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FIMFA 2012 in Lisbon

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Lisbon —one week to FIMFA in Lisbon, that will take part in several places of the city and also at the Museu da Marioneta, May 4th-20th. This festival is directed by the company A Tarumba and Puppetring will follow it to keep our readers up to date. So now we want to feature some parts of its program. Rod Burnett will start FIMFA this year with his Punch & Judy show. He is a “Professor” … Read entire article »

Filed under: Festivals, News

Lebanon-Egypt Spring Festival going on!

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These days, the theatre and music Spring Festival is being held. (See the program here.) This is celebrated simoultaneously in Egypt and Lebanon, in the Egyptian cities of Cairo, Alexandria, Minya, and Assiut, and in Lebanon at the Horsh and the Sunflower Theatre in Beirut and Beit El Fan in Tripoli. The opening of this festival was by Cengiz Özek, from Turkey, with his show ‘Garbage Monster’. Özek is one of the most acclaimed shadow … Read entire article »

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Happy Book Day!

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In some parts of the world, today is the Book Day. The coincidence of the Christian Fest of Saint George in countries like Catalonia or England, and ephemeries like the death of William Shakespeare or Miguel de Cervantes, in Spain, makes April 23rd a very special day. Besides, Spring seems to be a good time for books and readings —that is possibly why March 1st was declared World Book Day. However, many books about puppets … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Magazines and Exhibitions, News

Puppet theatre in Cuba, between decline and hope (Part 1)

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The history of puppet theatre in Cuba is very young and at its core has a bitter taste. In contrast to other countries with long puppet traditions, in ours the art of animation began to be practiced professionally in the middle of the twentieth century. Before that, puppets in Cuba were simply a form of entertainment for schools, fairs and popular festivals, something rustic and improvised. An important event occured, however: a visit by the … Read entire article »

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‘Punch & Judy in Afghanistan’

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Punch may be different, such as theater magician Neville Tranter shows with his newest production ‘Punch & Judy in Afghanistan’. In this small stage-show in the old Guignol style, Tranter manages to give his audience laughter and food for thought simultaneously. A real must-see-show! —Nigel, a puppeteer, has come to Afghanistan to entertain the allied troops. His assistant, Emile, wants to make a sightseeing trip on top of a camel. The flashlight of Nigel’s camera … Read entire article »

Filed under: Front page, Performances, Veteran Puppeteers

Noriko Nishimoto: UNIMA Women’s Commission Award

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We are happy to announce that master puppeteer Noriko Nishimoto wins one of the highest international awards in the world of puppetry. The UNIMA Women’s Commission will acknowledge Noriko’s outstanding international Contribution to Puppetry at the 21st UNIMA World Congress and Puppet Festival in Chengdu, China in May 2012. Noriko was involved with Australian Spare Parts Puppet Theatre for 19 years, beginning in 1981 when she was invited from Japan as guest artist in the … Read entire article »

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Spring Festivals and Festivities

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It is well known that spring gets into the blood. The same thing happens in the world of puppets, sensitive as they are to those changes of temperature which bring calendars to a halt and provoke a need for celebration in humans. In Catholic countries, it is now Holy Week, in which the black colour of death and the purple of the penitents declare the season’s change and the coming of the moment when nature … Read entire article »

Filed under: Editorial

The Big Grin – a national celebration of Mr. Punch’s 350th Birthday

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With this headline, the grand celebration of Mr. Punch’s anniversary has been announced. It will take place on Saturday 12th May in London’s Covent Garden Piazza, right where Samuel Pepys said he saw the character back in 1662. This is the first written record of Punch, as one can read on the commemorative plaque that was set up in 1962. The event looks promisingly bright, colourful and festive. There will be Professors from all over the … Read entire article »

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Punch’s 350th Anniversary coming soon, and War Horse still a hit in London

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Very soon, in the merry month of May, one of the events that puppeteers all around the world are most looking forward to will take place: Mr. Punch’s 350th anniversary. Preparations for a party are underway, and the celebrations will, furthermore, host the highest concentration of Professors ever known. Although there are other characters equally long-lived as our London friend, few have survived with such tenacity and incredible energy as Punch, who has ever more adepts … Read entire article »

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