SAMPO Festival offers memorable, touching and entertaining performances for children and adults. One of the biggest puppetry festivals in Finland, it showcases artists from across the field, different styles of puppetry and visual theatre, and crosses borders between different fields of art. In addition to performances, the program also features films, workshops, outdoor performances, discussions and diverse artist meetings.
SAMPO Festival gives a place for encountering, also for professional puppeteers. For the first time in 2019, the Festival invited also guests from different countries around the world to see performances and take part in discussions. Domestic puppeteers have also a chance to portray their upcoming work and ideas for a jury of professionals at our Open Stage event.
Due to current circumstances, the program and schedules for 2020 festival will be announced in the beginning of August 2020.
The festival is organized by Puppet Theatre Sampo.
SAMPO 2019 FESTIVAL WAS SUCCESSFUL!
The third international puppet theatre festival SAMPO 2019 was 28.8.-1.9.2019. The atmosphere of the festival week was excellent and the performances received great feedback. The event was also covered by media. The opening party and performances gathered visitors from embassies and culture institutes of the participating countries and representatives of the partners, municipalities and cultural centers in the metropolitan area among others, and Finnish puppetry community. The largest and most international puppet theatre event of the metropolitan area brought together makers and viewers, sparked conversations and gave wonderful experiences to all!
There were 1144 spectators in the 22 festival performances of 2019. In addition, around 700 persons attended events free of charge.
You can find the 2019 festival performances and other events in the Festival Program Book below.
SAMPO Festival 2019 brought renowned puppet artists from around the world to Helsinki for the third time to perform and take part in workshops and discussions about and around puppetry. This year our artists came from Finland, Great Britain, Switzerland, Slovenia, Spain and Russia. Of the 7 foreign performances, 6 were seen for the first time in Finland.
The performance venues in 2019 were Puppet Theatre Sampo, Teatteri Avoimet Ovet, Annantalo Art Centre for Children and Youth and Teatteri ILMI Ö. Additional program was arranged at Päivälehti Museum, Central library Oodi and Diana park, free of charge.
SAMPO Festival was organized for the first time 29.8-3.9.2017, the second time 22.-26.8.2018 and for the third time 28.8.-1.9.2019. The program books of the earlier festivals can be looked at at the bottom of the page.
SAMPO Festival is a curated festival and we invite performing groups from around the world.
Check out the festival trailer here: SAMPO 2019 Official Festival Trailer
SAMPO 2019 Program Book:
The Festival is organized by Puppet Theatre Sampo, that was founded in 1977 and has its premises in the center of Helsinki.
We invite people of all ages, shapes and sizes to enjoy the cosy atmosphere of our Puppet Theatre Centre and see puppetry performances for children and adults. We offer also art education: workshops and theme days. Sampo´s Fairytale Café is also open to the public at the theatre.
We are driven by imagination, humor and music. Welcome to be inspired by them! You may find some happiness, the treasure of friendship, a sparkle of joy in the middle of a busy day.
The SAMPO Festival Club provides a meeting place for artists and the public at the festival. Get ready for memorable conversations about the performances and everything else, exhilarating meetings, serious and less serious subjects, laughter and relaxing!
The Festival Club is open every evening in Puppet Theatre Sampos Fairytale Cafe.
There have been several puppetry workshops and Master Classes on the festival.
Puppets From Around the World
This exhibition is about the wonderful world of theatre puppets. The visitor can explore puppet traditions of different cultures and see puppets from around the globe from the 19th century to the present.
Puppet Theatre Sampo Gallery
Life in the puppet theatre – Pictures of life in Puppet Theatre Sampo by Ari Aalto from the years 1977 to 2002
Blue Gallery (Puppet Theatre Sampo)
Ticket prices in 2019:
Performances for adults: 25€ / 19€ (discount for students and pensioners)
Performances for children: 14€
Group tickets on weekday mornings: 10€/child, teachers 1€.
Festival passes: buy a pass online, get the tickets for individual performances at the ticket office. Note: you can only use one ticket per performance from the pass.
5 performances for adults 100€
3 performances for adults 65€
5 performances for children 60€
3 performances for children 38€
Discount with theatre card or similar (professional puppeteers, actors etc): -3€. Only one ticket, for the holder of the card.
The easiest way to get tickets is from our webstore.
NOTE: discount tickets for students and pensioners only by reservation or at the door!
You will find a direct link to the webstore in the details of every performance, where it says Tickets.
Ticket office: Nukketeatteri Sampo, Erottajankatu 7, Helsinki.
Reservations: 020 735 2235, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ticket sale moves to the venue 45 minutes before the beginning of every performance, after which time you can only purchase tickets to the show in question at the venue.
Make sure to get your pre-reserved tickets 20 minutes before the show begins at the latest.