After 35 years of working alongside some formidable forces in visual theatre, puppetry and animation, Puppet Animation Scotland is proud to have developed deep and continuingly growing connections internationally. From bringing incredible animators from Estonia to Scotland, or sending practitioners to Canada to develop their skills, creativity and encourage a cross fertilisation of ideas, we have thrived off of the multicultural, diverse and international relations that lie at the heart of what we do.
At the centre of our international engagement is the manipulate festival which annually brings the most fascinating and eclectic collection of international visual theatre practitioners to Edinburgh and beyond.
Manipulate Festival 2015
Featuring productions hailing from Russia to the USA, from Scotland to Singapore, and many countries in between, the programme for manipulate 2015 was the largest yet.
Including an expanded animated films programme with screenings of films made in collaboration with Martyn Bennett and award-winning animated shorts; an increased number of Snapshots: Artists@Work events focusing on new Scottish work in development, and performances from a great range established and emerging international artists, the 8th edition of manipulate pushed at the boundaries not only of visual theatre and animated film, but of the festival itself.
Festival De Casteliers
As of 2016, Puppet Animation Scotland is working closely with the outstanding and innovative Canadian ‘Festival De Casteliers’. A Montreal based celebration of world-class puppetry, Puppet Animation Scotland were delighted to work in partnership with such an outstanding festival to create a two-year programme of artists and production exchange.
As well as cross-fertilizing ideas, and sharing the depth and breadth of puppetry cross-continentally, we will engage Scottish makers with the outstanding work of Marcelle Hudon who will deliver a series of workshops with us, and taking some of the pieces created during this time back with her to Canada, along with a Scottish practitioner to further develop those ideas.
Still in its early stages, we hope this project will lead to a long and creatively fruitful relationship.