Ylioppilasteatteri’s Puppet Theater Festival 26.-28.5.2023

When was the last time you went to see a puppet theater show?

In autumn 2021, the Puppet Theater Festival of Ylioppilasteatteri, organized for the first time, will return from 26 to 28. May. During the three-day event, Ylioppilasteatteri will be visited by a five professional theater groups, each representing different forms and styles of puppet and physical theater. On Friday, the festival will be opened by Emma Castrén’s mime solo piece The Gynecologist. On Saturday, at the festival will be seen a Teatteri Tuomikko’s performance Suru puserossa and UNHEIMLICH, directed by Eve Mäkitalo, which explores the relationship between the living and the non-living. Pizza Pizza Karagöz, which opens the third festival day, represents over 700-year-old Turkish shadow theater tradition. As a final act, the festival spreads into the urban space, when Teatteri Qo’s Tea for Two closes the event. The play will be performed in a real mobile home at the Three Smiths Square (Kolmen sepän aukio).

In addition to the performances, there will be a puppet exhibition in the lobby of the Ylioppilasteatteri. There is also a café where tea, coffee and small vegan snacks are available.

It’s time to forget all the stereotypes you formed about the puppetry in your early childhood. Our holy mission is to introduce this little-known art form to all folks in Helsinki and make you love puppetry. This festival will be talked about for a long time to come.

Let’s make puppet theater sexy again!


In cooperation with: Metropolitan puppets and Aura of Puppets

Festival schedule

Friday 26th May 
klo 20 Kallo Collective & Tehdas Teatteri: The Gynecologist SOLD OUT

Saturday 27th May
klo 14 Teatteri Tuomikko: Suru Puserossa

Sunday 28th May
klo 14 Filiz Aksu & M. Mahir Aksu: Pizza Pizza Karagöz
klo 15 Teatteri Qo: Tea for two
klo 16.30 Teatteri Qo: Tea for two
klo 18 Teatteri Qo: Tea for two

The puppet exhibition is open
Friday 26th from 17 to 21
Saturday 27th from 13 to 21
Sunday 28th from 13 to 19



Get to know the festival performers

Read more about the shows by clicking on the pictures


full price ticket: €16

students, unemployed, pensioners, low-income earners, and persons performing conscript or civilian service: €10

children, HYY-students and members of SYTY ry: €8

NOTE! You can purchase a discount ticket from the online store by selecting a regular price ticket and using the discount code shown in the product information.

Additional information / group bookings / inquiries




The main entrance to the theater is an iron gate at Three Smiths Square (Kolmen sepän patsas, Aleksanterinkatu 23, Helsinki). There is an information sign in front of the gate on performance days. The theater is located on the top floor of the staircase. Ylioppilasteatteri does not have a parking lot. We recommend you to arrive by public transport.


Ylioppilasteatteri’s Studio is unfortunately an inaccessible space. There is also no accessible toilet in the space.

However, of our two entrances, the Kaivopiha side has an elevator, and the Studio is accessible, for example for those moving with a walking stick. Unfortunately, the studio cannot be accessed with most of manual or electric wheelchairs due to the too narrow corridor and the high threshold leading to the entrance hall of the studio.

There are two entrances to the Ylioppilasteatteri: an inaccessible main entrance in Three Smiths Square and an entrance on the Kaivopiha side accessible with an assistant at Mannerheimintie 3B (a staircase to the right of UniCafe in the recess).

Inaccessible main entrance in Three Smith’s square: The guidepost is the Ylioppilasteatteri sign next to the iron gate. There are three floors of stairs to the theatre. For each ascent, there is a handrail on varying sides. On the way up there are two communicating doors with thresholds.

Entrance in Kaivopiha: A performance poster on a stand is brought to the entrance outside the door before the performance. A staircase leads to the front door, as well as a ramp about 20 m away. In the stairwell there is an elevator (4th floor) that leads to the theater. The threshold for the interior door of the theater is high.

When making a ticket reservation, please let us know if you are moving to the venue from the Kaivopiha entrance, as the entrance on the Kaivopiha side, which can be reached with an assistant, is not in public use and the interior door may be locked. Contributors are admitted to the event for free. Assistance and guide dogs are also welcome at the Ylioppilasteatteri.


The Tea for two performance on Sunday will be held in a caravan at the Three Smiths Square (Kolmen sepän patsas). A mobile home is a restricted space that cannot be accessed by, for example, a wheelchair. However, the mobile home is located at street level and ticket sales for the show take place in front of the mobile home, making it possible to participate in the show without having to go up the stairs to the interior of the theater.


The Ylioppilasteatteri does not have an induction loop. However, most of the performances at the festival are non-spoken, so it is possible to enjoy them even without an interpreter or regardless of the audience’s native language. If you are accompanied by an interpreter, the interpreter can attend the performances free of charge. You can find more detailed information about the festival performances on the respective pages of the performances.


The Ylioppilasteatteri does not have its own parking spaces. The nearest accessible parking space is the Q-park Stockmann parking facility. There are 12 accessible parking spaces, 1 on each floor by each elevator (4pcs). Stockmann’s main doors are about 50 metres away from the entrance to the Kaivopiha side of the Ylioppilasteatteri


If you have any questions about the accessibility, please contact us: tuottaja@ylioppilasteatteri.fi.



At the festival, we commit to follow the principles of a safer space:

What is bullying?
Bullying includes, for example, nasty and mocking speeches, shouting, threats, pressure, gossip, vilification, isolation, i.e. exclusion from the group, constantly criticizing work and making it difficult for others to work. Not all behavior that causes chagrin is bullying. Bullying does not include, for example, different opinions or views on things.  

What is harassment?  
Sexual harassment includes sexually suggestive gestures and language, sexually explicit speech and jokes, remarks or questions about the body, dress or private life, sexually explicit speech, touching, suggestions or demands for sexual activity. Gender-based harassment is derogatory speech about women, men or people of another gender, demeaning another based on gender, bullying when it is based on the sex of the bullied. Everyone has the right to bodily integrity. This means that violence or threats are completely prohibited at the Ylioppilasteatteri. 

What is discrimination?
Everyone must be treated equally. Discrimination includes, for example, unequal treatment on the basis of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, family relationships, class background, ability, language, religion or opinions. 

How should I act accordingly with the principles stated above?  

Recognize your privileges  
Hierarchies and oppressive norms are part of our society. No human being, however conscious or benevolent, is beyond their reach. However, cultural change is not only possible – it happens every day. Questioning norms takes us towards a more equal society. 

Recognize your prejudices  
Be aware that your assumptions about people’s appearance, gender expression, skin color, linguistic or physical characteristics, or class background may influence your behavior towards them. Instead of making assumptions about people’s bodies, personalities, identities, backgrounds, or ”where they come from,” let everyone be themselves. Everyone has the right to define their own identity, including gender and sexual identity. Use only terms that people accept themselves: asking questions is the only way to find out. 

No means no  
Respect everyone’s boundaries – both physical and psychological. Once again, asking is the only way to know what the other person’s boundaries are. Always get verbal or otherwise absolutely certain consent before touching someone. 

Take responsibility  
Remember that bad behavior can never be explained by intoxication. Remember that things that are enjoyable and comfortable for you can cause some others discomfort or anxiety. If someone feels that they have been hurt, they have the right to feel and express it without, that their experience is questioned or their way of reacting is criticized. The ability to draw one’s own boundaries and the ability to accept the demarcations of others is a security issue. In these situations, there is no reason to be defensive, because drawing boundaries is not a criticism or attack on your personality. 

Let’s respect everyone’s opportunity for change and discuss constructively. Judging a person’s characteristics or backgrounds is not a good way to deal with oppressive behavior. Instead, make it clear which actions are undesirable. Let’s see diversity as positive and not tolerate discrimination or racism of any kind at all! Let’s make the Ylioppilasteatteri a place where these things can be talked about! Let’s make sure that it is easy to ask for help and rely on others at the Ylioppilasteatteri!