Described by visitors as “the best thing that happens in Skipton” and the “highlight of the event calendar”, Skipton Puppet Festival returns this September with puppets galore, from the very very tall to the very very small – there’ll be life-sized giraffes grazing at the Canal Basin, and a flea circus itching to tell you about their latest stunts.
The festival draws in performers from across Europe, and even as far as Brazil, but it’s an event very firmly rooted in Skipton –with the support of the local community at the core of its success.
This year, the fundraising has been generously bolstered by support from Skipton Mechanics Institute, who have funded access to performances for local schoolchildren, The Rotary club of Skipton Craven, who will support animation workshops led by master animator Virpi Kettu, and Skipton BID, whose support will offer town centre businesses more opportunities to benefit from festival visitors.
Thanks to the Craven Trust, the Festival is offering community puppet making bursaries to local groups, to create puppets to join in in the popular Puppet Parade on Sunday 1st October. The take-up this year has been fantastic, including Skipton Young Carers, Craven Open Door, Skipton Oxfam, North Yorkshire Respite Care, Skipton Academy, Carleton Primary School, Skipton Quakers, St Stephen’s Rainbows and the Wednesday Group, an after school club, receiving bursaries. There’s one more bursary of up to £100 up for grabs!
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, which means that everyone can experience the puppetry magic regardless of income, enjoying performances from world-class established puppeteers to student and experimental work.
The team delivering the Festival can’t do it without the support it receives from the people of Skipton and the surrounding area – they’re looking forward to seeing you again this September. The programme is available on the Skipton Puppet Festival website, and the box office is now live!
Anyone keen to get involved with the festival should contact the festival via its Facebook page or through the Festival website – there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.
To find out more, visit the Community page on the Skipton Puppet Festival website: http://skiptonpuppetfestival.co.uk/page4.html