Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: Buttons Edition

By August 17, 2014 January 5th, 2015 No Comments

Africa & the Middle East

In Egypt, puppet theatre is finding its way back on to the streets of Old Cairo.


Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal has been preserving folklore, puppetry and other folk arts in India since 1952.

The Tokusatsu series Ultraman Ginga S has completed filming in Japan.

Audiences in Hanoi get a rare opportunity to see traditional Japanese Bunraku puppetry in Vietnam this week.

Australia & New Zealand

Dead Puppet Society’s The Harbinger played the Darwin Festival in Darwin, New Territory.

Indian Ink combines puppetry and Balinese mask in Kiss the Fish in Auckland later this month.


The Smoking Puppet Cabaret returns to the Shambala Festival in Northamptonshire, England this week.

Alison and Brian Davey discuss why we should never cut our ties to Punch and Judy.

Meanwhile, the old debate about the political correctness of Punch and Judy has been stirred up again in Derby.

ITV breakfast show hosts Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard were turned in to Muppets to promote Muppets Most Wanted in the U.K.

Joni-Rae Carrack talks about using puppetry in SortOf Theatre’s debut production, Buttons.

Puppeteers are featured in the International Street Theatre Festival, currently touring Denmark.

The Preetzer Papiertheatertreffen paper theatre festival takes place in Schleswig-Holstein, Northern Germany September 12th – 14th (link goes to a German language web site).

Latin America & the Caribbean

Photos from UNIMA Mexico’s National Congress this weekend (link goes to a Facebook Page that may require login or registration).

Sad to report the passing of  Eduardo Di Mauro, founder of TEMPO and the Latin-American Institute of the Puppet in Venezuela.

Hanoi’s Thanglong Water Puppet Theater performs in Havana, Cuba August 16th -19th.

North America

Almonte, Ontario’s 10th annual Puppets Up! festival was a sold out success.

Taiwan’s Pili Puppetry is coming to Vancouver for Taiwanfest.

Bread and Puppet’s annual circus continues in Glover, Vermont through August 24th, but was interrupted last week for a special staging of Fire, Emergency Performance for Gaza.

Basil Twist’s Rite of Spring will make its New York debut in October.

A report from the Puppeteers of America’s recent Southeast Puppet Jamboree.

Minneapolis’ venerable In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is facing financial trouble.

The best of the Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam will be back August 30th and September 1st at the Bumbershoot music and arts festival in Seattle (link goes to a Facebook Page that may require login or registration).

Workshops and Training Opportunities

Rene Baker teaches The Physical Puppeteer, a weekend puppetry course in Scotland September 27th – 28th.

SortOf Theatre teaches Shadow Puppetry in Storytelling in London, England August 23rd.

A five day shadow puppetry master class with Teatro Gioco Vita will be offered during the Lutke International Puppet Theatre Festival in Slovenia in September.

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