Europassion Board meets two Dicasteries at the Vatican
On July 25th 2023 some Eropassion Board members visited the Culture and Dicastery in the Vatican City; the delegation was received by Mons. Carlo Maria Polvani and Don Fabrizio Capanni. A following meeting with the Evangelization Dicastery involved Mons. Michele Fiorentino and Dott. Marco Lucente.
The meetings had been arranged by Europassione Italia's President Flavio Sialino in order to evaluate possible future collaboration and initiatives between the Church and the european Passion Plays.
The General Secretary Thomas Hummel, eventually met Monsignor Josè Manuel Del Rio Carrasco, former member of the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church.
Europassion General Assembly in Horice na Sumave (CZ) 8th-11th June 2023
The 2023 Europassion General Assembly was held in Horice na Sumave (CZ) from 8th to 11th June 2023, and brought together 38 groups from all over Europe.
The meeting opened with a visit to the beautiful town of Český Krumlov. While they marbled at the famous medival castle and explored the city with guided tours during the day, in the evening the participants enjoyed a specially organised concert of Bohemian music at the Monastery of the Friars Minorites. The concert was conducted by Jaroslav Krček, composer of the soundtrack of the Horice Passion.
On Saturday the delegates gathered in the House of Culture in Hořice na Šumavě where they attended a lecture by Dr. Ludmila Muchová entitled "Attracting Transcendence" and the historical presentation "Passion Plays in Hořice" by Profs. Jan Palkovič and Martin Neudörfl.
The General Secretary Josef Lang, along with the members of the Europassion Board briefly illustrated the activities, performances and news of the association since the last meeting in March 2022, together with the financial report. Franz Miehl, director of the electoral committee, subsequently presented the results of the elections which took place via email between April and May.
The new board is therefore comprised of:
Thomas Hummel, from the passion of Salmuenster DE is the new Secretary General;
Herman Josef Christen from Schönberg BE was confirmed as Secretary,
Lex Houba from Tegelen NL was confirmed as Treasurer;
Andrea Schiffo from Ciconicco IT was appointed to Public Relations while
Paolo Arienta from Romagnano Sesia IT and
Andreas Krenn from Feldkirchen bei Graz AT were included in the new board as co-opted members, respectively with functions of collaboration in the treasury and public relations.
Don Fulvio Dettoma from Sordevolo IT is confirmed chaplain of Europassion. He delivered a profound message of encouragement which all the groups have received with faith and hope.
The representatives of the groups for each nation were then confirmed as members of the board as follows:
Thomas Hummel (Salmuenster DE) for Germany,
Lex Houba (Tegelen NL) for Holland, Belgium and United Kingdom,
Wolfgang Miehl (St. Margarethen AT) for Austria, Czechia, Hungary and Romania,
Jordi Ros I Mas (Esparreguera Catalonia) for Spain,
Flavio Sialino (Europapassion for Italy IT) for Italy and Switzerland,
Andreja R. Megusar (Ventus Passionis SI) for Slovenia and Croatia.
New representatives for France and for Poland have been also appointed:
Lucas Montvignier-Monnet (Tullins FR) for France
Marcin Caban (Cyeszin PL) for Poland.
Among the main objectives of the new Board are the revision of the statute and the formal/bureaucratic regularization of the Europassion association, the involvement of young people, the cohesion between groups, the improvement of communication and image, the promotion of peace between peoples and the spread Christ's message "love one another" in the dimension of the European community of the Passions of Christ.
The handover from the previous management to the new board of Europassion was the warmest moment: Josef Lang former Secretary General (Auersmacher DE), Franz Miehl (St. Margarethen DE) former member of the Council and country representative for Austria, and André Pesleut former head of Public Relations ( Ligny BE) were greeted by the new General Secretary Hummel, and they were deeply thanked for having cultivated the community of European passions for 28 long years.
Their 28 year long effort to cultivate the community of European passions was acknowledged with the utmost gratitude by all of the new board members. To honor their relentless work across almost 3 decades they were awarded an honorary membership to Europassion and received a variety of farewell-gifts.
The meeting continued on the Saturday afternoon with greetings from the Mayor of Hořice and other local political and religious institutions, a visit to the Via Crucis and the Holy Sepulcher with the ruins of the chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows in the woods near Hořice, as well as the opening ceremony of the monument dedicated to the people who made the history of the Hořice Passion Play.
In the evening, the Archbishop P. Kročil and vicar P. Pícha celebrated the Holy Mass at the Passion Theater in open air, and the symbolic statue of Europassion was handed over to the Passion Group of Csíksomlyó (RO) where the Europassion Congress will take place in June 2024. The setting of the sun gave way to the Play of the Passion of Christ which -although wet by the rain- fascinated all the people for its splendid natural scenery immersed in the Bohemian forest, captivating those who had come from the rest of Europe to witness to the mystery of the death and resurrection of Christ staged by the people of Horice.
Click here to open a photo report of the Congress in Horice.
Passion Plays on Radio Maria DE
When an entire village depicts the passion of Christ, with Stefan Radinger and brother Peter Ackermann
Here is the recording from Radio Maria, in German
400 years Passion Play Waal - premiere of the 2023 season
The Passion Play was probably performed for the first time in 1621 in the Bavarian Waal. In the hope of being able to keep the plague away from the community, a tradition that goes back more than 400 years has developed. With a successful premiere on May 6th, the Waal Passion Play started the current playing season in the spirit of this anniversary. Manfred Dempfer directed for the first time. He stepped in at short notice for Florian Werner, who had to resign from the game management for health reasons. Dempfer brought a very personal touch, above all with a text version he himself revised. Among the numerous visitors this year were delegations from the friendly Passion Play locations of St. Margarethen, Neumarkt, Erl, Sömmersdorf and Oberammergau. The Passion will be performed in Waal until October 8th.
Information, impressions, media reports and tickets are available at: https://passion-waal.de
Image rights: Wolfgang Miehl 2023
EUROPASSION 2023 in HOŘICE NA ŠUMAVĚ
8. 6. - 11. 6. 2023
The Confraternita di Bitonto
communicates the sad news
of the death of its
president Pasquale Carriello.
Our thoughts and prayers are
with our friends in Bitonto.
EUROPASSION in ESPARREGUERA (Spain) March 3rd - 6th, 2022
32 passion play groups from 13 European countries with 128 participants have come to this year's Europassitionstreffen in Esparreguera in Spain. A photo report of the encounter can be found below
Passion Play SAINTE PAZANNE (FR) 2022
We just had our general assembly, and we are full hope and courage to resume our representations.
They will take place at the Théâtre de Sainte Pazanne (the works seen completed)
Sunday March 20, Sunday March 27, April 3, April 10 2022.
EUROPASSION CONVENTION PROGRAMME* Esparreguera 2022
Thursday, March 3rd
Bus pick-up for participants arriving by plane, reception and hotel check-in, registration,handing-out of documentation and gifts, and welcome dinner.
Friday, March 4th
Visit to Cova de Sant Ignasi and Manresa
Bus trip to Manresa to attend the conference Sant Ignasi i la Passió(St Ignatius of Loyola and Passion) atla Cova de Sant Ignasi in Manresa. 2022 marks the 500th anniversary of Ignatius of Layola’s stay in Manresa, where he had a mystical and spiritual experience that led him to writeThe Spiritual Exercises and to foundThe Society of Jesus some years later.
Institutional Visit to the Parliament and to the Episcopal Palace
Concurrently to the trip to Manresa, members of the board of Europassion and of the organisation, the president of the Catalan Federation of Passion Plays and the president of La Passió d’Esparregueraas well as other authorities and representatives from other Passion plays are going to visit the Episcopal Palace, where they will meet with Barcelona’s Archbishop Joan Josep Omella; and Catalonia’s Parliament and its president, Laura Borràs.
Visit to Montserrat Monastery
Lunch at Montserrat, visit to the Monastery, monks reception and evening prayer.
40th Europassion Anniverary Dinner
Dinner with speeches from the authorities in El Bruc Hotel.
Saturday, March 5th
Two delegates from each passion will participate in this conference with simultaneous interpretation in six languages (Catalan, Spanish, French, English, Italian and German).
Guided Tour Around Esparreguera
During the morning, the other visitors will attend a guided tour around Esparreguera, where they will discover some of its places of interest, such as the Bell Tower, Santa Eulalia’s Church or the Pottery Museum.
Reception of the invited authorities.
Outdoors, exhibition of Catalan culture with Castellers (human towers), Geganters (giants), Ball de Gitanes (Gypsy dance) and Ball de Bastons(stick dance).
At the theatre’s entrance, signing of the honour book by the authorities and short speeches.
First passion play of the season. (This year we present a new version of La Passió d’Esparreguera with technical improvements and of shorter duration that will be alternated with the classical version.)
After the play, exhibition by Diables d’Esparreguera(demons) and its children group, Els Polls Folls.
Standing dinner/snacks in the theatre hall to end the day and return to the accommodation by bus.
Sunday, March 6th
Mass and farewell
Free time in Esparreguera, mass said by Sant Feliu’s Bishop and farewell. Those participants wishing to can attend the informal lunch arranged by the organisation.
*Changes may be made by the organisation
Esparreguera receives the sculpture that accredits it as the European Capital of Passion Plays during the year 2022
On Monday November 8th., Jordi Ros, member of the Europassion Board, presented the statuette, which accredits the city of Esparreguera as the European capital of passions, to the Mayor of Esparreguera, Mr. Eduard Rivas, who was joined by the deputy for culture, Mr. Juan Jurado, the president of the Catalan Federation of Passions Jordi Carapuig, the parish priest of Esparreguera Mn. Ramon Maria Bosch Vendrell, the president and vice-president of Esparreguera passion play, Mr. Enric Galceran and Mrs. Nani Guevara.
The hand-over took place exceptionally at Esparreguera Town Hall, as due to the pandemic it was not possible to pick it up in the host city of 2021, ŠkofjaLoka (Slovenia).
Europassion was founded in Esparreguera in a meeting where three Catalan Passions (Ulldecona, Olesa de Montserrat and Esparreguera) and three French passions (Loudéac, Nancy and Masevaux) laid the first stone in the foundation of this new association that has not stopped growing until today, with 86 passions from 16 European countries. In 2022 we celebrate its 40th anniversary, so Esparreguera Passionplay requested to be the site for the annual meeting.
The dates of next year's meeting will be from March, 4th to 6th and Esparreguera will host hundreds of collaborators from different passion groups all over Europe and there will be plenty of cultural activities, organized between the Passion of Esparreguera and the Catalan Federation of Passions.
Members of the Catalan Passion Play Federation meet with the President of the Parliament
Last September 22th, the honourable Mrs. Laura Borràs, President of the Parliament of Catalonia, received in a hearing the Catalan Play Federation.
This hearing is part of the various institutional meetings that the Federation is holding in the run-up to the start of the 2022 season.
In 2019, as Minister of Culture, Mrs. Laura Borràs, was committed to give more visibility to passions plays, a sample of popular culture with more than 500 years of history and to grow the Federation.
During the hearing, we informed the president about the work done over the years, how we have gone through the pandemic and the activities we will resume this coming 2022: seasonal presentation, Fira Passió in Esparreguera and the Europassion meeting.
Europassion consists of more than 80 entities from 16 European countries, which will be held in Esparreguera on the first weekend in March. Among the events organized during Europassion meeting, a reception and visit to the Parliament of Catalonia for board members of European passions is scheduled for March 4.
The president was very pleased with the work being carried out by the Catalan Federation of Passions, encouraged the Federation to continue in this line and offered its collaboration in future events.
EUROPASSION BOARD MEETING IN SLOVENIA
Between Wednesday June 23rd and Friday 25th Europassion Board attended a regular meeting in Slovenia. This meeting was part of EU project The European youth for towns – towns for the youth (YOU4EU) which is financed by European programme Europe for citizens. Main partner of the EU project was local municipality Železniki and the whole programme was coordinated by Mrs. Andreja Ravnihar Megušar.
Europassion Board meeting joined Josef Lang (D), general secretary, Herman Christen (B), secretary, and members: Franz
and Wolfgang Miehl (A), Flavio Sialini (I), Thomas Hummel (D), Aleksander Igličar and Andreja Megušar from Slovenia.
On Wednesday June 23rd particpants were guests of Slovenian Parliament in Ljubljana and hosted by Alenka Jeraj, member of Slovenian Parliament, who is vice-president of Slovenian UNESCO commission. Reception in Slovenian Parliament was very special for all because on June 25th Slovenia celebrated 30 years of its independence.
Members of Europassion Board in Slovenian Parliament.
Josef Lang, general secretary, and Alenka Jeraj, the member of Slovenian Parliament
On Thursday June 24th Europassion participants and lace-makers from Železniki went to Ribnica city where each year mostly young people peform Ribnica Passion Play which began in 2008. Each year in their Passion Play Jesus suffering from Bible is upgrade by scenes in actual daily life. Speciality is also modern pop music prepared and played by young musicians and singers.
Meeting in the Municipality in Ribnica
Meeting of the board of Europassion in Ribnica
On Friday June 25th Europassion team had separate reception by Anton Luznar, Major of Železniki, and Tine Radinja, Major of Škofja Loka where this year local Passion community celebrated three hundred years of Škofja Loka Passion Play. On this occasion Škofja Loka should host traditional yearly Europassion assembly which was cancelled due to COVID19 pandemy.
Europassion Board members were very happy because it was their first meeting in person after Europassion assembly in May 2019 in city Tullins near Grenoble (F).
Catalan Federation of Passionplays
On Friday June 18, 2021, for the first time, a meeting took place in the Episcopal Palace of Barcelona between members of the Catalan Federation of Passionplays and the archbishop of Barcelona and president of the Spanish Episcopal Conference, Cardinal Omella.
During the meeting, long desired by both parties, different topics were discussed: the Federation was presented and the work it does; how different are the performances in terms of formats and spaces where they take place: theaters, churches and exteriors; the social work of the entities that make up the Federation ... and emphasis has been placed on the need to have channels of communication between the Federation, its federations and the dioceses of Catalonia.
The Cardinal's response has been quite positive, both parties have agreed on the need to start working together, at the same time, the cardinal has encouraged members of the Federation to follow this path they have set in motion and work together. .
Another important topic that was part of the meeting was the meeting / assembly of the Europassion, which will take place in Esparreguera on the first weekend of March 2022.
Cardinal Omella has been very attentive to the explanation given to him of the events that are being prepared, he has been interested in the Europassion, he has given his support to the organization and at the same time he has offered his collaboration and help for this meeting.
The Catalan Federation of Passions, thanks to His Eminence Cardinal Omella, the good disposition and welcome.
MONUMENT OF 300 YEARS OF ŠKOFJA LOKA PASSION PLAY
Monday 24th of May 2021 was a special day for Škofja Loka Passion Play and all its people. A monument commemorating 300 years of Škofja Loka Passion Play was revealed and blessed at the old city square.
Borut Gartner, director of ŠLPP in 2009 and 2022, capuccin br. Metod Benedik, Tine Radinja, major of Škofja Loka, br. Jožko Smukavec, actual guardian of Škofja Loka capuccin monks, Jure Miklavc, designer of monument and Marjan Kokalj, DJ, director of ŠLPP in 1999 and 2000 ------- Andreja Megušar and Aleksander Igličar, members of Europassion Board
Documents represent that Škofja Loka Passion Play Procession was first performed on Easter Friday afternoon in 1713 just few years after capuccin monks come to one of the oldest Slovenian city. Author of original words and leader oF Passion Play Procession – Magister Processionis - was brother Romuald, a capuccin monk in Škofja Loka between 1715 and 1727. We are so proud that his original codex of Passion Play which is dated on 21th of April 1721 is the oldest Slovenian dramatic text and the oldest director's book in Europe.
Nowadays Škofja Loka Passion Play is performed every six years – it was performed in 1999, 2000, 2009 and 2015. COVID19 postponed 2021 performance to year 2022. Škofja Loka Passion Play is performed with original words and as a procession through streets and squares of Škofja Loka old city centre. The performance is based on folk spiritual theatre and all actors and other people involved (around 100 on horses) are volunteers coming from Škofja Loka and its surrounding villages. All together more than one thousand people are involved. On seven performances around 25.000 thousand people admired Škofja Loka Passion Play each year.
In 2008 Škofja Loka Passion Play was inscribed within Slovenian intangible culture heritage register as first element and on 1st of December 2016 on UNESCO representative list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity as first Slovenian element and first Jesus Passion Play in general.
In 2007 Škofja Loka Municipality joined EUROPASSION organization and this year it should host a yearly meeting which was cancelled due to COVID-19. So wooden Statue of Europassion which each year is hosted by organizing city more than symbolize all connections between Škofja Loka passioners and all European passioners.
The same faith, the same idea !
THE EUROPASSION SCULPTURE ARRIVE TO ŠKOFJA LOKA, SLOVENIA
From 9th to 11th of April 2021 Škofja Loka (Slovenia) should host 37. Europassion yearly Congress. But due to COVID19 the preformance of Škofja Loka Passion Play was cancelled and also Europassion Congress.
Board of Europassion decided that wooden Sculpture of Europassion which is every yeary in host city should be sent to Škofja Loka.
On Wednesday 31th of March Andreja Ravnihar Megušar and Aleksander Igličar, members of the Europassion board, officialy gave the Sculpture od Europassion to Tine Radinja, Major of Škofja Loka, and br. Jožko Smukavec, guardian of Škofja Loka capuccin monastery.
The Sculpture of Europassion will be in Škofja Loka until summer when it will be transferred to Catalan passion city Esparreguera which will host 38. Europassion Congress in March 2022.
Thoughts on the representation of the resurrection in the Passion Plays
All Passion Plays I have seen so far, end with an Easter scene. Usually the risen Christ appears on stage in a white robe and shows himself to the audience. Despite all Easter joy, my feeling about such scenes is often unpleasant. It seems to naturalistic and banal to me! In fact, the process of resurrection is beyond all our imagination. Basically, it cannot be performed and shown. With good reason, the tradition of our faith is very cautious and speaks of the "transfigured” body of the Risen Lord. It remains mysterious when the resurrection reports speak about the possibility that the Risen Lord can both eat and pass through closed doors. Obviously, his body is earthly and supernatural at the same time. This raises questions. In any case, with our everyday perceptions, we don’t get to the point of the Easter event.
In the new staging of the Passion Play of St. Margarethen, which will have its premiere in July, we do without the appearance of the Risen Christ. The apostles, Mary, Mary Magdalene and the Emmaus disciples come together as a "young church” and tell each other about their experience with the Risen Lord. From the different reports, the conviction then arises in all of them that Jesus is the "Lord” (= God). Together, they formulate this confession. The basis of the Easter faith are the reports of experiences. A quick glance at the Gospels shows that these are very different and individual experiences. There is a good reason for, and it must be so.
Together with the great theologian Eugen Biser, I believe that Jesus was resurrected into his disciples. The Risen One lives in the hearts of his disciples. Their accounts of experience are the inner images of this indescribable process. They only gradually become communicable convictions. It nearly takes two generations to find out a more or less valid language for the experiences of the young Church. The original word for the reality of the resurrection in the Greek New Testament is "ophtä” and means: "I have seen”. This is the elementary basic testimony: I have seen the Lord! What quality this seeing had among the witnesses of resurrection, remains unclear! An outside or an inside perception?
Our generation, in any case, is referred to inner looking. That is not a deficiency. For this, you need the eyes of the heart. They see the essentials that remain invisible to the eyes of the head. "One sees well only with the heart”, says the "little prince” in the fairytale of Antoine de Saint-Exupery. How about gradually shaping our concepts of Passion Plays so that our performances promote inner seeing and not just trivial outer seeing. Our Passion Play culture needs a quantum jump into mysticism!
With this in mind, I wish you a happy Easter filled with inner images!
Dr. Richard Geier, Parish Priest and Passion Play leader in St. Margarethen
SURREXIT CHRISTUS SPES MEA
One verse of the solemn Easter Sequence says: "Christ my hope is risen”. May our heart sing like this when contemplating Jesus Christ, the victor over the slavery of sin, death and all human weakness.
For more than a year now, our beloved Europe, together with the whole world, has been experiencing the daily burden of the pandemic with its traces of disease and death, as if we were living a "Passion” that goes on and that marks the history of all our countries.
Even if it is only as a representation, we have a clear understanding of the journey of Passion and death. We are able to understand, how our people feel in this time, spiritually and in their deepest being, united with the suffering and the weight of the cross of Jesus.
At the same time, however, we as Christians, if we allow ourselves to be guided by the Word of God, we participate in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our life has no meaning if it is not oriented towards resurrection, if we do not allow ourselves to be enlightened by the resurrection.
Here then is the song of the heart: Christ, our hope, is risen! May the darkness of the Passion give way to the dazzling light that comes out from the empty tomb.
The invitation and the wish to all those who perform the Passion in various ways, is to be people of hope, in concrete, personal situations, as well as at community level, in all the country. To be authentic and credible witnesses of Jesus Christ whom we represent and celebrate in the Passion Play. To be animators of Christian hope, because faith is the bases for the certainty, that after suffering, we will live the liberating experience of the Resurrection.
Therefore, let us share in our life the gift of Christian hope, let us be witnesses of the Risen Lord in our communities and associations, so that people in Europe and throughout the world may soon return to living, believing and loving.
Canon Don Fulvio Dettoma
Easter greeting from the Secretary General of Europassion
Dear performer of Passion Plays,
We are living in troubled times. Corona did change our lives. We have to give up many things we take for granted. For the second year now, Passion Plays cannot take place. The Passion Play and the General Assembly of EUROPASSION in Škofja Loka had to be cancelled.
This year again, we will be living Easter in lockdown. The consequences of Corona still can’t be estimated. Many people are feeling hopelessness.
We are in a similar situation as Jesus’ disciples 2000 years ago. In their hopelessness after the death of Jesus on the cross, the Easter message suddenly burst in, brought by Mary Magdalene.
Easter does not end the pandemic, but Easter gives us hope. Easter means, and Easter gives life in abundance. The love of God sustains us, carries us.
Jesus is a friend of life and he calls us his friends. Let us share life as friends of God, let us be messengers of his joy.
In this spirit, I wish you a happy Easter!
PRESENTATION OF THE SEASON OF CATALAN PASSIONS - FIRAPASSIÓ 2021
On March 6, 2021, at the Esparreguera Passion Theater, the presentation of the Catalan Passions season took place.
The event included the projection of videos where representatives of each of the seventeen federated passions exposed the project for the 2021 season. Some of them have chosen to skip a season and prepare for 2022, such as the famous passion of Cervera; others have decided new ways, such as exhibitions, streaming broadcasts or symbolic events. In some cases, they decided an step forward and offer reduced passion plays and adapted to all security measures, as we can see in Olesa de Montserrat and in Esparreguera.
Enric Galceran, president of the passion play group, La Passió d'Esparreguera, announced the aim of the entity to host the Europassion assembly in March 2022, a meeting of European Passion play groups that will set Esparreguera at the center of these cultural and traditional manifestations of the continent. Galceran pointed out that "this year Esparreguera has undergone a technological renovation, including projectors to generate new visual effects in the show." The entity has also announced that the six performances of the 2021 season will be dedicated to conductor Josep Borràs, composer of the show's music, who died in April 2020 at the age of ninety.
The president of the Catalan Passions Federation, Jordi Carapuig, mentioned that, since its creation in 2016, the federation has not stopped growing and that "in 2020, in the middle of a pandemic, the entity reached the maximum number of associates until the seventeen members nowadays. Carapuig appreciated the huge effort of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government) and the Department of Popular Culture to financially help the passions in this difficult time, especially those who own theater and have not been able to have the expected income. "The 2021 season is lost, but for some it is an opportunity to reinvent themselves. There is a push for technology at all levels, not only on stage but also on the way in which our shows should reach the audience.”, assures the president. The highest representative of Catalan passion plays invited all authorities and passion plays to meet again in 2022 in Esparreguera at the Europassion meeting, in which all groups in Catalonia should mostly also attend, with a new and stronger FiraPassió. «2022 will be the year of return. We have suffered wars, the Spanish flu, and we are still here. There is no one who will knock us down” Carapuig stressed.
The morning event ended with the performance of one of the most iconic scenes of Esparreguera Passion Play, the suicide of Judas, where we could enjoy a trial of what will be the impressive next generation projections in the cyclorama.
During the afternoon event we saw video projections of all Catalan passions (https://youtu.be/skukH6JO_7g) and of a good part of the European ones (https://youtu.be/90tfhkvUcB4), as well as the institutional message from the General Secretary of Europassion, Josef Lang, where he highlighted the enormous role of Esparreguera in making possible the relationship between the passions of Europe, and invited all members to the appointment for 2022. We could see, like in the morning event with the suicide of Judas, another Passion scene, the farewell of Jesus and Mary, the Virgin, one of the most emotional moments of the representation of Esparreguera.
The meeting of the Catalan Federation of Passions also featured the presentation of a photographic exhibition in the hall of the theatre, where images of the seventeen federated passions could be seen.
Part of Gerard Bidegain's article in Setsetset magazine,
25 Years Passion Play in Csiksomlyo (Miercurea Ciuc - Romania)
In 2021, the Passion Play of Csík will celebrate its 25th birthday. In this jubilee year, we would like to thank God and express our gratitude to you for all the spiritual and material support we have received:
• Thank you for your trust, encouragement and friendship.
• Thank you for the experience of the 1997 tour, when we were guests of the
Passion Play communities of St. Margaretten, Sommersdorf, Auersmacher,
• Thank you for the possibility to participate on the Krakow Festival in 2000.
• Thank you to our Hungarian brothers and sisters for the possibility to perform in
• Thank you for the friendly welcome we have experienced at conferences.
• Thanks to all those who visited us in Csíksomlyo.
• Thank you for knowing and being friends with those, who have passed away from
We have a lot of joy and gratitude in our hearts. We keep many good memories and feed on them now, even after 25 years. We would like to let you know that the tradition and the community lives in the most eastern place in Europe, in Csíksomlyo.
Those actors who were playing 25 years ago, became mothers and fathers, who brought their family members into the group. A young generation inherited their knowledge and tradition, they became the messengers of hope. Despite all the difficulties, we are confident that the European Passion Play Meeting in 2024 can be organised by Csíksomlyo and we can host our Friends.
With great love and respect Adel Svella
director-choreographer of the Passion Play from Csíksomlyo
Leader of the group 1996-2001
Sordevolo: Carlo Perazzo deceased
Carlo Pedrazzo left us after having fought until the last against incurable evil, which had struck him for over one year. Wise man, with a good soul and a great heart, friend of all, tireless worker and always present. He has always been a member of our Association and has participated in the representations of Christ’s Passion from a very young age, interpreting various roles, both as an actor and as figurant.
His talents were a combination of entrepreneurial experience, intelligence, prudence, wisdom and foresight.
His greatest contribution has always been to the Board of Directors, of which he was a member for many years, finally becoming President of the Association since the 2000 edition of the Passion and until 2015
Now he has reached his beloved Nella, his wife,who he loved so much and left him too soon.
Ciao Carlo, leave a void we’ll never be able to fill. There’s no words to thank you for everything you’ve done for us and for everyone who’s been lucky to meet you.
Protect from up there your beloved "Passion of Sordevolo”!
Josef Lang visited Škofja Loka, Slovenia
From Wednesday 16th of September until Saturday 19th of September Josef LANG Secretary General of Europassion visited Slovenian Passion city Škofja Loka.
Programme of his visit was quite intensive. On the first evening Josef Lang and his wife Heidi were guests of Škofja Loka cappucins monks’s monastery.
At cappucins monks’s monastery in Škofja Loka (from left): br. Jožko Smukavec, guardian, Heidi and Josef Lang, Andreja Megušar, br. Jaro Kneževic and Borut Gartner, director of Škofja Loka Passion play 2021
The next day they held a visit to Anton Luznar, major of Železniki which was followed by lunch with Tine Radinja, major of Škofja Loka.
Meeting with major of Škofja Loka: (from left): Andreja Megusat, Heidi Lang, major Tine Radinja, Jakob Vrhovec, chief of organization of Škofja Loka Passion Play 2021, Josef Lang, Miha Ješe, head of organization of Europassion congress 2021 and Aleksander Iglicar.
In March and April 2021 Škofja Loka Passion play is about to be performed and this performance will be a special one as it will celebrate 300 years since the text was written by capuccin monk br. Romuald. This performance will also be the first one after Škofa Loka Passion play was inscribed on UNESCO representative list in intangible cultural heritage of humanity in December 2016. Alongside Passion Play Škofja Loka is planning to host yearly congress of Europassios so during lunch Mr. Lang and Mr. Radinja discussed open organizational items regarding COVID19 circumstances.
The next day Josef Lang together with Europassion Board members Andreja Megušar and Aleksander Iglicar visited Slovenian Ministry of Culture and attended a meeting with Ignacija Fridl Jarc, general secretary, and Jelka Pirkovic, head of heritage department.
Meeting at Slovenian Ministry of Culture (from left): Aleksander Iglicar, Jelka Pirkovic and Ignacija Fridle Jarc, Ministry of Culture, Josef and Heidi Lang, Andreja Megušar.
Josef Lang’s visit was organized by Andreja Megušar, member of Europassion Board, within EU project Europe for citizens.
co-opted member of Europassion Board
Passion Ciconicco 2020
FRIENDSHIP AND SOLIDARITY ARE THE STRENGTH OF EUROPASSION
In this difficult moment for all people in Europe, the Italian Passion Groups would like to express their closeness, solidarity and friendship to all European citizens, in particular to all members of Europassion.
Anyway we are sure about one thing: united we will be able to build our future again, even with our Passion Plays which can’t take place this year. We will put into practice the Christian message: love one another!
A huge hug,
with esteem and friendship.
President of Europassione per l’Italia
EUROPASSION in TULLINS (F) May 9-12, 2019
33 passion groups from 13 European countries participated in this year's Europassion meeting in Tullins. 170 participants enjoyed the weekend; A photo report of the meeting can be found at
From 16 to 17th, February, 2019. We will leave the theatre and take La Passió to the street. We invite you to come and, if you want, perform a scene of your passion play in the streets of Esparreguera
Europassion in Budaörs (Hungary) from 31. 5. to 3. 6. 2018
40 passion groups from 13 European countries participated in this year's Europassion meeting in Budaörs.
297 participants enjoyed the weekend; A photo report of the meeting can be found at
Catalan Federation of Passions - Presentation of the 2018 Season
Europassion 2017 in Kecskemét (Hungary) 08.06. - 11.06.2017
The 33rd International Congress of Europassion has as focus the memory of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Further visits are planned in the Great Hungarian Plain and in the city of Kecskemét. Kecskemet is home to 110,000 people, the eighth largest city in Hungary and is situated 80 km south of Budapest.
The theater Katona József Kecskemét has set itself the task to present the Passion of Jesus Christ on an outdoor stage. The extraordinary thing about the performance in Kecskemét is that the Passion from the aspect of the Hungarian Pauline is shown.
Meeting of European Passion play locations in St. Margarethen (AT)
From 15 - 17 July 2016, more than 100 Passion players gathered from Passion 25 Passion venues in St. Margarethen. Participants came from Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria.
Highlights of the friendly encounter was the joint visit of the passion play and a reception for all participants and guests of the meeting.
Six passion groups have created the Catalan Federation of Passion Plays after a ten-year gestation
They are the passion groups of Cervera, Esparreguera, Molins de Rei, Olesa de Montserrat, Ulldecona and Vilalba dels Arcs. The Federation is born to promote these traditional Holy Week plays and to spread the theater culture and its social aspect all over our country. One of the next steps of the organization is to carry out joint actions and to encourage new members to join.
Vilalba dels Arcs, February 27th,2016 – Today at noon, the village of Vilalba dels Arcs, in Terra Alta, has hosted the presentation of the Catalan Federation of Passion Plays. This association brings together six of the most important passion groups of Catalonia. Its main target is to promote these traditional passion plays of our country and also the theatre culture during the Holy Week. The presidents of the six federated passion plays have attended the event as well as other theatre group members and local and provincial politicians.
The Catalan Federation is formed at present by the passion groups of Cervera, Esparreguera, Molins de Rei, Olesa de Montserrat, Ulldecona and Vilalba dels Arcs. However, other passion groups have already requested to join it, according to Josep Cuscó, president of La Passió d’Esparreguera and of the new Federation. The doors are open for them and they will be invited to the next general assembly where they will be informed about how to become a member.
Nowadays in Catalonia, there are more than 30 passion plays of several formats and lengths, some of them tracing back to the fifteenth century. In these plays, innovation and tradition merge into original and surprising performances in big theatre buildings, small spaces or even outdoors, taking advantage of natural stages.
Cuscó has explained that the main target of the federation is to create synergy between the members and taking advantage of this human potential in order to promote themselves together. Some planned actions are the creation of an advertising spot, technical collaboration and experiences exchange. Passion plays are not only theatre or religion performances but also a social movement which brings together children, youth and adults, and therefore different ways of thinking and ideas. All of them work together towards the same goal. Isidre Sampe, president of La Passió de Vilalba dels Arcs, has pointed out the importance of the values and of all the people that enable these plays.
Ferran Bladé, culture manager of the regional services in Ebro lands, congratulated the drivers of this initiative and emphasized that passion plays are a clear example of the great cultural wealth of our country. He thanked them for their work, their effort and their will of collaboration.
Finally, Marc Sampé, head of communication of La Passió de Vilalba dels Arcs, has announced that a website for this Catalan Federation is being created. The organization will also be present on Facebook and Twitter in order to inform about the actions organized by each passion group as well as the joint events.
The direction board of the "Federació Catalana de Passions”
The direction board positions and the president will change every two years among the members of the federated passion groups. At present, it is formed as follows:
- President: Josep Cuscó, president of La Passió d'Esparreguera.
- Vice president: Jordi Carapuig, president of La Passió d'Ulldecona.
- Secretary: Sam Carrique, president of La Passió d'Olesa de Montserrat.
- Treasurer: Xavier Cañabate, president of La Passió de Cervera.
- Member: Marc Sampé, head of communication of La Passió de Vilalba dels Arcs.
- Member: Miquel Olivé, member of La Passió de Molins de Rei.
The origins of the federation: a decade of gestation
On June 4th 2005, the first meeting of Catalan Countries Passion took place in Esparreguera, due to the nomination of Esparreguera to be Capital of Catalan Culture 2005. Twelve passion groups put together Passió de Passions, a joint play in which all the groups performed a scene of their passion play.
After this event, the idea of creating a federation of Passions emerged. Although it was not until April 28th 2008 that a meeting was held in Reus in order to prepare the foundation of the federation. The volunteer character and some financial troubles of our passion plays in the last years have elongated the process of creating the Catalan Federation of Passion Plays. However, the process finally ended in Olesa de Montserrat on November 21st, 2015.
For more information, please contact:
Federació Catalana de Passions