Puppet Power: Festival of Ideas … Un festival d’idées !

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ONLINE May 23 – 29, 2022

Festival-Conference of inspiring talks/panels  how to workshops &performances

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Puppet Power: Festival of Ideas looks at the role inanimate objects have had in ceremonies and celebrations since time immemorial. We explore the impact and potential of Applied Puppetry in all sorts of practices. We wonder, who’s at the party, who’s not and whether it’s time to take back the carnival!

While designed for everyone, this will be of particular interest to educators, therapists, helping professionals, artists, students, thought leaders and idea generators.

More than just entertainment and information sharing… our Festival of Ideas is about making authentic connections, having meaningful conversations on important topics, and motivating a call to action to use the power of puppetry to impact positive social change.





We are pleased to announce that we’ve just made the eight amazing online performances, with their Artists Talk backs and Q&A FREE. This is a unique opportunity to go ‘behind the scenes’ and hear about the creator’s process and motivation, ask about how the puppets are built and more. The master puppeteers are from the USA, Canada, Philippines, Iran and Catalonia. Some of the works are adult themed, some are specially for children, some are interactive, some are based on classical literature. Choose one or catch them all! 

FREE tickets for your choice of eight online performances


Puppet Power - Festival of Ideas Speaker Collage V2Local, national, and international master puppeteers and presenters will provide inspiring talks/panels, practical how-to workshops, and puppetry-based performances.

With the advantages of an online platform, enabling a ‘greenish’ footprint, our speakers  join us from the Philippines,  Catalonia, Iran, United Kingdom, Australia,  the USA and more.  We’re also excited to feature wonderful Canadian artists from across the country.  Everyones outstanding expertise and thoughtfulness together with their  fascinating stories will give us an exciting Festival of Ideas.

Each session includes a  Q&A so audiences can interact, save up your comments!

For all our speakers bios check here. 



Puppet Power Intermissions Wordmark 1080x1080Intermissions! is an online networking and idea exchange hosted by special guests. Spend an hour of  informal conversation, exploring ideas around puppetry and “celebration events” – everything from birthday parties to end of life celebrations… from social rituals to social justice.
Four sessions include:

  • Shuffling off the Mortal Coil: Wakes & Day of the Dead
  • Baby Welcomings
  • Happy Hour
  • Celebrating Love: Worm Loves Worm



Puppet Power Family Festival Day


In keeping with the theme of Celebration we are kicking off the week with a special LIVE  outdoor Family Festival Day.  Featuring puppet shows, making, parades and much more.  May 23 from NOON – 4 pm at Highland Park Community Rain or Shine! Free with some ticketed components.








And we are excited that our friends at CAOS are presenting the Dolly Wiggler Cabaret will round out the Puppet Power week.  It will back at the Royal #1 Legion  as well as on Zoom.  Dolly Wiggler will be delivering the best and weirdest puppet and mask work for audiences 18+. Get your tickets today!



“People of our time are losing the power of celebration. Instead of celebrating we seek to be amused or entertained. Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence or appreciation. To be entertained is a passive state–it is to receive pleasure afforded by an amusing act or a spectacle….
Celebration is a confrontation, giving attention to the transcendent meaning of one’s actions.

Source: The Wisdom of Heschel” ― Abraham Joshua Heschel


ALL ACCESS PASS  $111 CAN + fees. Save almost 40%
      • Access to all online events
      • Eight online performances with artist talk-backs and Q&A
      • Hands-on workshops presented online: Puppet Making and Animation.
      • Three inspiring Panels and Four networking events
      • All event recordings to view on demand from  May 29 – Aug 31st.
      • Calgary and area residents – a special live outdoor Family event featuring workshops, parades, performances and much more celebration!
Individual sessions – Range from $3- $15 CAN + fees
Event Recording package – $50 CAN + fees

Provides on demand access to all recorded content from  May 29 – Aug 31st 2022.
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If fees are a barrier to attend we offer a limited number of bursaries generously sponsored by Rockethouse Productions.
Click here for the Bursaries Application form

If you are are a UNIMA member OR a Puppeteers of America member please contact us at admin@wppuppet.com for details on accessing your member benefits for Puppet Power: Festival of Ideas


PUPPET POWER Accessibility

Puppet Power AccessibilityWPTS is committed to creating content that is accessible. This is an ongoing process, we acknowledge and recognize our limitations as a small organization. We graciously accept support from funders and volunteers in this area to improve our accessibility for people with disabilities and ensure a user-friendly experience for all.
At this time we are unable to offer all sessions with ASL interpreters and recognize that there may be barriers to accessing some of the additional content, i.e. via pdfs.
We have implemented the following measures:
Live-Online Events:
– Auto captioning in English
– ASL interpretation during selected livestream sessions (indicated in the accessibility section of specific tickets)
– Select sessions Audience Question and Answer period available in French and Spanish (indicated on the specific tickets)

– Many language-free performances (indicated on the specific tickets)

Post Event Recording Package will include:
– Captioning in English
– English transcripts
– French and Spanish transcripts for select sessions

– ASL interpretation recorded during select sessions (indicated on the specific links in the post-event recording package)


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Puppet Power:Festival of IdeasPuppet Power: Festival of Ideas… Un festival d’idées !

Du 23 au 29 mai 2022

La 10e édition du festival Puppet Power : Festival of Ideas, anime le thème de la célébration !

Nous abordons le rôle que les objets inanimés ont joué dans les cérémonies depuis les temps immémoriaux. Nous explorons également le rôle que joue la marionnette appliquée dans des pratiques de toutes sortes, ainsi que son potentiel. Nous nous demanderons qui participe à la fête, qui n’y participe pas, et s’il est temps de reprendre le contrôle du carnaval !

Maîtres marionnettistes et présentateurs locaux, nationaux et internationaux animeront des conférences et des panels inspirants ainsi que des ateliers pratiques, et offriront des représentations de spectacles de marionnettes.

Intermissions! wordmarkNOUVEAU CETTE ANNÉE : Intermissions ! un échange d’idées et une activité de réseautage en ligne animé par des invités spéciaux. Profitez d’une heure de discussions décontractées pour explorer des idées autour de la marionnette et des « événements de célébration » — des fêtes d’anniversaire aux célébrations de fin de vie, des rituels sociaux aux visées de justice sociale.

Bien plus qu’un simple divertissement et un échange d’informations, notre Festival of Ideas vise à établir des liens authentiques, à engager des conversations significatives sur des sujets importants, et à motiver un appel à l’action afin de mettre le pouvoir des marionnettes au service d’un changement social positif.

      Les membres de l’UNIMA bénéficient d’une réduction de 10 % sur les laissez-passer festivaliers.


Using the power of puppetry to impact social change.