Africa & The Middle East
Egypt was recently visited by Vietnamese puppeteers from Vietnam’s Central Puppetry Theatre.
After conquering much of the world, the puppetry of War Horse will finally come “home” to South Africa later this year.
China’s first national puppetry festival was held earlier this month in Kaifeng, Henan Province.
Japan’s classic Gamera Kaiju (monster) movies have been restored for re-release on Blu-ray.
One of Indonesia’s most famous artists, “Super Dalang” (puppeteer) Pa Asep Sunandar Sunarya passed away on March 31st.
Slovakia and the Czech Republic are campaigning to have traditional puppetry added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
Karagöz Master and founding member of UNIMA Turkey, Tacettin Diker has passed away.
The “Puppets over the Neman” international puppetry festival takes place in Grodno, Belarus May 11-15th.
Portugal welcomes The International Festival of Puppetry and Animated Forms in Lisbon next month.
There’s a small, but thriving underground puppet scene in Haines, Alaska.
Japanese-born, Czech residing puppeteer Nori Sawa performs Fairy Tales in Chicago May 13-18th.
Tough Pigs recently interviewed Muppets Encyclopedia author Craig Shemin.
Mallory Lewis is bringing Lamb chop to the Center For Puppetry Arts.
Photos from this month’s Million Puppet Parade in Santa Monica, California.
Sam K. Hale spoke about his “boundary pushing” puppet filmmaking to students at California’s CSU.
Calls for Entry
Titirilandia Festival is accepting applications from companies wishing to perform at their festival in Madrid, Spain (link goes to a Spanish language web site).
The Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam is currently seeking puppetry acts to perform in Seattle, Washington.
Workshops and Training Opportunities
UNIMA India and Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust are offering their first Karnataka shadow puppet masterclass in Mussoorie.