Czech Puppet Web links

  • Theatre Institute
    Contacts to all Czech theatres, information about festivals, events, and also to various publications (including English publication "Czech Puppet Theatre Yesterday and Today").
  • Loutkar (puppetry magazine)
    Chronicle of Czech and world puppet news; the oldest magazine of puppetry in the world (90 years old in 2002). The magazine comes out 6x per year; now you can read a summary in English on the web site.

  • DAMU
    Prague Theatre Academy. University with a department of alternative and puppet theatre. English Summer programs on puppetry and English MA programs in object theatre/devised theatre.


Czech animated films

Some of the best Czech Animated Puppet films

We recommend films by...

Jiri Trnka - especially the Hand, Puppet Films of Jiri Trnka
Jan Svankmajer - Animated shorts, Alice in Wonderland, Faust,
Jiri Barta- Labyrinth of Darkness (collection of films, including The Pied Piper)
Jan Balej - One Night in One City
Fimfarum I, II, III - short films by different directors based on the same story

Hermina Tyrolova - Revolution in Toyland / Vzpoura Hracek (1946), Uzel na kapesníku


"You must know" - list of czech animated films organized by film historian Tana Markova.

    Bretislav Pojar

    Potkali se u Kolina

    Romance z temnot

    Jiří Barta

    The Vanished World of Gloves / Zanikly svet rukavic

  • Golem
  • Yuki Ona
    • Vlasta Pospíšilová

      Az opada listi z dubu

    Animated Film studios

    Puppet festivals

    Some of the best Czech puppet Festivals
    • One flew over a puppeteers nest (Annual in Prague, November). Czech professional and amateur puppet performances.
    • Skupa Plzen - every other year in late June at the Alfa Theatre in Plzen.
    • Festival Materinka - festival of young children's performances every other year at Naive theatre in Liberec in late June (alternating years with the Skupa Plzen festival).
    • European Theatre Festival in Hradec Kralove. A much smaller version of Avignon festival... but growing. Always includes many puppet performances.
    • Dite v Dlouhe (Children in Dlouha) - week-long festival in April of the best children's theatre. At the Dlouha theatre in Prague.
    • Prague Quadrienniel - International exhibition of scene design and theatre architecture (largest in world); has been happening every four years since 1967. PQ include workshops, exhibitions.

    Czech Puppet Theatres

    State Theatres:
    Independent Theatres:
    • Buchty a Loutky (Buns and Puppets, Prague) - company well-known for their combination of objects, classic puppets, actors, toys, and ironic humor
    • Forman Brothers - independent puppet company run by the sons of film director Milos Forman.
    • Rise Loutek (Prague) - amateur theatre company founded in Prague in the 1920s; theatre where UNIMA was created in 1928