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Bristol Festival of Puppetry 2017

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Raleigh Road, Bristol, BS3 1TF



Puppet Place in collaboration with Tobacco Factory Theatres and Watershed.

It’s that time again; this will be the fifth edition of Bristol Festival of Puppetry and we can’t wait! BFP is a ten-day celebration of all things animated on stage and screen, featuring shows, films and workshops for all tastes and ages.

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.

Acts include Rouge 28; one of the UK’s few ethnically diverse puppetry companies, Hijinx; a company celebrated for work with learning disabled performers, and Improbable – who recently toured its radical Beauty & the Beast with disabled actor Mat Fraser.

With a exciting programme of animated shorts and feature films at Watershed and a host of familiar BFP events, including Smoking Puppet Cabaret and the Creatures of Bristol Carnival, this year’s Bristol Festival of Puppetry is a must for your diary.

We hope you can join us!

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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