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The Fallas festivity of Valencia has a Mediterranean flavour that involves thousands of men and women who contribute their collective creativity to it every year. For just a few days in the month of March, this festival converts Valencian towns and cities into ephemeral street art museums celebrating the arrival of spring.

Music, gunpowder, traditional clothing, joy and passion, teamwork and sociability, the ritual of purifying fire, colours, and warm welcomes to all who come to visit are part of the picture… These are only a few of the ingredients that make this festivity something totally unique. The creative values and ritual practices of the Fallas, which have been reinforced each year for decades and decades, have met all the requirements for classification as UNESCO intangible heritage of mankind.


Tthe drafting of the Fallas dossier begins in spring 2011. The text is the result of a primitive writing followed by numerous adaptations motivated, mainly, by the various revisions afflicting the text.

The team was composed of twenty people with a multidisciplinary professional basis. The editorial staff was formed by a solid team of five people, including those who were Gil Manuel Hernandez (sociologist and professor of Anthropology at the University of Valencia), Javier Mozas Hernandez (degree in history and documentarian), Jose Martinez Tormo (cultural manager) and Josep Lluís Marin (degree in Philology Valenciana) under the coordination of Jorge Miguel Guarro Monllor (lawyer and head of tourism promotion of Valencia).

The text describes throughout its sections what the Fallas Festivity is and an exhaustive list of the elements that combined with the principles underlying the Convention of the intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO and that they give the festival.

Undoubtedly, the increased complexity was to explain or define the Fallas festivity in a maximum of 250 words and aiming that could understand or visualize any of the examiners responsible for it and that he had never seen or heard of it, and even more in the event that belonged to different socio-cultural areas.

Once drafted the text from the Junta Central Fallera of Valencia, it has gone through different institutions on their way to the UNESCO: the City of Valencia, also the General Direction of Heritage of the Ministry of Culture of the Generalitat Valenciana, the General Direction of Arts and Cultural Assets and Archives and Libraries of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport and finally, UNESCO.






In summer 2016 we have promoted the candidacy #FallesUNESCO through this campaign. As most of falleros & falleras were travelling during the summer, we wanted thats friends support the candidacy with photos (that were made with the official poster in their holidays destinations).

And as you can see, we’ve received photos from all continents of the planet. Thank you very much!

We are still waiting for your pictures!