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Visiting Arlekin, International Festival of Puppet Theatres

Published 10.09.09

From 14th to the 21st of September, 2009, in Omsk, Russia, the 1st International Festival of Puppet Theatres Visiting Arlekin will take place. The festival will present performances not only for children but for grown-ups too. The Festival is to become a place for sharing experiences between puppet masters from 18 theatres of different countries.

The Festival will welcome theatres from some 18 countries: Russia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Germany, Israel, Iran, China, Mexico, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Sweden, and Estonia. The international jury will be headed by Henryk Yurkovsky, a well known Polish  historian and theorist of puppet theatre: the jury will choose the winners in Best Production, Best Director, Best Set Designer, Best Music, Best Actor and Innovation nominations. The forum will be visited by special guests — the representatives of UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionette) Jacques Trudeau (Canada) and Simon Wang (China).

As a side activity of the festival Slobodan Markovich, a member of the jury from Serbia, will present an exhibition of his photographs devoted to the International Festival of the Theatres for Children in Subotica. Steffan Bjorklund, a puppeteer from Sweden, will give a discussion on the theatre-ecological project of Pegasus Garden, which he successfully realizes in his home country. The main events of the Festival will take place at the Theatre of Puppet, Actor and Mask “Harlequin”.

The forum is supported by the Government of the Omsk Region and Russian Theatre Union.

See festival's web site for further information about the festival and it's program.

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