TIP-Fest: LIGHT Edition

Turku International Puppetry Festival 4 to 8 November 2020 TIP-Fest 11th edition brings the most interesting modern puppet art performances to Turku. This year’s theme is Light in the sense of luminosity as well as a clean and less heavy-structured event. Light creates shades and depths but also reveals dark and hidden places.

Light edition can be experienced in the subjects and approaches of the performances, in their lite structures, materials or puppets.  Performances with video or light projections creating spaces, pieces using reflective materials or puppets as sources of light have been chosen to the festival program. Many of the Festival’s performances can be seen as light in their themes or structure, in their materials or even puppets.

Finnish premieres on the festival

A part of the festival’s program can be experienced online as well as on a theater’s silver screen. Due to the pandemic the program is mainly Finnish offering two premieres: Väistämätön /Unavoidable by the internationally renowned Grus Grus Theater and Holló Erzébet (by her own hand) by Maiju Tainio & Co. 

All the performances represent the vast spectre of puppet theatre including shadow theatre, table puppets, object theatre as well as video projections.

International guests

The international guests include Chaliwaté & Focus Company from Belgium and Drew Colby from the UK whose performance Mr. Shadow can be experienced through video connection bringing together two physical places and puppet artists.

Chaliwaté & Focus Company’s strikingly current performance Dimanche will be screened as a recording to an audience gathered together in the same space. Dimanche paints a witty and tender portrait of humanity surprised by the uncontrollable forces of nature. The performance observes the ingenuity and stubbornness of humans as they try to preserve their day-to-day habits, going to absurd extremes to keep up a sense of normalcy despite the chaos of an ecological collapse. An artist talk via video connection with the working group will follow the performance.

Light can bring forth forms and outlines but it can also conceal them. Experiencing art can spark inspiration creating a light feeling. Welcome to spark with us!

See the full program below

Tickets available online

TIP-Fest offers a wide variety of works for different audiences, something light and happy that brings us together. To maintain a safe experience for the audience, a smaller than normal amount of tickets to the performances is on sale. We encourage you to make your reservations quickly! 



19:00 Riina Tikkanen & Teatteri Metamorfoosi: Dark Matters, TEHDAS Theatre
+artist talk from series Drinks with Elina

14:00 Seminar discussion: Light up the Puppet! on light design possibilities in the puppet theatre scene. (In Finnish only), Zoom

17:00 Drew Colby: Mr. Shadow, Zoom performance

18:00 Grus Grus Theater: Väistämätön / Unavoidable PREMIERE, Forum Marinum

19:00 Company Chaliwaté & Focus: Dimanche + Artist talk from series Drinks with Elina, TEHDAS Theatre

10:00 Sini Peltola: My Mother is a Porcupine, Ilpoinen Library

18:00 Grus Grus Theater: Väistämätön / Unavoidable, Forum Marinum

19:00 Company Chaliwaté & Focus: Dimanche screening, TEHDAS Theatre

20:30 Maiju Tainio & Co.: Holló Erzébet (by her own hand) PREMIERE, Manillan Viinatehdas

22:00 Shadow Swing night: Tytti Marttila & Petri Lappalainen: Shadow Swing, TEHDAS Teatteri

14:00 Merja Pöyhönen & Co. : Leda, Turku City Theatre

15:00 Lecture: Shadow full of Colour (in Finnish), Zoom

16:00 Maria- Elina Koivula & Co.: Vedenalainen / Below the Waters, Seikkis

17:00 Drew Colby: Mr. Shadow + Artist talk from series Drinks with Elina, TEHDAS Theatre

18:00 Grus Grus Theater: Väistämätön / Unavoidable, Forum Marinum

19:00 Merja Pöyhönen & Co. Leda, Turku City Theatre

19:00 Maria-Elina Koivula & Co.: Below the Waters, Seikkis

20:30 Maiju Tainio & Co.: Holló Erzébet (By Her Own Hand), Manillan Viinatehdas

SUNDAY 8.11. 
11:00 Drew Colby: Mr. Shadow, Seikkis

13:00 Lotta Virtanen: Small Light Journey, TEHDAS Teatteri

13-15:30 Non-stop workshop: Coulourful Shadows, Puppet studio, Manilla

15:00 Drew Colby: Mr. Shadow, Seikkis

15:00 Lotta Virtanen: Small Light Journey, TEHDAS Theatre

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Drinks with Elina

Drinks with Elina is a discussion series durin Turku International Puppetry festival. Artist bring to the table their favourite…

WORKSHOP: Colourful Shadows

8 Novemnber 2020 13:00- 15:30, Aura of Puppets, Manilla Finnish Shadow Theatre Association: Colourful Shadows -open Workshop Open Workshop…
Drew Colby esittää varjoteatteria

Drew Colby: Mr. Shadow

Thu 5.11. Sat 7.11. at TEHDAS Teatteri , Sun 8.11. at Seikkailupuisto I When Mr. Shadow sneezes funny things happen…


Production: Aura of Puppets 
Artistic directors: Roosa HalmeAnna Nekrassova and Outi Sippola:
Producer: Sanna Soni,, +358442010007
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Festival is supported by
Main partners: Pro Manilla Foundation TEHDAS Theater
Sponsors: Finnish Arts Promotion Centre , City of Turku, Finnish Cultural Funds  Varsinais-Suomi Regional Fund, Turku Theatre Foundation, Ministry of Education and Culture