Tarraco Viva is one of the most complete historical festival in Europe and explores the many facets of ancient roman history through seminars, workshops and historical recreations.
Tarraco Viva is an historical festival held annually in Tarragona, which explores ancient roman culture through detailed presentations, workshops, debates, and historical re-enactments.
The origin of this can be traced back the the funerary rituals of the high ranking held in the necropolis by early Italic tribes; this involved sacrificial offerings made to the gods of the underworld, the DII INFERII, in the shape of bloody fights held on top of the grave in order to placate the spirits and help the deceased cross into the afterlife.
And so we arrive to the last act of this year’s Tarraco Viva festival, the funeral of Emperor Augustus.
Tarraco Viva has been building up over the weekend to its apex, showcasing the many different imaginative way to tell and teach about ancient Roman history.
The world of gladiators is a fascinating and compelling tale, shrouded by deep sense of pathos but also fame and glory.
This is the year Tarraco Viva comes of age, and the homage to Augustus has proven so far an exceptional platform enabling the spectator to explore in full the depth of Roman society and its times.
A woman is let blindfolded on a stage lit by heavy candles where a secret ritual takes places, dismembered piece of a sheep are offered to the gods and satyrs arrive leaping in the air accompanied by musicians and dancing maids.
The roman historical immersion that is Tarraco Viva in Tarragona continued last sunset on the sandy shores of Altafulla where the reconstruction group Nemesis ARQ presented the key elements of worship by the romans of the Egyptian goddess Isis to a public of over 500.
The centerpiece of the sixteenth edition of the Tarraco Viva festival in Tarragona is the replica of the Ara Pacis, the Altar of Augustan Peace, faithfully recreated and centre stage of “Augustus and the power of the mask”, a one and half hour historical presentation given by the festival’s director Magí Seritjol, and based the life of the Emperor Augustus.
The ten days of historical introspection that is Tarraco Viva, concluded yesterday inside the large hall of Tarragona’s Palau del Congresso, with the exploration of the death of Julius Cesar.
The Camp de Mart of Tarragona is one of the main venues of the Tarraco Viva festival. Situated next to the old roman walls this is where some of the most visual demonstration take place over the two weekends.
Tarraco Viva is about everything Roman, including the food, and 21 of the best restaurants in Tarragona are taking part with individual taster menus, whose recipes and ingredients are straight out of pages of Roman cookbooks.
Under the storm brewing skies of Tarragona, Tarraco Viva continues its exploration of the Roman world and one of the most iconic event is the Munera Gladiatora, the fights of the Gladiators in ancient Rome.
Part of Tarraco Viva, the ten days festival exploring all things Roman in Tarragona, is SEQVERE ME! a realistic reconstruction of the world of prostitution among the walls of the old city.
Another extraordinary day at Tarraco Viva with more drama and insights in to the the Roman world. The area around the Field of Mars (Camp de Mart) was filled with tents and stalls showing Roman workmanship, produce and battlefield tactics.
More riveting Roman re-enactment today on fitting settings of the Fields of Mars where spectators were given a full display of armours and attack and defense tactics sported by the various types of Roman legions and Gladiators.