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Putin mocked in life-sized sculpture at Valencia's Fallas Festival

Hundreds of figurine statues are on display in the streets of Valencia for this year's Las Fallas Festival
Hundreds of figurine statues are on display in the streets of Valencia for this year's Las Fallas Festival   -   Copyright  EBU
By Theo Farrant  & EBU

More than 700 'ninot' statues are on display in the streets of Valencia as part of this year's Las Fallas Festival.

Las Fallas is Valencia's biggest festival and takes place every March, with a riotous week of city fires, explosions and parades in honour of Saint Joseph.

Ninots are colossal statues made out of cardboard, wood, paper-machè and plaster.

These figures are remarkably lifelike and usually depict improper, satirical scenes inspired by current political or public events.

The Russian invasion takes centre stage

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A giant punk ninot, with her hair the same colours as the Ukrainian flag, showing her middle fingersEBU

This year, the war in Ukraine and the geopolitical context surrounding it is present in many of the pieces that make up the ninots.

A standout of the festival is a work depicting Joe Biden, Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin bowling.

The ninots are usually burned on the last day of the Las Fallas festival – on a bonfire called the 'Crema' – in a centuries-old tradition.

Another highlight of the festival this year is a ninot depicting an iconic photograph taken last year of a member of the Red Cross hugging a migrant on the border of Spain.

"It's about giving the finger to everything bad, and this image represents all good things," says one of the organisers of the festival, Lourder Matt.

Las Fallas Festival starts on 15 March and runs until 19 March.

Check out the video above to see some of this year's ninots

Video editor • Theo Farrant