Bringing out the forgotten stories
of great puppet masters


Creative Europe 

Small-scale Cooperation projects

Project Call    
EACEA 32/2014  

Project dates  
30 Sept 2015 – 30 Sept 2017

Lead organisation  
Municipality of Cividale del Friuli, Italy

Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, Slovenia
Títeres Etcétera, Spain
Academy of Arts in Osijek, Croatia

Elisabetta Gottardo

Press kit:
Cividale del Friuli

All Strings Attached: The Pioneers of European Puppetry Behind the Scenes is an attempt to change how heritage of European puppetry is experienced and perceived. It is valuable because it is a reflection of our society. In general, awareness of protecting our puppet heritage is poor and many puppet stories are still waiting to be reinterpreted. In order to increase interest in our past, we're creating a new way of telling the history of the greatest puppet masters. We believe we can display their lives differently – beautifully, accessibly and conversationally.

All Strings Attached is a unique cooperation bringing together four partners active in the puppetry field – Comune di Cividale del Friuli, Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, Títeres Etcétera and the Academy of Arts in Osijek – to improve awareness and encourage greater appreciation of European puppetry’s cultural richness and diversity. 

The aim of the project is to spread knowledge of European puppetry of the first half of the 20th century by highlighting selected figures, such as Vittorio Podrecca from Italy, Milan Klemenčič from Slovenia and Hermenegildo Lanz from Spain. Over two years (2015–2017), a travelling exhibition will visit Slovenia, Croatia, Spain and Italy and numerous events, such as puppet shows, professional workshops and lectures will be developed for the larger public. 

Presenting puppetry as a total work of art, the project aims also to increase the transnational mobility of cultural operators active in the field of puppetry (artists, puppeteers, technicians, restorers) through the exchange of best practices and by offering opportunities to younger generations working in contemporary puppetry.  

All Strings Attached: The Pioneers of European Puppetry Behind the Scenes is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission.