The Puppet Theatre on the Crossroads is the main convenor of the International Festival Bábkarská Bystrica TOUR 2018. Its 21st edition is held from 5 to 9 October 2018.
From 2016 it brings international puppet theatre productions into the countryside across the region of Banská Bystrica. The main programme contains 22 performances by 19 companies from 9 countries across Europe and further afield: Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, France, Belarus, and Brazil.
Since eight years the Festival is divided into two impulses. The programme for children audiences, The First Impulse (5 - 7 October), brings performances and events for children of different ages, from toddlers to teenagers. The First Impulse, that has been for the 2018 edition in three areas that epitomise performances for children, is “an intention is to present the work of non-commercial nature dedicated to all age categories, from toddlers to teenagers. It is work that offers theatre performances outside the mainstream theatre for children. It points out the creative lines used by theatres in order to avoid clichés,” explains Iveta Škripková, the Festival Director and member of Programme Board.
The Second Impulse (8-9 October) that follows is dedicated to puppet, object and movement theatre for adults. “The Second Impulse follows the aim to eliminate prejudice against puppet theatre dedicated to adults..The programme contains six productions which we find to be representative of contemporary lines in puppet theatre for adults,” explains Ms Škripková.
The milestone year of 2018 has inspired the Festival team to also engage in theatre research. The programme accompanying the Second Impulse, that brings a book launch of the Puppets on Czech and Slovak Borderline, 1918 – 2018.
Prior to the Festival (21-30 Sept.), we hold a range of theatre and pre-theatre activities within the framework of the pre-Festival Prologue. The events are held in the Theatre Tent beneath the Memorial to the Slovak National Uprising. This year we launch the events on 21 September. The Prologue is a pre-Festival platform for families and children. We hold live exhibition Family Puppet Theatre. The items portraying traditional family theatres and marionettes are on loan from the Slovak National Museum – Museum of Puppetry Cultures and Toys housed at the Castle Modrý Kameň. The exhibition outlines the development of Czech and Slovak puppetry from interwar period until present day. Visitors will be guided through the exhibition by students from the Department of Puppetry, Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava.
The exhibition is open daily from 21 September until 9 October at 10 – 15 and 16 – 18 hrs in the Theatre Tent beneath the Memorial to the Slovak National Uprising in Banská Bystrica.
The two September weekends will bring to Drama and Dance Jamboree of Young Talents. Banská Bystrica will thus host eight children companies from across the region of Banská Bystrica, namely from Banská Bystrica, Zvolen, Podkonice, Hriňová, Polomka, Sliač, Poltár, and Kremnica. Most of the featured companies will be performing for the first time ever at a professional theatre festival, acting thus as a prologue to the international theatre performances that will follow during the Festival. The leitmotif of the Festival is Under the Sign of Togetherness has given rise to collaboration with theatre companies and Roma community centres that are the Festival partners within the framework of the Festival line Terra Incognita.* Within the four days, over 100 gifted children will present their drama and dance talent which they have been developing for a number of years.
The programme is held on 22, 23, 29 and 30 September, starting at 16 hrs.
(For full programme of the jamboree please consult the enclosure).
Along with the events in the Theatre Tent, an exhibition of theatre photography Slovak Puppets in Pilsen, Czech Puppets in Bystrica will be held in the National Science Library in Banská Bystrica. The exhibition outlines Slovak–Czech puppetry cooperation, capturing the most appealing Slovak productions that featured at Skupova Plzeň, the major puppetry festival in the Czech Republic, and, reciprocally, the most fascinating Czech productions presented at the Festival Bábkarská Bystrica.
The exhibition is open from 25 September to 2 November, Mon – Fri at 10 – 17 hrs.