Descon'FIMFA Lx20

Descon’FIMFA Lx20
International Festival of Puppetry and Animated Forms Festival
5 August to 5 September - Lisbon
Summer Special Edition


The objects are like memory maps that we use to find the future and to reflect upon our present time.


"Our objects will speak on our behalf when we will no longer be here. Or when we refuse to speak or may refer to many other types of absences. So, why wouldn’t we be allowed to speak on their behalf?"
-Shaday Larios, Oligor y Microscopía Teatro


In a different year: another FIMFA.
We have worked hard for months on a programme that would celebrate FIMFA's 20th anniversary in May, but 2020 had other plans for all of us. During the pandemic, the world has stopped. But it was impossible to stay still. This year we are going to make a unique, and unrepeatable edition, we hope, the Descon’FIMFA, a special summer edition.
We hope to make the party in 2021 with the edition FIMFA Lx20+1.


Descon’FIMFA Lx20 - International Festival of Puppetry and Animated Forms is organized and produced by A Tarumba - Teatro de Marionetas, with artistic direction by Luís Vieira and Rute Ribeiro.


For one whole month and putting the spotlight on Portuguese creation, eight projects from four nationalities, Portugal, Spain, Mexico and Belgium, will be presented at Teatro do Bairro, Teatro Taborda and Castelo de S. Jorge. The presentation period was therefore extended to allow a larger number of public and at the same time making sure that all safety rules will be respected.


In this edition with a different format, FIMFA is easing the lockdown with the audience. It is the result of the wish to meet the public, to share extraordinary universes, creators who cannot stop imagining other worlds. Life is left outside for a while.


These shows speak of landscapes that we feed in our imagination and that no longer exist, mass tourism, social breakdown, risk, fear of the future, democracy, memory, love and death, but also of ideal worlds, attempts to reconstruct the collective imaginary and learning to live again. A special programme, where objects gain prominence, connecting us to the emotion and humanity that surrounds them. 


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. A multidisciplinary project committed since 2001 to the promotion, dissemination, knowledge and visibility of Puppetry and Animated Forms.


Welcome to Descon'FIMFA!