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Moving Parts Arts brings North East of England people together through arts, celebration and creativity.

Moving Parts Arts CIO (charity number 1194137) is an award winning arts and community development organisation founded in 2017. Our week-long puppet festival, dynamic outreach projects and participatory community events engage 20,000 people a year. 


A belief that everyone can be creative is at the core of what we do and that puppetry is a unique way of bringing people together and breaking down barriers. Our work is at its best when it is collaborative, accessible and celebratory. 


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“So wonderful to have this in Newcastle. More please.”

– Audience member, 2019

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Moving Parts:
Newcastle Puppetry Festival

Newcastle Puppetry Festival is our flagship project, which won The Journal Culture Award for ‘Best Newcomer’ in 2018. The ambitious programme of events has taken place once every two years since 2017 and includes performances and workshops for adults, children and families, as well as talks, training and networking events for professionals. Responding to the challenges surrounding Covid-19, the 2021 festival saw large-scale outdoor commission Tyne Rising – a huge community puppet show at City Stadium about environmental conservation, which involved 150 Newcastle residents and a 20-strong team of creatives. This style of working was continued in the 2023 festival with the Wor Seahorse Spectacle Parade.