The gala, which was held at the Atatürk Cultural Center, was attended by Büyükçekmece
Municipal Mayor Hasan Akgün
, who expressed how extremely pleased he was that all ages of members of the public from throughout the city have been coming out to the festival. Mayor Akgün states, "The art of puppetry is both entertaining and educational and does not involve cursing or slang."
The International Puppet Festival
runs from March 9th to March 13th and hosts 14 artists who will be performing 11 shows. The puppeteers presenting at the festival are from Bulgaria, Russia, USA, France and Turkey.