The Builders - People and Associations
The yearly conferences are the times when all of the associations come together.
Finally, of course, we have radio and TV. For the last 3 years, Cristóbal Jiménez has run a great radio program, Camino de Belén, on a radio station in his city, Alcalá de Henares. You can listen to it live on the Internet. During the Christmas season, it broadcasts weekly, but it drops back to an every-two weeks schedule the rest of the year. However, the old programs are archived.
This Christmas, a group of young men from Andalucía started an excellent TV show, Nació en Belén, on their local cable TV channel. You can watch it by Internet.
Finally, for a general overview of what’s going on, there is the wonderful Foro De Belenismo. The Forum is maintained by Iñigo Mena and has sections dedicated to current scenes, scene building techniques, history, figuristas – in other words, just about anything you can think of. It has some wonderful regular posters who put up photographs of their work. The Foro is highly recommended even for people who don’t read Spanish, because you will be able to see the work of some of Spain’s best belenistas without even leaving your desk.
If you would like to get a better overview of the world of the Belén, the following links will take you to the websites of organizations, individuals and merchants. Since the websites are generally in Spanish or Catalan, we have provided a brief description for people who do not read those languages. If you need translation of a particular section, please feel free to contact us on the contact page with your questions.
Belenistas de la Isla This association is located in San Fernando, in the southern province of Cádiz, Spain. They have a very interesting website, and the link will take you to their Passion dioramas. If you would like to see Nativities and other activities by their members, you can back up to their home page and branch out from there.
Belenes Montealto This company, located in Jeréz de la Frontera, has a beautiful and informative website.
Federación Española de Belenistas This is the site for the Spanish federation of belenista associations.
Foro de Belenismo The home page of the Foro de Belenismo, a Spanish language Web forum on belenismo that covers everything from discussions of favorite figures to construction techniques. You may enter as a guest or register.