The International Puppet Theater Festival of Segovia Titirimundi has been awarded today with the National Prize for Performing Arts for Children and Youth corresponding to 2021. This prize, which is awarded annually by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, through the National Institute of the Performing Arts and Music (INAEM), is endowed with 30,000 euros.
The jury has proposed the awarding of this award to the Titirimundi Festival of Segovia «for having managed, after 35 years of uninterrupted existence, to turn the Festival, the puppet theater and Segovia into indisputable references in the world of puppetry and theater for children and youth both nationally and internationally and for its firm link with civil and educational society. Likewise, the jury has underlined its “constant commitment to quality, artistic creation and its capacity for generational renewal, while maintaining the indisputable legacy of its founder, Julio Michel.”
The National Award for Performing Arts for Children and Youth rewards the meritorious work of a person or entity in the field of performing arts for children and young people, preferably shown through a work or performance made public or represented during the year 2020.
The Titirimundi International Puppet Theater Festival was born in Segovia in 1985 with the firm desire to revitalize Segovian artistic life. Behind this impulse, was mainly the puppeteer, creator and artist Julio Michel. Since then, Titirimundi has become an indisputable hallmark of quality and distinction due to its origin, continuity, rigor in the selection of artists and notoriety.
This contest, one of the longest running festivals in our country dedicated entirely to puppets and puppets, celebrated its thirty-fifth edition this September as an international benchmark in the art of puppet theater.
Titirimundi, throughout its uninterrupted trajectory, has displayed every spring through the premises and streets of Segovia a variety of emblematic shows that cover the diversity of the puppet theater, from its street proposals to the most intimate object theater and where traditional creations are mixed with the most avant-garde manifestations. Since its inception, a total of 979 companies from 56 countries have presented their shows, aimed at both adults and children, who have witnessed the transformation that puppet theater has undergone in the last three decades. The festival that, despite health restrictions, has continued to develop in the last two editions with a smaller format and without street performances, in its 2019 edition, it brought together some 40,000 spectators in the city of Segovia.