Summer Puppet Pier


Since 1990, the Maribor Puppet Theatre has been organising the Summer Puppet Pier, an annual international summer festival in the city. Every year, in August, thousands of visitors enjoy an excellent  programme. Primarily, the festival offers the best foreign and domestic puppet performances for children, as well as performances for adults, workshops, exhibitions, installations, and other accompanying events. With the support of the Municipality of Maribor, Maribor puppeteers every year attract the best that the puppet world has to offer. Since the 30th Summer Puppet Pier festival, the best performance selected by the children's jury receives the Golden Giraffe Award.

The archive of past festivals can be found at the bottom of the page.

Summer Puppet Pier 2018

35th Summer Puppet Pier Festival 2024

In 2024, the Maribor Puppet Theatre is organising the 35th Summer Puppet Pier Festival, an international puppet festival with the longest tradition. The performances will be diverse and intended for all generations, the emphasis will, of course, be on our youngest spectators.

Also this year, the programme will be enriched with workshops for children and together with the Art Camp, we will also organise puppet performances in the City park.

The festival will be held in August. Participation in the festival is open to all professional puppet theatres, independent puppet theatre groups, and individuals. In addition to the basic technical data, we also ask the applicants to submit promotional materials, photos and a recording of their performance. The festival committe will select performances which will be purchased.

Applications must be submitted by 29th February 2024.

35th Summer Puppet Pier Festival 2024
35th Summer Puppet Pier Festival 2024

Repertoire SPP 2023

The tickets for the performances at Puppet Theatre Maribor are available at a symbolic price of €1 at the box office of the theatre. The number of tickets is limited.

Repertoire is subject to change.

SPP Archive