cultural life in Andorra is becoming more active
day by day.
events take place through-out the year mainly
due to its permanent infrastructure: the National
Auditorium (Ordino), the Government Exhibition
Hall (Andorra la Vella), or the cultural centres
exclusive to each district.
musical programs have won international recognition:
this is the case of the Ordino musical festival
in September, the Escaldes-Engordany jazz festival
in July and the Andorra la Vella music: and dance
season (October to May).
The quality of exhibitions and cultural shows
has also developed noticeably: Andorran prehistory,
Romanesque Andorra, international art against
20th century genocides, selections from Andorran
painters and photographic exhibitions are all
examples of a lively interest in all that is creative.
traditional culture is publically shown through
the Main Village Holidays and festivities brightened
Lip by typical dances such as "la marratxa" (Sat-it
Julia de Loria), Saint Anne's dance (Escaldes-Engordany)
the "contrapàs" (Andorra la Vella); or the "sardana"
in the whole country. These dances encourage people
to participate, and also they are performed by
Other events on the open air are the "Escenificacio
de I'Ossa (Encamp), or the "Judici als Contrabandistes"
Any route can become a wonderful discovery of
some romanesque religious architecture.
churches and bell towers are scattered over the
mountains. Santa Coloma with its cylindrical bell
tower, Sant Joan de Caselles with its rusticity,
the splendour of the Encamp bell tower, or the
tiny chapels in Les Bons or Sant Cerni are a faithful
sample. With the Gothic art, the primitive churches
filled up with beautifully decorated altarpieces,
together with the polychrome wood carvings of
Gothic boundary crosses in stone, spread all over
the territory round up the scenery. The most representative
civil monuments are Casa de la Vall, the seat
of the Consell General (Parliament) and the Judiciary,
and the museum Casa d'Areny Plandolit at Ordino.