Podgorica, June 1st 2017

6th International Festival of Puppetry Podgorica, Montenegro 2017, in September

Puppets from three continents arrive in Podgorica

The 6th International Puppet Festival Podgorica, Montenegro 2017 will be held in the period from 13th-17th of September 2017 at the Cultural Center "Budo Tomovic", within the framework of the Podgorica Cultural Summer. Preparations for the festival are going on and the arrival of puppet theaters from three continents from six countries: Turkey, Serbia, Albania, Kenya, Ukraine and Montenegro, have been announced.

„Namely, after Europe, Asia, South and North America, the children of Podgorica will have the opportunity to get to know the culture of the country from East Africa through the story, music and movement of puppets, and will be able to help the artists of the Festival of Puppetry, And that's Kenya“, said Davor Dragojević, actor and director of puppetry, Co-founder of the Festival.

The festival is of a competitive nature, and the awards will be decided by the international expert jury, as well as the children's jury composed of children from primary schools in Podgorica.

The festival is held with the support of the Secretariat for Culture of the Capital of Montenegro, the Ministry of Culture and other sponsors, donors and friends. „We want to highlight the support provided by the Turkish Cultural Center ‚Yunus Emre‘ in Podgorica for the third time“, said Ljiljana Burzan-Nikolic, a prominent social worker and co-founder of the Festival.

„Although the financial support has not yet been completely closed, we are confident that we will receive positive responses from the sponsors and we use this opportunity to invite companies and organizations for support in building a better society“, says Burzan-Nikolić.

As every year, the entrance to all the contents of the Festival is FREE.

Cetinje, December 9th 2016

Ljiljana Burzan Nikolić and Davor Dragojević awarded for philanthropy

The FAKT- fund for active citizenship, in cooperation with the Directorate for Diaspora and the Chamber of Commerce, with the support of the EU Delegation in Montenegro and Cano Koprivica Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers and Charles Stewart Mot, are awarding the Iskra Awards since 2009.

Among the other winners of this worthy reward, in the category of citizenship contribution, the Zetski dom in Cetinje, a Special Award for Civic Contribution to the general good Ljiljana Burzan Nikolić and Davor Dragojević, founders of the International Puppetry Festival, were rewarded by this award.

During the five years of the festival, twenty-three thousand youngest visitors from Podgorica, Tuzi, Niksic, Herceg Novi, Tivat, Kotor, Petrovac, Cetinje, Berane, Rozaje, Bijelo Polje, Kolasin, Danilovgrad, Andrijevica, Petnjica and Mojkovac visited the festival.

During the five years of the festival, twenty-three thousand youngest visitors from Podgorica, Tuzi, Niksic, Herceg Novi, Tivat, Kotor, Petrovac, Cetinje, Berane, Rozaje, Bijelo Polje, Kolasin, Danilovgrad, Andrijevica, Petnjica and Mojkovac visited the festival.

The entrance to all performances is free.

In the explanation for awarding Ljiljana and Davor is said:

Special Recognition for Civil Contribution to the common good: Ljiljana Burzan-Nikolić and Davor Dragojević, founders of the International Puppet Festival

When five years ago founded the „"International Puppetry Festival“, Ljiljana Burzan Nikolić and Davor Dragojević started an exciting, not only cultural and educational but also philanthropic adventure.

Thanks to the initiative of these theater enthusiasts, children throughout Montenegro have been able to recognize the charms of puppetry and theater in the past five years and to gain the first knowledge of people and the world through the art of puppetry.

Devotedly involved to this mission, allowing free access to these contents, organizers of the festival have opened the doors of theater space and art to their children of Montenegro, including those coming from vulnerable and socially vulnerable groups and families. Thanks to such an approach, the performances shown at this festival so far, could have been seen by some 23,000 children, including children who, in other conditions, would still not enter the theater.

The funds necessary for program realization are collected by organizers of the festival through donations and sponsorships, but they invest their work, time, knowledge and skills from the love for the theater and from the faith to the benefit that the theater brings to the children.

Due to their commitment to cultural upbringing, enrichment and refinement of children through the theater, Ljiljana Burzan Nikolić and Davor Dragojević are this year's winner of the Special Award for Civil Contribution to the Common Good.

Why kids love the Festival of Puppetry?

We asked kids why they love the Festival of Puppetry, and they answered. And what would you like see? :)

Podgorica, 7th August 2016.

Preparations underway for The Fifth Puppetry Festival

The Fifth International Festival of Puppetry Podgorica, Montenegro 2016 will be held from 14 to 18 of September in the KIC "Budo Tomovic" as part of Podgorica Cultural Summer.

Puppet theater groups from seven countries have confirmed participation: Turkey, Ukraine, Serbia, Brazil, Mexico, Israel and Poland.

A great support to Festival is provided by Turkish Cultural Center in Podgorica "Yunus Emre", as well as the Embassy of Israel in Belgrade.

Within the Festival there will be held exhibition of works by the beloved children's poet, journalist and artist Dragan Radulovic, which will give a special value to this year's Festival, since these remarkable works have not been exhibited for two decades.

Aside from Podgorica, performances will be also played in several other Montenegrin cities. Berane, Mojkovac and Herceg Novi are certain, and we are arranging Plav, Petnjica and Andrijevica.

In honor of the anniversary, the International Jury of the Festival, beside the president of the jury, the Montenegrin director Goran Bulajic, will have four members, and those are: Jelena Stojanovic-Patrnogić, Director of Theatre for Children in Kragujevac (SERBIA), Fatma Keceli, a professor at the Department of Theatre Duzce University (Turkey), David Burman, director of the International Festival of puppet Theatre Kukart (RUSSIA) and Sejfo Seferovic, actor and ambassador of our Festival.

The fifth, anniversary Festival has been supported by the Capital City Department of Culture, KIC '' Budo Tomovic '', Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Petrovic-Njegos Foundation, EPCG, CGES, Hipotekarna Bank, Lovcen life insurance, Celebic company, Jugopetrol and NGO Corner.

As in previous years, the entrance to all performances and contents of the Festival is FREE.

The Festival is founded and organized by actor and director Davor Dragojevic and a professional in the field of communications and social worker Ljiljana Burzan Nikolic.

Podgorica, 10th September 2015.

Montegrin theatre performance today in Podgorica, Bulgarian tomorrow

The Fourth International Puppetry Festival Podgorica, which is taking place from September 9 to 13th 2015 in KIC ‘Budo Tomović’, has been formaly opened on September 9th, at 8 pm.

The honoured Ambassador of Festival, H.M prince Nikola Petrović opened the Festival and the same evening, after the opening ceremony, the Puppetry Theatre from Mostar played the performance "Cold Heart" performance. The opening ceremony was hosted by actor of City theatre of Podgorica, Sejfo Seferović, while the participants were also the kid dancers from Dance Club ‘Beauty’ as well as kid singers: Jovan Aleksić, Katarina Radulović, Milutin Radulović, Iva Vujošević, Jadranka Đurišić and Pavle and Ksenija Bogićević.

On September 10th at 6 and 8 pm, in DODEST hall of KIC ‘Budo Tomović’ in Podgorica the "Fisherman and Fishy" will be performed by City Theatre Podgorica. Earlier today, the theatre from Mostar played "Ice heart" in Herceg Novi.

The third day of the Festival, on Friday September 11th, at 6 and 8 pm in Podgorica the bulgarian "Ugly ducking" will be performed in DODEST hall. The same day, in Ulcinj, at 5 pm the "Guliver’s adventures" will be performed by Puppetry theatre Tirana from Albania. At the same day also, the children from Rozaje will have opportunity to watch the Serbian "The curious little elephant" by Children Theatre Kragujevac which will take place in Centar for culture at 3 pm.

As part of the Festival program, the exhibition of small figures and paintings "All that smily faces" by artist Dušanke-Dude Božović has been opened.

The entrance to the performances is free. Tickets (that just serve to guarantee the place) could be picked up one hour before the performance begins, in KIC "Budo Tomović".

The Detailed programm could be downloaded from the official Festival web site: www.lutkarstvo.me, in Montenegrin, English and Russian language as well as from the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/lutkarstvo

Festival is financed by many sponsors and donors, therefore there is a plenty of individuals and companies we would like to thank for the support. This year our supporters are: Ministry of culture, Secretariat for culture of Podgorica Municipality, KIC „Budo Tomović“, Petrović Njegoš Foundation, Agency for electronic communications and postal activities, Montenegro Airlines, Montenegrin Electric Power Company (EPCG), Lovćen life insurances, Hipotekarna bank, Cosmetics market, Domen, Montenegrin electro transmission system (CGES), Securities Comission, NLB bank, Plantaže and numerous media, print houses and individuals.

Podgorica, 8th September 2015

The fourth International puppetry festival is going to start tomorrow

The Fourth International Puppetry Festival Podgorica, Montenegro 2015, which will take place from September 9 to 13th 2015 in KIC ‘Budo Tomović’, as part of Podgorica Summer Cultural Fest, is going to start on Wednesday, Septembar 9th at 8pm. The honoured Ambassador of Festival, H.M prince Nikola Petrović will open the Festival. The same evening, after the opening ceremony, the Puppetry Theatre from Mostar will play ‘’Ice Heart’’, in the big hall of KIC. During the short opening ceremony the kid dancers from Dance Club ‘Beauty’ will have the performance as well as kid singers: Jovan Aleksić, Katarina Radulović, Milutin Radulović, Jadranka Đurišić, Iva Vujošević and Pavle and Ksenija Bogićević.

The second day of the Fest will be performed „ Fisherman and Fishy“ by City Theatre Podgorica in Dodest hall in two turn at 6 pm and at 8 pm. On Thursday, September 10, in the framework of the program „ The good theatre is for kids“, will be performed in Herceg Novi „Ice heart“ from Bosnia, in the „Park“ hall at 1 pm.

Beside theatres from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, the theathers from Bulgaria, Serbia and Albania will participate also.

Podgorica is the main place of all the events, but some performances will be hosted also by Herceg Novi, Ulcinj, Rožaje and Tuzi.

As part of the Festival program, the exhibition of small figures and paintings ‘’All that smily faces’’ by artist Dušanka Duda Božović will be opened.

The Festival is a contest by nature, therefore the international expert jury consisted of estemeed cultural and theatre representatives: Goran Bulajić, director and scrip writer - Montenegro, PhD prof. Fatma Kečeli, cathedra for theatre Düzce University - Turkey and Marta Aroksalaši, actress and director of Children Theatre Subotica – Serbia.

The members of the children jury are the pupils of primary schools in Podgorica, members of School of acting art, DC Club: Andrej Dlabač – President and members: Matija Đaletić, Novak Nikolić, Marija Jovićević, Milica Bulatović, Nikolaj Kaluđerović, Viktor Vukčević, Marko Vučinić, Ksenija Babović, Jovan Radulović, Marija Adamović, Dina Nikolić, Ljubica Đurković, Jelena Boljević, Dara Stojanović, Viktor Dlabač, Adrijana Albijanić and Manja Dragojević.

Traditionally, the entrance to the performances is free, and tickets (that just serve to guarantee the place) could be picked up one hour before the performance begins, in KIC ‘Budo Tomović’. The performances take place twice a day, starting at 6 and 8 pm, and detailed programm could be downloaded from the official Festival web site: www.lutkarstvo.me, in Montenegrin, English and Russian language as well as from the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/lutkarstvo

Festival is financed by many sponsors and donors, therefore there is a plenty of individuals and companies we would like to thank for the support. This year our supporters are: Ministry of culture, Secretariat for culture of Podgorica Municipality, KIC „Budo Tomović“, Petrović Njegoš Foundation, Agency for electronic communications and postal activities, Montenegro Airlines, Montenegrin Electric Power Company (EPCG), Lovćen life insurances, Čelebić, Hipotekarna bank, Cosmetics market, Domen, Montenegrin electro transmission system (CGES), Securities Comission, NLB bank, Plantaže and numerous media, print houses and individuals.

Podgorica, 30th June 2015

Fourth international festival of puppetry in september

Fourth International Festival of Puppetry is going to be held on 9th - 13th September, 2015 in Podgorica and other towns of Montenegro. All the performances will be performed at our kind host KIC “Budo Tomovic“. Performing of Festival plays in other towns of Montenegro are going to be agreed on and depends on interest of local centers of culture and their willing to organize it. This year, Festival is held within “Podgorica's culture summer“.

This year, for the first time we will host puppetiers from Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and also from Bulgaria and Serbia. The fifth country is, of course, our Montenegro.

The basic principle of the Festival stays the same: entrance for all Festival performances is free of charge. Although, it is needed to get a free ticket, to be sure that everybody has a seat.

Festival is founded and organized by actor and puppetry director Davor Dragojević and communication proffesional Ljiljana Burzan Nikolić.

Festival has a Facebook page: www.facebook.com/lutkarstvo where it is possibile to communicate with organizers and to be informed about the Festival's news. Official web site of the festival is: www.lutkarstvo.me.