Every performance at the Festival did not literally address the theme of Peace, as that could be boring. You'd find comedy, satire, fairy-tales, epics, modern stories and musicals, on different themes done in a variety of styles, something that you can only witness by traveling around the globe. Isn't it terrific that you experience all that at one site in the heart of your city? And more than anything else, it is through the coming together of artistes from all over the world and audiences from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, that the Festival promoted the ideals of peace.


The 5th International Puppet Festival Pakistan pays tribute to the art of puppetry at the turn of the Millennium. From 11 to 22 November, it will host some 250 foreign and 200 Pakistani puppeteers, and put up 242 shows in eleven days. The RPTW had created a magical city boasting 11 theatres with technical facilities of international standard, and 22 performances were planned for each day of the Festival. Puppet groups from 20 countries and five continents are participated.


The International Puppet Festival is considered an important festival in South Asia and was described by the BBC World News as “the largest puppet festival in the world”. It is set in the historic and dynamic city of Lahore, an ideal meeting point for eastern and western puppeteers and puppet companies. Other than the splendid opportunity it provided for the people of Lahore to witness such a large collection of shows, the Festival was also a learning experience for local and foreign puppeteers who are able to interacted, shared and seen each other's work.

This year's line-up was a sophisticated array of shows, featuring twenty masterful companies from around the world, most of them appearing in Pakistan for the first time. Museum of puppetry exhibited a terrific collection of puppets. It provided a panoramic showcase never seen before. The puppets, the music, the traditions, the laughter brought from so many corners of the world, are all ingredients for making the Fifth International Puppet Festival Pakistan a joyful event to realize the hopes of peace and love for all.


The International Puppet Festival is considered an important festival in South Asia and was described by the BBC World News as “the largest puppet festival in the world”. It is set in the historic and dynamic city of Lahore, an ideal meeting point for eastern and western puppeteers and puppet companies. Other than the splendid opportunity it provided for the people of Lahore to witness such a large collection of shows, the Festival was also a learning experience for local and foreign puppeteers who are able to interacted, shared and seen each other's work.

This year's line-up was a sophisticated array of shows, featuring twenty masterful companies from around the world, most of them appearing in Pakistan for the first time. Museum of puppetry exhibited a terrific collection of puppets. It provided a panoramic showcase never seen before. The puppets, the music, the traditions, the laughter brought from so many corners of the world, are all ingredients for making the Fifth International Puppet Festival Pakistan a joyful event to realize the hopes of peace and love for all.

FOREIGN GROUPS
Gropo de Teatro Buenos Aires
Karin Schafer Figuren Theatre
Mustafa Monwar
Children’s & Puppet’s Scene of CHT in Vazzdin
Konard Fredericks - Punch Showman
Cairo Puppet Theatre
Petri Ylonen
The Municipal Theatre Triomba
Ms. Alkistis Kondoyiani
Wall Street Theatre
Marcelle Van Schijndel
Harji Bhatt & Party
IFSHA
Raha Puppet Group
Norouz Honar-Institute of Art & Culture
Nuova Opera Dei Burattini
La Grande Opera
Mutaria Indonesian Foundation
Puppet Master Mr. U. Ye Dway
Liepaja Touring Puppet Theatre
A Tarumba - PuppetTheatre
Ms. Mirela Radulescu
Pannalal’s Puppets
La Fanfarra
Teatro Los Claveles
Puppet Troupe from Sri Lanka
Show Tiyatro
The Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre
Jueghoy

Argentina
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Bangladesh
Croatia
England
Egypt
Finland
Greece
Greece
Germany
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India
India
Iran
Iran
Italy
Italy
Indonesia
Myanmar
Latvia
Portugal
Romania
Switzerland
Spain
Spain
Sri Lanka
Turkey
USA
Venezuela

LOCAL GROUPS

Rafi Peer theatre Workshop
National Puppet Theatre
Alhamra Puppet Theatre
Tamasha Puppet Theatre
Ajoka Children’s Theatre
The Puppeteers
Folk Puppeteers

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