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Art and traditions of the Carnival of Putignano

Art and traditions of the Carnival of Putignano

25.02.2020

Every year, next to the Itria Valley, during the Carnival period, Putignano transforms into a huge open-air stage, where the imposing and spectacular papier-mâché come to life.
 
The Putignano Carnival is one of the oldest and longest Apulian carnivals in Europe. An event full of events and suitable for all ages, in which sacred and secular rites alternate each other closely linked to tradition and entertainment.
 
Famous people, masks of character, city artists and patrons give life to a collective party, which blends creativity, goliardia, irreverent satire, culture and tradition in a unique mix.
 
The protagonists of this famous Apulian carnival are the papier-mâché allegorical carnival floats called to stage, for more than 600 editions, themes related to politics, culture and actuality. The papier-mâché giants are born from the skillful work and passion of the papier-mache masters of Putignano, with an art forged over time, preserved and handed down for generations. Each papier-macheer takes about four months to make his own cart, in a long and varied process.
 
Among the masks present, Farinella is the true personification of the spirit of the Putignano Carnival. Its name is borrowed from a symbolic dish of the Putignano cuisine: a very fine flour, made from chickpeas and barley.
 
Sometimes painted as a drunkard, sometimes as an ingenious savior of the city, Farinella is a metaphor for joy and reflection, happiness and melancholy. In one word: life.
 
Unforgettable experience, the Carnival of Putignano is an unmissable stop if you travel to discover the beautiful Murgia of trulli and caves in the period from December 26th (date of the celebrations in honor of the Patron Saint and beginning of the Carnival) until the end of February.