From today, Friday 5th June, until Sunday, the friends and admirers of the great master puppeteer Francisco Peralta will pay homage to him on the social networks of the Segovia Tourist Office and the Francisco Peralta Puppet Museum : Marian Palma (director of the Titirimundi festival), Alberto Albarrán (director of the School of Art and Design, Casa de los Picos), Sonia Zubiaga (La Pícara Locuela), Lucile Bodson (coordinator of AVIAMA), Paco Paricio (puppeteers from Binéfar), María Parrato (puppeteers from María Parrato), Carlos Muñoz de Pablos (master stained glass artist and academician from the Royal Academy of History and Art of San Quirce) and Claudia de Santos (tourism consultant).
Francisco Peralta is one of the most important personalities in the history of puppetry.
His work has been distinguished by the most prestigious national and international awards.
- In 1990, he was awarded the Medal of Merit for Fine Arts.
- In 2008, UNIMA appointed Francisco Peralta and Matilde del Amo as honorary members.
- In 2009, he is listed in the World Encyclopedia of Puppetry, alongside the greatest puppeteers of all time.
Two years ago, on January 2, 2018, Francisco Peralta passed away, but his memory is still very present in Segovia thanks to the Puppet Collection that bears his name.
The imprint left by Francisco Peralta and his link with the city of Segovia are profound. Between 1980 and 1984, he taught at the School of Arts and Crafts in Segovia. During this period he created, with his students, a new version of Romance de la Condesita and in 1982 he officially created the foundation Marionetas Peralta del Amo, together with his wife Matilde and his daughters.
In 2014, the Francisco Peralta Puppet Museum was inaugurated in the Puerta de Santiago, one of the ancient gates of the Segovian wall, an important part of the city’s heritage. This permanent exhibition has 38 puppets donated by master Peralta to the city of Segovia.