Puppets of Alcobaça with European seal for the fifth consecutive year

The Festival ‘Marionetas na Cidade’, organized by the company of Marionetas de Alcobaça, received the European seal of quality EFFE for the fifth consecutive year, informed the institution today.

The distinction awarded for the 2019/2020 biennium “attests to the commitment made in the arts, community involvement and international openness“, said today the S.A. – Alcobaça Puppet Company, organizer of the festival ‘Marionetas na Cidade’.

The European quality label EFFE – Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe was awarded, according to the international jury, for the recognition “that the connection of this festival with the local community stands out as its main force,” the company said in a statement.

This was the fifth consecutive year in which the festival received the EFFE label, considered by SA Marionetas “a gateway to Europe for cultural festivals” and aims to “increase the knowledge and dissemination of what is happening in the world of festivals while promoting excellence and innovation.

The awarding of the award means for the ‘Marionettes in the City’ festival the inclusion “in a complete festival guide that will be widely disseminated, containing news and practical information on each event, as a label of recognition for good work,” added the company, safeguarding that the seal “will give greater visibility and audience, as well as new possibilities of networking.”

The festival ‘Marionettes in the City’ will celebrate this year the 22nd edition between September 5 and 8, in Alcobaça.

Since 1998, this event has invaded the city and the municipality of Alcobaça with puppet theatre, “always with an eclectic program of quality inviting Portuguese and foreign professional companies,” the company said.

The event also includes exhibitions, construction workshops handling puppets, debates and conferences on the puppet art universe.

In the municipality of Alcobaça, they were also distinguished with the label EFFE Cistermúsica – Music Festival of Alcobaça (that takes place in the months of June and July) and Gravíssimo! – Festival and International Academy of Heavy Metals (from August 26 to 30).

In the region of the West were also distinguished the Festival ‘Gato Vermelho’ (that takes place between March 19 and 21 in Silos, Caldas da Rainha) and the International Piano Festival of Óbidos (between July and August in Óbidos, Caldas da Rainha and Bombarral).

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