Les Sages Fous de Trois-Rivières receives support from the Government of Canada for the creation of the Fabrique de Théâtre Insolite

TROIS-RIVIÈRES, QC, August 9, 2021 / CNW Telbec / – The government of Canada supports artists and their productions by investing in quality creative spaces. Access to meeting and sharing spaces plays an essential role in the vitality of communities and their cultural enrichment.

Today, the Honorable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced $ 1. $ 6 million in funding for the Fabrique de théâtre insolite de Trois-Rivières, a hall that will specialize in the creation of original works of puppets and object theater.

This investment, provided by the government of Canada through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, will allow the organization to improve, renovate and redevelop the existing spaces of the Récollets-de-Trois-Rivières heritage site. The works will give rise to a new cultural complex adapted to the activities of creation, mediation and dissemination.

The funding will allow the organization to acquire specialized equipment, including lighting, sound, video and projection systems and rigging, as well as stage dressing, stage equipment and control room furniture.


“We are happy to support the transformation of the Récollets-de-Trois-Rivières heritage site into the future Fabrique de théâtre unusual. This site will provide spaces for artists to create, present and train to express their art. I personally had the opportunity to get to know this project during my first visit to the region as Minister of Canadian Heritage, so it is a pleasure to see it become a reality. Congratulations to the team behind this experimental project which will improve the cultural offer in Trois-Rivières!

—The Honorable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“Trois-Rivières is known as one of the from Canada cultural capitals. Through its creativity, the project The Mad Sages will give life to the unique place of the Church St James. The Fabrique de théâtre insolite will be a hub for artists from the region and elsewhere and will help promote our city throughout the world. “

—Jean Lamarche, Mayor of Trois-Rivières

“With the support of the government of Canada, we will have a unique creation and performance laboratory here in Trois-Rivières, a nursery dedicated to the creation of puppets and object theater. La Fabrique de théâtre insolite will embody an organic approach that we have cultivated since our beginnings: to establish an oasis of conviviality in Trois-Rivières for visual theater creators from all over the world.

—South Miller, Artistic Director, The Mad Sages

Fast facts

The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports improving physical conditions for the arts, heritage, culture and creative innovation. The Fund supports renovation and construction projects, the acquisition of specialized equipment and feasibility studies related to cultural spaces.

The Mad Sages was founded over 20 years ago. Based in Trois-Rivières, the internationally renowned company has presented around 650 shows in front of 150,000 spectators at more than 200 international festivals and theatrical seasons around the world.

Since its arrival in Mauricie, the company has developed a unique style of theater with puppets, objects and humans. The Mad Sages create bizarre and unconventional visual shows that lead audiences into the unknown.

Related links

The Mad Sages http://www.sagesfous.com/HTML2019/index.html

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund https://www.canada.ca/fr/patrimoine-canadien/services/financement/fonds-espaces-culturels.html

SOURCE Canadian Heritage


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