Festival di Morgana

08 Nov 2019 - 17 Nov 2019

Palermo , Italy

Last updated: 29 Oct 2019
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The Festival di Morgana is an international puppet festival organized since 1975 by the Association for the Conservation of Folk Traditions – “Antonio Pasqualino” International Puppet Museum of Palermo (Italy). It focuses on folk and contemporary culture with particular reference to puppetry and promotes the trans-national mobility of cultural operators and circulation of artistic and cultural works and products to support intercultural dialogue. The FdM is held in Palermo in November.


XLIV Festival di Morgana

Palermo, November 8 > 17, 2019

Meetings, launching of books, exhibitions. But, above all, it is the national and international companies that this edition number 44 of the Festival di Morgana, a historic event, which is renewed annually. Its absolute protagonists are the Sicilian traditional pupi, puppet theater and contemporary theater.

In the two weekends from 8 to 17 November, Palermo will be transformed into a diffused theater. Beyond the “Antonio Pasqualino” International Puppet Museum, the shows will be performer in other evocative places of culture: the Garibaldi theater, the former church of San Mattia Apostolo dei Crociferi, the Carlo Magno theater, the San Lorenzo oratory. On stage there will be10 image theater companies and artists from all over Europe.

From Spain: David Espinosa with a trilogy (Mi gran obra, Una historia universal and Much Ado about Nothing), and the company El Patio Teatro that stages the show A Mano, tank to the funding of the Instituto Cervantes of Palermo.

From France: Marzia Gambardella stages OperettAlzheimer, a show programmed in collaboration with "La Francia in Scena", the artistic season of the Institut français Italia, organized with the funding of the Institut Français, the Ministère de la Culture and the Nuovi Mecenati Foundation.

Italy is represented by Gli Sbuffi company (from Castellammare di Stabia), Fabiana Icozzilli (fromRome), Trentino Jazz (from Trento), Marta Cuscunà (from Monfalcone) and Giovanni Calcagno, Carmela Catalano and Barbara Mazzola from Palermo.

A programme of performances that, intertwining the languages of tradition and contemporaneity, tell the resistance of women, give life to the stuccoes of Serpotta, bring on stage prodigious paladins, evoke the charm of Shakespeare: and Palermo becomes a diffused theater.

The programme also includes some related events: I tre cavalieri, an exhibition of drawings by Enzo Patti; the presentation of the Horizone 2020 project - "PuppetPlays" by Didier Plassard and Rosario Perricone; and the launching of the book Senka and the magical women written by Ramona Parenzan and illustrated by Maria Spinelli (Edizioni Museo Pasqualino).

Festival di Morgana is organized by the Association for the Conservation of Popular Traditions of Palermo. The XLIV edition is co-financed by: Ministero dei Beni e delle attività culturali e del Turismo, Direzione generale Spettacolo dal Vivo; Assessorato del Turismo dello Sport e dello Spettacolo, Assessorato dei Beni Culturali e dell’Identità Siciliana of the Regione Siciliana; Comune di Palermo; Istituto Cervantes of Palermo; Institut français Italia and Coop Alleanza3.0.

Director Rosario Perricone; Organization Maria Fasino and Floriana Sciumè; Promotion and communication Monica Campo and Chiara Vaglica; Administration Maria Teresa Gnoffo and Daniela Casamento; Press Officer Alessia Franco; Technicians Francesco Cutrona and Paolo Benfante; Audio / Lighting Service Job project; Audio video footage photo Francesco La Bruna; Graphic design Cristina Stassi.

Practical info

Pricerange per day
Main target group
12 - 16 y/o , 25 - 50 y/o
Directions & transport
Car park , Train/tram/bus
City center
Average attendence per day
2000 to 10.000 attendees
Art disciplines
Folklore and folk arts , Heritage , Interdisciplinary , Theater
Support for disabled people