Turku International Puppetry Festival 8 to 12 November 2023: This Moment

For the 14th time Turku International Puppetry Festival will serve as a November highlight and a meeting ground for people interested in puppetry. The festival – now proudly a teenager, is naturally dissatisfied with the conventions of puppetry and inquires: what is puppetry today, right now? The festival also answers this question undoubtedly with courage, open-mindedness and artistic ambition.

This year’s theme “This Moment” reminds us that theatre is an art of community and presence. The festival’s diverse repertoire explores the ever-bubbling surface of puppetry and occasionally dives deep into the heart of living in the moment.

Premieres and international guests

What can we expect? Above all, a tried-and-tested, puppet theatre’s own unique way of entering the surrounding reality. We promise audiences a wide-ranging perspective, a bewildering experience and a guaranteed warm festival atmosphere. In TIP-Fest performances feel the pulse of our time, emphasising visuality and presence. Prepare for optical magic, new insights and journeys from the audience’s seats to the ends of the earth. The performances will be experienced as variously as in a closet, a camper van, as well as traditional black box theatre space – one of them being the oldest theatre in the country.

TIP-Fest is even more international after the pandemic break, bringing four unique performances to Turku. In addition to these, the festival will feature six excellent productions by the artists of the Aura of Puppets network, of which up to three will be premiered at TIP-Fest!

Tickets

Tickets can be bought from Lippu.fi or R-kioski or other retailers where it is also possible to pay with a culture benefit voucher or card, such as Smartum or Virike. 

Discounted tickets are available for students, unemployed or retired persons, theatre professionals and conscripts or civil servants.

Ticket prices include service and an additional 1,50€ delivery fee is added to each ticket order at lippu.fi webshop as well as at the retailers.

Tickets are also available at the door during the festival. Ticket sales open 30 minutes prior to each performance. The ticket sales and festival info is located in the foyer of Tehdas Theatre. Only card payments (no culture benefits) are in use at the door.

Questions? Do not hesitate to contact us at info(at)auraofpuppets.com about any inquiries about festival tickets.

Festival Schedule 2023

Wednesday 8.11.
12:00–14:00 Seminar on sustainable touring: Slow Transitions 
16:00–22:00 Maiju Tainio & co.: Gilgamesh – Mortal
18:00 Valtteri Alanen & co.: Silence and Other Impossible Objects
19:00 Opening party

Thursday 9.11.
10:00 TeatteriQo: Ovisilmä / Peephole
17:00 KOSMOS Theatre: Kafka Insomnia
18:00–20:30 Isa Balog: Anamorphic memories
20:00 Hamilton-Manaatin vaikea elämä
22:00 Valtteri Alanen & co.: Silence and Other Impossible Objects

Friday 10.11.
17:00 Discussion: Translating Kafka’s work trough visuals, music and words, Tehdas Teatteri
18:00 Hamilton-Manaatin vaikea elämä
18:00–20:30 Isa Balog: Anamorphic memories
20:00 Clément Layes: Allège
21:00 Drinks with Elina artist talk 
22:00 Jan Jedenak – Theatre of figural forms: /Séance/

Saturday 11.11.
11:30–17:00 Teater -Håndholdt & Nordic Puppet Ambassadors: The Hermit
15:00 Halme & Lumiluoto / KO-KOO-MO: Block Theatre, Variation III – Twelve o’clock Setting
15:00 Unima Finland: Puppetry talks (in Finnish)
17:00 Halme & Lumiluoto / KO-KOO-MO: Block Theatre, Variation III
16–23 Maiju Tainio & Co.: Gilgamesh – Mortal
17:00 KOSMOS Theatre: Kafka Insomnia
18:00–20:30 Isa Balog: Anamorphic memories
19:00 Jan Jedenak – Theatre of figural forms: /Séance/
19:00 Halme & Lumiluoto / KO-KOO-MO: Block Theatre, Variation III
20:00 Clément Layes: Allège
21:00 Jan Jedenak – Theatre of figural forms: /Séance
21:30 Festival Club, Manilla

Sunday 12.11.
11:30–17:00 Teater -Håndholdt & Nordic Puppet Ambassadors: The Hermit
15:00 TeatteriQo: Ovisilmä / Peephole

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Programme

Opening party

Wednesday 8 November at 19:00 we gather to Dana stage in Manilla After the Finnish premiere of Silence & Other Impossible Objects by Valtteri alanen &

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More curious about puppetry? Become a volunteer!

Volunteers are an integral part of the TIP-Fest in creating the famous atmosphere and in the practical organisation of the festival. It is possible to volunteer in various tasks, such as in the decoration team, as a driver or ticket seller. Apply to volunteer by 29.10.2023 by filling in the form.

Volunteers can use their Staff Pass to see the performances outside of their shifts shifts. In addition, you will receive an Aura of Puppets tote bag and snacks during your shifts. For shifts longer than six hours, a hot meal will be provided. Volunteers are also warmly welcome at the festival after party on Sunday 12.11.2023.  

Contact info:

Festival is produced by Finnish puppetry network Aura of Puppets Artistic director: Ishmael Falke Producer: Lotta Valtanen , +358 41 486 1222  Festival is supported by: Pro Manillasäätiö, Tehdas Teatteri Arts Promotion Centre Finland, City. of Turku, Ministry of Culture and Education