AVIAMA Press Release – April 20, 2019

Laureates of AVIAMA Scholarships “Puppets and Mobility”

  • Patricia GOMIS – Senegal
  • Gwen KNOX – Australia
  • Anurupa ROY – India
  • Sarah VECCHIETTI – Italy
  • Yoko YAMAGUCHI – Japan
  • Sonia ZUBIAGA – Spain

6 laureates spread over three continents: Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa. The Jury, composed of 5 member cities – Tournai (Belgium), Iida (Japan), Plzen (Czech Republic), Charleville-Mézières (France), and Tolosa (Spain) – awarded a total amount of € 8000, distributed between the various winners, April 20, 2019.

Remember that these puppets and mobility fellowships were created in 2018: they are awarded for the first time in 2019.

The selected projects concern the field of puppetry arts in different aspects (research, learning, discovery, participation in a festival …) and take place primarily in or from one of the member cities, without excluding, nevertheless, other cities.

The International Association of Puppet-Friendly Cities (AVIAMA) brings together cities and local governments around the world around puppetry and represents a real network of cooperation and exchange.

Next Call AVIAMA 2020 “Puppets and Mobility” Scholarships: October 2019

Press Contact : Lucile Bodson +33 (0)6 12 96 82 41 lucilebodson@gmail.com

CALL FOR GRANTS AVIAMA 2019 – Puppets and mobility

The International Association of Puppet-Friendly Cities (AVIAMA) gathers together cities and local governments from the world around puppetry and represents a real network of cooperation and exchange.

Objectives of the grants :

AVIAMA, which helps to forge links between the different countries, is particularly sensitive to the matter of mobility (travel and/or reception on-site) and the costs of which are often a blockage to the realization of the projects.
The nature of the supported project(s) must concern the field of puppetry arts under different aspects (research, learning, discovery, participation to an event …) and take place primarily in one of the Member cities, without excluding, nevertheless, other cities.

No age requirement; but the Jury will be particularly attentive to requests from students or young professionals.

Calendar :

An appeal is launched each year.

About the 2019′ grants, the call is made on November 15th, 2018

Deadline for sending the applications: January 31st, 2019

Send the complete application file to the following email address: contact@aviama.org
A confirmation of receipt will be sent to the candidates.

Communication of the choice of the selected projet(s) and the awarded amounts:
April 15th, 2019

Complet rules, about these grants, here: complet rules here

90 years of UNIMA : kick off !

UNIMA launches its anniversary with training of young artists

The International Puppetry Union was built on the desire to create a Europe of the link: going beyond borders to connect citizens, amateurs, artists and researchers around puppetry. This anniversary is an opportunity for the oldest international theater association to look at the heritage of puppetry in the light of its youth, to question the ways in which this heritage can be invested, preserved, broadcast.

This paper theater course will be directed by Alain Lecucq and Narguess Majd, considered as founders of a new approach to paper theater. After a brief introduction to the paper theater, the participants will work in groups on selected texts of the young authors contest, convened by UNIMA on the occasion of its 90th anniversary. This first part will be followed by a two day period in autonomy.

This workshop is part of a European project. Five workshop for young puppeteers are scheduled and will finish with a European creation scheduled for 2019, to be hosted by the festival J-365, organized by the World Festival of Puppet Theaters Charleville-Mezieres.

Website : www.unima.org

From August 3rd to 12th, 2018 The PUPPET FESTA is celebrating its 40th anniversary !

Iida (Japan) asserts itself as “City of the puppet”

Iida has long been committed to the arts of puppetry: with a permanent puppet theater that presents shows throughout the year, an exceptional Museum and a summer festival, IIDA PUPPET FESTA, welcomes each month from August an important public outside as in room.

2018 edition is international. The program highlights the extraordinary diversity of the puppetry arts: all styles are present, from the most traditional that has delighted audiences for over 100 years to the most daring contemporary forms …

Opening the PUPPET FESTA, the Giants of the City of Tolosa will make the show! They exceptionally will make the trip. This tradition, which exist in many countries, especially in Europe, has remained very much alive in the Spanish Basque Country. The Giants roam at each carnival and delight the people … We bet that their coming will not go unnoticed in the streets of Iida.

Website: www.iida-puppet.com

MIAM: what is it ?

An International House dedicated to puppetry arts in Canada!

Located in the heart of Saint-Viateur Island, MIAM will be part of the Outremont district. Dedicated to creation, training and cultural mediation, it will become a unique center in the country for the accessibility of these arts to the entire community of Montreal, Quebec, Canada and internationally.

Supported by CASTELIERS, a puppet theater broadcaster, and the Quebec Association of Puppeteers (AQM), in collaboration with the borough of Outremont, the MIAM will house a creation, training and dissemination laboratory, a production workshop fully equipped, a space dedicated to cultural mediation, a center of reference, resources and specialized expertise near the cultural sites of the borough (Outremont Theater, Robert-Bourassa Library, Outremont Art Gallery).

The MIAM will come into existence at the end of 2018 thanks to the support of major partners including the City of Montreal through the 375th anniversary legacy and the artists’ studios fund, Canadian Heritage, the Ministry of Culture and Communications and the Caisse Desjardins des Versants du Mont Royal.


Bilan of the World Festival of Puppet Theaters 2017

Bilan du Festival des Marionnettes 2017

On Sunday, September 24, the curtain fell on a 2017 edition particularly attended by the public and professionals. This shows a significant increase in ticket sales in cinemas: 54,000 tickets sold against 51,000 tickets in the previous edition.

But the Festival is also a puppet theater in the public space, with nearly 1,200 performances in and out.

300 companies from 23 different countries during 10 days confirmed once again Charleville-Mézières as the world capital of the arts of the puppet. Several shows were the subject of a tour in the region or on the national territory.

It is also 350 programmers who came to discover new companies and the latest creations: the festival is also a market for a specialized or generalist network.

In the course of the festival, alternative venues have also emerged in an ephemeral way, notably the Bateau des Fous, one of the “place to be” festival nights.

Rendez-vous in 2019, from 20 to 29 September, for the 20th edition of this exceptional festival

Exhibition of member cities at Charleville-Mézières

On the occasion of the Festival des Marionnettes, AVIAMA opens its doors to you from 16 September 2017. The member cities of AVIAMA expose themselves in Charleville-Mézières in the windows of the old clothing market (pedestrian area – city center ).

Each portrait associates an emblematic place with an old or contemporary puppet. The whole testifies to their respective heritages.

Come and discover them as part of the 19th edition of the World Puppet Festival, with 7 other new exhibitions. Artists and professionals will allow you to approach this unique art of the 21st century.

Note that the World Puppet Festival is also :

  • 400 performances in 10 days
  • The reception of 25 different countries without counting the off
  • and 170,000 spectators !