Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: Puppet Center Edition

By February 22, 2015 No Comments


A BBC report about the struggles of traditional shadow puppetry in China.

The art of Potehi puppetry is reemerging in Indonesia.

Vietnam will host an international puppet festival in Hanoi.

A review of the new Taiwanese 3D puppet feature The Arti: the Adventure Begins.

Taiwan’s Pili Puppet Theatre is launching a new venture in Shanghai.

Also in Taiwan, English-language Potehi shows are being staged in Kaohsiung.

Toho Studios – Innovative Filmmakers in Setagaya explores the legacy of Godzilla in Tokyo, Japan until April 19th.

Discover the tradition of Teochew puppetry in Malaysia.

Khru Kai is keeping Thai puppet traditions alive.

Australia & New Zealand

Get to know Australian puppet maker Rob Matson.


Fetch Theatre Company weaves a spellbinding tale with The Cloth of the World.

Richard Cadell is keeping British hand puppet icon Sooty alive.

A documentary about sculptor/puppeteer Stephan Huber is airing on German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW).

The de facto Russian government in Crimea is spending 1 billion rubles to construct an elaborate puppet theatre.

North America

Ronnie Burkett returns to Calgary with The Daisy Theatre.

A look back at the classic TV series Kukla, Fran & Ollie.

Malaysian shadow puppeteers are touring the United States performing Wayang Kulit.

The Taiyuan Puppet Theatre is bringing Taiwanese glove puppetry to New York City and Boston this week.

Mindy Leanse talks about puppetry and her upcoming workshop at the Geppetto Festival in Buffalo.

Families can enjoy an international puppet festival for children in San Antonio, Texas.

Bob Baker is remembered with a special performance on what would have been his 90th birthday.

Auditions and Job Opportunities

Puppet Animation Scotland is seeking a Festivals & Projects Administrator in Edinburgh.

Famous People Players is currently hiring a Junior Prop and Costume Worker in Toronto, Canada.

Calls for Entry

The Vision Feast is accepting puppet films made in New Zealand or made overseas by New Zealand citizens.

Low-budget puppet filmmakers based or born in Scotland can submit to the Fife Independent Film Expo.

LitterARTI is seeking proposals from puppeteers for projects relating to the theme of litter in and around Bristol, England.

Weird, off-beat and/or alternative puppet films can be submitted to Tromadance Detroit in the United States.

Workshops and Training Opportunities

The Bread and Puppet Apprenticeship Program in Glover, Vermont is now accepting applications.

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