2018 Sees Most Ambitious Puppet Festival To Date

2018 Sees Most Ambitious Puppet Festival To Date
2018 Sees Most Ambitious Puppet Festival To Date

Dates for Puppet Festival 2018 have been announced, with exciting news about new developments that will see the quality of this award winning event soar to even greater heights.

The 8th Puppet Festival, a Arts Trust event, takes place over two days and three nights between 13th and 15th July 2018. A major boost for local tourism, the festival is set to attract thousands of visitors into ’s Town Centre.

The festival’s founder and Artistic Co-Director, , says: “We are thrilled to announce this year’s festival will go ahead due to the generosity of Arts Council England and who are the event’s main funding bodies.

In addition, we are waiting to hear whether the festival has been awarded funding by and Netherlands Arts Council. If all funding is secured, it will ensure this is the biggest Puppet Festival yet and give us the opportunity to realise the event’s full potential with new developments to our programming strategy.”

This year sees a new direction for the festival as organisers join forces with Moving Parts, a unique performance and training festival based in Newcastle.

“Moving Parts’ Artistic Director, has been on the organisational team of the for some years”, explains Anna, “and will be co-directing this year’s event with myself. This new partnership will create opportunities for shared working practices, cross promotions, arts industry engagement and will see the based and Newcastle puppet festivals happening over alternative years to ensure longevity. By working together, we aim to enhance and strengthen the reputation of this diverse art form, whilst making it accessible for all.”

Further news of Puppet Festival’s adult, family and children’s performance programmes and acts are yet to be revealed.

Festival venues announced so far include Beverley Friary for the day time festival hub and East Riding Theatre as the evening hub, along with the and Church Hall.

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