- The National Festival Loutkářská Chrudim
- • One of the oldest puppetry festivals in Europe, founded in 1951
- • The best Czech puppet performances are presented there
- • Productions for the festival are selected through 11 regional showcases
- • On average there are 17 performances in the main program and 18 in extra program (including foreign performances) in the Puppeteers´Chrudim each year
- • On average there are 500 puppeteers at the Puppeteers´Chrudim festival each year
At the national showcase of ‘Puppeteers in Chrudim’ in 2015 there were 43 productions with 113 performances. The show included fourteen six-day seminars, including the international Master Class by Bernd Ogrodnik from the Iceland, in 2015 was including the international Master Class by Zvi Zahar from the Israel Puppet Cinema Company, in 2014 was including the international Master Class by Simon T. Rann from the French Philippe Genty Company school, attended by 208 seminarians.
The National Information and Consulting Centre for Culture (NIPOS) has been the principal agent of a number of major Projects. One of the means of development is the system of so called progression shows culminating in nationwide festivals. In the field of puppet theatre, such a showcase event is ‘Puppeteers in Chrudim’, one of the oldest puppet festivals in the world. It has come to be the meeting place of puppeteers, where different approaches and methods can face-off, as well as a vantage point for puppeteers to broaden their knowledge. Regular invitees include professional puppetry ensembles, to enhance the supplementary programme, and professional puppeteers, to lead workshops and seminars. ‘Puppeteers in Chrudim’ is conceived much like a laboratory, from which both amateur and professional artists can draw inspiration.
The basic mission of the National Information and Consulting Centre for Culture (NIPOS) is to promote the development of culture, in particular to foster the socio-cultural and creative activities of the general public, locally and regionally, with regard to amateur artistic activities and the public use of copyrighted works; to provide information services and expertise to the bodies and staff of local and regional authorities, to State administration, civic associations and other entities active in local and regional culture; all the while drawing on theoretical and practical knowledge gleaned from analytical and research activities in the cultural sphere, relying on own research as well as on expertise from different artistic disciplines. NIPOS undertakes its activities through its individual departments (a quote from the valid Incorporation Charter, issued by Czech Ministry of Culture).
NIPOS is the organizer of about twenty prestigious national competitions in individual areas of amateur art and a guarantor of the progression system. Most of these are held annually. They include, for example, Jiráskův Hronov, an interdisciplinary show of amateur theatre with foreign participation, bringing together all kinds of scenic arts, drama, music, experimental, student, kinetic or puppet theatre, children’s drama as well as theatrical poetry or scenic dance. In 2013, this show put forward 36 productions with 82 performances. Jiráskův Hronov is also one of the largest educational opportunities in the field of amateur theatre. In 2013 there were thirteen thematic seminars and workshops there, with two hundred and forty participating seminar attendees.