The beginning was set in 1961 by a group of young supporters of the puppet theater, who created an amateur troupe in the city. Very soon after, created by Todor Proikov, Zdravka Mihaylova, Ivanka Kavrakova, Milka Mihaylova, Zdravka Strateva, Maria Valeva and others. theater, became semi-professional, and on January 1, 1971 by Decree of the Ministry of Culture – state. Dimitar Panayotov has been appointed the first director.
Puppet Theater – Sliven is a leading theater institute in the region and an accumulating center for cultural events for children and adults. He is a holder of many nationals
and international awards, invitations and nominations for participation in festivals around the world. In 2018 he received an award for “Achieved high results in the field of theater management and creative activity”, presented annually by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria.
The repertoire of the theater is diverse, both in terms of the texts – classical and modern, as well as the stylistic diversity of types of puppets and techniques for puppet theater. The performances in the theater are addressed both to the young spectators and to the whole family and the adults.
Since 2009, the Puppet Theater has been organizing the International Art Festival “The Magic of the Wind”, which is in the form of a biennial and provides an opportunity for performance and meeting of various art forms, presented in classical and non-standard spaces. The festival is organized with the support of the Municipality of Sliven and the Ministry of Culture.