Every day we pack our children’s schoolbags with notebooks, books, pens, water and snacks, exercise books, a mobile phone, a few small items … things we consider essential so that we are content and happy that our children have all they need. For every day. Common items, essential as well as important. Later, as the children are older, they pack their school bags by themselves, as we have taught them. According to what we adults prepared for them and put in their bags. And for the years to come, indeed their entire lives, they shall be carrying this given load and live with what was packed for their journey. Shouldn’t we also add in their bag a ticket to the theatre? Museum? Galleries? Season tickets to the philharmonic? Shouldn’t they be given a chance to see with eyes shut? To read in between lines? Shouldn’t we add in their bag a question opener? Joy of play? Desire to experiment? Courage to think, to change … to know and to understand?


From Monday to Friday mornings and afternoons. Every day the programme is dedicated to a different age group. From youngsters aged 18 to 15, all the way to toddlers. A discussion with professional lecturer about the inspirations of the production follows each performance. The Working Festival line also offers three creative working sessions led by theatre lecturers. They are dedicated to application of theatre techniques and methodologies in teaching. This line also offers an international panel discussion on learning through theatre, and a discussion about the Festival. Performance venues: schools and BDNR.


From Monday to Saturday. The programme within this line is designed for adults. Performances are scheduled for 8:00 p.m., one will be held at 6:00 p.m. Post-performance discussions with specialists and creative teams. Performance venues: BDNR, Studio Dance Theatre and the Academy of Arts.


Weekend line. The Diverse Festival line is dedicated to all audiences, aged 4 to 99. Performance venues: BDNR, Academy of Arts and the square Námestie SNP (Teatrálie, for the people of Banská Bystrica).


advance ticket sales until 30 August 2022.

MON – FRI from 8 am to 4 pm in the Puppet Theatre at the Crossroads Box Office.

ticket sales MON – FRI Puppet Theatre at the Crossroads Box Office and 1 hour before a performance at the venue.

Schools are welcome to use culture vouchers.

by phone +421 48/412 55 13, via email: vstupenky@bdnr.sk

10+ entries | ticket price € 4

10+ entries | ticket price € 5

Retired and people with health impediments: ticket price € 4

Professional discount: 50% to all Festival performances (applies to theatre-makers and students enrolled in art schools)


Slovenské misijné hnutie, Skuteckého 4


Hotel Národný dom, Národná 11


Hotel-Penzión Kúria, Bakossova 4


Penzión Grand, Horná 32


Penzión Moyzes, Námestie Štefana Moysesa 2


Penzión Boca, Dolná 52


City Hotel SAD, Partizánska 85



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The Puppet Theatre at the Crossroads was founded as the last professional puppet theatre in Czechoslovakia. Between 1960 and 1991, it worked as the Regional Puppet Theatre under the creative leadership of Jozef Mokoš, stage director Milan Tomášek, Karel Brožek and others. Since the 1990s, the Iveta Škripková – Marián Pecko tandem has been the formative influence of the theatre. The reference to the crossroads in the title of the theatre means a crossroads of forms, content with the use of theatre means of syncretic and alternative theatre, with the involvement of puppets and signs in the stage language. The theatre performs for all age categories – toddlers, teenagers and adults. Its portfolio prides itself in dozens of acclaimed para-theatre projects with schools of all levels. Studio T.W.I.G.A. opened within the theatre. It created the first Slovak projects related to feminist themes and dedicated to the search for gender-sensitive language in works for children and adults. It featured extensively at domestic and international festivals. It won two Hašterica awards for creative achievements in puppet theatre (2006, 2012). The production You So Move Me(Fragments from the Life and Work of Dominik Tatarka) (Dojímate ma veľmi … fragmenty zo života a diela D. Tatarku), written by Iveta Škripková and directed by Marián Pecko, was included in the golden fund of the Slovak theatre. The theatre convenes the 23rd edition of the international puppetry festival Bábkarská Bystrica.


The Puppet Theatre in Košice was founded in 1959. Over time, it moved to the fore an actor as the driver of the puppet, started using marionettes, and stage music became part of every production. A number of influential artists collaborated with the theatre, inter alia Ján Uličiansky, who worked in a team with Jaroslav Filip or Petr Čisárik. Uličiansky’s productions in Košice received awards from theatre critics and enjoyed major audience popularity. The theatre also includes the experimental Jorik drama stage created in 1995. After moving to a new building, the theatre convenes the international puppet festival Virvar (since 2012) led by the director Petr Hrehorčák and art director Ivan Sogel. The ensemble is successfully involved in a range of international projects, such as Puppets without Borders, and cooperates with with the public broadcaster the Radio and Television Slovakia in Košice.


The Puppet Theatre in Žilina was founded in 1950 as the Puppet Stage of the Workers’ Regional Theatre. The stage eventually became independent and institutionalised. The theatre began to cooperate with a number of influential directors and set designers, such as Milan Tomášek. It kept experimenting, played with masks and life-size puppets. Over the years, the poetics of the theatre has been established. It includes the puppet and mask in their various creative modifications and alternatives, in symbolic and metaphorical meaning. Currently, the theatre is housed in a refurbished venue. Its focus is on children and youth. Since 2009, the theatre hosts Bábková Žilina – a showcase of Slovak puppet theatres.


The Bratislava State Puppet Theatre was founded in 1957, and, since 2000 it features under its current name. From the outset, it enjoyed collaboration with a range of the finest Slovak artists, such as Vladimír Predmerský, Milan Sládek, Ján Ozábal, Martin Kákoš, Bohdan Slavík, Ján Zavarský, and Jozef Bednárik. The present creative team is led by the stage director and artistic director Katarína Aulitisová. It inventively searches for the forms of contemporary puppet theatre, bringing new themes and contents to the repertoire. Its appeal is also in its intergenerational approach to the art and cooperation with guest stage directors. The theatre won a number of Hašterica awards for creative work in puppetry and was repeatedly nominated for the DOSKY awards. For quite some time it is facing the challenge of refurbishment of its original venue.


The PIKI Theatre (in Slovak it is an acronym for Suspiciously Ideal Nomadic Initiative) was founded in 1990 by husband-and-wife puppeteers Katarína Aulitisová and Ľubomír Piktor. The repertoire is diverse, comprising adaptations of classic stories, original plays with contemporary, often taboo themes, family shows and entertainment. Their work isn’t limited to puppet theatre: they also engage in pantomime, clown performances and travesty. They have won numerous awards and successfully represent the Slovak world of puppetry at international festivals, such as the Days of Slovak Culture in Canada or the Eurokids festival in Washington.


Odivo is one of the youngest Slovak independent theatre groups formed by the stage director Monika Kováčová and the actress, performer and stage director Mária Danadová. They keep inviting different artists and create a range of innovative author and puppet projects for all ages. The Odivo expressive language is committed to the refined visual component, original work with puppets and their overall creation. They use elements of movement theatre, performance and live music. Odivo has been collecting awards at international festivals, including those in Bulgaria, Poland and Croatia.


The New Theatre was founded in May 2016 by the departure of a number of influential artists, the dramaturge Veronika Gabčíková, the actor Ivan Martinka, stage director Šimon Spišák and others, who were originally with The Karol Spišák Old Theatre in Nitra. The theatre is currently based in the Matica slovenská House in Nitra. In its productions, the theatre extracts live music, movement, actor, puppet, object and artistic symbol. It featured at a range of domestic and international festivals (2017 International Palm Off Fest in Prague, International festival Kremnické gagy in Kremnica, Assitej Festival in Prague, etc.). The actress Lucia Korená won the 2017 DOSKY award in the Best Female Acting category.


The emergence of the puppet theatre in Nitra is connected with the Nitra Regional Theatre (currently The Andrej Bagar Theatre Nitra) that formed a professional Puppet Ensemble in 1951. In the 1970s and 1980s, the ensemble toured in Bulgaria, Egypt, Belgium, India, Iraq, and France. It made its mark in puppetry history with the work of Ján Romanovský and his then original style of leading the Javanese-style marionettes known in Slovakia as javajky. In 1994, Karol Spišák was appointed the director of the theatre that became named after him in 2009. During his tenure, Spišák earned his theatre utmost reputation across Central Europe. In 1999, he founded Encounter – festival of puppet theatre schools from the Visegrad 4 countries. During this period, the theatre was artistically led by the distinguished stage director Ondrej Spišák. The Mayor of the City of Nitra Jozef Dvonč awarded the theatre in 2011 Nitra Mayor’s Award for artistic activity and representation of the city at home and internationally. Since 2017 the theatre is engaged in its artistic transformation, along with the refurbishment of its venue.


Continuo is a prominent international theatre group with a thirty-year tradition. Since 1995, it si based in the countryside on the estate Švestkový Dvůr, in the village of Malovice, where the members of the ensemble live and work permanently. Its work, led by the artistic director and founder Pavel Štourač, is difficult to define in terms of genre: the theatre combines movement acting with puppet theatre methods, live music and distinctive visual styling. Czech critics call the Continuo Theatre art style “a new Central European dreamlike imagery”. In addition to performing in traditional theatre venues, Continuo is also thoroughly devoted to creating site-specific projects in factories, abandoned buildings, trains, etc..


Theatre Líšeň Brno was founded by Pavla Dombrovská and Luděk Vémola in 1998. It still presents itself as an independent, experimental theatre, working with puppets, masks, objects, movement and sound stylisation. Its dramaturgy focuses on current issues; it cares about community development, cooperates with Roma artists, and runs different workshops and learning programmes. It performed in Belgium, UK, Spain, Italy, or Russia, and won numerous awards. The theatre concentrates its work within the Provocative Theatre project to make engaged theatre productions, to stage political and documentary plays that make members of the audience form their own free opinion.


The theatre emerged from an amateur puppet stage that turned professional in 1953 as the Regional Puppet Theatre. It originally staged productions for children and families. Initially, it was significantly shaped by the influential figures of Václav Kábrt and Zdeněk Havlíček. Later, its creative agenda was significantly influenced and shaped by the actor and director Petr Nosálek. Today, the theatre also has an alternative stage that was added to the building in 2011. The theatre has also an intensive lecturing programme for schools that was shaped by artist Tomáš Wolkmer and the dramaturge Hana Wolkmerová. Since 1995, it convenes one of the largest renowned Czech international puppetry festivals, Spectaculo Interesse. To date, the Festival has featured theatres from Belgium, Belarus, Brazil, Japan, Canada, Portugal, Taiwan, and elsewhere.


The dance theatre Lenka Vagnerová & Company was founded by the award-winning Czech artist Lenka Vagnerová in 2012. She currently works as the theatre director, choreographer, stage director, and dramaturge. The art of the theatre bears a distinctive theatre language that brings together elements of dance, movement, puppetry and drama. The theatre accentuates precision of theatre situations, finesse of movement, supporting the individuality of performers, teamwork, and the quest for physical potential and movement limits of one’s own body. The group enjoys acclaim at home and internationally, where it has received numerous important awards, including several nominations for the Thalia Award. Its performance at the 2022 Bábkarská Bystrica is its debut at this festival.


The Naïve Theatre in Liberec was founded as the Central Puppet Theatre in 1949, which is why it is considered one of the oldest professional puppet theatres within the former Czechoslovakia. Between 1968 and 1978, the influential Studio Ypsilon operated in the premises of the theatre. The theatre was formed by a number of major artists, such as the stage directors Pavel Polák and Michal Dočekal, or the playwright and author Iva Peřinová. Currently, the theatre is a collective led by the stage director, actress and artistic director Michaela Homolová and the dramaturge Vít Peřina. The theatre convenes Mateřinka – significant international festival of professional puppet theatres for preschool children.


Puppet theatre was performed on the territory of the German city of Zwickau as early as in the 16th century. The puppet stage officially opened there in 1952. From the outset, it enjoyed high attendance and popularity among local audience. At the end of the 1960s, the theatre started to build its name internationally. Under the current management by the theatre and stage director Monika Gerboc from Slovakia, the dramaturgy focuses on theatre pedagogy focusing on close cooperation with schools and teachers. Puppentheatre is deemed to be the first theatre in Europe to make theatre online during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The theatre was founded by students of the Academy of Sztuk Dramatycznych in Wrocław in 1988. A few years later, the group moved to the countryside in Wolimierz, where it gradually reconstructed the building of the former railway station where it remains. Artists from the Netherlands, Germany, France and the US soon began to collaborate with the theatre. Stacja Wolimierz, as the artists named their creative space, is home to a puppet workshop, a café, guest rooms, spaces for music and art workshops, etc.. The art of the theatre is distinctive for its work with oversized puppets, machines and other objects. Wrocław-based artists collaborate with Wiktor Wiktorczyk, in-house director and artistic director, in staging productions. The theatre performed in Belgium, Iran, China, Taiwan, and at the Venice Carnival.


The main Slovenian puppet stage was founded in 1948 and built upon the centuries-old tradition of puppet theatre in Slovenia. The theatre dramaturgy promotes high-standard cultural content in the programmes of learning institutions. It also convenes the LUTKE international puppet festival. The theatre also runs the BiTeatre experimental platform for young artists. Their productions balance between classic puppet theatre and performance, using, inter alia, the principles of intermedia art. Currently, the theatre makes productions for children, youth and adults. Its performance at the 2022 Bábkarská Bystrica is its debut at this festival.


Cirka Teater was founded by the actress Anne Marit Sæther and set designer Gilles Berger in 1984. It is one of the most distinguished ensembles in Norwegian theatre. Its repertoire includes chamber indoor performances, as well as narrative open-air productions. The theatre is distinctive with its language, work with objects and machines, along with an ample visual component. It also cooperates with contemporary Norwegian composers. It won several domestic and international prizes; its productions featured at many European festivals. The productions are popular and intended primarily for a children’s audience. The performance at the 2022 Bábkarská Bystrica is its Slovak debut.


Accademia Teatro Dimitri is the continuation of the Verscio Theatre, founded in 1971 and named after the clown Dimitri. The academy co-founder was the Czech actor Richard Weber. Since its inception (1974), the academy specialises in movement theatre and its research. It seeks new forms of means of expression by connecting traditional theatre and circus art. It also explores the specifics of commedia dell’arte, pantomime and dance. Applicants from all over the world are drawn to the  Verscio. Slovak artists Anna Gromanová and Marek Turošík also collaborate with the academy. It will be performed at the festival for the first time. 2022 marks the debut of the academy at Bábkarská Bystrica.


The Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno was founded in 1947. It is named after the internationally lauded Czech composer Leoš Janáček. The Academy comprises the Faculty of Theatre and Music. Students of the Faculty of Theatre can present their work at the student Studio Marta. The Faculty offers studies in a number appealing art fields, including specialism in musical acting, or theatre and theatre pedagogy for the deaf. The Studio of Learning Drama for the Deaf was founded by the Czech director Zoja Mikotová in 1992. She thus enabled a rare equal study in the field of theatre and theatre pedagogy for the deaf and hearing impaired. The specialism is among the rarities within European theatre schooling.


The Kyiv-based University is one of the oldest universities in the world offering studies in art. It is named after the Ukrainian actor and playwright Ivan Karpovich Karpenko-Kary. People from all over the world apply to the school. Several of the graduates have been joining The Alexander Duchnovič Theatre in Prešov (Slovakia). The university offers studies in several specialism in theatre, film and television art. In 2022, its presence at Bábkarská Bystrica marks it debut at the festival.


The Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava was founded in 1959. The Department of Puppetry, now led by Ida Hledíková, opened within the Faculty of Theatre In the 1990s. The Academy theatre studio of VŠMU has a number of stages: LAB Theatre, Studio Chapel, Studio Burkovňa and Studio 1. Student feature here their projects at the Faculty of Theatre, specifically the Departments of Acting, Directing and Dramaturgy and Puppetry. Studio 1 is primarily dedicated to puppetry projects.


Traffix Music was created in 2005, following the departure of Emilie Houdebine from Furax, of which she was the manager. In its first phase of operation, Traffix Music is dedicated to the development of artists in the contemporary music sector for export, as a service provider. In 2009, Traffix Music added to its activity the production and distribution of shows by discovered artists (Daara J, Faada freddy, Melissmell, Fredda, etc.) One project stands out, that of Pascal Parisot, aimed at young audiences thanks to an order from the publisher Milan Jeunesse. A first CD book for children is born and a first show in a tiny Parisian theater. On the strength of this experience with Pascal Parisot (who was accompanied between 2009 and 2015 on the production of three new shows), Traffix Music decided to focus all of its activity on the music show for young audiences. This orientation opens the way to the accompaniment of first creations of artists, where the artistic requirement is the key word. (translation: Selène Magni)


The school is named after the Free Slovak Transmitter (Slobodný slovenský vysielač) that broadcasted news and art programmes across Central Slovakia during the Slovak National Uprising in 1944. Established in 1958, the elementary school is located near BDNR. It offers extended teaching of foreign languages since the academic year 1978/1979. Language training is also supported by activities within the School Club and interest groups. The school annually arranges for students language stays abroad, namely in England, Austria, Germany and France. Since the academic year 2011/2012 year, it has classes for children with a specific intellectual gift for foreign language. The school has a number of attractive learner activities, and is involved in international projects to improve the quality and currency of learning. A number of Festival performances will be held in the school gym. 


The history of the school based in the neighbourhood of Sásová dates back to 1956. It opened in the academic year 1979/1980 as a comprehensively structured school. In 1997, the school engaged in the project Change, humanisation of teaching. Since 2001, the school is part of the ERIN programme (today VIN – Learning Scheme for Generally Intellectually Gifted Learners). In 2012, the school renovated its playground, and built a three-lane tartan 150-meter running circuit and a football pitch with man-made grass. The school classroom is the venue of the Festival performance of 360° Virtual PuppetryGerman BalladsKing of Spirits.  


The tradition of secondary schooling in Banská Bystrica dates back to the 13th century. In February 1919, The Andrej Sládkovič Grammar School was officially founded as the successor of the state higher royal Catholic high school in Banská Bystrica. Since 1993, the school uses its original name. During its long history, it has become alma mater of a number of Slovak leaders in literature, culture, science and other walks of life, such as Gustáv Kazimír Zechenter-Laskomerský, Svetozár Hurban Vajanský, Jozef Gregor Tajovský, Jozef Murgaš, and Ferko Urbanek. Currently, the school is working on accreditation to become an International Baccalaureate World School. The network of these schools has a common philosophy – commitment to top quality inspiring international learning. The school deems those qualities to be of utmost importance for its learners. 



The Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica was established as the second Slovak university dedicated to art. It was founded on 1 July 1997 from the Faculty of Performing Arts and the Faculty of Fine Arts. A year later, the Faculty of Performing Arts opened, emerging from the Department of Acting and Directing that was under the umbrella of the Faculty of Performing Arts. Currently, the Faculty houses two variable theatre studios, film studio, cinema projection room, dubbing and sound studio, large-capacity lecture hall, and additional technologically equipped classrooms dedicated to specialist subjects. The Faculty offers full time and part-time undergraduate and graduate studies in theatre and film. 



A graduate from the Department of Slovak Language and Aesthetics at the Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava, and the Department of Puppetry at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, Ms Krajč Zamišková completed her doctoral studies in theatre history at the Slovak Academy of Science. As actress, she was with such theatres as the Puppet Theatre Žilina, the Aréna Theatre Bratislava or Studio 12 in Bratislava. She is the leading figure at the Tuš Puppet Theatre that makes interactive productions, often involving in drama-therapy. She also engages in contemporary theatre for children and youth. In the Year of Slovak Theatre 2020, she took part in the preparation of the puppetry section of the theatre showcase Theatre Century – Traces and Attitudes.

A graduate from Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Department of Educational Drama, Ms Jurinová is the co-founder of the EDUdrama drama centre that makes interactive performances for families with children, experiential learning workshops for companies, learning projects for schools, and seminars for teachers. She was the Head of the Department of Gallery Pedagogy at the Slovak National Gallery, and the lecturer at the Department of Literature and Drama  of the Jozef Kresánek Elementary School of Arts in Bratislava.

A graduate in puppetry at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, Ms Kořínková-Willems worked at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, where she founded the theatre Kidding Ensemble. She is the co-founder of the theatre oProti. She acquired her methodical dramatic background studying at the Department of Educational Drama at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She has long been with Lano theatre group and taught at the Department of Literature and Drama at the Elementary School of Arts in Bratislava. Having met Barbora Jurinová, the two jointly created a project of EDUdrama – drama centre applying the principles of drama education.

Having graduated from the Department of Educational Drama and Acting at the Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Ms Váňová also held an internship in the US. She is with the Prague-based Theatre Minor as the Head of Learning Programmes, theatre lecturer and stage director of learning productions (known as forum theatre) and productions with social impact. She is also known as an actress (Studio DVA, Geisslers Hofcomoedianten, Minor Theatre). She regularly conducts educational drama workshops at various international conferences.

Since the 1970s, Tintti Karppinen has been training teachers of different subjects and at various levels, as well as social workers and nurses. For over a decade, she held weekly workshops for families with a dedicated theme, which she developed through music, visual arts, theatre and a variety of other activities. Since 1998, she has been a representative of the International Theatre Education Association (IDEA) at UNESCO and lectures worldwide at congresses and seminars dedicated to art in education around. Between 1974 and 2016, she held several positions within the Finnish Theatre Education Association (FIDEA) and has been its Honorary President since 2012. She holds multiple awards for drama education in Finland and internationally.

Špela Šinigoj is theatre lecturer and project manager for cultural events at the Slovenia National Theatre Drama Company Ljubljana.  She is responsible for the Young Drama Programme – an accompanying programme of the Slovene National Theatre that encourages interest in theatre among young audiences. Young Drama Programme includes, inter alia, conversations with actors, theatre backstage tours, presentations of theatre professions, workshops about theatre in general or specific Drama Company productions, playwriting competition for teenagers. As Drama Company lecturer, Špela also runs a programme for Club Hamlet – theatre club intended for young people. In addition to watching theatre performances, they are interested in performing arts in the broadest sense and wish to explore the link between art, history and current social events. Špela regularly works with schools and teachers from all over Slovenia and is member of the Cultural Bazaar network which is a Slovenian national cross-sectoral project dedicated to the promotion of arts and cultural education.

A graduate from the Department of Theatre Studies at the University of Oslo, Ms Tronstad holds a doctorate from the Department of Aesthetics of Digital Media at her alma mater. She went on to work at the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Oslo, the Department of Design at the School of Architecture and Design in Oslo, and the Department of Art, Design and Drama at the Oslo Metropolitan University. Since 2018, she has been the main advisor for theatre arts at Kulturtanken. The agency is under the umbrella of the Norwegian Ministry of Culture and Equality, which is responsible for The Cultural Schoolbag, a nationwide organisation presenting professional arts and culture to children and youth during school hours.

Having completed undergraduate studies at the Theatre and Education Studio at The Leoš Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in, Ms Nechvátalová then received master’s degree at the Department of Educational Drama at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. As a theatre lecturer, she atrranged theatre and recital showcases in Brno. During her studies, she performed in several productions of semi-professional and non-professional groups. She is currently the Head of Teaching Department at the children’s theatre group Theatre Drak and the International Institute of Figurative Theatre in Hradec Králové. Her lecture programmes are dedicated to children, as well as teachers. She also works with puppets, and engages in museum and gallery pedagogy.

A graduate form The Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Prešov and the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, Mr Lavrík worked as a Slovak language and art teacher, copywriter and creative director in an advertising agency. He also served as the director of Slovak Radio in Košice and Bratislava. He is the author of many prose, stage, radio and television texts, librettos, etc.. He was the artistic director of the Municipal Theatre Zlín, from the director of Rádio Devín (2005–2009), the project manager of Rádio Litera and Rádio Klasika 2009–2011. He is currently the director of The Dezider Kardoš Elementary School of Arts in Bánovce nad Bebravou.

A graduate in stage directing from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, Mrs Ferancová  cooperates with a range of Slovak theatres, such as The Pavol Jozef Šafárik Theatre  in Trnava, The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra, GUnaGU in Bratislava, Theatre Aréna in Bratislava, Theatre ASTORKA Korzo ’90 in Bratislava, as well as the Slovak National Theatre. Her productions have been repeatedly nominated for the DOSKY award. In addition to theatres, she also cooperates with the Radio and Television Slovakia. Between 2006 and 2010, she directed the RTVS art news series Art (Umenie). She currently works at the acting conservatory in Bratislava. She is stage director of Cyber Cyrano, a production of the Theatre at the Crossroads in Banská Bystrica.

A graduate in dramaturgy and directing alternative and puppet theatre at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He works in the city of Nitra, since 2013 at The Karol Spišák Old Theatre of and, since 2016, at the New Theatre. Occasionally he performs as a guest at the theatre Divadlo Divadlo z Pasáže in Banská Bystrica, making the show a form of drama therapy. He also features in other Slovak puppet theatres. He was nominated for the 2017 DOSKY Award for Best Director of the production Anne Frank (New Theatre Nitra, 2016). He is the director of The Book Thief, a production of the New Theatre, Nitra.

A native of Slovakia and graduate in stage directing from the Academy of Arts, Banská Bystrica., Ms Gerboc studied puppetry directing in Białystok, and held an internship in Germany. She was with the Žilina City Theatre and the theatre Spišské divadlo in Spišská Nová Ves. After moving to Germany, she was stage director and actress in Cottbus, to become artistic director and director of the Puppentheatre Zwickau, where she still works today. This theatre became the first puppet theatre in the world to start producing productions for virtual reality. She is the director of the production 360° VIRTUAL PUPPETRY – German Ballads, King of Spirits.


A graduate in puppetry from the Riksteatrets Dukkespillerskole in Norway. He currently works as a puppeteer director, playwright and author of books for children and youth (e.g., P+E, Tårer changer, Ingenting, Pyrocumulus). He has collaborated on productions in Norway, Denmark, Ireland, Iceland and Sri Lanka. He organizes workshops and courses in puppet theatre, animation of puppets and other objects and their use on stage. For almost two decades, his work has been associated with Cirka Teater in Trondheim, Norway. Our Festival features his performance Garage.


A graduate from the puppet theatre set design at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. From 1994, he was a set designer at the Drak Theatre in Hradec Králové. He has so far created over 130 productions abroad as a s set designer and over 30 productions as stage director. He currently cooperates with Czech theatres such as Ostrava Puppet Theatre, La Putyka Circus Prague or Radost Theatre Brno. He first collaborated with The Karol Spišák Old Theatre in Nitra in 2010. He is the director of FAUST, a production of The Karol Spišák Old Theatre, Nitra.

A graduate in film and television dramaturgy and screenwriting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and in aesthetics at Constantine the Philosopher University Nitra. Since 1985, Ms Škripková has been with the Puppet Theatre at the Crossroads in Banská Bystrica, first as dramaturge and, since 1992, as a director. She holds multiple awards for her screenplays and stage texts (Alfréd Radok Prize, Drama, etc.) For two decades, she has been devoted to the issue of women’s experience in theatre, which was related to her initiative to establish the T.W.I.G.A. Studio within the Puppet Theatre at the Crossroads. She is the director of Penelope, a production for adults.

Composer, performer and multi-instrumentalist, and self-taught musician, Mr Tellitoci appeared on music scene aged twenty. He first discovered music through Rock and Pop music groups. Then, he turned to Cuban and jazz music, and received higher diploma in jazz, vibraphone, and percussion at the Luxembourg Conservatory of Music. After advancing his experience in different places (La Havana, New York, Paris…) and with different individuals and groups (Biréli Lagrene, Raul de Sauza, Regional Jazz Orchestra of Lorraine, Franck Tortiller, Guy Cabay …), Jacques Tellitoci met the singer, composer, guitarist and performer Pascal Parisot. The encounter launched a long musical collaboration and friendship. In 2015, with Pascal Parisot, Laurent Meunier and Olivier Prou he made their first youth show C’est Parti mon Kiki, a one-man musical show for children from the age of six. It focused on a character entering his little-boy world, discovering music with his toy. Thes show (as well as the second one Home Sweet Home made in June 2022) is produced and distributed by Traffix Music, a production company created by Emilie Houdebine in 2009. It specialises in youth musical show industry.


A graduate of AGRFT Ljubljana, it was already during his studies, that Mr Grabnar was drawn to performing art. During his career, he directed and created a number of dance, puppet and alternative theatre productions. His signature style is also known internationally, as his productions featured at different prestigious international festivals, such as in Charleville-Mézièrs. As a student, he was assistant stage director at the Slovenian National Theatre and the Serbian National Theatre. At the 10th Biennial of Slovenian Puppeteers, he won the Award as Best Director with the production Nekje drugje, which features at our Festival.

The founder of the Líšeň Theatre, Ms Dombrovská is in-house director and screenwriter. The theatre focuses primarily on original productions for children, as well as for adults. It won several awards for its engaged work. She collaborates with Roma artists, with whom she created a number of productions. She is involved in the Provocative Theatre project,  that aims to reflect the political situation in the world, expresses personal attitudes of the artists of the Líšeň Theatre, and wishes to inspire and encourage others to activity leading to freedom. At our Festival, she will feature her production A Confession of a Prison Warden.



Since 1985, Mr Pecko has been with the Puppet Theatre at the Crossroads in Banská Bystrica. He is currently the stage director and artistic director there. He directs puppetry and drama productions for children and adults. He collaborated with a range of Slovak theatres (The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra, The Slovak Chamber Theatre in the city of Martin, The Jonáš Záborský Thatre in Prešov), Polish threates (Białystok, Bielsko-Biała, Opole, Warsaw) and Czech ensembles (The Klicper Theatre Hradec Králové, Puppet Theatre Ostrava). He has a highly distinctive visual artistic stage signature style and multi-layered work with a sign in the works for children and adults. He is a highly acclaimed artist and laureate of multiple awards, inter alia the 2017 Tatra Banka Foundation Award for Art in Theatre category for the directing the production War Has No Female Face, the Grand Prix at the 24th National Puppet Theatre Festival in Opole (2009, Ivona, Princess of Burgundy). He also holds a number of nominations for the DOSKY Award. The Festival features his production About the Hen Who Didn’t Give Up.


In Leonid Popov’s class, Mr Lukianenko graduated from the Department of Puppetry Directing at The I.K. Karpenko-Kary Kyiv National University of Theatre, Film and Television Arts, where she currently pursues her doctoral studies. Since 2017, she has been the stage director at the Kyiv Academic Puppet Theatre and the leader of the 3rd edition of the pUp.pet International Puppet Theatre Festival. She collaborated with Ukrainian puppet theatres in Kherson and Chernivtsi. She is the director of the children’s production Who Grows in the Park?


Having studied puppetry at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Ms Autilisová is an actress. She collaborated with a range of theatres abroad, inter alia, the Drak Theatre Hradec Králové, The Milan Sládeks Pantomimtheatre, Koln (Germany), or – as stage director with the Maribor Puppet Theatre, Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and others. She is the co-founder of the PIKI Theatre (1990) – an author’s theatre for children. For her art at the PIKI Theatre, she received over forty awards for acting, script, directing, creativity and the most humane message. Currently, she is the artistic director of the Bratislava Puppet Theatre and a university lecturer at the Department of Puppetry at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. At the Festival, she features with Round&round&round, a production for toddlers.


A gaduate from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Mr Štourač is the founding member and artistic director of the Continuo Theatre based in a rural environment. Having spent over there, decades there, he developed his art and directorial poetics initially through puppet theatre; later he was inspired by street and circus art, until the theatre ultimately created its own stage language combining movement acting with distinctive visual stylisation. Czech theatre critics called the poetics of the theatre a “new Central European dream imagery”. Helena and Pavel Štourač won the 2022 Skup Pilsen festival prize for directing and creative concept of the production Hic sunt dracones, which also features at our Festival. He also a lecturer at the Teatro Dimitri Academy in Switzerland.

Recent graduate of the master’s degree in movement theatre at Accademia Teatro Dimitri in Verscio, Mr Soma is native of Burkina Faso. After studying theatre arts at The Jean-Pierre Guingané Superior School of Theatre in Ouagadougou, he collaborated on dance and theatre productions with a number of African directors. He also held international internships, inter alia, at the Akademie für Darstellende Kunst in Germany or Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in Zurich. He founded his own theatre group, Théâtre Éclosions that engages in research of a different form of theatre through performer’s body, inspired by the ceremonies and traditions of Burkina Faso. At our Festival, Mr Soma features with his monodrama SINI.


Having graduated from the Department of Modern Dance Pedagogy at Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Ms Vagnerová collaborated as dancer with a range of international choreographers and groups. She was nominated three times for the Thalia Award. In 2003, she received the title The Dancer of the Year Nokia Dance Award and, in 2005, she was awarded the Dancer of the Year by the Czech Dance Platform. She stood at birth of Cirk La Putyka, the Prague-based distinguished Czech group of the new circus. In 2012, she founded the internationally acclaimed and awarded dance theatre Lenka Vagnerová & Company, where she works as a director, artistic director, choreographer, stage director and dramaturge. She features at our Festival with her production Panopticon.


Having graduated from the Department of Stage Directing at The Leoš Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, Mr Gejguš started as freelance director. Since 2014, he has participated in the emergence of the theatre scene in the Old Arena in Ostrava, where he eventually became artistic and stage director, and dramaturge. He is currently a freelancer working with a range of Czech theatres, such as Ostrava Puppet Theatre, Studio G Ostrava, Tramtarie Theatre Olomouc. He also lectures at the Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava. His fantasy Plastics Attack brings a special touch to our Festival.


A graduate from The Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica, Mr Mazúch also completed studies  in dramaturgy and directing alternative and puppet theatre at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He was in-house stage and artistic director at the West Bohemian Theatre in Cheb. He has collaborated with a number of Czech and Polish theatres, such as Wroclawski Teatr Lalek, Białostocki Teatr Lalek, Švandovo Theatre Prague, or the New Stage of the National Theatre Prague. Since 2013, he has been lecturing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Since 2019 he is the Head of the Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre there. In Slovakia, he collaborated with The Alexander Duchnovič Theatre in Prešov, the Košice State Theatre and the Košice Puppet Theatre. In his work, he combines the principles of drama, puppetry and movement theatre. He is the director of the production Chaplin.


Stage and artistic director, and co-founder of Teatr Klinika Lalek that was founded in 1988 by students of the Wrocław Academy of Performing Arts. The theatre later changed its venue, by relocating to the countryside – to the village of Wolomierz. Since 1993 it has been housed in the premises of the refurbished railway station named Stacja Wolomierz. The theatre is a touring company. Led by Wiktor Wiktorczyk, it primarily stages street puppet productions that are sought after all over the world and are internationally acclaimed. Circus Tarabumba is a defining performance of the group.

A graduate from the Department of Puppetry at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, Mr Martinka is deemed in Slovakia to be a Renaissance artist – puppeteer, artist, set designer, puppet artist, and technologist. He makes puppets for theatre and film. In addition to the local stage, he was with The Milan Sládek German Pantomimen Theatre. He is a founding member of the Honey and Dust group. He collaborated with the public broadcaster the Slovak Radio on learning series for children. He was awarded at a number of international puppetry festivals, such as in Lodz or Subotica. He is freelancer, actively cooperating with the New Theatre in Nitra and the Odivo Independent Theatre Group. Ignis Fatuus is the most recent joint author’s production of the stage director and Odivo.

A graduate in stage directing and pantomime methodology at The Leoš Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, Ms Mikotová was with the Radost puppet theatre in Brno for a decade. In 1992, she founded the Studio of Theatre and Education for the Deaf at the Janáček Academy. She remains dedicated to drama learning for the deaf. She worked as a director in a dozen domestic and international theatres, including the Puppet Theatre at the Crossroads. In 2004, she won the Annual Award of the Czech Centre ASSITEJ. In 2006, she received the medal of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Physical Education for art and teaching. In 2007, she was awarded the Janáček Academy Gold Medal. She directed and pedagogically led the production Once Upon a Time There Was a House and Where Is My Cow?


Having graduated from the Department of Dramaturgy and Directing Alternative and Puppet Theatre at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Ms Homolová was, from 1996, with Babadlo theatre in Prešov. In 1999 she joined the Naïve Theatre in Liberec where she remains as stage director, actress and artistic director. She won many awards, such as the 2013 PIF Zagreb Festival Award as for her directing of the Budulínek production, the 2016 Divadelní noviny Award 2016 as the playwright of the Bohemia Lies by The Sea (Čechy leží u moře, together with Radek Malý and Vít Peřin). She is also lecturer at the Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre Department of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She directed the Cabinet of Miracles or orbis pictus.

A graduate of the Department of Theory and Criticism at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She worked at the Documentation Department at the Prague Theatre Institute, later as a PR manager at the Institute of Arts – Theatre Institute. At the copyright agency Aura-Pont, she focused drama written in English and the promotion of Czech drama abroad. She regularly contributes to Czech and Slovak theatre periodicals and has long been cooperating with the Loutkář magazine. She is dramaturge at the Kladno Municipal Theatre.

Having graduated from the East 15 Acting School in London, Ms Gierdal also completed a module on puppetry directing and dramaturgy at the Department of Puppetry at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. She is an actress, stage director, lecturer with the theatre of the oppressed and a medical clown within the association RED NOSE (ČERVENÝ NOS) Clowndoctors. In her work, she seeks a space for the encounter between theatre and nature, grasping the present moment and the living physicality of an actor endowed with the wonder of consciousness. She is the director of the Dream of the Primaeval Forest, a production of the LAB Theatre at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. She is the director of the A Dream of a Primaeval Forest.

A graduate from the Department of Graphic Design / Visual Communication at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, during his studies Mr Mistrík also studied at art universities in Slovenia (Akademija za likovno umenost) and Finland (Taideteollinen högålän). He worked for the Slovenian theatre magazine MASKA, NGO Open Design Studio. Since 2012 he works as graphic designer under the brand name Zelená lúka. He focuses primarily on editorial design and the creation of visual identities, being regularly commissioned to do work for theatre and culture. As co-author and designer, he participated in the publication Cvernovka and is the laureate of multiple National Design Awards.


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