Lutke International Puppet Festival


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Festival Lutke
Krekov trg 2, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 300 0970
Fax386 (0) 1 300 0980
Organised byLjubljana Puppet Theatre
Frequencybiennial (2020)
Festival dates9.9.2016 - 13.9.2016
12.9.2018 - 16.9.2018
Ajda Roos, Artistic Director
Phone386 (0) 1 300 0975

A renowned puppetry festivals, Lutke International Puppet Festival is a biennial event organised by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre since 1995. The festival presents an international selection of puppet performances (mainly for adults) and bestows the Little Prince Awards.

The festival is the gathering of puppet theatres, troupes, and puppetry schools from all over the world. The festival regularly receives over 130 applications to the festival, while the programme usually presents over twenty performances. 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. The festival takes place in Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, Šentjakob Theatre, [Museum of Puppetry] and elsewhere.

In 2016, the festival will be partly merged with an international project called All Strings Attached: the Pioneers of European Puppetry behind the Scenes. As such, it will hold a exceptionally rich international programme of professional workshops, lectures and exhibitions.


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.

Competition and awards

The festival is comprised of an international puppet competition judged by a three-member international adult and a three-member children's jury, who present the Little Prince Award for the best performance, for the most original work, and for the best actor/animator, while members of a young jury select the performance they like best.

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