La Cabina International Medium-Length Film Festival: The Happy Medium

Feature films are widely known and short films have become increasingly popular but who has ever heard of a medium-length film? *Crickets chirping*  Apart from perhaps hardcore film buffs not many people are aware that medium-length films are even a thing. At the end of the day, all it boils down to is time: short films…

Iglesia de San Esteban Protomártir: Surprising Baroque Church

Despite its central location, this church goes largely unnoticed because from the outside you wouldn’t expect the splendour that is hidden behind its nondescript façade. The simple entrances located on Plaza de San Esteban and Plaza de la Comunión also contribute to the invisibility of this church. Next to the entrance at Plaza de la Comunión de…

Day of the Valencian Community: Official Programme of Events

The Day of the Valencian Community (Valencia, Alicante & Castellón), also known as Nou d’Octubre (9th October), commemorates when James I of Aragon took possession of Valencia from the hands of its Moorish rulers in 1238 and established the new Christian Kingdom of Valencia. In 1338, 100 years after the conquest, the new inhabitants of…

Street Art: Mislatas Representan Mural

Mislatas Representan is a street art festival that takes place every two years, the last being held in 2016, organized by Colectivo XLF (XLF Collective) in collaboration with the Ayuntamiento de Mislata (Mislata Council). It brings together over 100 prestigious Spanish street artists who are given free rein to let their creativity go on the…

The Feast of Corpus Christi: 2017 Programme

Corpus Christi is a Catholic feast commemorating the body of Christ in the Eucharist. In Valencia, we celebrate it in a unique way. Find out more about all the different traditions and events that take place during this time on my previous blog post otherwise you’ll be wondering what the devil is going on. 2017 PROGRAMME …

The Feast of Corpus Christi: Religion & Mythology

Corpus Christi is a Catholic feast commemorating the body of Christ in the Eucharist and has been celebrated in Valencia since 1236, although it wasn’t until 1355 when the procession element came about. It was once considered the Great Feast of Valencia but in recent times it has been eclipsed by the popularity of Fallas…

Galeria del Tossal: Hidden Islamic Architecture

Islamic architecture in Valencia you say? Yes, but don’t expect it to be featured in many official tourist guides. This is where a local, like moi, comes in handy. The splendour of Islamic architecture in Valencia was practically reduced to rubble and what little is left is either in a dire state of conservation or…

Botanical Garden of Valencia: Peaceful Oasis

The Botanical Garden of Valencia was founded in 1567 and like most botanical gardens around the world, it started out as a physic garden dedicated to herbs and medicinal plants for study purposes. In 1802, the University of Valencia decided to relocate it to its current and final location in what was known as the…

Dark Valencia: 15th Century Transsexual

Dark Valencia will be a series where we will uncover stories linked with places that are seldom explained in a typical tourist guide of Valencia. You’ve probably walked past many of these places without realising that once upon a time all that was heard in that spot was the bone chilling screams of people and cheers…

Valencian Street Art Day

Valencia is a haven for street artists because there are countless degraded areas throughout the city which have walls that are just begging to be injected with some colour and life. David de Limón is perhaps the most widespread Valencian street artist; if you’ve ever seen random ninja style graffitis around the city, that’s his…

International Museum Day

The theme of this year’s International Museum Day is Museums and Contested Histories: Saying the unspeakable in Museums. In Valencia, they will focus on the concept of refuge such a cultural and art refuges but also tackling the current refugee crisis that has shattered the world. Many museums in Valencian will open their doors free…

Festividad de la Virgen: Celebrating the Patroness of Valencia

All Hail the Hunchback! No, not the Hunchback of Notre Dame! The Hunchback (La Geperudeta) is what the Valencians have affectionately nicknamed the leaning statue of the Patroness of Valencia, the Mare de Déu dels Desamparats (Our Lady of the Forsaken). The story behind the title of this virgin all starts in 1407 when Father…