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City of Kittiwakes puppet parade and workshops announced!

GET INVOLVED in the festival and parade! Read on to find out how...

A colourful parade of birds, puppets, costumes and masks to celebrate the kittiwake seabird
Artwork by Becky Musgrove

Join us for ‘City of Kittiwakes’, a magical and colourful puppet parade to open this years festival. Created with 150 local residents to celebrate the iconic seabird: the kittiwake. A bird which famously nests under the Tyne Bridge and that represents migration, sanctuary and a natural marvel in the heart of Newcastle Gateshead. There will be birds and costumes of every shape and size accompanied by music, including a new original folk song celebrating the kittiwake and our unique city.

a child holds a kittiwake seabird puppet on rods
Artwork by Becky Musgrove

Get involved!

We are looking for participants of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to work alongside our team of professional artists to create puppets, masks, costumes and large-scale pieces of art in workshops. You will also have the opportunity to take part performing in the parade through Newcastle City Centre. Workshops are free to attend, and run from March 16th to March 29th at the John Marley Centre, with the parade happening on March 30th on Northumberland Street, officially opening Newcastle Puppetry Festival 2024. No prior experience in puppet making or craft is necessary.

Individuals and families can sign up by clicking the button below...


If you are part of a community group or organisations and would like to be involved, please email Vicky at

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