15th anniversary

Casteliers celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2020!

Casteliers has presented more than 230 full-length shows staged by companies from over 26 countries since 2005.

An international reputation

Known as a leading presenter of puppetry arts from here and abroad, Casteliers encourages all forms of creativity. Over the years, it has developed many partnerships with national and international companies, theatres and festivals. These include: the Théâtre Outremont, the Théâtre Aux Écuries, OBORO , the Maisons de la culture network, the Centaur Theatre, the Grande bibliothèque, the Maison des arts de Laval, Puppets Up!, the Festival of Animated Objects in Calgary, Luna Morenas in Mexico, Vale Arvoredo in Brazil, the Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes in Charleville-Mézières, France, Puppet Animation Scotland, the Lizé Puppetry Art Colony in Taiwan… The Festival de Casteliers is part of a broad network of recognized international festivals and hosts more than thirty presenters from all over the world every year.

A centre dedicated to the 11th art

The opening of the Maison internationale des arts de la marionnette (MIAM—International House of Puppetry Arts) in the fall of 2018 marked a turning point for our organization. A legacy of the Ville de Montréal’s 375th anniversary, the MIAM turned the puppeteering community’s dream into a reality. It was made possible thanks to the joint efforts of Casteliers and the Québec Puppeteer Association (Association québécoise des marionnettistes—AQM) and the support of elected officials and civil servants, as well as governments and many generous donors. Located at 30 St-Just Avenue, the MIAM enriches the borough of Outremont’s cultural district and contributes to the national and international promotion of Montréal, Cultural Metropolis.

Exciting puppetry throughout the year

Casteliers’ 15th season starts with Casteliers sur l’herbe in August 2019. Several other shows will be presented over the following months as part of Casteliers en famille and Soirées Casteliers. The 15th Festival de Casteliers will be held from March 4-8, 2020 and will include artists from Finland, France, Belgium, Scotland, British Columbia and Québec.
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