Bristol Festival of Puppetry 2017

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Raleigh Road, Bristol, BS3 1TF



Returning after a scheduled year off in 2016, the fifth edition of the Bristol Festival of Puppetry will be a ten-day celebration of all things animated on stage and screen featuring shows, films and workshops for all tastes and ages.

The festival will be based at the Tobacco Factory but events will also take place at The Watershed.

The biennial festival showcases world-class puppetry and animation from the best contemporary practitioners and the most exciting emerging voices. Since 2009, BFP has earned a global recognition for embracing innovation and overturning preconceptions of puppetry as a marginal art form.

Packed programme for 2017 event

This year’s packed programme explicitly expresses puppetry’s unique ability to give voice to the marginalised and features work by both international and local artists who tell stories of difference and otherness.

Shows include The Parachute by Stephen Mottram, Japanese piece Kwaidan by Rouge28 Theatre, Meet Fred by Hijinx and La Causeuse by Canada’s Equivoc.

With a exciting programme of animated shorts and feature films at Watershed and a host of familiar BFP events, including multiple workshops, this growing puppetry festival is a true must.

For more details see the festival’s website.

“I saw an anarchic punk puppetry show with no puppets in; one of the most exhilarating shows I’ve seen. ”

Audience member, BFP15

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