FIAMS: more than 28,000 festival-goers in six days
The art of puppetry has, once again, charmed the diverse public of the International Festival of Puppetry Arts Saguenay (FIAMS). More than 28,000 people participated in the activities and performances presented through a six-day program. Fans have had the opportunity to discover creations from here and elsewhere, including some more niche.
“We received a message of love and hope. There were more than 250 guests from more than 20 countries. It is mission accomplished from an artistic point of view. This gives us a vision for the future, “said the artistic co-director of the festival, Dany Lefrançois.
The success of the largest festival of its kind in Canada is measured by both the number of people attending the various appointments and their reactions to the presentations. “The rooms were packed. The shows were full of emotions. We had goose bumps several times, “adds Lefrançois. It highlights the different emotions that emanated from dozens of shows.
Artists from all over the world are still impressed by the welcome they receive, 30 years after the creation of the biennale. The warmth of the people here is greatly noticed by the visitors.
Moreover, Dany Lefrançois is more than satisfied with the public’s involvement. “He reacts, he listens,” he says. The occupancy rate of rooms confirms it while it amounts to 91%. Seats were even added at some performances that were sold out. This success of popularity is explained, in particular, by the balance of programming. It responds to an amateur audience of the genre and to another considered as neophyte. Despite this, the festival remained cautious about this success, not wishing to get into the mechanics of adding shows at the last minute.
The spectators came from as far away as Europe and South America. This is due to the publicity and media coverage of the international event. Participants from New York even made the trip, at the last minute, to discover the event Saguenéen.
In addition to boosting regional cultural life, FIAMS also participates in the local economy in various ways. Unusual performances have made it possible to discover local businesses to more than 1000 festival-goers.