The Puppet Theater of the Republic of Karelia is one of the oldest puppet theaters in Russia. In 2015 the theater celebrated its 80th anniversary. The theater carefully preserves and develops the traditions of the puppet theater art. Currently this is a modern theater with a highly professional team and performances that are popular with the audience.
The Puppet Theater is one of the organizers of the festivals “Kuklantida”, “Lambushka”, “Mill of Fairy Tales” and “Lift”. It participates in international and Russian festivals and competitions, carries out joint projects with the theaters of Finland, Sweden and Norway and exchange tours with Vologda, Lipetsk, Kaliningrad, Omsk, Murmansk, Belgorod and Kursk puppet theaters.
Current repertoire of the theater includes about fifty performances for spectators of different age categories (classical fairy tales, innovative performances for children and adults), different methods and systems of puppelling: performances with tablet puppets and finger, with puppets, with a live plan, with a theater of shadows and objects as well as traditional screen performances with cane dolls. The performances of the theater several times became the laureates of the Onega Mask Award (the Highest Theater Award of the Republic of Karelia) in the Best Performance for Children nomination.
At the moment the creative activity of the theater makes a significant contribution to the development of professional theatrical art in the Republic of Karelia in particular and in Russia in general. The theatre was awarded the Fyodor Volkov Prize, the prestigious theater prize in Russia.