Word from the dignitaries

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Winter in Montréal is coming to a close in style with the presentation of the 17th Festival de Casteliers. People of all ages will once again be able to come together to see shows and enjoy activities of all kinds that highlight the art of puppetry. I am sure that this journey into the world of puppet theatre will captivate and entertain audiences—who all could use a little magic after two years of the pandemic.

As Minister of Canadian Heritage, I would like to thank everyone who made it possible for the Festival de Casteliers to make a strong return this year.


The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez



© Christian Lalonde
Artists and their collaborators have played a vital role throughout the pandemic: their creations offered hope, helped maintain connections, and pointed to a brighter future.  

As we move forward, we need the arts more than ever—to inspire us and bring us together as we envision a better world for all. Strong support for a resilient, inclusive, and accessible arts sector benefits society in all its diversity.

The Canada Council for the Arts is a proud supporter of the Festival de Casteliers and its contributions to our shared work to bring the arts to life.


Simon Brault, O.C., O.Q.

Director and CEO




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The city of Montréal is proud to host the 17th Festival de Casteliers.

Thanks to the talent and energy deployed by its team since its inception, the Festival de Casteliers has become an important cultural event. 

With its beautiful shows and a remarkable choice of activities, this event contributes in a beautiful way to the cultural offer of the metropolis and to our standing in the puppetry scene at the international level.

I congratulate the team of the Festival de Casteliers and I wish everyone a great festival!

Valérie Plante

Mayor of Montréal








Providing an amazing showcase for eclectic offerings from local and international artists and putting Montréal’s puppetry scene firmly on the map: that’s the challenge that the Festival de Casteliers meets with flying colours every year! As both a place where puppeteers and audiences connect and a testing ground for different takes on this unique discipline, the Festival delights spectators with a wide selection of works, from shadow theatre to digital stop motion and everything in between.

The Conseil des arts de Montréal is proud to renew its support for this major event and salutes Casteliers for its involvement in the community and with the residents of Outremont.

We wish everyone an excellent festival and many magical experiences ahead!


Nathalie Maillé

Executive Director

Conseil des arts de Montréal
















Days of pure joy ahead!

The Borough is delighted to show its support for culture and the performing arts by renewing its financial contribution to the 17th edition of the Festival de Casteliers.

Year after year, the Festival de Casteliers celebrates the art of puppetry in all its forms, encouraging local talent and welcoming international artists. Its exciting program bears witness to the constant evolution of an art form that never ceases to enchant both young and young-at-heart.

This latest edition of the Festival offers performances, exhibitions and activities for the whole family. The Borough is proud to be able to contribute to the blossoming of arts & culture on its territory and specifically to support the development of the fascinating art of puppetry.


Enjoy the festival!


Laurent Desbois

Borough Mayor




Louise Lapointe © Christian Brault


Geneviève Therrien






Oh, the joy of getting out of the house!

After a long-scorched march through unending months of confinement, Casteliers can at last announce an oasis of the performing arts, a time for celebrating puppets in all their splendour, beyond the wall of our homes!
In theatres, galleries and shop windows, on the streets and even at church, this 17th edition invites adults and children to discover puppetry from across North America, from Mexico to the Saguenay, from New York to Kahnawake.

Puppets, shadows, objects and masks will join with sound and music as they are manipulated with creative hands that have honed their myriad skills. Whether through carnivalesque braggadocio or a simple whisper, with the help of silhouettes of chiselled skin or old wood branches, and with a keen sense of humour or studied simplicity, the puppeteers will draw you into magnificent worlds and places varying in scale and tell stories both intimate and stupendous.

Casteliers would like to wholeheartedly thank all its public and cultural partners, as well as its valued and faithful sponsors.

Let’s follow in Peter Schumann’s footsteps: Let’s be furious! Let’s get passionate! Let’s be victims of an irresistible passion for the 11th art!


Have a great festival!


Louise Lapointe
Artistic Director

Geneviève Therrien
Executive Director