The Puppet Power Festival of Ideas explores the theory and practice of how puppetry arts promote positive social change. It provides modelling, peer mentorship and alliance-building, as well as hands-on training in all facets of using puppets. Wonderful puppet theatre performances provide inspiration.
Produced biennially by WP Puppet Theatre Society since 1999, previous themes have included, multiculturalism & diversity, literacy, therapy, social action, and intergenerational communities. Past international keynote speakers include Carrie Marshall (Scotland), Judith O’Hare (Boston), Gary Friedman (Australia), and Martin Robinson from Sesame International (New York). Many other local, national, emerging and professional presenters and performers have also been part of Puppet Power.
The Festival of Ideas runs for three days and draws around one hundred local and national attendees from three demographics: helping Professionals i.e. teachers, social workers, therapists, health care workers; artists looking to extend their practice by making connections; and thought leaders, idea generators and students.
Updates for the next hybrid online/offline Puppet Power Festival of Ideas in 2022 are here!