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Moors and Christians of Dénia: dates, filaes and history

Start date: August 04st, 2023
Finish date: August 16st, 2023
Event type: Party
Site: Dénia
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In the month of August the Moors and Christians festivities are celebrated in Dénia. These parties arrived here in 1980, and since then they have grown a lot both in number of participants and in filaes. So much so that in 2022 it was recognized as a Festival of Autonomous Tourist Interest.

Programming Languages

The program usually covers the first fortnight of each August. However, many of these acts are private for the festeros of the different filaes. Now, despite the fact that the big events don't start until the 13th, there are important events in the previous weeks, such as the proclamation, the handing over of the keys or the festive music concert.

Dates and events

The big days of the Moors and Christians festivities in Dénia are from August 13 to 16. But the first weekend of the month marks the start of the celebrations with the proclamation and the handover of keys of the city by the authorities. This act takes place in the Plaza del Consell, one of the emblematic settings of the festival.

In the days leading up to the festival, the captaincies gather the partiers at your receptions, and the Agrupació Artística Musical Dénia stars in the Music concert festera that offers pieces related to the celebration.

The Moorish Landing

On August 13, the big days begin with the landing of the Moorish side from the waters of Dénia, although the landing itself has been fictionalized for a few years for security reasons. At the port they are received by the Christians and together they sign the truce before the watchful eye of thousands of people. A truce that invites them to live together in the following days.

The children's parade

On August 14 the protagonists are the children, who parade in their best clothes through the city center. A children's parade which has gained in spectacularity every year.

The gala parade

The main day of the Moors and Christians celebrations is August 15, when more than 25000 people meet in the street Marqués de Campo and surroundings to enjoy the gala parade. A long-awaited appointment by the festeros, especially the captaincies, who work hard all year to offer a show worthy of admiration.

The Moors and Christians festival ends in Dénia on August 16, coinciding with the day of Sant Roc (San Roque). On that day, Moors and Christians engage in a battle for this land that gives the Christians as victors and causes the abandonment of the Moorish troops.

History of the party in Dénia

The story goes back to the year 1980, when a group of lovers of the party formed by Luis Villó, Julián Pérez Ayuso, José Antonio Sánchez Gómez, Antonio Timoner and Pángel and Raúl Albi, spoke with the party councilor of that time, Tomás Chiner . The proposal was to do a test and introduce the festival in summer, making it coincide with the patron saint celebrations in honor of Sant Roc.

The initiative had the support of the then mayor, Luis García Cuello, and began the work of preparing the program and composing some lines. This is how the filaes were born almorávides, Amiries, Deniers and the germ of what would be the filà walies.

The presentation of this party was on August 15 of that year, 1980, with a gala parade in which there were no pageantry, no captains, or spectacular costumes. Only parties and a lot of music that encouraged the people who were in the Calle Marques de Campo.

The birth of the filaes

After the success of this test, many people were interested in taking part, and in 1981 the filà Gavilans, which would later be called Cavallers of the Me'n Fot. Over the years the program was outlined with a Moorish landing and another Christian, the delivery of the keys by the mayor on duty and the parliaments.

In 1984 two new filaes, Berberiscos and Pirates, and that year the figure of the captains was also born. Four years later the filà is incorporated templaris al christian side.

In 1990, after several years of presidency Manolo Ferrer, takes over as president of the Association of Moros y Cristianos (AMMICC) Julian Pérez Ayuso. Three years later, he works hand in hand with the Brotherhood of Sant Roc unso to draft statutes of unification of the party.

The incorporation of women to the party

Already in 1995, the drafting of new statutes left the door open to the participation of women, which became effective in 1997. These are the years of presidency of José Antonio Sánchez Gómez, who introduced the figure of the town crier, modified the act of the delivery of keys and moved it to the Plaza del Consell, and also incorporated the figure of the flag bearers.

La filà Almogàvers it was the first formed by women, which began in 1997, the same year that the filà was founded. Saqaliba. That is also the year of the first children's parade. In 1999 the second row of women joined the party, Alkamar.

In the year 2000, and with the incorporation of the Christian filà Mozarabs, the round figure of 10 rows is reached. Vicent Crespo he rose to the presidency of the Association in 2001 and one of his first measures was the purchase of a ship to celebrate the Moorish landing. A year later, in 2002, the Christian filà Marins Corsaris was born, and the foremen of Sant Roc participated for the first time in the gala parade on August 15.

2004 is notable for the presidency of a woman for the first time. María Jesús Monfort saw how during her tenure the filaes Amazigh y Tuaregs, which would end up merging with berebers. Monfort's replacement in the presidency is taken by another woman, Amparo Mata, who introduces changes in the order of the gala parade so that the captaincies are the ones who close the parades of each side.

In 2019 he assumed the presidency of the FEMMICC (Federation of Moors and Christians of Dénia) the current president, Jaime Ferrer Santamaría.

Years in which they have been suspended

1999 stood out for being a year in which the party could not be fully celebrated. a terrible fire in the Montgo declared on August 15, it forced the decision to suspend the gala parade. After the fire is extinguished, on August 16 the program is partially resumed and the gala parade is held with the available means.

In 2020 and 2021 the party It was suspended due to the coronavirus health crisis.

Festival of Regional Tourist Interest

After years of work between the FEMMICC and the City Council, in February 2022 Francesc Colomer, the then regional secretary of Tourism, declared the Moors and Christians of Dénia as a Festival of Regional Tourist Interest of the Valencian Community. This is a distinction that Turisme grants to festivals that offer special relevance from the tourist point of view and involve an appreciation of Valencian culture and popular traditions.

It is the first party in Dénia that obtains the declaration as a Party of Autonomous Tourist Interest of the Valencian Community. The city has a festival declared of Provincial Tourist Interest, the floats, in addition to the Festival of National Tourist Interest, the Bous a la Mar.

Philaes of the Moorish side and the Christian side

Currently there are 16 filaes or groups that make up the Moorish and Christian sides, a number that has grown notably in recent years since in 1997 women joined (Until that late moment they had no representation).

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Mulberries filaes shields Denia

Christian filaes

Christian Filaes shields Denia

Organization: captains, captains and flag bearers

Every year there are two captaincies, one Moorish and the other Christian, which rotate and follow one row en row in order of seniority. Each captaincy decides who will hold the positions of captains and flag bearers, either by vote or by proposal of the interested parties.

The captains are the main figures of the party, always accompanied by their flag bearers, and they are the ones who fight on top of the floats that parade through the streets of Dénia in the gala parade on August 15.

In the days before the festivities, and also in the celebration of the Mig Any In February, the captaincies receive numerous guests at the receptions they organize.


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  1. paco says:

    a bufase to the mon

  2. Collar says:

    You are an idiot Luis

  3. javi says:

    Luis, if you don't like them, say so, festive gentlemen, as you define them, they are very normal people who work all year round for a three-hour parade, generate a lot of money, chairs, restaurants, etc, etc., the custom was only for men, but that gang welcomed them willingly, today they are essential for the party you see something bad or negative in this take a tila and leave us in peace postscript if you do not like those days go to the beach with your family and enjoy your way as we enjoy ours greetings and long live the party

  4. Luis says:

    Are they celebrated only since the 80s? That is to say that they are not a centuries-old tradition if not a copy of what is made in other towns? How many more parties are there because some "party gentlemen" in particular have wanted to do it? They get grants for it, right? And the women did not enter until 94 ?? What were considered to be men's things? Hahahaha what a panda ...

    • Braid says:

      Go to the beach…. but from Madriz and if you don't like this and the parties you stay there, we don't need people like you.
      Long live the party!

    • ana says:

      Exactly Luis, traditionally macho party, which revolves around the prevailing alcohol in each act of its members