12th of May to 6th of June 2011

The International Festival of Puppetry and Animated Forms – FIMFA Lx is one of the most important festivals of puppetry and theatre in Portugal. Running since 2001, the festival is organized and produced annually by the puppet company A Tarumba-Teatro de Marionetas.

FIMFA Lx is an artistic project, open to new tendencies, of international dimension presenting an artistic and technical high level programme, with a very contemporary point of view.

Since its first edition, confront and innovation are characteristics of this event, by presenting a programme that combines the newest technologies with the most traditional puppet companies, and projects with very elemental techniques, performed in an experimental and contemporary way.

The Festival aims to introduce different styles of puppetry and an artistic transversality by presenting a big diversity of techniques (shadows, objects, full-view manipulation, visual theatre, etc), to the Portuguese audience, and to be a moment of shared experiences to artists and performers.

In each edition, FIMFA intends to bring together the interest of artists, critics and theatre programmers, creating relations between directors and public, arts and languages, theatre and schools, universities and institutions.

Each year, the Festival invites a wide range of international companies to perform in the best theatres of Lisbon, like Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, Teatro Maria Matos, Museu da Marioneta or Centro Cultural de Belém. The Festival is also extended to other cities in the country, this year to Guimarães - Centro Cultural de Vila Flor, Porto - Fundação de Serralves; Guarda - Teatro Municipal da Guarda, Viseu - Teatro Viriato and Torres Novas - Teatro Virgínia.

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