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February 8, 2023

PUCK puppet theater in Spain

The Romanian Cultural Institute in Madrid is organizing three shows given by the Cluj-based Puck puppet theater from July 25 to July 26, 2009. The play ‘Winnie the Witch’, written and illustrated by Thomas and Korky, and directed by Decebal Marin, will be presented on July 25 in two shows given in Madrid’s Retiro Park as part of the Veranos de la Villa – Titirilandia Festival. On July 26 the play will be presented in Mostoles’s Liana Park as part of the 5th edition of the open air puppet theater gala.

The Romanian participation, a first of its kind, has been facilitated by the universality of the non-verbal ‘Winnie the Witch’ show that includes original elements of animation. The show has received the ‘Art of animation’ award at several international festivals, including the festival in Lomza, Poland in 2005.

The presence of the Puck puppet theater at the two events is part of the strategy for promoting contemporary Romanian values and the puppet theater, marking a Romanian first in one of the most visible and successful festivals in Madrid.

The 16th edition of the Titirilandia and the 5th edition of the open air puppet theater gala in Mostoles have reached the top line of the international festivals of their kind, through the quality, diversity and unusualness of the shows that they promote, shows that are generally addressed to a young and very young audience. Apart from Romania, the list of participating countries also includes Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Colombia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, France and Spain. The Puck puppet theater was established in 1950 and has had two sections: the Romanian and Hungarian section whose shows were mainly for children. Many of the important titles played throughout the time had versions played both in the Romanian and the Hungarian languages. Since 2002 Puck is the sole host of an international puppet theater festival in Romania.

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