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The Numbers of 2017

In a year of commemoration of 20 years of activity as a professional structure, the company SAMarionetas – Teatro & Bonecos, produced, presented and disseminated its work all over the world.

We were in 9 countries, received 3 international awards and 1 nomination. We did 101 presentations of 10 different productions and 1 premiere.

In Portugal we presented our productions in more than 20 locations from north to south of the country, on the street and in theater. In festivals or other events where we highlight the Periferias Festival –  Sintra, the Mar-Marionetas Festival 2017 –  Espinho, the celebrations of the 25th of April 2017 in the Palace of São Bento em Lisboa, the EI Festival! Puppets em Gondomar, the MILL! Puppet Festival em Oeiras, the Afonsina Fair em Guimarães, the MIMMOS – Puppet Theater Exhibition, Masks and Objects by_cc781905-5cde-31bsin-514-bb35_Baden-58d Cerveira International Art Festival - Vila Nova de Cerveira, Caldas Anima in Caldas da Rainha, FOME - festival of objects and puppets in FARO among others.

“Lúmen – uma história de amor” was the biggest project ever done by the company which, in 8 months of work, involved around 100 people. One of the biggest puppet shows ever made in Portugal was created with 5-meter high puppets, and which more than 30 thousand people attended in three days.

Our biggest thanks, for believing in the local creative entities, goes to the Municipality of Alcobaça and the Centro Turismo Region, not leaving out all the volunteers involved in this mega project.

Pelo mundo destacamos vários locais e eventos que nos receberam e aplaudiram como o Festival Mondial des Théâtre de Marionnettes em Charleville-Mézières na_cc781905-5cde-3194 -bb3b-136bad5cf58d_França, o Harmony World Puppet  Kanchanaburi na Tailândia, o Festival  LES MARIONNETTES SAUVAGES   - Lasauvage no Luxemburgo, o Gent - International Puppetbuskersfestival na Bélgica, EXPO o  World Puppet Festival em Astana in Kazakhstan, Kyiv Puppetry Festival na Ukraine, the PUN International Puppet Festival in Kolkata na Ind ia and the Portuguese Cultural Center de São Tomé e Príncipe.

We received several awards for our work during the year such as the "Puppeteers for Peace" Trophy no Harmony World Puppet Festival in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. The Nomination for "Best Manipulation" no Word Puppet Festival EXPO 2017 Astana in Kazakhstan.

The "Best Director" Award at EXPO2017 Word Puppet Festival Astana in Kazakhstan.

The "Preservation of traditions of ancient street theatre" Award at the 1st Kyiv International Festival of Puppet Theater in Ukraine.


We organized the 20th edition of Marionetas na Cidade – Alcobaça 2017 with participants from Spain, Argentina, Hungary, Italy, France and Portugal, with a total of 23 shows, 2 puppet building workshops, 1 photography exhibition and 2 documentaries.

We thank the Municipality of Alcobaça, the Union of Parishes of Alcobaça and Vestiaria, ACSIA, Crédito Agrícola de Alcobaça, Alcobaça Monastery, Wine Museum, Zé da Loja, Hotel Santa Maria, Hotel D. Inês de Castro and UNIMA-Portugal for support given in the organization of the 20th edition of this event.


We would like to thank the company's internationalization support, in particular DGArtes – General Direction of Arts and GDA Foundation. To the Portuguese Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine for the trip. To the Portuguese Embassy in São Tomé and Príncipe and to the Portuguese Cultural Center in São Tomé for everything and more. From the countries we visited - Thailand, Luxembourg, Belgium, Kazakhstan, France, Ukraine, India, São Tomé and Príncipe and Spain.

Finally, I would like to thank all those who have supported us for continuing to believe in the project that grows and expands every year.

Always with the puppet theater as the main object of its work, SAMarionetas – Teatro & Bonecos for 20 years from Alcobaça to the world. Thanks!!


Sofia Olivença Vinegar

Natacha Costa Pereira

Jose Manuel Valbom Gil

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