La Festa dels Miquelets
Dates 2017 to be announced (the event was last held in 2016)
Olesa de Montserrat (Catalonia aut. region)
Olesa de Montserrat, a town located in Catalunya autonomous region of Spain, is worldwide known thanks to its olive oil and textile production, as well as for the spectacular Passion play (La Passió d'Olesa), which was first documented in 1538 and achieved a world record in year 1996 featuring over 700 persons acting onstage at the same time.
The Festival of Miquelets is an historical reenactment related to the "Memorial 158", the area in Olesa de Montserrat dedicated to the memory of 158 soldiers from Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Flanders, Holland and Catalunya who perished in the town between 1706 and 1714, during the War of Spanish Succession (the war of several European powers including a divided Spain, over the feared possible unification of the Kingdoms of Spain and France under one Bourbon monarch). "Miquelets" is the name for irregular Catalan militia that took part in the fight against the French.
The event includes the ceremony of homage to the Memorial 158 and offers the chance to meet historical reenactors of the period, visit a historical market and experience various activities and displays, such as traditional music groups' performances, legends and folktales from storytellers recalling ancient beliefs and traditions and military displays. A historical dinner with 18th-century Catalan dishes completes the program.
Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.
Info & Contact
Organization name: L'Arrel Acció Cultural - L'Eixida de l'Art
Tel.: +34 627322648
Olesa de Montserrat Town Council / Ajuntament d'Olesa de Montserrat
Image: L'Arrel Acció Cultural - L'Eixida de l'Art
Text sources: L'Arrel Acció Cultural - L'Eixida de l'Art, Wikipedia, Olesa de Montserrat Town Council
Olesa de Montserrat on Google Maps:
Video reportages and promos of the event:
"You win or you die!" documentary film about the Miquelets of Catalonia, teaser: