The Train Theater initiated the Festival in 1983. Since 2001 the Festival has become an annual event, taking place every August in Jerusalem.
The 23rd edition of the festival will take place during August 10-14, 2014.
The Festival selects performances based on variety, quality and relevance, and it has hosted many artists known for their contribution to the field of puppetry and Visual Theater. During the years, the Festival has become the primal source of creation and inspiration in the field of Puppet Theater in Israel.
The Festival's program is mainly aimed at children and the whole family although it includes performances for adults as well.
The Best of Israeli Creation:
Performances of the Train Theater's repertoire as well as other Israeli artists.
The program offers a panoramic window of the young original Israeli creation with "SABRA".
Cabaret Evenings in the Khan Courtyard fresh works by the young artists of Pandora
This year the Festival hosts shows from different countries: Thailand, Joe Louis Puppet Theater - France, La Cie Akselere - Spain, Valeria Guglietty - Taiwan, Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company - Austria, Karin Schäfer Figuren Theater - Belgium, Claire de Lune Théatre - Rusia, Viktor Antonov - Laura Kibel, Italy.
An International Exposure Program for festival directors from all around the world takes place as part of the festival. The 22nd edition of the Festival will host directors from France, Germany, Greece, Canada, Spain, Turkey, Taiwan, Romania, and the Netherlands.
Held in the neighbourhoods of Jerusalem, this project exposes the audience to a unique, fresh and surprising creation that still is in the production process. As the works exit the confines of the theater hall out into the space of the neighborhood and into alternative performance spaces, audiences and artists alike are invited on a joint excursion and charming artistic adventure.
The Train Theater, which got its start in a train car, is overjoyed to be hosted this year on the Train Tracks Park, on HaRakevet Street, and at the First Station.
The Public Works project presents two premiere events this year:
“On the Tracks” and “Who’s Who on the Train to Jerusalem”