Puppet Friendly City
Ciudad amiga de las Marionetas
Mirepoix is a small town of 3,300 inhabitants, with a recognized and renowned medieval past, located in the south of France, in Occitanie Region. She is located a hundred kilometers from the Mediterranean Sea and the peaks of the Pyrenees which mark the border with Spain. Agriculture and livestock are the main activities, along with tourism.
The origin of the city dates back to the 11th century: it was rebuilt later in the 13th century on the town-planning plans of the bastides in force at that time. It is listed today as one of the most beautiful bastides in southwestern France.
The coat of arms of the town, established in the 19th century after an armorial from 1697, features a freshwater fish, thus recalling the name of Mirepoix and its proximity to water.
It owes its fame to several buildings in good state of conservation dating from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries and still in use today: a central square remarkable for its buildings and surrounded by covered, wide and high covered alleys passing under the first floors of the buildings. half-timbered houses, the Porte d’Aval, vestige of the old ramparts, and a remarkable 13th century cathedral, still in use.
The city is as rich in sport as it is culturally: it supports around sixty associations and also has a cinema, a media library, a music school. Throughout the year, many different associations offer theater shows, concerts, conferences, book and gastronomy fairs, exhibitions of paintings, sculptures and photographs, and renowned historical festivals …
Each year, the first weekend of August is dedicated to an international festival of puppetry arts during 4 days: the city is decorated by a scenographer. This is a highlight of the activities that animate the City each year, with an “in” and an “off” festival that attracts large numbers of spectators every summer.
MIMA, created in 1988, is organized by the Filentrope association and currently has 4 permanent employees: all year round, the puppets come to life in the classes of Mirepoix and in those of the surrounding villages, setting up a permanent activity for this activity.