“Toumanian Fairy Tale Day” International Festival of Puppet Theaters

The International Festival of Puppet Theaters “Toumanian Fairy Tale Day” has a history of ten years. The idea of the Festival was generated and implemented by the Armenian Center of the International Union of Puppeteers – UNIMA-Armenia – to promote versatile aestetic education and harmonious development of the younger generation, to enhance cultural dialogue and strengthen ties of friendship between different nations, to advocate tolerance, gender equality, etc.

From the very outset, the initiative was endorsed and supported by the Open Society Institute Foundation – Armenia, which sponsors the Festival within the framework of its projects targeted at promoting cultural diversity, development of cultural life in the regions of Armenia. Over the past years, the Festival has seen support and funding by the Armenia's President's Staff, the Ministry of Culture of Armenia, Yerevan Town Hall, Lori Region Local Authorities, and companies and foundations like Grand Candy, ZIGZAG, VivaCell-MTS, Jinishian Memorial Foundation, and others.

This important international puppet show festivity has gained a deserved reputation worldwide, and more and more puppet theaters from Armenia and abroad become participants of subsequent Festivals.

The Festival is traditionally being held during the first decade of September, hosting many puppet theaters from Armenia, Nagorno Karabakh, and foreign countries, including Lithuania, Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Iran, Belgium, Asutria, Spain, Algeria, Kazkhstan...

It has already become customary to hold the Festival’s opening ceremony in the central square of Armenia’s Dsegh Village – the birthplace of the prominent Armenian writer Hovhannes Toumanian – near the statue of the great author. A merry theatricalized festivity usually follows the opening to be continued in the form of puppet shows performed on the stages of the local halls. The Festival expands throughout the towns of Lori region, namely, Stepanavan, Alaverdi, Spitak, Tashir, Vanadzor, as well as 15 villages, engaging some 6,400 spectators.

During the Festival days a great number of entertaining and educational activities are being organized – scenic events, master classes in puppet art, lectures, discussions, a puppet exhibition, daily evening clubs, video demonstrations and the like.

Armenia's capital city Yerevan is another important focal point of the Festival, hosting Festival’s key ceremonies in front of the museum of Hovhannes Toumanian. Di\uring the 10th International Festival of Puppet Theaters “Toumanian Fairy Tale Day” will be organized from 12 to 18 of September, 2015, the Festival's “Yerevan fragment” will include a merry rally through the streets and parks of Armenia’s capital's center and an open-air festivity near and around the Swan Lake and the Opera House Square. The rally starts at the Toumanian museum, with a brass-band orchestra leading the big-mask puppets. In the rally one can see the world's most famous fairy-tale tellers, beloved cartoon movie personages, etc. The rally and the fesivities involve many thousands of people, children and their families, school pupils, guests of honour from international organizations and diplomatic missions accredited in Armenia.

The ceremonies include puppet shows performed on the stages of Hovh. Toumanian State Puppet Theater and, paralelly, on stages constructed through the perimeter of the Swan Lake. The participants of the Festival, especially young people and children, place their messages of peace and friendship in a basket, which then fly high in the sky attached to a large painted baloon.

At the closing of the Festival the participant theaters and sponsors are given awards and certificates in Hovhannes Toumanian Yerevan State Puppet Theater.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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AWARDS FOR ROSSINI

From May 14 to 18, 2013, Ukraine’s Poltava City hosted its First International Festival of Puppet Theaters “The Lodestar” congregating 16 puppet theaters from 12 countries of the world. Among the participants also was the troupe of the Armenian puppet theater “Karapet” of UNIMA-Armenia – the Armenian Center of the International Union of Puppeteers. At the Festival, “Karapet” presented Gioachino Rossini’s “L’Italiana in Algeri”, a musical puppet show dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the famous Italian composer’s popular opera, and won two prestigious awards set in 9 nominations.

One of the awards was bestowed to “Karapet” by the reputable international Jury of the Festival for the best musical performance, and the other was given to the Armenian puppeteers for their highly professional performance by the local mass media representatives who also duly appraised the puppeteers of “Karapet” for their openness to the media and their readiness to cooperate and provide necessary information.

Owing to its success at the Festival, the theater “Karapet” also received invitations for participation in various international puppet festivals and requests for guest performances from five countries. Also, seven theaters expressed their desire to paricipate in the International Festival of Puppet Theaters “Toumanian Fairy-Tale Day” annually held in Armenia’s Dsegh Village during the first half of September.

The participation of “Karapet” puppet theater in “The Lodestar” International Festival was made possible thanks to the financial assistance rendered to the Armenian puppeteers by the Ministry of Culture of Armenia and Minister Hasmik Poghosyan’s personal involvement.

The Armenian delegation to the Poltava Festival was comprised of Mr. Armen Safaryan, President of UNIMA-Armenia, and 7 actors including Armen Barseghyan, Armenouhi Khachatryan, Sergey Tovmasyan, Lousine Sargsyan, Robert Tsatouryan, Sona Kolozian, and Liana Avetisyan.

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The number of the Festival’s supporters and devotees is constantly growing. This important international puppet show festivity has gained a deserved reputation worldwide, and more and more puppet theaters from Armenia and abroad express willingness to become participants.

The Festival was traditionally being held during the first decade of September, hosting many puppet theaters from Armenia, Nagorno Karabakh, Javakhq, and foreign countries, including Slovenia, Lithuania, Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Belgium, Denmark, Belorus, Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Switzerland, Bulgary... It has already become customary to hold the Festival’s opening ceremony in the central square of Armenia’s Dsegh Village – the birthplace of the prominent Armenian writer Hovhannes Toumanian – near the statue of the great author. A merry theatricalized festivity usually follows the opening to be continued in the form of puppet shows performed on the stages of the local halls.

During the Festival days a great number of entertaining and educating activities are being organized – scenic events and fireworks, master classes in puppet art, a puppet exhibition, daily evening clubs, excursions, video demonstrations and the like.

At the closing of the Festival the participant theaters are given awards and certificates.

Celebrations

Organizing of open-air musical celebrations and festivities clowns in the squares and streets using big mask-puppets and with the participation of merry for children and adults.

Leisure

Organizing of children’s birthday celebrations and other events with the participation of merry clowns, fairy-tale characters, MCs, animal trainers and jugglers.

Cast Members

“Karapet” puppet theatre was created in 1994, thanks to the efforts and personal input of such eminent puppeteers as Armen Safaryan, Derenik Martirossyan, Robert Sargsyan, Souren Sargsyan, and Susanna Sargsyan. Robert Tsaturyan, Segei Tovmassyan, Armen Barseghyan, Liza Barseghyan, Gohar Chulyan, Sona Kolozyan, Armenuhi Khachatryan and others have greatly contributed to the coming into being and creative growth of the theatre.

Creation of Theatres

Educational programs and training courses targeted at setting up puppet theatres and puppet shows will be implemented for children and all other interested individuals or groups who would like to make puppets, decors and deliver their own puppet show performances.

Since 1995, around 40 puppet theatres have been created by UNIMA-Armenia in Armenia and Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh). The theaters have been created thanks to the much valued input by well-known Armenian puppeteers Derenik Martirossyan, Ara Hakobyan, Armen Safaryan, Sergey Tovmassyan, Armik Aghayants, Gegham Goulikyan, Levon Abrahamyan, Anahit Arakelyan and Armen Shahinyan.

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