Valencia's most famous festival

Valencia’s Fallas declared Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO

Dec 1, 2016Read time: 00:50

Another reason not to miss the Fallas next year: Valencia’s most famous festival has been declared Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.

Art, food, music and, above all, fire are the protagonists of Valencia’s Fallas, now officially part of UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Valencians had been waiting for this news for many years; this includes mayor Joan Ribó and Fallas “Queen” for 2017 Raquel Alario, who were among those who had gathered at City Hall after they found out.

Some 1.5 million people attended this year’s edition and we can definitely say this number will be even bigger in 2017.

The Fallas joins other Spanish events on this list which includes flamenco, the Mystery Play of Elche and Catalonia’s Castells (human towers), among others.

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