The ninots of this year’s Las Fallas are currently on show in the Museo de Ciencias Príncipe Felipe at the City of Arts and Sciences. The creation and destruction of the ninots lie at the heart of the Fallas festivities. The purpose of this exhibition is to determine each year’s Ninots Indultats, those spared from the fires of La Cremà by popular vote. The ninot exhibition was envisaged by a Fallas artist and has been held since 1934. The exhibition allows visitors to appreciate the finer details and intricacies of the sculptures that may have gone amiss when viewed in the city during the festival. The exhibition is divided into two sections: ninots mayores and ninots infantils. Made from painted papier-mâché and polystyrene, the ninots infantils are usually fictional characters that children would be familiar with. The ninots mayores refer to local cultural events or are satirical depictions of the current political climate.
The ninots have been submitted by Valencia’s Fallas committees in the hope that they will be given a reprieve from the burnings on the night of the 19th of March. Visitors of the exhibition will be given the chance to choose their favourite figure and vote to save it from the fires! The all-important numbers are displayed below so you can easily vote for your favourite at the kiosk by the exit. The winners will be displayed in the Fallero Museum, adding to the legacy of the event’s history.
Entrance to the exhibition costs €3 and it will be open until the 15th of March. There is also a stand where visitors can purchase Fallas merchandise and take home a unique souvenir. The iconic Fallas posters start as low as €2.50. Come see the incredible ninots for yourself and don’t forget to vote for your favourite before you leave!
Report by Imogen Hockings
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Address: Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias, Av. del Professor López Piñero, 7, 46013 Valencia
Tlf. 961 97 46 86
Mondays to Thursdays: 10:00h- 20:00h
Fridays to Sundays: 10:00h- 21:00h
On March 15th, the exhibition will close at 3:00 p.m.
Reduced entry €1,50 (Children from 4-12 years old, over 65s and/or retired 65 on presentation of supporting document)