The Naive Theatre Company was founded in 1949, and was one of the first professional puppet theatres in former Czechoslovakia. Since the 1970s this wonderful troop has brought the streets of Liberec alive every two years with the Materinka, the festival of professional puppet theatres. An old and longstanding traditional art form, puppetry has been used in Bohemia to tell stories for centuries. Today, the Materinka brings children’s fantasies to life with a blend of magic, skill and craftsmanship, and is an amazing showcase of the fascinating and unusual cultural tradition. Puppet theatres from across the country demonstrate their art and their techniques, and compete for a grand prize at the end of the week.

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