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Fiestas de La Blanca & Celedón, Vitoria-Gasteiz 2024 in Basque Country

If you see a figure with an umbrella coming down from a church on a rope—then you are in Basque Country!

Dates: August 4–August 9

Fiestas de La Blanca & Celedón, Vitoria-Gasteiz
Fiestas de La Blanca & Celedón, Vitoria-Gasteiz
Fiestas de La Blanca & Celedón, Vitoria-Gasteiz

The Fiestas de La Blanca & Celedón in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, held from August 4 to August 9, encapsulate the rich cultural tapestry and vibrant spirit of the Basque province of Araba-Álava. Dating back to 1884, these festivities honor the patron saint of the city, offering a unique blend of tradition, music, sports, and community gatherings.

Events and Activities

Throughout the festival, visitors can immerse themselves in a diverse array of activities. From religious ceremonies and live music performances to traditional Basque sports and theatrical displays, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Families can partake in child-friendly events, while the city pays homage to its veterans on another day, fostering a sense of inclusivity and community cohesion.

Descent and Ascent of Celedón

At the heart of the celebration is Celedón, a beloved symbolic figure adorned in traditional attire, including a beret and blouse, who descends from the Church of San Miguel at Plaza Virgen Blanca to mark the beginning of the festival. This iconic moment, known as the "Descent of Celedón," signals the commencement of six days of jubilant revelry. The festival draws to a close with the "Ascent of Celedón" on August 9.

Concerts Under the Basque Sky

One of the highlights of the festivities is the series of concerts held every night at 11 pm at Plaza del Machete and 11:55 pm at Plaza de los Fueros. These concerts feature renowned artists such as Esne Beltza, Nil Moliner, Luz Casal, and Zetak. The performances promise to captivate audiences with their eclectic musical styles, ranging from rock and rap to pop and electronic.

New Additions

Moreover, the Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council has introduced exciting new additions to the 2024 edition of La Blanca, ensuring a fresh and dynamic experience for attendees. From the electrifying energy of The 40 DJs to the nostalgia-inducing melodies of Doctor Desire, each concert promises to be a memorable highlight of the festivities.

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