The FALLA celebrates the artistic expression and diversity, and finds its origins in the carnival traditions of Valencia, Spain. The event gives rise to the construction of an enormous wooden piece set on fire during popular celebrations.
The FALLA will be built in 10 weeks, through 4 workshops under the big top:
The structure, designed by Charles-Hugo Hamel to enable proper fire spreading, is built using a wooden frame, on which characters are added. The four falleros then staple a series of thin strips of wood to create the rounded shapes and cover it all with paper (imported from Valencia), combustible coating and paint. The stackability of all parts ensures the structure’s solidity. The FALLA can be seen in its entirety for only a few days before it goes up in flames.
FALLA 2018 TEAM
CONSTRUCTION ANIMATOR :
CONSTRUCTION CREW :
Tamara Andrea Gonzalez-Mora
FALLA HEAD OF WORKSHOPS:
Philippe Ferrier Le Clerc
FALLA WORKSHOPS ASSISTANT:
VISUAL ARTS ARTISTS :
THE 2018 GIANT WORK
• Inspired by the 250th anniversary of modern circus and the 20 years of Cirque du Soleil in Saint-Michel neighbourhood
• 9 metres high and 6 metres wide
• Iconic modern circus elements will be represented
• Montréal’s cultural diversity will be the core of the piece
Six neighborhood community organizations have coordinated the presence of more than 200 volunteers, Les Amis de la FALLA, who take part in the creation of the piece as well as cultural mediation activities: Maison d’Haïti, Entraide bénévole Kouzin Kouzin’, Centre haïtien d'animation et d'intervention sociales (CHAIS) , Montréal Autochtone, Centre d’amitié autochtone, Centre Yves-Thériault, Centre Gabrielle-Roy and elderly LRH residents of Saint-Michel.
To watch the pictures of FALLA 2017, click HERE.