So if you are gonna be in this beautiful big village of ours called Jerez de la Frontera in September, whether as your ultimate destination for your vacation or a little stopover while in Cadiz or Seville, make sure to go and see free (yes, FREE!!!) puppet shows!
Check out this schedule of family-friendly things to do in Jerez throughout the year. Note: We are starting to build this up. So, it’s a work of love and progress. If you don’t see anything yet, bookmark the link and check it out later. Thanks.
SEPTEMBER is the month of puppets (or títeres in Spanish)–the International Puppet Festival (Festival Internacional de Títeres)–and one of the many things that you can do here in Jerez. It has been running for over 20 years and is usually held in the first week of September, plus the following weekend. For example, in September 2019: the schedule was: September 3 to 7, plus the 13th and 14th.
The shows are mostly conducted in Spanish by performers from all over Spain, including Andalucía, and other countries such as France, Italy and Portugal. No matter the language, our 3 and 7 year old little bundles of joys loved the puppet shows, especially the ones without words (I will look up the name picture of that performer and add here later).
The shows are usually held outdoors in makeshift theaters/stages at the city center, typically at Plaza del Arenal (the main square with the monument of a man on a horse), C. Dona Blanca (next to the main market–Mercado de Abastos), Plaza Angustias (nice pedestrian area with trees), Plaza del Banco (the “Giant Tree” plaza) as my kids call it, Plaza San Andres, and Calle Larga (the main street). There are other shows in the suburbs, but for tourists, just stick to the center!
If it rains, like in the last day’s performance this September (2019), the shows would move indoors and signs would be posted on the stage to tell you the new location. Show times would usually be the same.
To give you an idea of the performers, hours and schedule, here’s the schedule and programme of the 2019 International Puppet of Festival (Festival Internacional de Títeres).
As soon as it becomes available to us, we will post the 2020 schedule for the 24th International Puppet Festival (Festival Internacional de Títeres), Jerez de la Frontera here.
As bonus, there’s also (usually) a parallel puppet show held in July, August and September at Jardin de la calle Caballeros (entrance is on the other side of the house at calle Barja). These shows are for a small fee or donation. It is also great chance to see a performance in a traditional Jerezano/Andalucian garden patio while supporting the arts. Here was their program this year.
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