- Madrid's Titirilandia puppet festival set to begin

July 01, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News reports families looking for free events while staying in Madrid hotels this summer may consider visiting the Titirilandia puppet festival.

Running between July and August, this annual event sees puppet theatres from all over the world travel to Spain for a series of performances in the city's Retiro Park.

The festival usually features the talents of more than 20 different puppet companies, offering a diverse programme of plays and activities in pleasant open-air surroundings.

As well as the outdoor puppet theatre, daily shows take place at the Casa de Vacas cultural centre, which also offers a special exhibition devoted to the art of puppetry.

Now in its 17th year, the puppet festival is part of a series of outdoor events in Madrid called Veranos de la Villa.

Known locally as "the lungs of Madrid", Retiro Park is the main green area in the Spanish capital.

A popular place among residents of the city and visitors, the park is situated behind the Prado Museum and contains a large artificial lake for boating, along with numerous sculptures and monuments.

The park is particularly busy at weekends, when many people head there for a relaxing stroll and the pathways become full of mime artists, jugglers and other street entertainers.

Jessica Reading, head of marketing for LateRooms, commented: "Demand for the Titirilandia puppet festival is always significant and we recommend that anyone considering attending should book their hoteles en Madrid as early as possible."

For more information on this event call 0034 917 924 112 or visit the Titirilandia website.

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