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Τhe 15th International Puppet and Mime Festival of Kilkis invites you at the
5th Meeting of New Greek Puppeteers and young artists physical theater


The International Puppet and Mime Festival of Kilkis, the Greek Centre for Puppetry UNIMA – Hellas and the Festival "bodies and objects in motion", for fifth year in a row invite all the new puppeteers and artists physical theater that focus on object theater, to participate in the 5th  Meeting of New Greek Puppeteers which will be held at Kilkis from 3/10 until 6 October 2013, during the 15th Festival.

Our goals are:

  • To promote the new greek puppet theatre and the new puppeteers as well
  • Give the chance to these new artists to meet each other for
    • friendly and professional acquaintance
    • development of new shared ideas and collaborations between them
    • exchange of professional technical and artistic issues
  • to gain acquaintances and experiences at the international level, knowing and sharing with foreign guest artists of the festival
  • to have the opportunity to discuss with experts the strong and weak characteristics of their performances in order to improve
  • to attend relevant training programs (workshops) which will be carried by renowned professionals puppeteers.

All new puppeteers have the right to participate. The professional groups don’t have this right, though members of these groups have the right to participate.
The artists’ performances (proposals) which will be evaluated from the festival’s organization, should be prepared and completed and must not be professionally presented in front of an audience until the participation in this particular meeting.
The presentation can be a team performance or an individual one.
The judging panel of the International Puppet Festival will make a first selection of proposals, evaluating the material that was sent along with the entry form. The selected proposals will take part in the competition program and they will be presented in theatrical venues where they will also be evaluated by an international panel of judges coming from the art of puppetry. After the competition process, two chosen performances will be offered the opportunity to travel and participate in international festivals abroad.

  • The artistic direction of the festival will try to find correspondence and financial help from other international festivals to carry out this purpose. If not found, the 2 teams (or individuals) will not be moved. This parameter should be known to all participants.

This committee will consist of selected individuals of arts of puppetry. The committee proposed this year consists of:

- Stathis Markopoulos, president of UNIMA-HELLAS
- Kyriakos Argiropulous, director of the State Puppet Theatre of Sofia & Sofia Puppet Festival
- Koldo Vio, professor of Social Theatre in Ramon LLull University,Barcelona.
- Concha de la Casa, director in “International Puppet festival of Bilbao” & in  documentation center for the art of Puppet
- Damiet van Dalsum, International Puppet theatre festival in Dordrecht - Holland
- Karmele Cruz Etxebarria, “TOPIC” the Internation Centre for Puppetry and the  «TITIRIJAI” festival
- Anna Ivanova, Turku Puppet Theatre Festival & School of Puppetry
- Soula Svolaki, educators cultural union of Kilkis
- Juanjo Corrales, Artistic director of International Puppet and Mime Festival of

If you are selected to participate at the 5th Meeting, the festival will provide:

  • Accommodation and meals for the three days of the meeting.
  • a financial assistance, in each group, for the carriage to Kilkis (car or train) to 300 euros gross per group.
  • 50% discount on entry to festival’s seminars.
  • Free admission to all performances of the festival.
  • The ability to have cheap accommodation for the rest days of the festival.

Every artist (or group)  who is interested in participation should send the application form, properly completed by e-mail. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  / www.kilkis-festival.gr
In addition, everything below is needed (by post or by an e-mail)

  • All the information of the proposal: a synopsis, photos, DVD, duration of the performance, technical needs and anything else that could be necessary.
  • Curriculum (biography) of the group/individual and cotact information ( name, tel. number, etc)

The organization of the festival will take under consideration every application that will be send to the festival’s e-mail address until 30/06/2013. A response is going to be given by an e-mail until the 15/07/2013.
Send by post:
Diethnes Festival Kouklotheatrou kai Pantomimas Kilkis
“5th Meeting of New Greek Puppeteers”
Municipality of Kilkis
G. Kapeta 17
Τ.Κ. 61100 Κilkis
Contact number: 0030 6977 635 606 (Juanjo Corrales)

 e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  / www.kilkis-festival.gr

Extra information:

  • One activity of the meeting  will be the “ Spectator-Judge” and it will take place after each performance (only if the artist decides to). This activity is actually going to be a critical dialogue between the audience and the puppeteers. Its aim is to let the puppeteer know the perspective of the viewer.
  • «THE ECONOMY OF MOVEMENT»  Damiet van Dalsum, from the International Puppet theatre festival of Dordrecht-Holland, will hold a 12-hour-workshop at 4-5-6-7 October especially for New Puppeteers. 

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