Another interesting sight you should visit in Tallinn – NUKU theatre. The Estonian State Puppet Theatre (NUKU) was founded in 1952 by Ferdinand Veike and is known to be the first theatre for children in Estonia. The theatre is located in the Old Town of Tallinn and has 4 different halls: Main Hall (620 seats), Small Hall (200 seats), Oval Hall (80 seats) and Middle Hall (50 seats). Moreover, the building has its own kids’ cafeteria and sweet shop. Theatre’s plays aim mostly for children and families, combining puppetry and drama elements, masks and shadows. However, a growth in musical productions and various experimental projects has been noticed recently.

In 2010, the Museum and the Centre for Puppet Arts were opened next to the theatre. Now, the puppet museum, puppet making workshops, puppetry research centre and the theatre are united into one system.

The Puppet Theatre participates at many regional and international festivals and has gained various awards. Since 2007 the theatre has been organizing Tallinn Treff Festival – a festival of performing arts for puppetry and visual theatre professionals and students from all over the world.

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