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International Festival of the Puppet Art GOLDEN DOLPHIN

Activity Active
Founded 1969
Location Varna
First edition in Varna 1969
Last edition in Varna 2017
Frequency of occurrence triennial
Month October
Usual duration 5-10 days
Type theater
Regulations Competition
Audience for all
Content experimental
Range international
Organizer a non-profit organization
Type of participants professionals
Places prevailingly indoors
Access paid
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The festival was founded in 1969 under the name Celebrations of the Theatrical Puppeteers. The organizers were the Puppet Theater – Varna, Regional and City Council for the Arts and Culture, with the active participation of the Committee for the Arts and Culture and the Union of the Artists in Bulgaria. In 1970, with the support of the Committee for the Arts and Culture, the Union of the Artists in Bulgaria and the citizens of Varna, the first Festival of the Puppet Play was held. 

 

The festival was founded in 1969 under the name Celebrations of the Theatrical Puppeteers. The organizers were the Puppet Theater – Varna, Regional and City Council for the Arts and Culture, with the active participation of the Committee for the Arts and Culture and the Union of the Artists in Bulgaria. In 1970, with the support of the Committee for the Arts and Culture, the Union of the Artists in Bulgaria and the citizens of Varna, the first Festival of the Puppet Play was held. 

 

The participants compete in three categories: a production of a new Bulgarian puppet play or based on a Bulgarian scenic adaptation of a work of art, written after the latest edition of the Festival; theatrical puppet staging for children; theatrical puppet staging for adults.

 

Since 2010 the organization of the Festival has involved the Non-profit Organization “The Golden Dolphin – Varna” as well, the Union of the Artists in Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Center of UNIMA. 

 

Apart from the Puppet Theater – Varna, the halls of the Drama Theater, the Stage “Filial” and the City Art Gallery “Boris Georgiev” are also used for the holding of the Festival.


Editions in Varna 1969, 1972, 1975, 1978, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2017

1969-1-5 October

1972 - 12-18 October

1975 - 1-8 October

1978 - 1-8 October

1981 - 1-8 October

1984 - October

1988 – October

1990 – October

1993 – 1 – 6 October

1996 – 1 – 6 October

1999 – 1 – 6 October

2002 – 1 – 6 October

2005 – 1 – 6 October

2008 - 1 - 6 October

2008 -1 – 6 October

2008 -1 – 6 October