The International Festival of Contemporary Puppet Theatre for Children and Adults, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia. The main organizer: Bábkové divadlo na Rázcestí [The Puppet Theatre at the Crossroads], Banská Bystrica, Slovakia. History: established in 1977 as national exhibiton, in 1994 transformed into an international festival of Slovak puppet theatres encountering puppetry from central Europe and various selected troupes from around the world. Throughout 2002 – 2014 the festival organizers would award 3 different prizes – for creative achievement, for the best domestic performance and the specator’s award. In 2010 the festival was conceptually transformed and titled: the Bábkarská Bystrica [Puppet Bystrica] Festival, Double Impulse; the First Impulse dedicated to children, the Second Impulse dedicated to adults. The start of the 2017/2018 season in Puppet Theatre at the Crossroads will be dedicated to the jubilee 21th year of the Bábkarská Bystrica festival.
This year we continue in our Regional Impulse which is intended to spread out the festival from Banská Bystrica towards the entire BBSK region. Five shows featured of the main festival program will be staged in towns and villages outside the city. It was, in fact, the idea of travel(ing) that inspired title: 'Bábkarská Bystrica Tour 2018'. Our intention is to bring non-commercial theatre productions of high quality to locations that have been removed from focus for far too long.
This our change became very popular and due this our festival is one of 26 laureates of the EFFE Award. This extraordinary Regional - TOUR - Impulse we introduced for the very first time - last year at 20th year of our festival.
The main festival program, taking place between October 5th and October 9th 2018, will present the audience of Banská Bystrica and the greater region with about 22 theatre groups and ensembles from around the world. Simultaneously, we are putting on two thematic workshops, a conference titled Art at the Periphery, etc.
So come along and see it all for yourself!