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Invitation letter for LUTKE 2016

Dear Sir, Dear Madam,

The Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana is happy to invite you to visit the 13th Biennial Festival of Contemporary Puppetry Art LUTKE 2016 to take place in Ljubljana from 9 to 13 September 2016. Its newest edition will feature fresh, quality and diverse puppet, object and visual theatre performances, created at the crossroads between the traditional puppet theatre and the puppetry media research, spreading the puppet's reference space and confirming endless and unimaginable possibilities of its expression, testing the borderline puppetry practices and offering miscellaneous visual expressions …

The puppet performances, presented at the Festival, will be designed for children, young people and adults. Its Programme will be enriched by various exhibitions, off-festival activities, workshops and street actions.

We are proud to announce that the LUTKE 2016 Festival will showcase 26 performances from 15 countries and thus host such renown companies as: Plexus Polaire (France/Norway), Hotel Modern (Netherlands), Paul Zaloom (USA), Kalle Nio/WHS and Nordic Puppet Ambassadoraas (Finland), TJP Centre Dramatique National D’Alsace, AÏE AÏE AÏE and Magali Rousseau / Compagnie L’Insolite Mécanique (France)  Sofie Krog Theater (Denmark), Ariel Doron (Israel), Naivní divadlo Liberec (Czech Republic), NUKU Theatre (Estonia), Tof Théâtre (Belgium), Electric Circus and Babok (Netherlands),Tuning People & Kinderenvandevilla (Belgium), The Last Great Hunt (Australia), Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana and Lutkovno gledališče Maribor (Slovenia) .

Please find the LUTKE 2016 Festival Programme at

A part of this year’s Festival Programme will revolve around the activities within the framework of the European Museum Project All Strings Attached: Pioneers Of European Puppetry Behind the Scenes (including performances, exhibitions, workshops ...) to throw light upon some of the up to-date views on safeguarding of the puppetry legacy.

You are kindly invited to join us at the Meeting of the Artistic Directors and Selectors of some important European Puppet Theatre Festivals to be held at the Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana, on Sunday, 11 September 2016 at 12 am.

We also hope that you will be able to attend the formal release of the Professional Journal for Puppetry Art LUTKA, followed by a round table New Technologies in Modern Puppet Theatre or Theatre of Animated Forms, to take place with the participation of both Slovenian and foreign puppetry experts on Monday, 12 September, at 11. AM.

We will be quite happy to provide you with complimentary tickets to all the performances and events of the LUTKE 2016 Festival as well as a hotel accommodation including breakfast from 9 to 14 September 2016.

Please confirm your attendance at the Festival not later than 5 August 2016 by sending an e-mail to as well as inform us on your planned period of stay in Ljubljana (dates of arrival and departure).  

Hoping to see you at the 13th edition of the LUTKE 2016 Festival, we remain

Sincerely yours,  

Ajda Rooss, Artistic Director of the LUTKE 2016 Festival 

Uroš Korenčan, General Manager of the Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana

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Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana (1948) is the principal Slovenian puppet theatre, hosting puppet shows and drama performances for children, young people and adults. The theatre, which operates in 6 venues and premieres 10 performances every year, also boasts the production of 2 biennial festivals – the International Puppet Theatre Festival LUTKE and the National Festival of Performing Arts for Children and Young People Zlata paličica. Since autumn 2015 the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre has also been showcasing Slovenian puppetry legacy in the Museum of Puppetry at the Ljubljana Castle.