The 26th year of International Festival of Professional Puppet Theatres- MATEŘINKA 21– focused on productions for preschool children took place in Liberec from June 15 to 19, 2021 as the second professional Czech Theatre event after Covid19.
During the festival, taking place under the specific conditions related to anti-pandemic measures, the audience was able to see almost 50 theatrical productions performed by 18 ensembles, 4 of which were from abroad (Portugal, Slovakia and Spain). The festival was attended by observers and guests from Belarus, France, Spain, Portugal, Slovakia and the Czech.
The performances took place in various venues throughout Liberec. All of them were sold out and the festival performances were watched by a total of more than 5,000 theatre-goers. Really big success!
A rich accompanying program offered the evening performances for adult audience, concerts, animated film screenings , a round table about puppetry traditions, puppet workshops or a festive parade. There was also an attraction in the form of a giant elephant airship Elefantelin again, located in front of the Liberec City Hall.
The closing ceremony of the 26th International Festival Mateřinka 21 took place on Saturday 19 June 2021 afternoon in the Naive Theatre Liberec in the presence of representatives of the Statutory City of Liberec -Deputy Mayor for Culture, Education, Social Affairs and Tourism, Mr. Ivan Langr) and the Liberec Region (member of the Regional Council, Councillor of Culture, Mrs. Květa Vinklátová).
Based on the decision of expert jury, ten prizes were awarded for individual performances in the most successful productions. Two of them went to the Cabinet of Miracles or Orbis pictus, prepared by Naive Theatre Liberec.
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