Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: Don Juan Edition

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Africa & The Middle East

A commercial featuring Bar Refaeli and a puppet in bed has been deemed too hot for Israeli TV.

ZA News won big at the SAFTA Awards in Johannesburg this weekend.


A look at a shadow puppetry studio in China’s Hebei Province.

In an effort to help showcase the country’s domestic artists, Pakistan’s 11th National Folk Puppet Festival featured no international artists.

An American Professor is dispelling the notion that puppetry is fading away in India.

A profile of Indian puppeteer Jaya Chellappan.

New Zealand children’s channel Zoomoo has been launched in Singapore.

Vietnamese Water Puppetry is threatened by a lack of puppeteers.

Australia & New Zealand

Next month Terrapin Puppet Theatre is touring America.

Polyglot has just returned to Melbourne after collaborating with Indonesia’s Papermoon Puppet Theatre.


In England, Norwich Puppet Theatre has unveiled its 2014 Summer Season.

The Portuguese puppet festival “Marionetas de Luva” was held in Montemor-o-Novo March 27-30th (link goes to a Spanish language article).

Latin America & The Caribbean

Primer Festival de Teatro Miniatura wraps up Valparaíso, Chile this weekend (link goes to a Spanish language article).

North America

Canada’s Sesame Street Muppets remain on display at the CBC Museum in Toronto.

Activists in London, Ontario are using a 30 foot long snake puppet to protest plans to expand an oil pipeline in Canada.

Muppets Most Wanted villain Constantine the Frog took over Tough Pigs’ Muppet fan site for April Fool’s Day.

Wayne White brought his giant cardboard puppets to Pennsylvania’s York College.

Danny Devito helped calm down a rowdy audience member during a recent performance of Hand to God, the off-Broadway show about a Christian Puppet Ministry.

Hobey Ford is bringing Turtle Island Tales to the Chicago area.

Open Eye Theatre is presenting 3 weeks of excellent puppet theatre in Minneapolis this month.

Puppeteer Zeb West talks about performing and visiting the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival.

The New Orleans International Puppetry Festival kicked off this week. It runs through April 13th.

Scott Land Marionettes have opened their new studio in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In Los Angeles, L.A. Puppetfest opened with an “April Fools’ Puppet Ball” and continued this weekend with The Million Puppet Parade through L.A.’s Third Street Promenade and a special exhibit of Bob Baker’s puppets, among other events.

Calls for Entry

BARK in Scotland is seeking proposals for a series of intimate live performances during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Workshops & Training Opportunities

Patrick Conan leads a Bag Puppet Workshop at Institut International de la Marionnette in France this July.

An impressive series of puppetry workshops are planned this summer at Italy’s Malatesta Castle and Catalonia’s Santes Creus Monastery.

The town of Almonte, Ontario is preparing for its annual puppet festival with an ongoing series of puppetry workshops.

Sandglass Theater is offering its annual two-week intensive puppet theatre workshop in in Putney, Vermont August 10th – 23rd.

The Stan Winston School is holding a one day online workshop in realistic silicone painting with Tim Gore on April 19th.

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