The International Puppet Theater & Film Festival
Since 1995, the International Puppet Festival has been taking place each July in the City of Holon. Organized by Israel Puppet Center, the festival initiates and hosts about 30 performances by resident and international artists, conferences, exhibitions, and an opening street procession, workshops for professionals and amateurs; a one-day conference on Applying Puppets in Therapy; exhibitions at the Center museum and galleries and a special "Puppetry on the Screen" display.
A festive happening, including a colorful fair, outdoors workshops, stalls, performance stages, and a huge outdoor café is held around the unique Israeli Puppet Center complex.
Since 2006, the festival offers a special stage to puppets in the filmed media: feature films with puppets, documentaries about puppeteers, and television programs and advertisements using puppets.
Aims and Goals
to expose the public to the many facets and nuances of puppet theater as a qualitative, accessible and communicative art form for any audience, of all age groups; to raise public consciousness of the complexity of artistic work in this field, both on stage and on the screen; to promote top-quality Israeli art by supporting original productions; to broaden the horizons of Israeli artists by facilitating interaction with artists from abroad in shows, workshops and encounters; to expose and promote groups of youngsters, new immigrants and minorities to active participation in creative and professional production; to promote new channels of artistic expression by facilitating collaboration with institutions of higher learning in various artistic realms.