Puppet Friendly City
Ciudad amiga de las Marionetas
Located in Québec, Saguenay is a city in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. It is located in a valley on the banks of the Saguenay River, upstream of the Saguenay Fjord and downstream of the Kénogami Horst. Its total area is 1,136 km2 and is the eighth largest city in Quebec.
A polycentric metropolis in its administrative region, Saguenay has three urban districts, Chicoutimi, Jonquière and La Baie, in addition to the peripheral towns of Laterrière, Canton Tremblay, Lac-Kénogami and Shipshaw.
Saguenay is a city renowned for its cultural abundance. There are eight theater organizations, a symphony orchestra, several artists’ centers, dance and music schools and an International Short Film Festival. The city of Saguenay is a true land of welcome for artists and cultural workers.
For several years, puppeteers and puppets have occupied a prominent position.
FIAMS, the International Festival of Puppetry Arts in Saguenay, has been presenting a biannual international event devoted to the arts of puppetry for almost 30 years. FIAMS offers indoor performances, outdoor performances in the public square, professional training, round tables, conferences, etc.
In addition, theater organizations in the region, such as Théâtre les Amis de Chiffon, Théâtre de la Tortue Noire, Théâtre CRI and Théâtre à Bout Portant, have a strong interest in the arts of puppetry. Saguenay is also home to the National Puppetry School (NAMH). Over time, this school has developed a unique program of intervention and social integration through the learning of the puppet.