According to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the forth international puppetry festival will take place in Ha Noi from October 10th to 16th this year with the participation of 15 delegations from different countries.
This is an activity in the framework of the National Tourism Year 2015 under the theme of "Connecting World Heritage sites” with the aim of promoting cultural heritage and tourism.
Puppetry is a form of theatre or performance that involves the manipulation of puppets. It is very ancient, and is believed to have originated 3000 years BC. Puppetry takes many forms but they all share the process of animating inanimate performing objects. Puppetry is used in almost all human societies both as entertainment – in performance – and ceremonially in rituals and celebrations such as carnivals. Most puppetry involves storytelling. Puppeteers from across the country will showcase various types of puppetry practised in Viet Nam, and exchange experiences with foreign counterparts at the festival. The opening and closing ceremonies will take place at Ha Noi Opera at No1 Trang Tien street and the August Revolution Square. Locations of performances during the festival include the Viet Nam Puppetry Theatre and Au Co Performing Arts Center. Each participating troupe will contribute 30-40 minute performance. The participating troupes will also perform in northern provinces such as Phu Tho and Ninh Binh and the central province of Thanh Hoa.