AND CHRISTIANS FESTIVITIES TAKE OVER THE PORT
12th July 2012
and Christians festivities come to Javea as they do every summer, with a full
programme dedicated to Sant Jaume which runs from Saturday 14th July to
Sunday 22nd July. The firing of a rocket will set the fiestas under way on the
night of Saturday 14th July, which will see the members of the 12 participating filaes parade through the streets of the
Port all the way to Avenida Jaume I, where the official presentation of the two
camps and the 2012 festival authorities will take place.
chairman of the Moors and Christians organising committee in Javea, Juan Luis
Buigues Catala, will share the stage with the 2012 Captain, Cristina Ramos
Asenjo from the Pirates de Sant Jaume and the two standard- bearers, Maria
Serrat Marti from the filà Cristians Vells, and Lucía Andrés Lacueva from
Almoriscos. The first night of festivities will end with an open-air disco that
will finish at dawn.
Calle Sevilla will be closed off for a concert of festival music at 8.30pm,
offered by the Musical Arts Centre band, which will perform Moors and
Christians marching music under the direction of Juan Sanjuan.
programme resumes on Tuesday 17 July, when a children's play area will be set
up in the Placeta the Convent at 6.00pm and at 8.00pm the fiestas commission
will parade through calle Principe de Asturias, Placeta del Convent, Ronda Sur until
Sant Jaume, where they will leave a wreath at the shrine of the patron saint.
Wednesday 18 July at 7.00pm, the XIII annual Medieval Market will open in its
new location in calle Sevilla and calle Andres Lambert, where it will remain
until the end of the festivities. Then at 8.00pm the fiesta commission will
walk through the streets firing their muskets from the Dolphin roundabout to
Avenida Jaume I. Later that evening there will be a communal dinner an open-air
disco in calle Dr. Fleming.
Thursday, the Moors commission will sponsor a giant paella on Avenida Jaume I
and a flower offering to the Virgen de Loreto is scheduled in the evening, with
the participation of all of the fiestas commissions in the municipality.
20 July, the final stretch of the festivities begins with a grilled sardine
brunch sponsored by the filà Pirates de Sant Jaume and a not-to-be-missed event
will take place on the Grava beach at 9.00pm, with the landing of the Muslim
troops, the fighting between the two camps, the Christian troops and the
surrender of the castle. Later that night there will be a batucada (Brazilian percussion parade) and an open-air disco.
21 July will be a despertá (or
wake-up call), followed by chocolate and children's games in Avenida Jaume I.
Then at 8.30pm, the public is invited to enjoy the Christian Reconquista and
embassy, complete with a spectacle of fighting and musketry. At night there
will be an orchestra and correfocs in
the streets of the Port.
day of the festivities will be on Sunday 22 July, when all the filaes will deploy their full regalia,
marching music and live entertainment in the sole gala parade of this year. But
before that, at 7.00pm, all the marching bands participating in the parade will
perform together the famous "Pasodoble Xàbia".
which starts at 8.00pm, will open with the Moor hosts (Schaitans, Almoradins,
Almoriscos, Jalufos, Xibia, Baharis and Al Tariks) and will close with the Christian
troops (Ballesters, Trabuquers, Cristians Vells, Contrabandistes Xàbia and
Pirates de San Jaume, who are this year's captains). The fiestas will end with
a colourful fireworks display launched from the jetty of the harbour.