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Puppets and cities of Catalonia – Part 1 – Barcelona

Puppets and cities of Catalonia – Part 1 – Barcelona

It is worth looking closely at how puppets are organised in a specific geographical ecosystem, as in Catalonia. A territory with about seven and a half million inhabitants and an area of 32,106.5 km², it is composed of four provinces with their corresponding capitals: Barcelona, ​​Tarragona, Lleida and Girona. A region, a country or a territory, it is one of the Autonomous Communities of the Kingdom of Spain; it has a language of its own,Catalan, … Read entire article »

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Puppetry in Slovakia and Czechia, and ‘Las Fallas de Valencia’, inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco

Puppetry in Slovakia and Czechia, and ‘Las Fallas de Valencia’, inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco

A very good news for puppets in the world: Puppetry in Slovakia and Czechia have been inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco. A goal that the Czech and Slovak puppeteers have been searching with great zeal for years. A decision that has been accompanied by another news also very interesting for the world of animated images, in this case by fire: Las Fallas de Valencia, one of … Read entire article »

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Barcelona, a string-puppetry capital

Barcelona, a string-puppetry capital

In recent years Barcelona has become a veritable String Capital, not the most important in Europe, of course, but of growing significance in terms of the number of highly prestigious string puppeteers who live in the city, as well as of young professionals who are starting out in this branch of puppetry. This is apparent in international festivals of the genre, which increasingly feature artists from Barcelona [1]. Harry V. Tozer and his skeleton marionette. We have … Read entire article »

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Hetty Paërl, honorary member of UNIMA since 30 May 2016, by Frans Hakkemars and Paul Custers

Hetty Paërl, honorary member of UNIMA since 30 May 2016, by Frans Hakkemars and Paul Custers

On Monday 30 May 2016, Hetty Paërl – cheerful, versatile, driven and above all modest -, was awarded honorary membership of the UNIMA by the international UNIMA board: a good reason for an interview with this artist. Besides being an illustrator, painter and musician, she is also a writer of a great many books on puppetry. Her specialty is Jan Klaassen and his pedigree across Europe. The interview shows Hetty Paërl, born on 16 June … Read entire article »

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Catalonia – puppets, a national heritage

Catalonia – puppets, a national heritage

This article – written in collaboration with UNIMA Catalonia – aims to create an initial, general outline of what could be considered as the Puppetry Heritage of Catalonia. This first approach to a rich and complex subject will be expanded as new material on the subject reaches us. If our point of departure is the concept of heritage, and if we take the word in the sense of an inheritance from our predecessors, then our … Read entire article »

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SYMPOSIUM INTERNATIONAL à San Sebastián, en Espagne, pendant le Congrès d’Unima 2016

SYMPOSIUM INTERNATIONAL à San Sebastián, en Espagne, pendant le Congrès d’Unima 2016

Avec le titre ‘LA MÁQUINA REAL ET LE THÉÂTRE DE MARIONNETTES DE REPERTOIRE EN EUROPE ET AMÉRIQUE’, aura lieu ce très intéressant symposium le samedi 28 et le dimanche 29 mai, pendant le Festival Mondial 2016 à San Sebastián (du 28 mai au 5 juin), et juste avant le début du Congrès de l’Unima Internationale (jours 30, 31 mai et 1, 2 et 3 juin). Le symposium va se faire au Palacio de Miramar à … Read entire article »

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Photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto of Madame Tussaud’s wax replicas bring historical figures to life, by Rebecca Simpson

Photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto of Madame Tussaud’s wax replicas bring historical figures to life, by Rebecca Simpson

Black Box, an exhibition of photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto, can be seen at the Fundació Mapfre, in Barcelona, until 8th May. Would you be interested in seeing a photograph of someone from the early sixteenth century? That’s right, a photograph, albeit the size of an oil painting. Anne Boleyn. Madame Tussaud’s wax sculptures of Henry VIII and his six wives, inspired by Renaissance paintings and drawings which, in effect, lead back to real historical individuals, were lit … Read entire article »

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The Alphabet of the Shadows, workshop by Fabrizio Montecchi, Gioco Vita

The Alphabet of the Shadows, workshop by Fabrizio Montecchi, Gioco Vita

Atelier della Luna presents this year, in Santes Creus (near Barcelona, Spain), an exceptional course of shadow theater, taught by Grand Master Fabrizio Montecchi, with the title of the Alphabet of the shadows. The workshop proposes a ramble to discover the contemporary shadow puppetry, a language thoroughly theatrical with enormous expressive and communicative possibilities.. Shadow image by Fabrizio Montecchi. The structure of the workshop is as follows: The Shadow | The first part, divided into practical sessions, stimulates … Read entire article »

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‘Je Suis Punch!’, by Gary Friedman, in the World Puppetry Day 2016

‘Je Suis Punch!’, by Gary Friedman, in the World Puppetry Day 2016

We publish the text and video by the filmmaker and puppeteer Gary Friedman, from Australia, regarding the World Puppet Day, and refers to the subject of the puppeteers arrested in Madrid. Gary Friedman, born in South Africa but living for years in Australia, is making a documentary about puppets and politics, for which he has traveled the world collecting testimonies and images about it. Gary Friedman en Barcelona. Foto T.R. ‘Je Suis Punch!’ is a special dedication … Read entire article »

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Inauguration of IF Barcelona, with the Opening of the Exhibition “Figures of Doubleness”, at Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona

Inauguration of IF Barcelona, with the Opening of the Exhibition “Figures of Doubleness”, at Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona

On Thursday 8th October, at exactly 7.00 pm, the exhibition ‘Figures of Doubleness’ at Arts Santa Mònica in Barcelona opened its doors. The exhibition space is the nerve centre of the festival IF Barcelona – Puppets, Machines and Strings, an exhibition occupying two floors at Arts Santa Mònica, which is probably the biggest exhibition ever held in Barcelona on puppets and marionettes, in the broadest sense of the terms. Arts Santa Mònica, at the end of … Read entire article »

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