About the Festival

The beginning was set in 2000 by a group of enthusiasts – members of Non-profit organization “PIERROT”, led by the manager of State Puppet Theatre-Stara Zagora – Mr. Darin Petkov.

With the support of the National Centre for Theatre, the Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Stara Zagora, more than 100 puppet actors from Europe, Africa, North and South America got together in the city of lime-trees. A special guest of the festival was the USA ambassador – Mr. Richard Miles. More than 30 foreign companies applied for participation, but only 6 have been selected. They competed with 4 Bulgarian companies. The first prize – a bronze statuette “PIERROT” made by the sculptor Emil Ivanov, was awarded to Sofia Puppet Theatre “Atelier 313” for the performance “A word of a musketeer” by Valeri Petrov.