Francesco Salamanca sells his creations and is renowned the world over, but probably the idea of becoming a master puppeteer came to him when he was a child, and collected empty tin cans between the market stalls to use them to learn the craft. The elderly puppeteer Emilio Musumeci helped him learn his technique and spirit, welcoming him in his own workshop. While teaching the techniques of puppet-making, he told him of the epic deeds of the crusaders from France. Aware of the importance of passing on traditions, today Francesco Salamanca has created the Cultural Association Arte e Pupi (Art and Puppets) that organizes events with the old Sicilian master craftsmen.
Monday to Sunday by appointment
Via Magenta, 58, Mascalucia, CT, Italia - +39 346 0131563 - http://www.pupisalamanca.com
The old shop of the Napoli brothers is located in the historic centre and represents a heritage of great historical and cultural importance for the area, because for four generations the craft “Puppeteer” has been handed down. Puppets, backdrops, weapons, jewelry and items used in the staging, everything is made in the workshop in Via […]
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