SAMPO Festival is an international festival for puppet theatre and visual theatre, organized annually in August at the heart of the Finnish capital Helsinki. In 2020, due to the covid-19 pandemic, the event will be organized as SAMPO XX and all events are free for the public!
Exceptional puppet theatre festival for exceptional times entails Finnish performances for adults and children, outdoor performances and exhibitions by Finnish puppeteers.
The festival offers memorable, touching and entertaining performances for children and adults, showcases artists from across the field, different styles of puppetry and visual theatre, and crosses borders between different fields of art. In addition to performances, the program may also feature films, workshops, outdoor performances, discussions and diverse artist meetings.
The festival is organized by Puppet Theatre Sampo. Performances also take place at other venues nearby. Collaborators of SAMPO Festival are Helsinki City, Theatre Avoimet Ovet and other cultural establishments.