Puppet Theater "Ulger" (founded in 1967) is the only theatre in Buryatia for children and youth. The spectacles, based on stage plays written by Buryat playwrights and in Buryatian, are the basis of the theatre's repertoire, along with works of Russian and foreign authors. Therefore, young viewers can know more about their roots and feel more love for their native language.
The troupe is known not only in Buryatia but also in Russia. In 2006, the performance called "the Singing Arrow" was the laureate of the prestigious Golden Mask Award. It was the laureate in next nominations: “The Best Performance in the Puppet Theatre”; the Honoured Artist of the Republic of Buryatia, Zhargal Lodoev, in the nomination for “The Best Male Role in the Puppet Theatre”; in 2008, the performance "Heavenly Argamak (a riding horse)" received the same award in the nomination" The Best Direction in the Puppet Theatre ". Today there are about 40 performances in the theatre repertoire. In addition, there are theatrical performances, for example, “Sagaalgan” for children, holidays in honour of the City Day and the Day of Water, etc. Talented artists show concert programs for adults, fully revealing their creative potential: singing, dancing, acting in puppet variations too.
Puppet Theater "Ulger" took part in the tenth World Festival of Children's Theatres. They based a performance on the Mongolian and Buryat legends, and later Moscow critics and artists told it was one of the best.
In 2006, the performance called "the Singing Arrow" was the laureate of the prestigious Golden Mask Award. It was the laureate in next nominations: “The Best Performance in the Puppet Theatre”; the Honoured Artist of the Republic of Buryatia, Zhargal Lodoev, in the nomination for “The Best Male Role in the Puppet Theatre”; in 2008, the performance "Heavenly Argamak (a riding horse)" received the same award in the nomination" The Best Direction in the Puppet Theatre ". Historical background: Earlier, here was the building of the Public Assembly, where the Congress of workers of Transbaikalia (in December 1923) adopted a Declaration on the education of the Far Eastern Republic and elected Government. Here, at the 1st Congress of the Buryat-Mongolian ASSR Council, the CEC (BurTSIK) and the Council of People's Commissars, the first government of the Buryat-Mongolian ASSR, were elected.
The European-type amateur theatre originated in the Buryats at the beginning of the 20th century, when the first written plays appeared in the Buryat language. In 1929, there was the National Art House with theatre and music studios, which two years later turned into the technical college of arts. In 1932, after the first graduation the Buryat Professional Theatre was opened, nowadays it is called The Buryat Academic Drama Theatre named after Hotsa Namsaraev. In 1982, at the intersection of Victory Avenue and Kuybyshev Street a new building was specially erected for the theatre. The design of the theatre has national elements of art. On the main facade of the building, there is a bas-relief “Blooming Buryatia”. The foyer of the theatre decorated with a magnificent, complex in composition painting "On the Land of Geser". The ceiling has an elegant colour group of lamps with elements of Buryat jewellery on its top. The original tapestry-curtain “Spring. Snowdrops, woven from horsehair by master tapestry artists.
The theatre has a rich repertoire: most of the performances are based on the plays of Buryat playwrights and in the Buryat language but do not forget about the Russian classics in the theatre. Every year, the theatre holds the national holiday Sagaalgan (New Year according to the lunar calendar), as well as national culture festivals and international competitions.