Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: Pride March Edition

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Indonesian Dalang (puppeteer) Pak Dain is adapting Star Wars in to a Kelantanese-style Wayang Kulit epic.


In the UK, the town of Beverly anxiously awaits the return of The Beverly Puppet Festival.

Also returning in England this summer is The Buxton Puppet Festival.

The massive puppets of Royal de Luxe are on their way to Liverpool.

Giant puppets were a feature of protests over unemployment insurance in France (link goes to a French language web site).

Lots of great shows from across the globe are headed to Erfurt, Germany for the 2014 Synergura International Puppet Festival.

North America

How Neuroscientist Michael Graziano uses ventriloquism to create social illusions.

Caroll Spinney and the makers of I Am Big Bird talk about their documentary.

Variety celebrates 45 years of great writing on Sesame Street.

The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry in Connecticut opened a new exhibit about puppetry and opera on Saturday.

An interview with Terrance Burke of Wump Mucket Puppets.

Sad news from Florida…Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater in Orlando will be permanently closing at the end of July.

Scott Land is helping to make puppets cool in Las Vegas.

Calls For Entry

The Puppets Up! International Puppetry Festival is seeking short puppet films to screen at this summer’s festival. Email for details.

The UNIMA-USA magazine, Puppetry International, is seeking articles about Puppetry Centres for its upcoming Fall/Winter issue (link goes to a Facebook post, you may have to be logged in to Facebook to view it).

Workshops and Training Opportunities

Learn how to carve foam puppets at The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art in Dublin, Ireland in July.

Puppet designer Michaela Bartonova and professional carver Jiri Helcel teach a woodcarving masterclass in the Czech Republic July 20th – 26th.

Israel Puppet Center is offering a special summer course, The Physical Puppeteer, in Holon, Israel.

The Odd Lot Puppet Theatre Co. presents their Puppet Boot Camp: Foam & Fleece 101 workshop next month in Alberta, Canada.

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