Exhibition of handmade nativity scenes and free shows

From 1st December to 10th January, strolling along the streets of Cittadella Francescana between the Piazzas and Via del Santo, Via San Francesco, Via Ospedale and Via Cesarotti, try to take a good look – and not just a quick glance – at the shop windows in which you can also admire excellent examples of nativity scene crafts. Throughout the same period, “Presepiando” returns for the 6th time with the exhibition of artisanal nativity scenes organised by the Associazione Gattamelata.

The inauguration will take place on 2nd December featuring Antonio Bressa, Councilor for Commerce, and a representative of the Rector of the Basilica del Santo. For over a month, the shop windows will display nativity scenes created using a range of techniques and materials, including wood, terracotta, plaster, wax, resin and silver, hailing from all around the Veneto region and Italy generally. In addition to the window displays, nativity scenes can also be admired inside the stores, the owners of which will be happy to welcome interested visitors.

For those who want to really explore the tradition and characteristics of this particular form of artistic expression, the association offers the opportunity to take a guided tour of the nativity scenes accompanied by a representative of the Associazione. For more information on the guided itinerary or for more information on the eateries and parking, please contact the organizers via the email address associazionegattamelata@gmail.com or by calling the number +39 348-0005973.

Throughout the exhibition, free side events organized by Associazione Gattamelata will be offered to all. Tuesday 3rd December at 8:303 pm, the Sala Teologica of the Basilica del Santo in Padua will host the gospel concert by Free Voice Choir, while on December the 8th Piazza del Santo and Via Cesarotti will host “All’Ombra del Gattamelata“.

Do not miss the theatre show Bergasse19 (the 14 December at 8:45 pm in the Sala Teologica of the Basilica del Santo in Padua) by the company BEOLCO RUZANTE, directed by Nicola Stefani and Claudia Andreazzi and with the graphics by Gianmarco Zonta.

The events program also includes the Holy Mass for retailers (in the Sala del Capitolo, Basilica del Santo) celebrated by rector Oliviero Svanera on Thursday 19 December at 8:30 pm, and the operetta Natale in Pontevedro by Associazione MUSE. The date to save is the 21 December at 8:45 pm in the Sala dello Studio Teologico of the Basilica del Santo.

All the events are free. Any offer will be donated to the 2019 Caritas Antoniana Project dedicated to the mentally ill people of Togo.

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