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National Puppetry Festival 2019

National Puppetry Festival 2019

Puppeteers of America

Imagine your internet world come to life. All that creativity, knowledge, information and history suddenly becomes real. It breathes, it talks, it has dinner with you and meets you for late night cocktails. Artistic inspiration drawn from bits and bytes, pixels and RGB’s in your face. The most eclectic, focused, energizing meetup you can conceive. That’s a puppet festival.

Puppeteers of all kinds, from all disciplines, from all over the country and across the globe. Workshops, performances, exhibits, and people. Real people who do what you do, love what you love, and who get it. Who get you, and your passion for puppetry.

Puppet festivals are inspiration made real. Imagination brought to life. Creativity shared, bonds made, and friendships forged that will last beyond the festival. You will be changed, and your puppetry will grow.

This is a biannual festival, the next festival will be in 2019

Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

Chicago, IL - USA
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chicagopuppetfest.org

Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

Artistic Director: Blair Thomas

I am pleased to welcome you to the second Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival! Today, puppetry is a living and thriving art; this Festival is a celebration of its many forms. More than a dozen Chicago presenting organizations have joined together to ignite the spirit of this citywide event, which spans 10 days and features artists from abroad, across the nation, and unique work born here in Chicago—fresh from the soil!

The 2017 Festival is building upon the success of the inaugural 2015 Festival. It will feature public performances across the city, a symposium, and workshops leading up to and during the Festival. For those of you whose imaginations are curious and whose hearts are young, I hope you can join us. And for those of you who have yet to see a contemporary puppet show, I can guarantee it will be like nothing you have ever seen before.

This is a biannual festival, the next festival will be in 2019.

La MaMa e.t.c.

66 East 4th Street
New York, NY
lamama.org/programs/puppet-festival/

La MaMa Puppet Series

Series Curator: Denise Greber

In 1962, Ellen Stewart invited puppet artists from Korea to perform their production of Head Hunting by Pagoon Kang Wouk. This began La MaMa’s long love affair with all things puppetry. The form has been an integral part of La MaMa's artistic vision ever since. The La MaMa Puppet Series showcases new contemporary puppet theatre by American and international artists in all three of La MaMa's theaters.

La MaMa Puppet Series is presented biennially. The next series will be presented in 2018.

Puppets in the Green Mountains

Brattleboro, VT - USA
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puppetsinthegreenmountains.com/

Puppets in the Green Mountains

Produced by Sandglass Theater

A 10 day festival of puppetry and unusual theater that brings international artists and local community together through a variety of performances, workshops, dialogues and other special events.

This is a biannual festival, the next festival will be in September 2018.

Poletni Lutkovni Pristan

Maribor - Slovenia
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lg-mb.si/festivali/

Poletni Lutkovni Pristan

Artistic Director: Mojca Redjko

August 5 - 28, 2017

An annual puppetry festival held in Slovenia.

The next festival will be in August 2017.

Borhnholm Puppet Festival

Bornholm, Denmark
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bornholmpuppetfestival.com/

Borhnholm Puppet Festival

Artistic Director: Ida Marie Tjalve

September 7 - 12, 2017

Bornholm Puppet Festival celebrates puppetry for children and adults alike. Puppetry is visual theatre that transcends language with numerous types of expressions and forms such as glove puppets, marionettes, rod puppet, shadow puppets.

Famed for its buzzing artist community Bornholm is a Danish island full of creative minded people. The picturesque island of Bornholm, also known as the "Sunshine Island", situated in the middle of the Baltic Sea is the setting of the Bornholm Puppet Festival. Bornholm is a popular and easy accessible holiday destination close to Poland, Germany, Sweden and the Baltic Nations.

This is a biannual festival.

Festival Mondial des Theatres de Marionnettes

Charleville-Mezieres - France
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festival-marionnette.com/

Festival Mondial des Theatres de Marionnettes

Artistic Director: Anne-Francoise Cabanis

September 16 - 24, 2017

The World Festival of Puppet Theatres, founded by Jacques Félix in 1961, has made Charleville-Mézières the capital of puppetry.

The festival of Charleville-Mézières is the biggest regular meeting place of puppet theatres in the world. Since its creation, the most famous companies, the most talented solo artists have performed here; and other actor/puppeteers have become famous performing in front of an enthusiastic public.

In a hugely festive atmosphere, hundreds of puppeteers and thousands who come to see the shows, take over the town: theatres, streets, parks are invaded by the crowd who rediscover the ancestral traditions of our art with each new Festival, and new territories are explored by contemporary artists.

This is a biannual festival.

Witham International Puppetry Festival

Witham International Puppetry Festival

Witham Town Council

September 16, 2017

Witham Town Council is delighted to present the annual International Puppet Festival. A fantastic day is planned for you with something for everyone to enjoy, all presented in the area in and around the two shopping precincts of the Grove and Newlands and the High Street.

This is an annual festival, the next festival will take place in 2017.

Pupteatra Internacia Festivalo

Zagreb - Republic of Croatia
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pif.hr/en/

Pupteatra Internacia Festivalo

Kulturni Centar Travno

September 16 - 22, 2017

To date PIF hosted more than 350 pupteatrojn from around the world who presented more than 450 different plays, several of whom were American. In the first PIF UDIs was obligatory to play presentations in Esperanto, but now theaters themselves choose the language in which they play.

This is an annual festival, the next festival will take place in 2017.

Figuren Theater Festival Basel

Basel - Switzerland
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figurentheaterfestival.ch

Figuren Theater Festival Basel

Artistic Director: Kathrin Doppler, Marius Kob

September 21 - 24, 2017

A puppetry festival held in Basel, Switzerland.

This is a biannual festival, the next festival will be in 2017.








International Festival of Children's Theatres

Subotica - Serbia
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lutfestsubotica.net/

International Festival of Children's Theatres

Executive Director: Olivera Mudrinic

September 24 - 30, 2017

International Festival of Children's Theatre in Subotica imposed the widest public theater from the very beginning - thanks, above all, wise and fundamental koncipovanim basic programming principles and principles - as one of the most respected European, but also international festivals, taking so pivotal place in the region of the Western Balkans. When, therefore, in 1994 founded and unfounded volatile and little faith considered this act adventure. Long ago, fortunately, we know that he is not only a reality, but the fact.

Based on the high achievements of contemporary theater aesthetics, directed and facing being and perceptions of young viewers he is offered a repertoire, and how these contributed to the affirmation of the total European and global creative minds in the field, a different understanding of semiotics, and thus the semantics of this type of prikazivaštva . In a word, he knew how to detect, recognize and present the court the general public all the things he cares about artists today in theaters for children. Hence his twenty-two last year and participation of five hundred and fifty dramatic ensembles from forty-six countries actually are not a review, but contribution to the history and anthology of world puppetry and theater for kids, it unequivocally is appointed and is characterized as one of the most important national manifestation of culture of the Republic of Serbia - far beyond its borders.

This is an annual festival.

Skipton International Puppet Festival

Skipton - England
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skiptonpuppetfestival.co.uk

Skipton International Puppet Festival

Artistic Director: Liz and Daniel Lempen

September 29 - October 1, 2017

Since 2005 this cosy market town at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales has become a magnet for puppet enthusiasts. Our biennial celebration showcases puppetry from all over the UK and beyond. With a packed weekend of ticketed and free performances, workshops, exhibitions and a parade, Skipton presents an inspirational melting pot for artists and enthusiasts, offering puppet experiences for every age.

This is a biannual festival.

Chuncheon Puppet Festival

South Korea
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cocobau.com

Chuncheon Puppet Festival

Executive Director: Yijaesu (re)

October 11 - 15, 2017

A puppetry festival held in South Korea.

This is an annual festival.

Kukla Festivali

Istanbul - Turkey
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istanbulkuklafestivali.com/

Kukla Festivali

Artistic Director: Cengiz ÖZEK

October 13 - 29, 2017

A puppetry festival held in Istanbul, Turkey.

This is an annual festival.

Titeremurcia

Valls - Spain
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festivalguant.cat/

Guant - Festival Internacional de Teatre de Titelles de Valls

November 7 - 12, 2017

The techniques presented range from the traditional, with glove puppets and son, represented by televising the most 'muppets'. Diversity is a reality artistic and professional sector very own puppets very broad and complex, ranging from puppet shows aimed at younger children to more daring forms of entertainment for young people and adults.

The is an annual festival, the next festival will be in 2017.

Festival of Wonder - Silkeborg Dukketeaterfestival

Silkeborg - Denmark
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dukketeaterfestival.dk/

Festival of Wonder - Silkeborg Dukketeaterfestival

Artistic Director: Ulla Dengsøe

November 9 - 12, 2017

Through the years many exceptional Danish and international theatre groups have performed at the Festival of Wonder - Silkeborg International Puppet Theatre Festival. The festival has presented puppet, object and visual theatre for adults and for children. The organizer’s intention with international theatre is to invite performances which have not previously been shown in Denmark and which add something new and inspiring to the art form of puppetry for the audience as well as the participating theatres. In addition to the performances there are exhibitions, films and workshops. The workshops are designed for professionals, and for other interested individuals of many ages.

This is a biannual festival.

International Week of Puppet Country Neuchâtelois

Neuchâtel - Switzerland
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www.festival-marionnettes.ch/

International Week of Puppet Country Neuchâtelois

November 10 - 19, 2017

A puppetry festival held in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

This is a biannual festival, the next festival will be in 2017.



Figuresco - Festival de Marionnettes pour enfants

La Chaux-de-Fonds - Switzerland
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figuresco.ch

Figuresco - Festival de Marionnettes pour enfants

Organized by the Puppet Theatre Workshop, The Turlutaine of La Chaux-de-Fonds, and UNIMA Switzerland

November 11, 2017

FIGURESCO is a festival entirely dedicated to children puppets, organized each year by an amateur puppeteers company in collaboration with UNIMA * Switzerland . The festival aims to promote puppetry, which is often the first contact of a child with the theater. In addition, the protagonist puppet shows age-appropriate, enables identification of the child with the characters of the story.
By bringing together amateur puppet companies on both sides of the Sarine, the festival is a place of exchange and multicultural interactivity in pleasant places.

This is an annual festival.

Titeremurcia

Murcia - Spain
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titeremurcia.com

Titeremurcia

Artistic Directors: Angel Salcedo, Francisca Garcia, Maria Socorro Garcia, Carmen Navarro, Juan Manuel Quiñonero and Aniceto Roca

November 18 - 27, 2017

Titeremurcia, the International Festival of Puppet Theater in the Region of Murcia is an initiative of UNIMA Murcia, Murcia association based in Spain associated with UNIMA and UNIMA International Federation, the oldest international association of theater in the world dedicated to the art of puppetry and recognized by UNESCO. With an annual average of 10,000 spectators and the participation of 14 scenic areas, Titeremurcia has become one of the samples most interesting puppet theater Spanish Southeast, accounting for years an attractive cultural proposal that has achieved year after our year deal main task: to offer in the region of Murcia a range of theater of puppets committed and risky, showing artworks that can hardly be seen in the theater schedules of our environment.

This is a biannual festival, the next festival will be November 2017.

MITSol. Muestra Internacional de Titiriteros Solistas

MITSol. Muestra Internacional de Titiriteros Solistas

December 4 - 6, 2017

A puppetry festival held in Andalucia, Spain.

To create a meeting between puppeteer and public artists; To provoke forums of exchanges of knowledge and experiences with puppeteers who work autonomously following, where appropriate, the oldest craft traditions. An opportunity to offer to the public, mainly to the families, works that are outside the habitual circuits of distribution.

This is an annual festival.

manipulate

manipulate

Puppet Animation Scotland

January 26 - February 3, 2018

manipulate Visual Theatre Festival is produced by Puppet Animation Scotland. We champion visual theatre, puppetry and animation in Scotland.

Through manipulate Visual Theatre Festival, we enable audiences and Scottish-based artists to see and engage with world-class visual theatre and animation.

This is an annual festival.

International Pop Arts Festival

Amsterdam - Netherlands
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popartsfestival.nl/

International Pop Arts Festival

April 17 - 22, 2018

Pop Arts Festival is an initiative of Theater Bellevue, De Krakeling and Ostade A’dam and presents the latest in the field of puppetry and objecttheater from the Netherlands and abroad.

This is an annual festival. The next festival will be in 2018.






Figura Theaterfestival Baden

Baden - Switzerland
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figura-festival.ch

Figura Theaterfestival Baden

Production manager: Irène Howald, Artistic director: Eveline Gfeller

June 12 - 17, 2018

Since 1994, the Figura Theatre Festival presents biennial high-profile productions from home and abroad, including many Swiss premieres, in all theaters of Baden and Wettingen and on streets and squares ( "Figura fuori»).

This festival is biannual.

International Puppet Theatre Festival

Plovdiv, Bulgaria
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pptheatre.com/

International Puppet Theatre Festival

Director: Victor Boychev

September 3 - 7, 2018

1977 State Puppet Theatre - Plovdiv initiated and organized the festival form - "International Review of miniature puppet", which in 1990 assumes the status of an international festival entitled "Two are small - three very" whose goal is to present to specialists and wide audience forum best achievements of the "small form" and be entered with his face in the European and world festival circuit. Since 2012 the festival is a biennale to it is created and side event that brings together under the name "TheatAir". It is aimed at performances and performances in open public spaces and urban character, in order to promote the opportunities of the puppet theater and attract a wide audience. The event has gained great popularity with the help of the Municipality of Plovdiv this module currently is held annually.

This is a biannual festival.

Various

Yogyakarta, INDONESIA
Yogyakarta, --
www.papermoonpuppet.com

Pesta boneka

Papermoon Puppet Theatre

October 1 - 31, 2018
October 2018
( 3 days )
Various

Pesta Boneka is an international biennale puppet festival initiated and hosted by Papermoon Puppet Theatre since 2008 in Yogyakarta-Indonesia.
Papermoon Puppet Theatre has been well known as contemporary puppetry artists from Indonesiaa who present their works either in Indonesia, or in other countries.

Not only attended by puppetry artists, PESTA BONEKA has been a place where people could see how puppets could be messengers who deliver message in many different forms, , through many different cultures in many different ways.

For the audience and the participants, the warmth of the festival will welcome them, the intimacy will be the thing that they will love. And for the participants, PESTA BONEKA will definitely bring them a very different journey of experiencing the richness of culture, in an intimate way.

Not only through performances, there will be plenty of workshops facilited by international artists, presentation, exhibition and also Cooking session !!!

The upcoming Pesta Boneka #6 will be happen on October 2018.
The next festival will be having a site specific performance theme.

Puppet International

Meppel - Netherlands
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puppetinternational.nl/

Puppet International

Artistic Director: Elly Bakker

October 10 - 14, 2018

A puppetry festival held in the Netherlands.

This is an annual festival. The next festival will be in 2018.

Titirimundi

Segovia, Spain
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titirimundi.es

Titirimundi

Directors: July Michel and Marian de Palma

The festival promotes puppetry as an art form of traditional roots, which has adapted to the times without losing its popular origin, occupying a prominent place among the avant-garde theater. The puppet theater is now the core of contemporary creation. Created in Segovia in spring 1985, Titirimundi has contributed to the emergence of an art movement of extraordinary creative fertility, also promoting knowledge and universal recognition of the puppet theater.

This is an annual festival. The next festival will be in 2018

fira de teatre de titelles de lleida

Lleida, Spain
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firatitelles.com/

fira de teatre de titelles de lleida

Organized by: Puppet Centre and Lleida City Council

Fair market as puppet shows, theater of objects, masks, shadows and visual, is an annual event bringing together puppeteers, artists, programmers, and users festivals of culture and the world of performing arts.

This is an annual festival. The next festival will be in 2018.

Izmir International Puppet Days

Izmir - Turkey
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izmirkuklagunleri.com

Izmir International Puppet Days

Artistic Director: Selcuk Dincer

This year's festival program will feature 27 puppet theater groups from 32 countries, 64 shows, and 275 performances in 45 showrooms. In the festival program, where an international symposium will take place, one will welcome 5 art exhibitors from Slovenia. Five professional stage performers will enrich the festival program with three workshops for children. Three conferences and an interview will expand our knowledge. There will be exciting hours in the puppet competition between elementary schools. One of the biggest puppet festivals in the world starts in Izmir for the tenth time ...

This is an annual festival. The next festival will be in 2018.

Harmony World Puppet Festival

Kanchanaburi Province - Thailand
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harmonypuppetthailand.com/

Harmony World Puppet Festival

Artistic Director: Miss Piewnam Chalermyart

Harmony world puppet carnival comes from the small dream of puppeteers who wish to create harmony from these differences. We wish the carnival in Bangkok, Thailand to participate in creating a bridge from the puppet’s small world to the people of the large one, in order to pass on the love, relationship and unity for all people, whether in Thailand or the world at large. We believe the “Puppet” is the connection with communication, love, harmony, and a sharing of happiness for all humanities and nations.

This is an annual festival, the next festival will be in 2018

El Rinconcillo de Cristobica

Granada, Spain
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festivalrinconcillo.com

El Rinconcillo de Cristobica

The Festival of El Rinconcillo de Cristobica shows the work of different artists, that ways and very different aesthetic, explore various relationships between the manipulator and the manipulated object.

Since the depth and wonder, the more light-hearted fun, magic, music, charm, etc., the great masters of puppetry around the world offer technical and ingenuity in the service of a festival that takes place in the Casa-Museo F. García Lorca of Valderrubio each year, and has become an indisputable seal of quality and distinction in origin, sustainability, rigor in the selection of artists, visibility and impact, consolidating as a leader in our community and on the national scene.

This is an annual festival, the next festival will be in 2018.

International Festival of Puppetry and Animated Forms - FIMFA Lx

Lisbon - Portugal
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fimfalx.blogspot.com/

International Festival of Puppetry and Animated Forms - FIMFA Lx

A Tarumba-Teatro de Marionetas

The International Festival of Puppetry and Animated Forms - FIMFA Lx is one of the most important festivals of puppetry and theatre in Portugal. Running since 2001, the festival is organized and produced annually by the puppet company A Tarumba-Teatro de Marionetas.

This is an annual festival, the next festival will be in 2018.

Bábkarská Bystrica

Bankska Bystrica - Slovakia
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bab2016.bdnr.sk/babkarska-bystrica

Bábkarská Bystrica

Artistic Director: Marian Pecko

The festival belongs to the prestigious cultural events in the Slovak puppet theater and professional theater of international importance. It is the largest festival of puppet theaters in Slovakia and began in 1977.

This is a biannual festival, the next festival will be in 2018

Fidena International Puppetry Festival

Bochum - Germany
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www.fidena.de/

Fidena International Puppetry Festival

Artistic Director: Annette Dabs

The international festival "FIDENA - Puppet Theatre of Nations" is devoted to the art of puppet theater. Over half a century, this traditional festival has existed, has presented more than 1,000 performances of theater groups and artists from 47 countries.

This is a biannual festival. The next festival will take place in May 2018.

Festival de Casteliers

Montreal, Quebec - Canada
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festival.casteliers.ca/

Festival de Casteliers

Artistic Director: Louise Lapointe

The 12th edition of Casteliers FESTIVAL - outstanding works and new creations, selected to offer both adults and children present a panorama of the discipline and its different forms.

This is an annual festival. The next festival will be in 2018.

International Festival of Puppetry Al Sur

CABA - Argentina
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festivalalsur.com.ar/

International Festival of Puppetry Al Sur

A puppetry festival held in CABA, Argentina.

This is a biannual festival, the next festival will be in 2019.




International Festival of Animated Objects

Calgary, Alberta - Canada
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animatedobjects.ca/

International Festival of Animated Objects

Artistic Director: Xstine Cook

A puppetry festival held in Calgary, Canada.

This is a biannual festival. The next festival will be in 2019

Puppetry in NYC title image is from Project B - 3 Works, photo by Jane Stein.