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 2016/2017 season in Puppet Theatre at the Crossroads will be dedicated to the jubilee 20th year of the Bábkarská Bystrica festival. This year we are introducing the very first 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 this year's title: 'Bábkarská Bystrica Tour 2016'. Our intention is to bring non-commercial theatre productions of high quality to locations that have been removed from focus for far too long. The main festival program, taking place between September 30th and October 4th 2016, will present the audience of Banská Bystrica and the greater region with about 25 theatre groups and ensembles from around the world. Simultaneously, we are putting on two thematic workshops, a conference titled Art at the Periphery, etc. Next year: September/October 2018. So come along and see it all for yourself!