With the aim of disseminating the history of the Corpus festival, Sitges Town Council is distributing 2,500 free scrapbook albums to children from five schools in Sitges (Esteve Barrachina, Miquel Utrillo, Maria Ossó, Escola Agnès de Sitges and Escola Pia). The initiative is promoted by the Corpus Commission and the Department of Economic Promotion to make this festival known amongst children and, at the same time, stimulate and promote trade in the town.
Since 30 May, boys and girls from P3 to 6th grade have been receiving the album ‘The Corpus of Sitges – flowers and tradition’ with the first four ‘trading cards’, with an explanation of the festival’s history by the Corpus Commission. To complete their trading card album, which consists of a total of 60 cards, children will have to find the information in their albums to find 56 shops in Sitges where they will be given trading cards.
The president of the Corpus Commission and local researcher, Eduard Tomàs, is the author of the texts and said ‘we are very excited about this album, designed by Sitges graphic designer and member of the Commission Anna Sànchez, and illustrated by Judit Sànchez, which tells the story of the Corpus for a children’s audience, so that tradition can continue for future generations’.
‘Once they complete the album, children will have an illustrated book of the Corpus of Sitges which will help them to get to know our festival even better,’ he added.
The local councillor for economic promotion, Guillem Escolà, congratulated the idea of the Commission.
‘This promotion follows the line of linking events in Sitges with commerce through activities, as we already do with the Film Festival and with Malvasia Wine Week or the Patchwork festival – and now with the Corpus, one of our most beloved festivals,’ he said. ‘We believe it is essential for the little ones to know the history of this holiday and, at the same time, it helps to promote trade.’
In total, the Corpus Commission is distributeing 2,500 albums, of which about 2,100 are for schools and the rest can be purchased at the Municipal Market until stocks run out. In total there are more than 100,000 trading cards that can be collected in stores until the end of June. This initiative is promoted by the Corpus Commission and is funded by the Department of Economic Promotion of Sitges Town Council.