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Pupeteers' Chrudim Festival

Puppeteers’ Chrudim Festival

My presentation is going to be about Puppeteers’ Chrudim because I think it is the most favourite and famous Festival in Chrudim.

The Festival has taken place in Chrudim since 1952. It is the oldest amateur puppet festival in the world. We can see a lot of old and new puppet theatres from the whole Czech Republic there. Puppeteers from other countries are often invited to participate in the Festival. In addition to the performances of puppet theatres, there are discussions and seminars on the art of puppetry.

It is the 59th year Puppeteers’ Chrudim this summer and the Festival takes place in July (1.- 6.) 2010. There will perform for example puppet theatres from Chrudim (Kacefírek), Jablonec nad Nisou, Jaroměř, Opava, Kroměříž, Praha, Plzeň and Kyjov. And we will be able to watch couple of concerts in evenings (for example groups Javory, Druhá Tráva, Cop and Žalman). Every year the festival starts with a parade of masks. The mayor of Chrudim hands over a key of the town to the member of puppeteers and at the end of the festival he gives it back.

And now a little bit about history of Chrudim puppetry.

Mr Jaroslav Gallota established the first puppet theatre in Chrudim in 1903. This little theatre was located in a pub Na sklepích. A year later a children theatre was established in a restaurant Na Fortně. But a real event was an opening of a new puppet theatre in a basement of a theatre of Karel Pippich on 2.3.1935. Since that time they played here regularly every Sunday. They started to edit a magazine Loutkář. The theatre was banned during the war for two years because there was set up a bomb shelter in the basement. The performances were renewed in 1942.

A national congress of puppeteers was held in Chrudim in 1950 which initiated the Puppeteers’ Festival. An ensemble Kacafírek was established in 1968. It had got twenty members.

Of course the Festival is linked with The Museum of Puppets which was opened in 1972 and the Museum is one of the main organisers of the Festival.

Me and my family really enjoy this Festival and we are looking forward to new performances this year mainly on a square because of great atmosphere there. I do not think that Chrudim can exist without puppets and marionettes.

Puppeteers’ Chrudim Festival

The Festival has taken place in Chrudim since 1952. It is the oldest amateur puppet festival in the world. We can see a lot of old and new puppet theatres from the whole Czech Republic there. Puppeteers from other countries are often invited to participate in the Festival. In addition to the performances of puppet theatres, there are discussions and seminars on the art of puppetry.

Every year the festival starts with a parade of masks. The mayor of Chrudim hands over a key of the town to the member of puppeteers and at the end of the festival he gives it back.

- by Marketa L.

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