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This year's festival runs from 29 July - 01 August. It opens in the beautiful outdoor setting of Elizabeth Fort with workshops in shadow puppetry and free puppet shows by an old festival favorite Little Gem Puppets.

There will also be a world premiere of Blue Beard and the Birds as the festival continues its proud tradition of providing a platform for new works of puppetry Due to the continued prevalence of COVID-19 a large part of this year's program will be presented using online streaming.

The first of these events will be a triple bill of shadow puppetry featuring Beyond The Bark, Corina Duyn, and Flight of Fancy. Friday opens with an online broadcast of Bear Goes To The Beach, a blend of music and puppetry for young children and their families.

Following this, Your Man's Puppets will present a live-streamed performance of Random Acts of Puppetry and give a behind the scenes tour of their puppet-making workshop. The first show of this year's festival by international puppeteers will be the screening of a brand new film by the UK company Hopeful Monster. Friday then closes with a masterclass for puppeteers by Sue Buckmaster (Artistic Director of Theatre-Rites).

We're delighted to have teamed up with the Gate Cinema for a Saturday morning screening of Robot Boy, a puppet film by the renowned UK company Theatre Rites. Saturday will also feature a live stream of the Puppet Cabaret, our annual evening of puppetry shorts and new ideas. ​

The festival closes on Sunday with an exciting day of outdoor events in Fitzgerald's Park. There'll be traditional Punch and Judy, puppet-making workshops, and a live stream from on the big screen of Treefellas, a hilarious comedy walkabout, and live music with the Underscre Orkestra.

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