Newcastle Puppetry Festival is a unique, biennial performance and training event produced by Moving Parts Arts Ltd. Taking place in Newcastle upon Tyne, the festival focusses on puppetry, mask, stop-animation and visual theatre. Spanning a week across multiple venues every two years, the ambitious event is geared to providing inspiring theatre experiences for adults, teens, children & families, as well as emerging artists and experienced practitioners. Moving Parts Arts won The Journal Culture Award for 'Best Newcomer' in recognition of the debut Newcastle Puppetry Festival in 2017. 

With the aim of further enriching Newcastle's visual theatre scene and developing an audience for this unique artform in the North East, Moving Parts Arts programmes and delivers biennially:


  • Large-scale national and international productions for adults and children

  • Cabaret, fringe shows and live music at the festival hub

  • Diverse performance masterclasses

  • A puppet making residency course

  • Children's puppetry, including shows and workshops

  • Puppetry and stop-animation short and feature length films

  • New commissions for artists

  • Talks and networking events, including 'Meet the Practitioner' series

  • A Puppetry Research Conference and open call for papers

  • An Education Project with local organisations

  • Outdoor performances and walkabout

  • Two bursary positions for North East based emerging artists within making and performance

  • Nationwide competitions

  • Puppetry Open Mic Night where performers can demonstrate their skills

  • Regional community engagement with hard to reach communities


Moving Parts Arts also produces performances, workshops and events in the North East ​on our off-festival years, as well as delivering the Moving Parts Scratch Space - a mobile pop-up venue that visits national festivals to give a platform to work-in-progress visual theatre pieces. 


© 2018 Moving Parts Arts Ltd. (company number: 11035259) 

ILLUSTRATIONS: Rachael Horner     


POST: Moving Parts Arts, 5a Westgate Hill Terrace, Newcastle, NE4 6AS

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