MATEŘINKA is a competitive festival of professional puppet theatre, the only one in the Czech Republic devoted to performances for young children. It has a long tradition dating back to 1972 and is now held biennially in Liberec. The expert jury presents awards to the best individual performances, and Special Awards are given to the 2 most outstanding puppet productions in separate age categories: 3-5 years and 5-7 years. Judges are looking for distinct approaches to appeal to these age groups. MATEŘINKA presents also the young artists with their first professional artistic steps.