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Date / Hour
21/03/2019 - 29/03/2019

International Puppet Museum of Albaida (Valencia)


The Wayang puppets will be the protagonists of the World Puppetry Day at the International Puppet Museum of Albaida (Valencia) Spain. Several activities have been scheduled:

On Thursday 21 there will be an open day.

On Saturday the 23rd at 6:30 p.m. in the Palace of the Milà i Aragó there will be a puppet play of wayang kulit shadow puppets. The theater company El Gecko con Botas presents the play “the shadows that tell stories”.

On Sunday 24 at 11:30 a.m. in the museum there will be a wayang kulit shadow puppet workshop by the theater company El Gecko con Botas.

On Saturday 29 at 7:30 p.m., the exhibition “The Clowns of the Wayang” will be inaugurated, where 5 new puppets will be presented, which will become part of the museum’s permanent exhibition.

The Wayang puppets are Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Originally from the north coast of Java, under the influence of the Chinese puppet theater, these puppets are made of wood in three dimensions in the case of Wayang golek and buffalo skin in the case of wayang kulit. Originally, they date from the 16th century. They are used to interpret the Wayang Cepak stories, but from the 19th century onwards they also tell the stories of Wayang Purwa.