The III International Congress of the Descent of the Virgin, which will take place between the 9th and 11th of this month in Santa Cruz de La Palma, will offer a dozen activities that will address the latest research on the Lustral Festivities.
This is a scientific meeting promoted by the capital’s City Council and the Cabildo, which, together with the organizing team of the programming, dedicates itself monographically to festive imagery in general, as well as to the Danza de Enanos, the different island expressions in around the Masks and Papahuevos, or the dancing horses, the devils and festive bestiary.
The mayor of the municipality, Juan José Neris Hernández, and the insular Councilor for Culture, Jovita Monterrey, agree on the importance of holding events of this importance, with which to provide scientific literature to one of the hallmarks of the people of La Palma, words signed by the Councilor for Cultural Heritage of the Consistory, Manuel Garrido.
The academic sessions will take place between this and this Saturday in the auditorium of the Cajacanarias Foundation, which include five plenary conferences and three participation tables, among other talks, in which fifty specialists have confirmed their participation, including find anthropologists, philologists, musicologists, historians, ethnographers, architects, journalists and cultural heritage managers.
In addition, among the participants are congressmen from Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Venezuela and Peru.
Numerous researchers will also take part from a wide range of academic and cultural institutions in the Archipelago, from mainland Spain, the Viana do Castelo Costume Museum (Alto Miño region), the Caribbean Institute of Anthropology and Sociology, as well as half a dozen official chroniclers of the Canary Islands. The congress also has a parallel cultural program, in which it is worth highlighting the opening of three temporary exhibitions, a concert with the music of the Dwarfs and the Mascarones, which will be held in the assembly hall of the Royal Yacht Club.
As a novelty in the Congress and for the first time on the Island, the festive imagery of La Palma will parade in a unique parade on the 11th of this month of March, starting at 7:00 p.m., in a tour called Proclama de las Danzas, which will begin your itinerary in the Plaza de La Alameda until you reach the Plaza de La Constitución.