Tens of puppeteers from all around the world are currently participating in workshops on puppets and puppeteering in Borgarnes, west Iceland, which is the lead-up to the first annual Borgarnes International Puppet Festival which will open tomorrow.
Borgarnes. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
The festival’s honorary guest is the 80-year-old Swedish puppeteer Mikael Meschke, who is one of the most respected puppeteers in the Nordic countries, ruv.is reports.
During the festival, which will be held at the local puppet center Brúduheimar and elsewhere, both foreign and domestic puppeteers will perform. Most shows are intended for adults.
Among the shows is one held by the students of the French puppeteer and mime artist Nicolas Gouseff who teaches how the body can be used as a stage, a technique Gouseff has developed from miming and Aikido martial arts.
The festival will run through April 3.
Visit its website for further information.