SAMPO 2018 Festival, organized for the second time, brought joy and experiences to audiences of all ages in the centre of Helsinki 22.-26.8.2018. The festival was versatile and of high quality, and the feedback from the audiences and the artists thoroughly positive: the program was considered very good and everything very well organized.
There were 13 different puppet theatre performances, shown at 23 events alltogether. The program entailed also 36 events free of charge: short films, children’s tv-programs from YLE (Finnish Broadcasting Company), workshops, an open stage -event and a meeting for professionals. Two performances were a part of Annantalo Arts Centre’s Night of the Arts’ program, free of charge. A festival club was open at Sampo in the evenings: at Elina’s Living Room there were discussions about the performances, art and life, and the rest of the evening the was good music and company. The concert of the Czech group Fekete Seretlek on Saturday evening was one of the high points of the festival, in addition to the wonderful performances. There were 1243 spectators in the festival performances, and all together over 3000 visitors at the festival.
The festival presented a comprehensive selection of different forms of puppet theatre for both children and adults. 7 performances were foreign and 5 of those were seen for the first time in Finland. The groups that performed at the festival were from Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Finland. There were 50 artists alltogether.
Load the Program Book (pdf) here: Sampo 2018 Program Book or check the whole program below!
SAMPO 2019 Festival will be 28.8.-1.9.2019. The program will be announced in the spring 2019.
The Helsinki based Puppet Theatre Sampo was founded in 1977. Masterly use of different puppet theatre techniques combined with intensive musical presence are special characteristics of the Sampo theatrical art. Sampo has established a Puppet Theatre Centre, an open living room at the center of the city, giving us the possibility to continuously devel- op our performance, training and exhibition activities.
We also offer extensive publications of relevant literature and materials about puppet theatre for preschool education professionals and puppet theatre enthusiasts. Special workshops, lectures and demonstrations on puppet theatre expression are organized by Sampo theatre every year.
Puppet theatre and music work- shops are organized for teachers, nurses, various organizations and amateur theatre ensembles as well as for families and groups of children of different ages. Workshops are also available in English.
Sampo Puppet Theatre has been awarded with several prizes and nominations for its artistic work and achievements for children culture.
Sampo has organized the SAMPO Festival two times, 2017 and 2018, and is planning the next festival for 2019.
The SAMPO 2018 Festival Club provides a meeting place for artists and the public at the festival.
DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THE LIFE OF A PUPPET ARTIST
Every night of the festival, the performers get together with the puppet artist and director Elina Lajunen to talk about life, art, miracles and everyday mysteries with rumbling vinyls of strange music playing in the background.
Masterclasses and workshops ar held at the festival.
Exhibitions of puppetry are a part of the festival.
Ticket prices and launch of ticket sales will be announced in the spring.
Ticket office: Puppet theatre Sampo, Erottajankatu 7.
Reservations: 020 735 2235, toimisto@nukketeatterisampo