Puppet artist

Puppet artist

What’s more entertaining than puppets?

More than 300 professional puppet artists will be in Minneapolis for the Puppeteers of America 2019 National Puppetry Festival. The Festival begins July 16 and will end with a Puppets + Community Day on July 20 on the University of Minnesota West Bank campus.

The mostly free, all-ages event will feature “Making Things Out of Stuff,” a drop-in puppet-building workshop that uses recycled materials, a Picnic with Puppeteers and free admission to the Puppetry Store, puppet exhibit and Reel Puppetry Film Festival.

In addition, there will be free live puppet performances and ticketed performances. Ticketed performances are $15.

The National Puppetry Festival is a biennial event produced by the Puppeteers of America. The conference comes to Minneapolis for the first time bringing together master and emerging puppet artists eager to acquire new knowledge, preserve puppetry arts, be inspired and engage the community in their art. The festival also features more than 20 performances from national and international artists ranging from traditional to experimental, and more than 90 workshops for hands-on creation or physical skill development, as well as lively, interactive discussions, lectures and demonstrations.

For more information, visit www.puppeteers.org/national-puppetry-festival-2019.

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