Theatre puppets get a museum
11 May, 2018
Bulgaria's first ever Museum of Theatre Puppets has been opened in the city of Sliven, the Bulgarian National Television reported. The project is an initiative of the Regional Library and the exhibition itself presents over 200 puppets made entirely by children.
The Museum of Theatre Puppets is housed in a hall of Sliven's “Sava Dobroplodni” Regional Library that was renovated especially for the purpose of the new cultural event. The show is part of the National Children's Books Festival, which boasts a 20-year-old history.
“Each year, about 350 puppets on average, created by children living either in Bulgaria or in Bulgarian communities abroad, are brought to the library,” Rositsa Petrova, director of the library, said.
The museum has various fairy-tale characters on display. Those include dragons, princes and princesses, and even emblematic figures from foreign and Bulgarian folk tales.
“This library offers its young visitors much more than books to read. Children learn to create through reading. Books foster their imagination,” set designer Emilia Totina said.
The puppets presented in the museum will be regularly replaced with new ones, so that each and every single item made by the children is shown. The hall will host workshops for children every week.
As is the tradition every year, the most beautiful puppets will be recognised as part of the Regional Library's competition programme and their creators will receive prizes.