Balmaseda, The Living Passion Play

Holy Week in Enkarterri

The town of Balmaseda becomes a living stage for the Holy Week, when hundreds of neighbours take to the streets to perform the last hours of Christ’s life. Religious or not, the sheer joy of theatrical performance has positioned Balmaseda’s Living Passion as a major cultural event in the Basque Country, drawing in thousands of people from around the world.

It all begins on Good Thursday. Jesus, having been betrayed by one of his disciples, warns them his end is near. Later, after the Last Supper, he will be arrested on the Mount of Olives and taken to Caiaphas.

On Good Friday, before Pilate’s Court, Christ is condemned to death. A repentant Judas Iscariot hangs himself as the Messiah makes his way to the cross. On Calvary Jesus dies crucified.


Living plays

Good Thursday: 9:30 p.m. (Last Supper)

❱ Good Friday: 9:30 a.m. (Stations of the Cross)



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April 2020 9 From
April 2020 10 Until

From: April the 9 | 19:30
Until: April the 10 | 14:00