PIF - International puppet festival
Young and enthusiastic Esperanto promoters gathered at the Student Esperanto Club had been trying since 1967 to organise some cultural events at which Esperanto would be the official language of communication. The most successful was the international puppet theatre festival (Pupteatra Internacia Festivalo in Esperanto, hence the abbreviation PIF), with four professional and one amateur theatre performing. It was held from 6 to 8 July, 1968 despite an extremely meagre budget.
Since then it has been organised every year and sometimes in different towns, thus becoming more than the amateur organisation could bear. This is why members of the Esperanto club founded a professional institution - the International Cultural Centre - which became the organiser of PIF in 1972.
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