The closing ceremony of the festival was attended by the Deputy Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad-Hossein Imani Khoshkhu, head of Performing Arts Center, director of the International Marionette Union (UNIMA) Massimo Schuster and ambassadors of the participating countries.
For his part, Schuster expressed satisfaction about being in Tehran and said that he witnessed a significant international event during the puppet festival.
"Producing a play is similar to the birth of a baby which is a promising occasion," he added.
Turning to the symbolic aspect of puppetry, he said that it has been derived from ethnic customs and traditions by promoting various cultures through puppets.
"The art has made sufficient progress in Iran to demand an integrated and academic position," he added.
Dismissing the general belief that puppet theater is merely meant for children as untrue, he said that it can also deal with major issues.
Thirty two Iranian puppet shows were performed in the competition section of the event, including 22 from Tehran and 10 from the provinces.
The shows were selected from 218 entries received by the festival's secretariat.
In the open air section, six puppet shows from Tehran and four from provinces were selected for performance out of 19 shows submitted to the secretariat.
Also 24 shows from 18 countries were performed in the international section.
On the sidelines of the upcoming festival, some groups staged open-air shows in parks.
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