The Finnish Minister of education and culture Sanni Grahn-Laasonen has given the Performing Arts State Award for Aura of Puppets, the network for puppet theatre professionals.
The State Award is given as acknowledgement for meritorious work for the benefit of the field of art in question. Aura of Puppets brings together the top experts in Finland as well as develops and makes the art form known. In the past four years Aura of Puppets has grown to be a nationally significant, forward thinking and renewing network of artists.
The award is an accolade not only for the network itself, but most of all for the 45 artists that with their artistic ambition and uncompromising craftsmanship produce experiences for hundreds of thousands of people in Finland and abroad every year. Even though Aura of Puppets was born from the need to create structure to the field of puppet theatre, its main goal is to promote the forming and meeting of high-quality art.
Aura of Puppets’ focus is strongly in the future, in contemporary art, different audiences and new forms of cooperation. The award strengthens Aura of Puppets’ view that the Finnish art field is evolving and open for brave openings.