On the very next year, from 24 till 27 September “PIERROT 2001” gathered 250 participants and guests from Great Britain, Russia, Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, USA, Taiwan and Bulgaria. The International Festival’s Jury with a chairman – Donyo Donev bestowed the first prize on Theatre “POPCORN”, Slovenia for the performance “Nylon” /script-writer and director – K. Zarnovich/. The additional festival’s program included also a movie panorama of Bulgarian cartoon movies, awarded with international prizes; a workshop with Alan Louis – manager of the educational department in the Centre for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, USA; a seminar “Theory and practices of management and marketing in theatre companies and unconventional sources of financing”; exhibition of Donyo Donev’s cartoons and plastic arts of Emil Ivanov.
15 companies from Europe and USA participated in the 3rd festival edition. Africa was represented by a lecturer and students of acting from Nigeria. The first prize – a statuette “PIERROT”, was given to the performance “Pictures in the night”, Puppet Theatre Nis, Serbia and Montenegro. A new one was the prize of the journalists who reported the festival. The performances were estimated by a group of independent experts. Among them were the doyens of the puppet art in Bulgaria – prof. Atanas Ilkov, prof. Nikolina Georgieva, prof. Yulya Ognyanova, the “father” of “The three fools” Donyo Donev and many well-known specialists from all fields of the puppet theatre.
The hosts from State Puppet Theatre – Stara Zagora together with Foundation “Stage Balkans” and Non-profit Organization “PIERROT” presented a theatre experiment “HE AND SHE – THE SINFUL LOVE”. The production was created with the participation of directors from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey and Greece.
The unique thing for PIERROT 2003 was the competition program which was shown not only in Stara Zagora, but also in Sliven and Yambol, and from 30 September till 20 October in Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro.
ІV International Puppet Theatre Festival “PIERROT” / 24-29.09.2005/ Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
14 performances of companies from Holland, Spain, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro and Bulgaria were included in the competition program. The production of the III International Laboratory for Directors, an exhibition of ceramic icons and textiles of Teodora Dzhambazova, street performances and a projection of Bern Ogrodnik’s movie “String” were shown in the additional program in the frames of the festival.
The performance “Tomorrow starts today” – a co-production of Theatre “Ognivo”, Moscow and Theatre of Nations - Moscow, Russia won the first prize - a statuette “PIERROT”.
V International Puppet Theatre for Adults Festival “PIERROT” 2007 took place from 24 till 29 of September 2007 in Stara Zagora and was accompanied by the 50th anniversary of State Puppet Theatre – Stara Zagora.
Chairman prof. Henrik Jurkowski, Poland and members:
1. Viktor Klimchuk – director, Belarus
2. Ljiljana Bardievska – drama specialist, Poland
3. Stefan Yankov – drama specialist, Bulgaria
4. Silva Bachvarova – stage design specialist, Bulgaria
• An award for woman’s part – To Gergana Vasileva for the performance “The King Stag” of State Puppet Theatre – Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
• An award for experimental and new forms – To State Puppet Theatre – Varna, Bulgaria for the performance “The cave and the shadows”
The exhibitions – stage design and puppets from the history of State Puppet Theatre – Stara Zagora; the exhibition of Lyubomir Tsakev and the exhibition of the painters from State Puppet Theatre – Stara Zagora was of extreme interest.