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This is the program of the Villancicos Show of the Diputación de Badajoz

The event reaches its fortieth edition with choral performances in six municipalities

«Every year, when the Christmas dates approach, the choirs of our province of Badajoz finalize the details of their preparation to participate in the Provincial Christmas Carol Show that the Delegation of Culture and Sports of the Badajoz Provincial Council organizes and promotes, with great joy and pride, and that this year celebrates its XL edition ». With these words, the deputy delegate for the area, Francisco Martos, has introduced what will be the forty Christmas musical event that, now a tradition, will be held on December 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 and 23. .

“And it does so by sharing this work with the Extremadura Choir Federation, an entity whose capacity to energize the choirs is essential if we want to talk about a successful show, as it undoubtedly is year after year”, the deputy indicated, because ” it is not otherwise that forty editions are reached in a cultural activity».

For Francisco Martos, Christmas carols are songs that are internalized in the depths of the popular heritage, “forming part of our culture and the soul of the people.”

The deputy has not hesitated to recognize the work of the choirs, their effort, hours of rehearsal and enthusiasm that they put into this event, a permanently maintained enthusiasm, “as well as the important role they play in the task of preserving, studying and spread the Christmas carols that they present to us”, he has defended.

The six towns selected to host this edition are Torre de Miguel Sesmero, Lobón, Villar de Rena, Entrerríos, Guadiana and Campillo de Llerena. Martos has thanked his town councils for their work and collaboration, ceding their parishes, houses of culture and other emblematic facilities in each town.

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Miguel Sesmero Tower

The Torre de Miguel Sesmero exhibition will open on December 10 at the old oil mill “El Convento” at 7:30 p.m. The choir “Santa Cecilia” from Villafranca de los Barros will perform. The mayoress of her, Beatriz González, has thanked the offer of having her people for this exhibition that positions the Provincial Council as a guarantor of culture in small municipalities.


It will be followed by Lobón on the 11th with the “Extremadura Chamber Choir” that will perform their carols in the church of Ntra. Sra. de la Asunción at 1:00 p.m. Roberto Romero, mayor of the municipality, is excited about this outstanding activity that is going to take place in front of the nativity scene set up in the parish church and which, he says, “is our starting signal for Christmas.”

Villar de Rena

On December 16, at the church of San Pedro Apóstol in Villar de Rena, the Don Benito Choir will perform at 8:00 p.m. And on the 17th, Entrerríos will host the repertoire of the Azuaga Municipal Choir in the town’s pavilion at 8:30 p.m.


For December 18, the recital of the Chamber Choir “Vía de la Plata” of Almendralejo is scheduled in Guadiana in the church of Ntra. Sra. de la Soledad. It will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Campillo de Llerena

This 40th Exhibition will end in Campillo de Llerena on December 23 at its House of Culture. The choir “Emérita Augusta” has been invited to start at 8:30 p.m. Its mayor, José Antonio Lianes, highlights the pleasure of receiving a cultural activity like this one that the Provincial Council promotes to promote Christmas culture as a great popular heritage.

Francisco Martos has added the gratitude of the institution and its delegation for the work and disposition of the parish priests in whose churches part of the exhibition can be enjoyed, “as well as the town halls that contribute their houses of culture or other types of scenarios, in addition to all the necessary quartermaster.

Recording and website

This sample will be recorded and broadcast by streaming, editing a thousand CDs that will be distributed free of charge among those who request it.

Added to this initiative is the renovation of the web page that hosts the exhibition and that offers all the information related to this event. Those interested will be able to find in its content and format both the agenda and carols sung and videos of the performances.

Likewise, he thanks the Extremadura Choir Federation for its enthusiasm and effort to preserve, study and disseminate Christmas carols as an important part of the cultural heritage of our land and its magnificent musical repertoire. «The responsibility for its preservation and dissemination also belongs to all of us, especially to public institutions that feel culture as a necessary good. This is how it is for the Badajoz Provincial Council », he expresses.

In this sense, the president of the Federation, José Valadés, maintains that Christmas carols “create longing, passion and illusions in us, transmitting friendship and peace”.

He has recognized the problem that arose with the selection of the choirs, since they all wanted to integrate this exhibition that programs works by composers and lyrics from Extremadura.

Finally, Valadés has referred to the library of scores that are added every year and that they make available to other federations at the national level.

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