The Puppet Animation Festival is the UK’s oldest and largest annual festival for children and their families, celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2018. Since 2000 over 250,000 people have attended puppetry and film performances, and participated in workshops, at the Puppet Animation Festival. (Puppet Animation Scotland: Puppet Animation Festival Reports/ 2000-2019).

Each year we present 130-160 puppetry and animated film performances and workshops provided by 12-18 leading UK companies, in 50-70 venues throughout Scotland to a projected audience of 7,000 + people. Every Easter these puppet companies travel the length and breadth of the country and its many islands, presenting their work in city centre theatres and arts spaces, urban community and leisure centres, down to the smallest of volunteer-run, remote rural village halls. No venue is too small or too isolated!

It is the willingness of these puppeteers to travel significant distances throughout Scotland and then present work of quality and imagination in venues that local communities trust and support which lies at the core of the festival’s continuing success and durability. Rural audiences recognise and appreciate the effort it takes for artists to present their work at the festival and this acknowledgement creates a very special dynamic during performances, which performers greatly value and consistently remark upon.

Puppet Animation Festival is produced by Puppet Animation Scotland. We champion puppetry, visual theatre and animated film in Scotland.

Image: Puppet Animation Festival 2016, THE FISHERMAN AND THE SEAL by Yugen Puppet Theatre. Credit: Andy Catlin