Istanbul International Puppet Festival (Istanbul Uluslararası Kukla Festivali)

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Country and Region TurkeyIstanbul Province
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival Istanbul, Istanbul Province, Turkey
Festival Contact Information

Cengiz Özek Kukla Tiyatrosu
Istanbul Uluslararası Kukla Festivali
Şehit Muhtar Mah
Taksim Akarcası sok, no:4
34431 Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey
Phones: 0212 243 16 02, 0212 243 47 04, or 0212 0542 432 95 35

Festival Description

Istanbul International Puppet Festival was founded in 1996 by Cengiz Özek and has been running annually to the present, visited by puppeteers of every genre from all over the world. The aim of the festival is to introduce different styles and techniques of figure theatre to the Turkish audience. Being one of the most hospitable and exotic puppet festivals, Istanbul International Puppet Festival is highly selective and is open mostly to the best masters of the puppetry art. The selection criteria points towards modern interpretations and fantasy in puppetry.

Istanbul International Puppet Festival is proud to be a small, yet rich in artistic content. In addition to performances, the festival is always working towards widening its frame by organizing symposiums, exhibitions and workshops on puppet and figure theatre.

Festival Dates March 21 - May 16, 2011
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