MANIPULATE celebrates and promotes visual and puppetry, visual theatre and animated films to its audiences of adults in Edinburgh.

MANIPULATE was created to bring the best, most innovative and challenging international theatre and film we could find to Scotland to entertain and challenge our audiences, and also to provide powerful inspiration and stimulus to Scottish-based artists, the better to inform their creative and technical ambition and excellence.

Since 2008 leading, award-winning companies, artists and film-makers from Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and the USA have provided the vibrant, dynamic core of a festival that entertains, intrigues and inspires. 

Over this period, of the 115 productions and 207 feature and short animated films we have presented during manipulate: 2 have been world premieres, 4 – European premieres, 48 – UK premieres and 70 – Scottish premieres. In addition, through our Snapshots: Artists@Work and Testroom programmes, we have featured the creative explorations and works in progress of 64 Scottish-based theatre artists. 

Our next festival is MANIPULATE #14. Join us!

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