A film director and a puppet animation artist, Katariina Lillqvist, who belongs to the most important cultural bridge-builders between Finland and the Czech Republic, is getting ready for an anniversary year. A film co-operative, Camera Cagliostro, established by Lillqvist in Tampere in 1991, is celebrating its 25th anniversary next year through visible events in Prague as well as in Finland in Helsinki, Tampere and Turku.
Since the 1990s Cagliostro has produced and carried out several awarded puppet animation films and exhibitions, provided training for individuals and conducted international networking. Katariina Lillqvist is well-known in the Czech Republic as well as in Finland and she doesn't need any further introduction. Her story is included in a jubilee book '100 vuotta suomalaista animaatiota' (100 years of Finnish animation), published by Aalto University in 2014. You can find an introduction (in Czech) to 25 years of Camera Cagliostro here.
As a head start into the anniversary year, a retrospective of Lillqvist's puppet and set collection is already on display at an exhibition of Polabské museum (www.polabskemuzeum.cz) in Poděbrady, lasting until the middle of February. After Tábor's puppet museum, the collection was on display on Jungmanova Street in the Museum of Puppet Art in Prague since last spring. Representatives of Embassy of Finland, led by Ambassador Helena Tuuri, visited the museum in the end of October.
Katariina Lillqvist's webpage: http://www.katariinalillqvist.com/
Text: Ari Tasanen
Translation into English: Lasse Vesterinen