The French Minister of Culture Audrey Azoulay has visited the ESNAM construction site in Charleville-Mézières on Friday Februray 3rd. On this occasion, she has made a highly anticipated announcement that a “label” for puppeteering will soon be created, which shall be granted upon the school and many other institutions connected to puppeteering but currently under a more non-specific “label” (one “CDN”, one “scène nationale”, nine “scènes conventionnées” already exist under the understanding that they are meant for puppeteering).

This advances the normalization of relations between public authorities and puppeteers, and shows recognition of the importance of their the craft, a logical consequence of the inscription of the Diploma of Puppeteering Crafts in the National Registry of Professional Certifications (RNCP). This shows support from the State to the further development of that form of theatrical performance.

Audrey Azoulay, illustration © Araso
Audrey Azoulay, illustration © Araso