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Puppet Power 2023: Festival of Ideas – Material Puppets

Friday, November 24th - Saturday, November 25th

The Festival of Ideas is an annual conference, produced by W.P. Puppet Theatre Society.
It explores the theory and practice of how puppet power promotes and impacts positive social change.

In 2023 we ask, how can puppets, ‘metaphors of matter’, help us address our material world?
The friendly two day hybrid event features performances, hands-on workshops, panels and talks that will look at the interplay between the ‘ephemeral essence’ and ‘literal presence’ unique to puppet theatre.
What can ice puppets, brick puppets, plastic puppets or even puppets from adult diapers offer in the “Story of Stuff”?

International and local presenters inspire through in person and online streamed sessions. Informed by puppets, we will create a call to action on the disparity of “too much stuff” versus “poverty of resources”.

Join us for the 12th iteration of our Festival of Ideas!


Nov 24 @ 1:00 pm
Nov 25 @ 10:00 pm
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C Space Marda Loop
1721-29 Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta T2T 6T7 Canada
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