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Newcastle Puppetry Festival 2023 announced!

The 4th edition of Newcastle Puppetry Festival runs 8th-16th April 2023 is our largest festival yet. Spanning 9 days at indoor and outdoor venues across the city, the 2023 programme has shows, workshops, talks and films for adults, kids, teens and families. With many free events and ticketed shows ranging from £4 - £12 there is something for everyone.

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“My first time watching a puppet show and I loved it! I would definitely come again.”

– Audience member, 2017

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Newcastle Puppetry Festival is our flagship project, which won The Journal Culture Award for ‘Best Newcomer’ in 2018. The ambitious programme of events takes place once every two years across the city and includes performances and workshops for adults, children and families, as well as talks, training and networking events for professionals. The festival attracts 10,000 people with each edition, a bubbling mixture of local residents, people from around the region and visitors from all corners of the world. The 2019 festival welcomed puppetry enthusiasts from five continents.

The festival recipe includes free outdoor theatre with giant creatures surprising unsuspecting audiences in Newcastle’s everyday spaces, breaking down barriers so that everyone can experience puppetry. The week of events includes high quality shows for children, including a dedicated family day in the Ouseburn, but equally important the festival also boasts a programme of shows and workshops for adults – changing opinions of who puppetry is for.