General Information

Anna Aurich - Premsa

Sònia González - Premsa



IF Barcelona is a platform aimed at fostering and promoting the universe of visual and objects puppet theatre in all its possibilities. It does not consist of a schedule of performances that gather once a year in a determined place, but it is a group of activities that relate to and feed each other. These are focused on promoting research, creation and the distribution of shows, installations and events related to the combination of performing and plastic arts and anthropology, which is the puppet and the objects theatre.


Therefore, IF Barcelona presents an actions chart that is both focused onto the future and very attentive to the avant-garde scenic forms, as these produce high level aesthetic results that contribute to better understanding the contemporary reality.


IF Barcelona started in 2015 with an academic symposium at the Institut del Teatre (Theatre Institut), the publishing of the Splitting Figures book, a huge exhibition and an international performances programme at the Arts Santa Monica Centre, to which the festival is still tied. Since 2016, IF Barcelona has a biennial structure.


The 2016 edition focuses on supporting and promoting the production of new scenic and research works in the field of objects theatre. Contributing with five artists’ productions as a starting point, who will be in residency at the Arts Santa Monica in 2016, IF Barcelona consolidates not only as a showcase for the creativity of the sector but also as a promoter and catalyst. The projects in residency along 2016 will be showcased in the 2017 edition, which will focus on the exhibition within the framework of an international festival.



Toni Rumbau - Idea

Toni Rumbau (Barcelona, 1949) has a degree in Spanish Literature and is the author of numerous theatre texts. He established, in 1976, the puppet theatre company La Fanfarra together with Mariona Masgrau and Eugenio Navarro, and with the former he would later found Barcelona’s Malic Theatre (closed in 2002). He has been the artistic director of Malic Theatre for many years and, until 2007, he was also the artistic director of the Festival d’Òpera de Butxaca i Noves Creacions (Pocket Opera and New Creations Festival) together with Dietrich Grosse. In 2012, he launched the digital magazine

Jordi Alomar -Curatorship and direction

Musicologist, musician and cultural manager. Jordi was associate professor at the Conservatori Superior de Música (Higher Music Conservatoire) of the Balearic Islands between 2008 and 2012 and at the Cultural Activities Service of the University of the Balearic Islands. From 2009 to 2012, he was the artistic director of the Encontre Internacional de Compositors (International Encounter of Composers), a contemporary music festival, and since 2014 he is contents advisor of the Sampler Series at the L'Auditori de Barcelona (Barcelona’s Auditorium). He is currently a predoctoral researcher at the CECUPS / University of Barcelona, and combines his research with freelance cultural management.

Giulia Poltronieri - Co-direction and production

Giulia has a degree in Cultural Tourism from the Studies University of Ferrara (Italy), a master’s degree in Marketing and Communication from EESAE (2009) and a master’s degree in Cultural Management by the University of Barcelona (2013). She has been working as a cultural manager since 2008 especially in the cultural tourism sector. In love with theatre and the performing arts in general, she currently collaborates with different entities in this field, such as Coincidències Associació Cultural and Cara-B Festival. She is one of the devising members of Píndoles – Festival de Microteatre fora del Teatre (Pills - Festival of Micro-theatre outside the Theatre) and has contributed to the creation of the Xarxa XAS - Xarxa d’activitats en espais no convencionals (Network of activities in non-conventional spaces).

Cesc Martínez - Coordinator for the learning programme and contents writer

With a degree in Catalan Philology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, he started working in the publishing field in 1998 and has never abandoned it. He became acquainted with cultural journalism through the publication of different magazines and specialised in performing arts. He has collaborated with general issues newspapers, such as Regió 7 and Avui, and also with specialised media, with a highlight to the digital magazine Et tacte que té (2001 - 2004). From 2005 to 2011, he was coordinator for the magazine Zirkòlika, and in 2012 he started working with Toni Rumbau in the triple edition of the digital journal / /, to which he is Chief Editor. He has published a book of prose poems (Bits, 2001), a romance (Opi i sardines, 2011) and is in process of editing his third book, an essay about the poetics of performance.