We are honoured to welcome you to the festival Bábkarská Bystrica TOUR 2018 in Banská Bystrica. The international festival of contemporary puppetry art for children and adults has ins tore 22 performances to be brought to you from 9 countries in Europe and further afield. We are delighted to have the first-ever opportunity to host ensembles from Latin America and Belarus.

The Festival dramaturgy continues to follow the following aims: to present fine innovative non-commercial works within puppet theatre for children of all ages – toddlers and teenagers alike; to highlight the works that represent stage productions that lay outside the trendy and established stereotypes within theatre for children. In terms of productions for adults, we aim to reaffirm our lasting intention to break prejudice against puppet theatre within this age group; to emancipate and disseminate this type of art and repertoire in puppet theatre. The Festival celebration brings together a range of culture events within the framework of the Festival Prologue (exhibition, cooperation with Roma community centres, children amateur theatres), Festival events (book launch, discussion, just to name a few). All this has been made possible because of the cooperation with a number of civic and municipal culture groups.
We should like to express our gratitude to all who have kindly supported the Festival with ideas as well as finance: Slovak Arts Council, Banská Bystrica Self-Governing Region, the City of Banská Bystrica, Slovak National Museum at Modrý Kameň, theatres in Banská Bystrica and elsewhere in Slovakia, the Theatre Institute in Bratislava, our home team at the BDNR, international, national and local culture institutes, and, last but not least, our Roma partners! You all make the Festival happen! Special thanks go to the European Commission and the EFFE that included our Festival among the 66 most interesting festivals in Europe in 2017. We very much look forward to having you with us, dear colleagues, theatre-makers. We equally look forward to you, our special members of the audience!
We all look forward to the experiences that the encounter with puppet theatre is bound to bring.
Cheers to the 2018 Festival edition!

Yours Iveta Škripková