NTU teams up to launch city's first puppet festival

A major grant has been awarded to produce Nottingham’s first puppet festival across the city in March 2018.

A puppetry parade at NTU
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A puppetry parade at NTU
A puppetry parade at NTU

A major grant has been awarded to produce Nottingham’s first puppet festival across the city in March 2018.  

A partnership between the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall Nottingham, City Arts Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University has been awarded £99,960 by Arts Council England.

The Puppet Festival will run from Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 March with numerous puppet performances in venues across the city, as well as talks, workshops, puppet cabaret, street theatre, screenings and a special puppet pop-up Village in Market Square.

The festival will include puppet artists and companies from across the UK and abroad, as well as ensuring that locally based puppet makers and artists are fully integrated into the festival.

The festival is scheduled to take place during the run of the National Theatre’s celebrated production of War Horse at the Royal Concert Hall.  The incredible puppet creations of Handspring Theatre are central to this show and the Nottingham Puppet Festival will offer of opportunities for people to engage with the production.

In the months leading up to the festival artist residencies will be taking place in communities across the city, enabling participants to create large-scale puppets that will parade through Nottingham to greet Joey, the star of War Horse, at the newly refurbished Royal Concert Hall. The highlight of this festival will be a Puppet Parade through the city centre on the final day.

The full programme for the Nottingham Puppet Festival will be launched in January 2018.

Sean Myatt, Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University’s School of Art & Design, said: “The hardworking and passionate partnership between the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, City Arts and Nottingham Trent has led to a festival which will have wide community reach and help develop the craft of puppetry in Nottingham and the UK. Having returned to my alma mater as a lecturer, after twenty years as a professional puppeteer, I am delighted to be part of this fantastic opportunity to create a lively future for puppetry in the city.”

David Longford, Creative Learning Manager at the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall (TRCH), said: “In partnership with City Arts and Nottingham Trent University, we are so excited and delighted to now be able to produce this brand new festival for our city.  This has been in the planning stages for quite some time, but our Grants for the Arts funding ensures that we can create and programme a fun and vibrant festival for all ages that promotes puppetry as an important art form and actively engages with new audiences and different communities all across Nottingham.”

Alison Denholm, Creative Development Manager at City Arts, said: “It’s incredibly exciting to be working alongside the TRCH and NTU to create Nottingham’s first Puppet Festival. At City Arts, we have found puppetry to be one of the best ways to connect with people and get them involved in the arts. Our festival will reach out to communities across the City - bringing the people of Nottingham opportunities to enjoy, take part in and be inspired by this fantastic art form. It will feature work that ranges from the tiniest finger puppets to giant puppet creatures walking across the City. Thank you to Arts Council for helping us to realise this dream!”

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NTU teams up to launch city's first puppet festival

Published on 21 September 2017
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: Press; School of Art & Design

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