Founded in 1945 The Groteska Puppet, Mask and Actor Theatre in Cracow, is one of the earliest puppet theatres in Poland. Every one of its art directors had a clear vision of creating the best quality puppet theatre in the country. It really worked and now, after more than 60 years the Groteska Theatre gives around 450 performances a year with an audience of more than 100,000 people. Its productions are not only for children, there are also two stages for adults: one with pieces by Sophocles, Voltaire and Bulhakow just to name a few, and one for concerts, dance performances and cabarets with their most famous Reality Shopka Szol played usually in February. There is also lot of activities and workshops for children, young people and teachers.
The theatre runs an annual Great Dragon Parade, one of them was made in cooperation with Wales, Ireland, Portugal and Czech Republic as a part of Myths and Legends of Europe Festival in 2007. There are Dragon Family Picnics held on the banks of Vistula River and lots of events for the youngest.
The Groteska Theatre is world famous and it is awarded on many theatre festivals around the world and it can be easily called the modern cultural centre.
It is in the walking distance from Main Square and I would strongly recommend to visit it. Their work is really worth seeing and admiring not only by people who love puppets.
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