manipulate Visual Theatre Festival provides artists and audiences with the opportunity to see and engage with world-class, Scottish, UK and international visual theatre and animated film. manipulate celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017.

Puppet Animation Festival tours a diverse programme of children’s puppet performances, animated films and workshops throughout Scotland every Easter. It is the UK’s largest and oldest performing arts event for children, celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2018.

Annual Projects

Explore the innovative projects we work on to engage with creative practitioners and audiences of all abilities.

Creative Fund

The Creative Fund provides artists, at any stage in their career, with access to funding to help explore a new idea or project in its most early stages.


The Critical Response Process is an artist-centered, facilitated system designed to provide constructive and meaningful feedback created by Liz Lerman.


Whether this is your first time experimenting with puppetry, animation or visual theatre or if you’re a trained professional, we’ll have something for you.


Our annual professional development programme offering artists of any discipline the opportunity to integrate puppetry or object manipulation into their practice.

MANIPULATE #13: Animated Films

On SAT 1 FEB at Summerhall, Edinburgh you can see 28 animated films across three screenings for only £8 / £6. 

MANIPULATE #13: Workshops

We have launched a series of workshops and sharings at MANIPULATE Festival #13.

MANIPULATE #13: Venues

We are pleased to be working with venue partners Summerhall and The Studio at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh, and the Norwich Puppet Theatre, to present MANIPULATE Festival #13.