IN 2020 THE FIRES STILL BURN!
In this year 2020, COVID-19 prevented the fire festivals of the Pyrénées from being held in the usual way, however the spirit of the festival is no less lively. The fires continue to burn and each village has prepared various celebrations or changed the date of celebration. This Virtual Museum project aims to help keep the emotions of the festival alive.
The Fire Festivals are celebrated in a large number of villages in the Pyrenees.
In Andorra, Aragon, Catalonia and Occitania – especially the night of Saint Jean – the village inhabitants have united around the flames for centuries.
The holiday is an important moment in the Pyrenean villages: the arrival of summer, the continuity of time and generations, local identity, a season of love . . . A night full of emotions which strengthens social ties and consolidates ties of belonging and identity in Pyrenean villages.
Each village has its own celebration and the characteristics are diverse.
Find a village here.
THE VIRTUAL MUSEUM PROJECT
The “Virtual Prometheus Museum of the Fire Festival of the Pyrenees” project aims to network the spirit and diversity of the holiday. It is piloted by the Interreg Poctefa Prometheus project, and will be available in June 2022
THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
The festival includes all ages. We offer children a collection of teaching materials: games, books, online stories . . . The future virtual museum will offer you educational content for the youngest, their families, for leisure centers and schools.
INTANGIBLE HERITAGE OF HUMANITY
In 2015, UNESCO included “The summer solstice fire festival in the Pyrenees: falles, haros and brandons” on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The “PROMETHEUS” project is piloted by a consortium of universities, scientific and administrative institutions and is funded by the Interreg POCTEFA program.
In addition to the creation of this Virtual Museum, the project supports the creation of educational, cultural and tourist proposals for the safeguarding and dissemination of the Festival of Fire.