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 2017 – International Puppet Theatre Festival 29.8.-3.9.2017
Puppet Theatre Sampo is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and organizing a puppet theatre festival, SAMPO 2017, 29.8.-3.9.2017 – for the first time!
The festival program offers performances for both children and adults, visual theatre and music as well as puppetry. Performing groups are invited from Finland and abroad. A festival club is open in the evenings at Sampos Fairytale Café, offering interesting artists for adult audiences and a place for the audience and artists to meet.
Performances will take place in Puppet Theatre Sampo in Erottajankatu, but also other theatrical spaces nearby: Teatteri Avoimet Ovet, Annantalo, Savoy Theatre and Päivälehti Museum.
The festival program will be announced later in the spring.
An open living room at the center of the city
Sampo Puppet Theatre has established a Puppet Theatre Centre in Helsinki, giving Sampo the possibility to continuously develop its increasing performance, training and exhibition activities. The attractive and intimate premises are visited annually by over 20,000 spectators and persons being trained or interested in the field.
Every year, the theatre gives some 250-300 performances seen by a total of some 30, 000 spectators.
The Sampo Stage in Helsinki gives some 150 performaces every year. Besides those, 100-150 tour performances are given every year covering all Finland. Theatre is also performing abroad, all around the world.
Extensive publications of relevant literature is another part of the Sampo Puppet Theatre operations. Versatile puppet theatre material for preschool education professionals and puppet theatre enthusiasts has been published over the years.
Hand puppet and table puppet theatre material, instructions leaflets, books, CDs, DVDs, and more extensive publications have brought various forms of puppet theatre close to everyday life, giving an extensive summary of different fields of puppet theatre expression.
Puppet Theatre Courses & Work Shops
Special workshops, lectures and demonstrations on puppet theatre expression are organized by Sampo theatre every year. Puppet theatre courses and work shops are tailored to meet different needs.
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 . Work shops for international audience are also available in English.
As a result of the co-operation with the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE TV1, an impressive number of quality puppet theatre programmes has been produced over the past years. These programmes have been also deposited in the Helsinki Museum of Theatrical Arts.
Prizes & Nominations
Sampo Puppet Theatre has been awarded with several prizes and nominations for its artistic work and achievements for children culture.