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"St. Nicolas and rod puppets" Antwerp Things to Do Tip by cadzand

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  St Nicolas and rod puppets
by cadzand

"Poesjenellen" are " rod puppets" , manipulated by the pupeteer with two rods, one through the heas, one one through one of his hands.
Puppet theaters were very popular in Antwerp in the 19th century.
In the 20th century, the "poesjenellen" started to play for audiences of grown ups. This approach gave the puppeteers the opportunity to play a parody in situations in the city, and to tell some gossips about the people in the audience. Wheather they like it or not :-)
Currently, only a few "rod puppet" theatres are active in the environment of Antwerp. They always bring the shows in the local very colorfull antverpian dialect.
On the same square of the "poesjenellen" you'll find the statue of St. Nicolas

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  • Written Mar 26, 2003
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