Press release

15- 24 November 2015, the 2nd BTK-FEST will take place in St.Petersburg under the auspices of the Bolshoy Puppet Theatre. Last year's fest was dominated by the European productions, made not necessarily and not entirely with puppets, but positively by the artists, dancers and circus-makers, genetically linked to the contemporary puppet theatre. The program of the 2nd BTK-FEST is decidedly different: it's comprised of the shows made exclusively in Russia. What remains unchanged is: the absence of the competition (we don't believe in such contests), wide range of approaches, idiosyncratic individuality of interpretations and radicality of artistic visions. The already-acclaimed productions will be showcased alongside the freshest premieres; provincial theatres will perform next to capital-cities stars; new names will be mingled in the Fest's playbill with the world-renowned Russian masters. As last year, and already becoming a fruitful tradition, the Festival’s main program will be complemented by an intriguing off program, consisting of exciting  lectures on contemporary puppetry, animation and folklore, a cartoon factory, musical concerts and round tables with our foreign guests. More than 20 producers, agents, festival art-directors and theatre managers from all over the world will be the guests of the Festival. We aspire for this Showcase to initiate a long line of productive export of the contemporary Russian puppets to the international stage.