The Ljubljana Puppet Theatre Festival first hosted puppeteers from all over the world in 1933. Fifty years later in 1983 the organisation hosted the second international conference on the training of professional puppeteers. In 1992, Ljubljana Puppet Theatre organised the 16th Congress of the International Union of the Marionette (UNIMA) in Ljubljana.
The main premise of festival’s selection revolves around daring, challenging, provocative, inspiring and above all high quality puppet performances with an international dimension.
Combining traditional puppetry knowledge and daring exploration enables the development of contemporary technologies and new materials. Festival performances offer versatile visual expressions, readdress proven puppet practices and confirm endless possibilities of puppet expression.
The festival is a gathering of puppet theatres, troupes, and puppetry schools from all over the world. Past festivals have featured puppetry performances from Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Germany, Cyprus, Norway, Poland, Hungary, Peru, Australia, the UK, Russia, Slovenia, and so on.
In 2016, the festival was partly merged with an international project called All Strings Attached: the Pioneers of European Puppetry behind the Scenes. As such, it held a exceptionally rich international programme of professional workshops, lectures and exhibitions.