Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: British Hippo Edition

Thingumajig Theatre Theatre steers their "Hippochondriac" through the crowds at the Beverley Puppet Festival in Beverley, England this weekend (photo via @JamesHoggarth).

Asia

Puppeteers in New Dehli’s Kathputli Colony are about to have their homes demolished and will be moved to transit camps as part of a redevelopment scheme in India.

Wayang Potehi of Java is a new book about the history Chinese glove puppetry in Indonesia.

Australia / New Zealand

Schweppes got a little help from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop to relaunch their Cool Ridge water brand in Australia.

Europe

British marionettist Frank Mumford sadly passed away in London at the age of 95.

The Beverly Puppet Festival drew hundreds of people to East Yorkshire over the weekend.

The giants of Royal DeLuxe are about to invade Liverpool.

British payday loan lender Suny has been ordered to stop using its recent puppet ads; meanwhile rival Wonga has decided to end its long-running puppet campaign.

The Buxton Puppet Festival returns in Britain August 3rd – 9th.

An effort is underway to have the French puppet character Guignol added to UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (link goes to a French language web site).

Latin America & The Caribbean

Juan Carlos Nuño talks about Mexico City’s Museo Historia del Títere (Puppet History Museum).

North America

Pili Puppetry will make its North American debut at Taiwanfest in Toronto and Vancouver in August.

Swazzle’s new show An Elephant’s Journey Home is playing at the Bronx Zoo in New York City until September 1st.

A visit to last weekend’s G-Fest in Chicago, Illinois.

Handmade Worlds: A Festival of Puppet Theatre takes place in Minneapolis, Minnesota September 25th through 28th.

Disney XD has ordered a pilot for a new TV series based on Crash, the puppet character from Crash and Bernstein.

Scott Land shares some thoughts on puppetry with celebrity news outlet PopCandies TV.

Calls for Entry

International puppeteers are invited to apply to the 2nd annual Festival Internacional de Títeres en el Mar (International Puppet Festival at Sea) in Buenos Aires, Argentina (link goes to a Spanish language web site).

Applications are also being accepted for upcoming puppet festivals in Cali, Columbia (link goes to a Spanish language web site).

Workshops and Training Opportunities

Spaces are still available for Norwich Puppet Theatre’s summer puppetry masterclasses in Norwich, England.

  • mikemarinos

    Great and sad story on the Kathputli colony. Thank you for the link.