Dear our friends and colleagues,                                                                      B. Bystrica, 2nd March, 2021         

we are sending you greetings from Banská Bystrica, central Slovakia, from the heart of the festival Bábkarská Bystrica. We hope, you are all well and healthy and that the situation in your country is getting better. Unfortunately, we can not say the same about us and the situation here in Slovakia. It is getting worse over the last 2 weeks, especially in hospitals and with increasing number of infected patients. Our government extended the lockdown til the end of March, but if the situation does not get better, the government will close the country and the production will stop and so on.

In this situation, it is clear (obvious), that to organize THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL Bábkarská Bystrica which we intended to hold from 29th April to 2nd May 2021, will not be possible. The international festival is cancelled.

In autumn this year we have the chance to apply again for the grant for the following year (2022), what we will do. 

And we would be glad, if you can and will agree, to re-establish the contacts with you for the year 2022 (festival should be held in autumn 2022).

We want to say a big thank you for your collegiality and patience!

Hopefully, we all get through this epidemic well. Wishing you a good luck, ideas that do not leave you, health and strength.

Sincerely and with hope for the year 2022.

For our team,

Mgr. art. Iveta Škripková, PhD.

The directress





  • Exhibition of the puppets and television exhibits which performed in 90th years of 20th century in the films and series of Slovak and Czechoslovak television. 
  • Openning of the exhibition: SEPTEMBER 4, 2020.
  • The exhibition is open to the public until SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 in the "Gallery in the attic", The State Scientific Library in Banská Bystrica.
  • UPDATE: Due to public interest the exhibition will be held to 16 October 2020.



  • The trailer for the documentary film about the last edition of the Bábkarská Bystrica TOUR 2018 festival. The documentary was directed by the film artist Monika Chupeková (who studied at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno). The trailer was made by Alžbeta Beňušová (who studied documentary film at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica).
  • Partner institutions: the Theatre Institute in Bratislava, the State Scientific Library in Banská Bystrica. Cultural institutes and embassies.
  • The main financial partner of the festival is the Slovak Arts Council. The festival was financially supported by the Banská Bystrica Self-governing Region (the founder of the Puppet Theater at the Crossroads).