Skipton International Puppet Festival, a weekend to inspire, delight, amaze and enthral, returns from 29th September – 1st October with puppets galore, from the very tall to the very small. There’ll be life-sized giraffes grazing at the Canal Basin, and a flea circus itching to tell you about its latest stunts.

The festival draws performers from across Europe and even as far away as Brazil, but the event is firmly rooted in Skipton with community support at the core of its success.

As always, there will be a blend of traditional and experimental puppetry. The hugely popular giant Puppet Parade will dance through the town centre on Sunday, celebrating the amazing puppet creations constructed in community workshops. A ‘Lost and Found’ theme will see performances give new life and character to the unexpected and overlooked.

The Festival, now in its seventh edition, relies on the generous support of Skipton BID, Skipton Town Council, Craven District Council and the Arts Council, as well as the town’s generous and welcoming community.

“We hugely value the energy given by the people of Skipton to create a brilliant, welcoming festival”, said Liz Lempen, one of the Festival’s Directors. “We’re always thrilled by the level of community participation. We’re looking forward to the artistic talent, excitement, and smiling faces at the event.”

For individuals and families who fancy getting stuck in, there will be free parade puppet making workshops over the weekends of 16th /17th and 23rd /24th September, run in partnership with Handmade Parade, and more drop-in puppet making opportunities at the festival itself.

Over sixty per cent of shows at Skipton Puppet Festival are free, so everyone can experience puppetry magic and enjoy performances – from world-class established puppeteers to student and experimental work.

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