International Puppet Festival named after Sergey Obraztsov was organized by the Central State Academic Puppet Theatre named after S.V. Obraztsov and the Foundation of Sergey Obraztsov.
The 1st Festival was held in 2001 September and dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Sergey Obraztsov and the 70th anniversary of his puppet theatre. Almost 70 best puppet theatres all around the world took part in the Festival. International Prize named after Sergey Obraztsov was established by the Festival. It is the Silver figurine created by the famous Russian sculpture I. Kovalchuk. The prize awarded for the unique puppetry. The first prizewinners became the great puppet master Albrecht Roser from Germany – the creator of Clown Hustaf; the founder of new ground in the puppet art in France Philippe Genty; legatary “puppet King” of Beluim José Géal, one of the best experts of the puppet theatres in XX century, Honorary President Of UNIMA Henryk Jurkkowski and the famous Russian director, the President of UNIMA in Russia, laureate of state prize Valery Volkhovkiy.