Union Internationale de la Marionnette

Non-Governmental Organization affiliated to UNESCO


International Puppet Theatre for Adults Festival “PIERROT” was created in the year of 2000 under the initiative of Non-profit organization “PIERROT. It’s an unconventional European stage for puppetry, dedicated to a new and untypical art form: puppet theatre for adults. The festival is held once every two years in the period September 24 – 29. Organizers of the festival are State Puppet Theatre – Stara Zagora, Municipality of Stara Zagora, Non-profit organization “PIERROT”, Ministry of Culture with the organizational support of Bulgarian Center of UNIMA.

IPTF “Pierrot” has a few main objectives as the most important one is development and promotion of the professional puppet theatre art. It is important for us to transform the theatre into a different future, into a bridge that crosses borders and establishes friendship and understanding between nations with different cultures and traditions. And also to establish the foundations of a long term network for artistic and educational exchange and co-operation between puppeteers from different continents.

A very important task of our festival is recognizing the culture as an important element of the social integration and the citizenship.  And to encourage creativity and international spreading of cultural values, movement of artists, creators and their works. Emphasizing the cultural diversity and the development of new forms of art expression.

Kata Csató, President of Unima Hungary, participated in the festival as a judge! Thank you all for your excellent work!

The gentleman next to Kata Csató – it is Hungarian theatre director István Nagy.

Thanks for the connection: Natalia Aleksieva

Photographer: Theodora Todorova

Editing, translation by Josip, Unima Hungary, Vice President