La Orotava Corpus Christi carpet display 2018 – Ayuntamiento unveils live feed to watch the carpet being made

La Orotava Corpus Christi carpet display 2018 – Ayuntamiento unveils live feed to watch the carpet being made

Updated 21 May: Those who would like to see the main Corpus Christi carpet being prepared in the Ayuntamiento square can do so live on youtube in the following panel when the scene is being streamed. There is also further information HERE on the production of the amazing displays.

Original post 4 April: I’m always asked well in advance about the Corpus Christi carpets in La Orotava, so for those who want to make plans to see La Orotava’s Corpus Christi carpets this year, 2018’s display will be on Thursday 7 June. The making of the famous alfombras form part of La Orotava’s fiestas patronales, the whole celebration being in honour of Corpus Christi, San Isidro Labrador and Santa María de La Cabeza, and the day of the carpets is one of La Orotava’s two municipal public holidays. The actual festival, however, lasts from 15 May to Sunday 10 June, which will be the day of the town’s spectacular main romeria.

Photo: La Orotava Ayuntamiento

The carpets are world famous, and have held the Guinness World Record for the largest ephemeral carpet display in the world since 2006. Every year there is something different and spectacular, with the designs made into carpets with coloured earth from the Teide National Park by around 20 artisans from the specialist group Artearena (sand art). The following video will give an idea of what to expect.

This year, work on creating the carpet will start on Monday 9 April and last untl 6 June, the eve of the Infraoctava del Corpus. The design (below) has been unveiled, and as so often in recent years makes a strong social comment. The council says that it is perhaps the design with the hardest social message in the event’s 171 year history, based on obvious and direct references to the world’s refugee and immigration crises, and violence against women.  This is meaningful on so many levels it is easy to understand how the event continues to attract so many visitors, and how it continues to move them.

Design of 2018 alfombra. Photo: La Orotava Ayuntamiento.

 

6 Comments

  1. Are the carpets only on display for one day?

  2. Author

    There’s only one day when they’re pristine, but they can be viewed a couple of days beforehand as well as they’re being put together.

  3. Could you just confirm which day is ‘the pristine day’ this year as in your first paragraph above you say it is Thursday 7th June “2017”. Also is it pristine all day? We are considering going up and staying overnight the night before.

  4. Author

    sorry, it was a typo and meant to read 2018. The 7th of June this year is the Thursday, and that is the day … as the post says, it is the day of the public holiday in La Orotava (see HERE). It should be pristine until at least the evening.

  5. Val, it’s a good idea to stay the night before. By the time people have arrived on their buses and in their cars it will be very crowded. I would go early to avoid the main crush. It’s well worth the visit and the crowds are well marshalled with a one way system in place to minimise the potential for chaos and conflict.

  6. Thank you for clarifying Janet. We have been once before but many years ago and did it early evening on the night before without staying over but agree going before and staying would be a more comfortable way of doing it. Val.

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