Bristol Festival of Puppetry is the UK’s foremost international puppetry festival, celebrating puppetry and animation in all its forms on stage and on screen.  This wonderful biennial event has been bringing the very best in puppet performance and film to Bristol since 2009, and has welcomed celebrated and emerging talent from the South West and around the world.

Since our last festival in 2015, our world has changes in unexpected ways. This year’s festival reflects on some of those changes, but remains true to our belief that puppetry is universal and can start conversations with absolutely anyone about absolutely anything. There is no border so high that a puppet cannot wriggle, jump or charm its way over!

All our artists are telling stories about our world, our hopes and fears. We discover if iPads can make good hand puppets or if one puppet’s fight against prejudice can tell us something about what it means to be different. We invite you to continue these conversations with us, at our festival breakfasts, at the after show bar and within Interchange – our new space to consider how to harness puppetry’s universality to empower conversations about difference and inclusion. Bristol Festival of Puppetry is your festival, it’s open to all and we very much look forward to seeing you there.

Packed with shows, films, parades, workshops and talks, BFP regulars and newcomers alike will find much to look forward to in this 10-day celebration of all things animated on stage and screen.  You can also keep up-to-date with the all the latest festival news via our NewsletterFacebook page and Twitter.

To find out more about Interchange and access information for the festival please click here

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the Creators: Puppet Place

Puppet Place was founded by Di Steeds and Jim Still in 1984. It offered resources and training in puppetry to artists in the South West and ran regular workshops in schools. In 2007, four Bristol based companies joined forces to create the Puppet Place we know today: Stuff & Nonsense Theatre Company, Full Beam Visual Theatre, Green Ginger and Pickled Image. In 2009 we ran the first ever Bristol Festival of Puppetry and decided to continue it as a biennial event. Since then, each festival has grown in ambition and scope.

We believe puppets can open up worlds, start conversations, capture a notion, take risks, and tap into something in absolutely everyone. From sock puppets to huge carnival creations, we champion it all, and every two years, we go all out and celebrate our love of all things animated at Bristol Festival of Puppetry.

However, we do so much more, throughout the year we run a programme of workshops, talks and classes for everyone from the absolute beginner to the experienced professional. Our building is home to a community of over 50 artists working in puppetry, animation and robotics – come and see us at Bristol Doors Open Day 9-10 Sep, and we are always ready on the end of a phone to answer your questions.

For more puppet and animation events please check out: www.puppetplace.org/whats-on

Puppet Place would not exist without the support and goodwill of the artistic community in Bristol and we offer them our whole-hearted thanks.

Got a puppetry or animation question? Would you like to voluteer to be part of Puppet Place? Email info@puppetplace.org or call 0117 929 3593


Thanks To:

Mike Tweddle & all at Tobacco Factory Theatres

Mark Cosgrove & all at Watershed

Diverse City

Tobacco Factory Management Team

Pervasive Media Studios

Bristol City Council

Doing Things Differently

Puppet Place Staff & Artists

Creator of BFP17 mascots ‘Hichi’ & ‘Java’ Vivi Cuevas



Chris Pirie & Rachel McNally

Production Manager
Nic Prior

SPC Manager
Cori Bona

Film Curator
Emma Windsor

New Visions Film Programmer
Mary Murphy

BFP+/DIY Curator
Emma Williams

Interchange Co-ordinator
Becky Chapman

Festival Admin
Hannah Jarman

Festival Co-Ordinator
Kate McStraw

Associate Fundraiser
Luke Emery

Jo Richardson

Jess Hellens

Artist Liaison
Lucy Dreznin

Dani Mayes Design

Hayley Watchorn