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The Living Fossils - giant t-rex walkabout puppet by Theatre IIlumiere as part of the 2023 festival on Northumberland Street
Browse through galleries, videos and press articles from previous editions of Newcastle Puppetry Festival and also view related artist commissions and community projects.

Newcastle Puppetry Festival debuted in 2017, winning The Journal Culture Award for ‘Best Newcomer’. Since then the event has run 2019, 2021 and 2023, with the next festival taking place 30th March - 7th April 2024.

The festival presents an international programme of theatre, workshops and outdoor arts for adults, children and families, including UK premieres and professional training.

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

– Audience member, 2019

Explore our previous festivals

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2024 Festival

Anasi and the Lost Sun by Swallows Wings Puppetry at the 2023 festival

2023 Festival

Tyne Rising at the 2021 festival - a huge outdoor performance with a giant sun moon and daffodil

2021 Festival
& Tyne Rising

Compagnie with Balls giant puppet and circus walkabout performance on Northumberland Street, 2018 festival

2019 Festival

Puppet Cabaret by Headstrung Puppets, 2017 festival

2017 Festival

Watch festival commissions & talks

Stop Motion Commission by Harriet Bradbury, 2021 festival