International festival of Puppetry Art (Międzynarodowy Festiwal Sztuki Lalkarskiej)

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Country and Region PolandSlaskie
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival Bielsko-Biała, Slaskie, Poland
Festival Contact Information

Międzynarodowy Festiwal Sztuki Lalkarskiej
43-300 Bielsko-Biała, Poland
ul. Mickiewicza 20
Phone: (48) 33 8221046

Festival Description

The International Festival of Puppetry Art, held by Banialuka since 1966, is one of the best known reviews in Europe and the world. During the 60s, 70s and 80s Bielsko was the only place in Europe offering an opportunity for the gathering of theatres from the East and the West. It was also the site of a clash between primal theatres by cultivating traditional theatrical forms with the most avant garde achievements of the contemporary theatre. Openness to all theatrical currents, conventions and styles as well as the inclusion of spectacles addressed to adult audiences rendered the Bielsko-Biała festival extremely attractive. Across the years, Bielsko-Biała has played host to all the brilliant artists who today create the history of the world puppet theatre, including: Albrecht Roser, Eric Bass, Joan Baixas, Roman Paska, Josef Krofta with the famous Drak Theatre, as well as Peter Schumann with the legendary Bread and Puppet Theatre, and many others. Since 1998 the Festival has been organised as a competition.

Festival Dates May 25 - 30, 2012
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Festival Story:

For many decades Banialuka Theatre’s image was shaped by the activity of Jerzy Zitzman—an outstanding artist and the founder of the theatre. Banialuka featured its spectacles in numerous countries, including Japan, Chile, Mexico and the United States, participated in the most prestigious theatre festivals (Edinburgh, Avignon, Cividale, New York and Charleville-Mezieres), and won many of the highest awards and distinctions at the most renowned reviews. As in the past, the company enjoys the cooperation of a group of acclaimed artists.


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