Roman Festival of Badalona: Magna Celebratio
Festival Romano de Badalona: la Magna Celebratio
Badalona (Catalunya aut. community)
Living history displays, lectures and presentations, artistic performances, historical recreations and parades, workshops for adults and children, heritage tours, Roman cuisine and entertainment from the past times and a wealth of leisure and educational live-in activities for the whole family in the footsteps of the Ancient Romans in the Roman city of Baetulo now Badalona on the Mediterranean Sea...
Geographical, cultural and historical context
Badalona is a town situated on the left bank of the Besòs River between the Mediterranean Sea and the Serra de la Marina mountain range, in the autonomous community of Catalunya, in Spain. Badalona was founded by the ancient Romans in the 3rd century BC, with the name of Baetulo, while the modern town arose in the 10th century over and around the old Roman city.
Event description and programme
Every year in springtime Badalona goes back to Ancient Roman Age through the "Magna Celebratio", a great historical festival organized by the Museum of Badalona and its group of reenactors. The programme includes displays and workshops on experimental archaeology, as well as demonstrations of the ancient arts & crafts, such as masonry, mosaics, decorative painting, metal working, secret perfume and hairstyling techniques, and finally also tasting the Roman cuisine: at the Thermopolium the audience will have the chance to cook dishes according to ancient recipes, including the famous garum, an essential ingredient for the Romans. A great role will play also the Roman music and the visitors will be offered the chance to learn how to play musical instruments or enjoy ancient melodies. More than 300 Roman soldiers will take part at the historical parade and perform faithful displays of military manoeuvres and tactics at the legionaries’ camp.
The Badalona Museum hosts several exhibitions and provides guided tours at the archaeological sites. Headline of the event are the living history displays about the daily life of the Romans, including the impressive reenacting of a typical day on a crowded street, where several people, workers, politicians, prostitutes, dealers and other historical characters explain habits and customs of the former inhabitants through several impressive tableaux vivants.
Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.
Info & Contact
Magna Celebratio official website: www.magnacelebratio.cat
Badalona Museum / Museu de Badalona
Address: Plaça de l'Assamblea de Catalunya, 1 - 08911 Badalona, Spain
Tel.: +34 93 3841750 | Fax: +34 93 3841662
Badalona Town Council / Ajuntament de Badalona
Address: Plaça de la Vila 1 08911 – Badalona, Spain
Tel.: +34 93 4832600
Image: Museu de Badalona
Text sources: Museu de Badalona, Wikipedia, Badalona Town Council
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