AN INTERACTIVE TOUR OF LA BAJADA´S MAIN EVENTS
The exhibit at the La Bajada Visitor Information Centre transports visitors to the heart of this celebration. An interactive tour takes them through the most emblematic events of these festivities. After visiting the exhibit, many of our visitors decide to come back to the island for the next Descent celebrations.
THE PROCESSION OF THE THRONE
The Procession of the Throne is a one-of-a-kind event in the Canary Islands because of the traditional music and the sense of camaraderie among the procession members, who pass the valuable pieces of the throne as also the platform with the image among each other to the rhythm of these traditional tunes.
Dating back to the beginning of the 19th century at the very least, the Pandorga is an essential part of the Descent, where the littlest ones take part in a parade of colourful, flickering candlelight, band music and festive cheer.
The 18th-century Festival is popularly known as the Minuet, an 18th-century court dance with highly graceful and elegant steps, and was conceptualised by local musician and writer Luis Cobiella.
THE DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE FORT AND THE SHIP
On the day of the Descent, when the procession carrying Our Lady of Las Nieves reaches the ship, it is ordered to halt from the fort located high up on the other side of the ravine. The dialogue thereafter reflects the suspicion that the vessel carrying the Virgin might be a pirate ship. They threaten to sink the ship with cannon shots, but these threats turn to cheers when the ship tells the fort that it is "escorting the Virgin".
THE DANCE OF DWARFS
The main highlight of the Dance of Dwarfs is the transformation. The dancers first appear dressed in ample robes - in the Descent of 2015 as the "solemn poor" - and then go through a small house where they undergo a rapid transformation, changing from the "poor" into magical dwarfs.