parade it this year to the Hall of Cases Noves, the location having been chosen by Santa Tecla 2021 Pendonist, Dora Pons Sánchez

Route: Baluard, Fonollar, Port Alegre, Rafel Llopart, Isabel Julià, Pont dels Ocells and carrer St. Honorat.

* You are kindly requested not to follow the entourage.

Once the image arrives at its destination, OPENING PRAYER OF THE EXHIBITION OF THE IMAGE OF SANTA TECLA.

 

Tuesday September 21st

11h-13h and 17h-21h EXHIBITION OF THE IMAGE OF SANTA TECLA
In the Hall of Cases Noves

Opening hours from 11am to 1pm and from 5pm to 9pm.

 

17h-20h CHILDREN’S PARTY + LET US DRESS THE GEGANTS MOROS
Palau del Rei Moro
Activity organized by the Agrupació de Balls Populars by appointment.

Currently all places are sold out.

If you do not have a reservation for the above activity, you can nevertheless admire the Giants in the lobby of Sitges Town Hall from 9pm and also throughout September 22nd.


Wednesday September 22nd

La vigília (The Eve)

11h-13h and 17h-21h EXHIBITION OF THE IMAGE OF SANTA TECLA

In the Hall of Cases Noves

Opening hours from 11am to 1pm and from 5pm to 9pm.

 

14: 00h MUSKETS ARE FIRED AND THE PARISH CHURCH BELLS ARE RUNG
La Fragata
Firing of 21 morterets by Grallers La Sitja on their 15th anniversary.

 

20h GRALLES CONCERT + LES GITANES D’ANTES
Casino Prado
The doors will be open to the public from 7:30 p.m. The event will begin at 8:00 pm with the Gralles concert.
“Grallas” (flageolet) concert and performance of leaps and pirouettes of LES GITANES D’ANTES (satire)

Link for registration available on Instagram and Facebook of the association @agrupasitges

Event organized by Agrupació de Balls Populars de Sitges.

 

23:00h  FIREWORKS
The firework display by Pirotècnia Igual, will be launched from two points simultaneously.

Kindly follow the recommendation to view it from private balconies and terraces.

 

Thursday September 23rd

Diada Santa Tecla, protomártir, Patron Saint of Sitges

CHILDREN’S MATINAL WITH POPULAR DANCES – Event postponed to Sunday September 26th
In honor of Santa Tecla, joyful and festive Children’s Matinal.

There will be 3 routes:

7:00h Route 1, Matinal “Balls Blancs” and Gegants :
Starting on Avenida Sofía, with the oldest white dances and the biggest giants and ending the Children’s Matinal on the Promenade: Route: Avenida Sofía, Paseo de la Ribera to the height of C / Primero de Mayo. Along this route, the Commission and the City Council plan to have 2,095 seats.

 

8:00h Route 2: Matinal with fire – demons and dragons – (same route as route 1):
The Children’s Matinal of Santa Tecla will also feature fire. Route from Avenida Sofía, Paseo de la Ribera to the height of C / Primero de Mayo. Along this route, the Commission and the City Council plan to have 2,095 seats.

 

8:00h Route 3: Matinal of the “smallest” children’s Popular Dances and the small dracs and small àligues:
Matinal procession featuring popular dances, smaller giants, dragons and eagles that only use star flares. Route along Paseo de la Ribera, from the height of Sant Pere street to La Fragata. Along this route, there will be 1,035 seats.

 

11: 00h SOLEMN MASS IN HONOR OF SANTA TECLA
Parish Church of Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla
Presided over by Father Josep Pausas, rector.

This year and exceptionally on the occasion of their 41st anniversary, Las Panderatas and the Colla de Bastons Noies, will make the offering to our Co-Patron on behalf of the entire town. The mass will be sung by the towns people with the participation of the Chorus Amics de l’Orgue.

At the end of the celebration, “Goigs” (praises) to Santa Tecla shall be sung by the Chorus Amics de l’Orgue.

 

13:00h VERMUT CONCERT OF SANTA TECLA
Casino Prado Suburense with the Banda Mestre Montserrat
Societat Recreativa el Retiro with the Cobla Maricel.

 

18h DESCENDING THE STAIRS OF THE PILAR DE LA JOVE DE CASTELLERS
(a human tower walks up and down the stairs of La Punta)

At 6pm, starting at el Baluard in front of the Parish Church, a human tower will walk up and down the stairs of La Punta Organised by the Colla Jove de Castellers de Sitges.

 

19h POPULAR DANCES PARADE
No prior reservation required. Doors open 1 hour before. Parade of Popular Dances accompanied by their musicians, in honour of Santa Tecla. There will be a different route this year due to the pandemic.

Route: it will begin on Avenida Sofía by the roundabout with Paseo de Vilanova and will go through Paseo de la Ribera, it will follwo through carrer Nou, Mayor, Plaza del Ayuntamiento and Baluard until the entrance to the parish of Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla.

It is expected that there will be several rows of chairs for the public along Avenida Sofía and the promenade, but no public will be allowed from calle Nou to the entrance of Santa Tecla in the parish church. The tabernacle of Santa Tecla will be paraded through the streets carried by the Pubilles and the Hereus of the neighborhoods and entities of Sitges and accompanied by the group of bearers. This year exceptionally it will not be considered a liturgical procession. This route can accommodate up to 3,445 people seated in two rows and complying with the required safety measures.

 

22:30h SANTA TECLA’S CONCERT
Hort de Can Falç
With the local group Veneno en la Piel
Act without prior reservation of entry.
Controlled and limited capacity until complying with Covid regulations.
The public will be arranged in tables of 4 people.

 

Friday September 24th

10-19h OPEN DOORS AT THE MUSEUMS
Cau Ferrat Museum and Maricel Museum
Free activity. Limited capacity
Organized by: Consorci del Patrimoni de Sitges

 

 

Saturday September 25th

19:00h CLOSING CONCERT 50 ANNIVERSARY ESCOLA DE GRALLERS DE SITGES
In the Retiro Gardens
Closing concert with Santa Madrona and Montònec, Grallers los Mosquits, Grallers de Castelldefels, Blanc Subur, Grallers de Ribes and Dinapontus.

 

 

Sunday September 26th

CHILDREN’S MATINAL WITH POPULAR DANCES
In honor of Santa Tecla, joyful and festive Children’s Matinal.

Location: La Plana / Santa Barbara

Itineraries not confirmed yet

There will be 3 routes:

8:00h Route 1: Matinal with fire – demons and dragons
The Children’s Matinal of Santa Tecla will also feature fire.

Departure at c/Felip Font i Falp (Rotonda vi)

Arrival at: Avda.Sofia (roundabout old Rugby field)

8:30h Route 2, Matinal “Balls Blancs” and Gegants :
With the oldest white dances and the biggest giants

Departure at c/Pepe de Garraf amb Avda. Cases del Sord

Arrival at: c/Pepe de Garraf amb Avda.Sofia

9:00h Route 3: Matinal of the “smallest” children’s Popular Dances and the small dracs and small àligues
Matinal procession featuring popular dances, smaller giants, dragons and eagles that only use star flares.

Departure and arrival at c / Margarita Xirgu with Avda.Sofia.

General aspects:
• THE MATINAL CANNOT BE FOLLOWED FROM WITHIN THE ROUTE
• The route will be delimited and without seats
• Remember that the mask must be worn correctly at all times
• Parking area where the Barraques and Festa Major concerts took place

 

Mapa Matinal Infantil Santa Tecla Sitges 2021

 

17:45h EXHIBITION OF COLLES SARDANISTES
Hort de Can Falç
With the participation of a representation of groups from all over the country and of different age categories and with the musical performance of Cobla Maricel.

Organized by: Amics de la Sardana de Sitges.

 

18:00h ORGAN CONCERT OF SANTA TECLA

Parish of Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla
Organ concert of Santa Tecla, by Loreto F. Imaz (Euskadi).
Organized by: Amics de l ‘Orgue de Sitges.
Entry: Voluntary Entrance fee