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Montreal Families

Verdun hosts annual outdoor puppet festival

Back again for a 6th edition, the Festival Marionettes Plein La Rue is wrapping up the summer with over 60 free outdoor puppet shows.

The festival will take place at various locations along the Promenade Wellington in Verdun, like Parc des Madelinots, Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs Church and Brasserie Bénélux on Aug. 27 and 28. This year’s edition will feature performances by over a dozen local theatre groups. Most of the shows, including Caisse 606 and La Fouine, will be held in French. A select few, like Bazarnaüm and Le Ciel Rue, will be wordless stories told with the help of music and puppet animation.

Along with the traditional performances, this year’s festival will showcase an expressive, larger-than-life mechanical puppet named KluG maneuvered by French art group, Le Grand Manitou. For some hands-on fun, there will be a puppet-making workshop each day for kids. Visitors can also meet with the creative minds behind their favourite productions during the Marché des marionnettistes portion.

The festival takes place Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

For more information and full schedule, visit promenadewellington.com

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