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Mariona, the TOPic’s mascot

More than 3,500 children from Gipuzkoa are taking part in the election of a future mascot for TOPic, the International Puppetry Centre of Tolosa.

mariona la mascota del topicSchoolchildren had to choose from among five proposals, previously selected from 5,000 drawings by a jury formed by experts in graphic communications design.

Urtzi Odriozola, a student from the Xabier Munibe de Azkoitia Primary School, was the author of the winning proposal.

The proclamation of the winner coincides with the celebration of International Puppet Day.


(March 20, 2009). After almost three weeks of voting through the CIT Tolosa webpage, 3,516 schoolchildren from Guipuzcoa decided, with 64 percent of the vote, that Urtzi Odriozola, from the Xabier Munibe de Azkoitia Primary School, submitted the best proposal for the TOPIC mascot. The prize includes a day trip to TOPIC for Urtzi Odriozola and his 5th-grade classmates, including the chance to attend a puppet performance, participate in a puppet making workshop and enjoy a guided tour of the museum. Tolosa’s projected International Puppetry Centre is under construction and is scheduled to open this Autumn… so the winner and his classmates will only have to wait a few months to receive the prize they deserve.

The winning idea portrays a slender Mariona who ties her brown hair in a very original way: instead of two bunches, she is going to wear three…! She also wears brown boots and a red-striped pullover and trousers, which complete the singular TOPIC mascot’s features.

dossier de prensa marionaThe selection of a winning proposal, which will serve as the designers’ inspiration to create the definitive Mariona, started last December when the Tolosa International Puppetry Centre invited Guipuzcoan primary school children from 8 to 12 to take part in the creation of TOPIC’S mascot. The intention was to involve children in the development of the future International Puppetry Centre before its inauguration. Based on the results, with more than 500 proposals received, the initial aim was clearly achieved. After this, a jury made up of experts in graphic communications pre-selected five proposals which, in turn, were voted on by more than 3,500 schoolchildren through the CIT Tolosa web page.

It is now up to the designers to give Mariona her final appearance by using Urtzi Odriozola’s winning idea as a model… And this will be the TOPIC logo when the Tolosa International Puppetry Centre opens in Autumn.

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