Doll Festival Mirepoix

Doll Festival in Mirepoix.

The medieval city of Mirepoix


Mirepoix is on the D119, 48 km south-southwest of Carcassonne, in the Ariège (09) department (roughly 250 km west of Avignon and Arles). This medieval city lies in the foothils of the Pyrenees, and has spectacular panoramic views of these mountains. This is a sunny region of rolling countryside, mountain streams, open pastures and woodland.

Staying in Mirepoix seems to be a return to the middle ages and a starting point when visiting the other beautiful and historic towns of Toulouse, Carcassonne, Foix, Montsegur (the last stronghold of the Cathars) and Montaillou (known from the medieval novel).

Mirepoix is also a starting point of many a mountain walk. The varoius routes take you to elevated spots with unique panoramic views. In the mountains you can visit interesting caverns with pre-historic cave drawings (among others the world famous 'Grotte de Niaux'). Or you can always keep on the move with sports such as mountain climbing, cycling and canoeing on the river Ariege.

The Festival

This European Festival of Dolls (since 1989) is a gathering of lovers of dolls, doll-making and puppet theatre. Attending will be professional and amateur dollmakers, collectors, the media and a large public of all ages.

Puppet Shows
Puppet theatre shows (inside and outside) will take place from Thursday evening until Sunday evening, and there will be special shows for children.

Art Market
A three-day (Fri-Sun) art market at the medieval market place of Mirepoix will be the place to shop for pottery, paintings and perhaps a hand-made doll?

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Earlier festivals:

Doll-Making Workshops

Special one-day workshops and a 6-day international doll-making week were conducted by the Dutch Master Artist Marlaine Verhelst (known from shows and expositions all over Europe, Japan and the USA: Master classes in The Netherlands, the USA and France
Professional and amateur alike, were given a unique opportunity to create something special with leading dollmakers.

Doll Exposition
Several exhibitions of the work of the dutch dollmaker Marlaine Verhelst took place in the medieval house 5 Place du Maréchal Leclerc on the Mirepoix market place.

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Hôtel-Restaurant Relais Royal, Mirepoix

West of Foix (8 km.): Table et chambres d'hôtes / Bed and Breakfast in Serres sur Arget

Gîtes and B&B St Victor du Fau, Ariege Pyrenees

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Last Updated: February 13th 2012
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