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About Festival

The next International Visual Theatre Festival Tallinn Treff will take place from the 27th to 30th of May, 2021.

The programme will be selected by the festival's creative council whose members visit various visual theatre festivals and events around the world.

Our aim is to make the selection based on live performances, therefore we will not have an open call for our festival's programme. Also, we do not have the ability to travel to see individual performances outside of Estonia. Nevertheless, invitations from visual and puppet theatre festivals are very welcome, as our creative council carefully considers which festivals to visit in order to compile the best possible programme for Tallinn Treff 2021.


Theatre is alive, if it is able to translate its past experiences and future visions into a theatrical language that speaks to the modern viewer. It can speak through a depth of content or a surprise of form, or a symbiosis of both. The festival is a wonderful opportunity to get a concentrated overview of what is currently in the air – in terms of content as well as form.

The renewed and henceforth biennial International Visual Theatre Festival Tallinn Treff is a festival curated by an artistic council that keeps a finger on the pulse of contemporary puppet, object and visual theatre, searching for an inspiring dialogue of form and content, tradition and innovation.

The festival repertoire comprises programmes for children and youth as well as adults, featuring internationally outstanding shows as well as exploratory productions of Estonian Theatre for Young Audiences. The festival is, of course, also a communication environment for practitioners, with meetings in workshops and lectures and discussions in the festival club.

Previous headliners of the festival have been Philippe Genty, Gisele Vienne, Paul Zaloom, WHS & Sunsoo-Ahn Pick-Up Group, Duda Paiva, and many more.

See you in spring 2021!

​More info
Leino Rei
Artistic Director and Manager of the Festival
leino.rei [at] eestinoorsooteater.ee