43rd edition of Christmas crib exhibition to be held on Via della Conciliazione from 7 December until 13 January 2019.The 2018 edition of 100 Presepi, Rome's international nativity crib exhibition, moves to Via della Conciliazione in the Vatican after 42 years at its former location at Sala del Bramante in Piazza del Popolo.
100 Presepi will now be hosted by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation in a move described as "important and prestigious" by Mariacarla Menaglia, the daughter of the late Manlio Menaglia who established the annual exhibition in 1976.
Each year 100 Presepi hosts some 150 nativity scenes from Italy and more than 40 other countries. In addition to contemporary reproductions of traditional 18th-century Neapolitan and Sicilian cribs, and 19th-century Roman mangers, there are modern versions made from wood, papier-mâché and terracotta, as well as unconventional materials such as sand, rice, pasta, nuts and bolts.
Welcoming 100 Presepi to the Vatican, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation, Monsignor Rino Fisichella, described the popular annual exhibition as a "strong instrument of evangelisation."
The 43rd edition of 100 Presepi will be held at Sala S. Pio X on Via della Conciliazione from 7 December until 13 January 2019. For full details see 100 Presepi website.