The National Puppet Theater Festival “Mihail Lakatnik” with international participation aims to create and put on stage new dramatic plays for puppet theater. The holidays are held in a year in the last week of April. The festival is unique in that it has two strands: a literary contest for writing a play – a fairy tale for puppet theater and a review of the performances performed in the period May-December in the previous year. All professional theaters / state, municipal, private / .
The following prizes are awarded: The Big Man Prize – a statuette made by the sculptor Georgi Chapkanov for the best performance, directing awards, set design and original music, awards for male role playing , a female role and an ensemble of acting, a debut award.
The festival is organized in the town of Yambol by the Ministry of Culture, Yambol Municipality, Tundja Municipality, Union of Artists in Bulgaria, Georgi Mitev-Joro Puppet Theater – Yambol, Writers’ Association – Yambol