About Klaipeda puppet theatre
Klaipeda Puppet Theatre is one of the youngest up-and-coming puppet theatres in Lithuania, constantly in search of new means of theatrical expression in the language of puppetry. It is a contemporary, refined, representative theatre that is interesting for both children and the adult viewers.
Klaipeda Puppet Theatre's mission is to introduce the conventional and unconventional art of puppetry to the children and youth from Klaipeda and Klaipeda Region; to educate them intellectually and culturally; to shape the value system of children and youth.
Public institution Klaipeda Puppet Theatre is the only professional, repertoire puppet theatre in Western Lithuania which carries out its activities in the framework of the annual programme and the strategic Klaipeda Puppet Theatre plan.
„If one had to choose a cultural institution that puts the most work into educating the youngest generation, Klaipeda Puppet Theatre would be at the top of the list, with its increasing offer of plays and initiatives aimed at the youngest audiences,“ writes theatrologist Gitana Gugeviciute.
Theatre experts name Klaipeda Puppet Theatre as one of the strongest, most ambitious puppet theaters in our country. By performing regularly for children, organising various educational projects, our theatre fills an important niche in Klaipeda – its brings theatre to the young, as well as adult, audiences.
1. To maintain and strengthen the positions of the leading theatre for children in the city of Klaipeda; to use theatre as an aid in developing cultured, civic-minded and responsible personalities;
2. To strive for professionalism and improvement in the staging of plays, organisation of educational activities, events and festivals;
3. To establish an active and open cultural space that helps artists improve, create, search for new forms of the art of puppetry by studying the psychological development of a child, children's playwrighting, trends in children and youth education;
4. To develop quality cultural services for children, young people and families in the city of Klaipeda and Klaipeda Region;
5. To shape a new otlook on the art of puppetry and object theatre by presenting their experimental forms;
6. To introduce the conventional and unconventional art of puppetry to the children and youth from Klaipeda and Klaipeda Region; to educate them intellectually and culturally; to shape the value system of children and youth.
7. To encourage a creative way of spending freetime in theatre, communication and creative interaction between children and adults;
8. To promote the works of Klaipeda Puppet Theatre, present the artists, news and innovations of Klaipeda puppetry scene in the media.
Production of shows; ensuring the continuity of produced shows; formation and renewing of repertoire; marketing;
Educational activities of Klaipeda Puppet Theatre ('Karakumu asilelis' school, Summer camp, puppet-making workshops, seminars for educators, training for the Klaipeda Puppet Theatre staff);
Projects launched by Klaipeda Puppet Theatre and collaboration projects (World Puppetry Day, festival 'Karakumu asilelis', international project 'Puppet Theatre Cultural Diversity', exhibitions);
Klaipeda Puppet Theatre tours, international festivals.