European Projects

EU-funded projects involving the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre: Contemporary Puppetry Critical Platform, Mapping, NAPP, Puppets & Design, Connect Up, Under-the-Radar Backstage Theatre Jobs 3 and Shock Brigades

Contemporary Puppetry Critical Platform

Coordinator: Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana (SI), partners: Puppet Animation Scotland (UK), Sveuciliste Josipa Jurja Strossmayera u Osijeku, Akademija za umjetnost i kulturu u Osijeku (HR), Vilniaus Teatras Lele (LT),

The project is focused in the field of reflexion on contemporary puppetry - in education of new generation of critics. 4 partners of the project are building new web platform that would enable exchange of information, informal education and distribution of relevant news in our field of work. We would like this platform to go across borders of our partnership and also that it would become permanent.

By exploring the potential reach of contemporary puppetry the four partners will contribute to the development of an artistic field and through the professional discourse release it from the preconception the general public has, that it is an art form for children, an inferior art form. In the frame of this project the partners will get a chance to systematically nurture a specific segment of puppetry critic and reflection and foremost they will devote special and systematic efforts to introduce a specific audience groups to contemporary puppetry. A great deal of project activities is centered on audience engagement devised to enable and encourage the audience to engage in peer-to-peer dialog, provide them with the opportunities to process their own responses alongside other people’s, enhance their knowledge, theoretical background, improve their articulation skills, broaden their understanding of contemporary puppetry, increase audience members’ engagement in and enjoyment of the contemporary art events. By doing that we will deepen, broaden and sustain relationships with and between our audiences.


Mapping is an artistic research project focused on creating a sensory-based relationship with very young children, from 0 to 6 years, through performing arts. In particular, it explores the idea of “children-spectators of today and not only of tomorrow”.

Children, especially the youngest ones, are “new subjects of the world”, they are still discovering it, as much as they are discovering themselves. They have not established specific classification criteria yet, but they perceive what is aesthetic at any level of representation.

By observing them, we can detect the signs, the aesthetic moments experienced by the children in contact with artistic proposals, when they are “extremely sensitive”, that means in harmony with what they perceive.


Numeric’s Art Puppetry Project N.A.P.P project gather 4 recognized European in the field of puppetry arts :

  • Lutkovno Gledalisce Ljubljana - Slovenia.
  • Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes, Charleville-Mézières - France.
  • Teatrul Tony Bulandra, Targoviste - Romania.
  • Le Centre de la Marionnette de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Tournai - Belgium.

Puppetry is well represented in terms of heritage, research and contemporary creation. Digital arts are now a priority. Puppetry arts and digital arts can meet but it is still quite rare and restrictive.

Puppets & Design

Objects are all around us every day. They can be useful, or beautiful. We often use them in a careless and automatic way. About 1 century ago with the rise of contemporary Design, objects became an expression of social imaginary, material shapes of the Zeitgeist as well as of the views of their designer: a vehicle of culture. Thanks to the intuition of a specific branch of puppetry, which we will call “Object & Figure Theatre”, objects can also be storytellers. They thus transcend their material and utilitarian dimension to earn a soul, a life, a destiny of their own.

The Puppets & Design project (P&D) aims to emancipate everyday objects from their utilitarian feature, instead lifting them up to the role of meaning and artistic expression conveyers, communication and intercultural dialogue tools. P&D will interweave the paths of puppet theater artists and of designers. The designers’ competence can help puppetry to renew itself; puppetry and object animation will help designers to rethink objects and give them a soul by giving them specific shapes. P&D will innovate the Puppetry practice and increase its popularity with adults, children, families, schools by cross-fertilization with design practitioners (professional designers, scholars, students) through a set of cultural, educational and promotional EU activities.


ConnectUp sets in place an international cultural initiative for the target group 12+ in order to counteract the process of increasing social and cultural division across Europe. To achieve the aim of cultural inclusion it is essential to provide opportunities for  young people to actively engage with different nationalities, cultures and social groups and to remain open to other people and life experiences. The partners believe that this is the only way the young people can perceive and understand the positive potential of living and working in partnership and in shared responsibility within a global society. 

10 theatres with different artistic expertise, 9 festivals and 2 universities, working in the field of Theatre for Young Audiences, combine their different skills in a European “union of diversity” and plan a major investment in Audience Development. Following Nelson Mandela’s quote »No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion...« the theatres and festivals aim to reach the cross section of society at least within their auditoriums by bringing together existing middle-class audiences with audiences from the margin of the society. 

Under-the-Radar Backstage Theatre Jobs 4

As part of the Slovenian Ministry of Culture’s call for proposals ‘Podporno okolje za delovanje na področju kulture 2019' (A Supportive Environment for Engagement in Culture 2019), and with support from the EU’s Cohesion Fund, Season III of our project 'Under-the-Radar Backstage Theatre Jobs' is now under way in Slovenia, providing young people or people with labour market disadvantages with one-year employment contracts to give them the opportunity to learn the skills associated with specific, particularly technical jobs in theatre. The candidates working in the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre in the project’s current season include two stage technicians, a lighting technician, a sound engineer, and a production runner. The investment is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia and the European Union under the Cohesion Fund.

Shock Brigades

As part of the Slovenian Ministry of Culture’s call for proposals ‘Podpora novim kariernim perspektivam v obdobju 2018–2021' (Support for New Career Perspectives 2018–2021), and with support from the EUs’ Cohesion Fund, our project ‘Shock Brigades' is now under way in Slovenia to set up an acting & dramaturgy department in 2018–2021 to help young professionals gain experience and qualifications. The project will provide a total of eight one-year employment contracts. The investment is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia and the European Union under the Cohesion Fund.