Puppets take Manhattan in August for very first PUPPET WEEK NYC
The first New York Puppet Week, showcasing New York’s rich and diverse puppet communities, will take place during the second week of August 2021 with a full roster of events and activities.
The International Puppet Fringe Festival, New York’s only fringe international festival dedicated to puppetry, returns on August 11 with more than 40 performances from some of the world’s leading puppet makers and troupes. Organized by Teatro SEA, Grupo MorÃ¡n (The MorÃ¡n Group) and The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Education Center, the festival will include live performances at La Plaza of the Clemente Center on the Lower East Side, as well as virtual performances, workshops and film screenings. During Puppet Week NYC, the Puppets of New York companion exhibits will open downtown at the Clemente Center and upscale New York City Museum districts.
“With the arts and entertainment industries bringing back live entertainment, as New York City reopens, we are thrilled to support the Puppet Fringe Festival and the first-ever Puppet Week NYC,” New York mayor’s media and entertainment. , Anne del Castillo. âThe festival celebrates the diversity and rich cultural experiences that define our city. Thanks to the ingenuity of our small independent theaters and organizations, festivals like this can continue to thrive!
Rich traditions of puppetry from around the world converge in New York City, where talented puppeteers and troupes have developed an art form that is distinct from the city. As the city brings back events and live performances, Puppet Week NYC will kick off with the celebrity red carpet of the International Fringe Puppet Festival. Beloved puppets and iconic puppeteers will make their entrance with the audience members. The festival will also pay tribute to the founder of the Center for Puppetry Arts, Vincent Anthony, and will include appearances by Lamb Chop, Mallory Lewis and Leslee Asch.
Many Puppet Fringe live events are free, outdoor, and open to the public, welcoming New Yorkers to the world of live puppet shows.
“Puppetry channels the joy, energy and artistry of New Yorkers, and Puppet Week NYC brings that talent to the international stage,” said Dr. Manuel MorÃ¡n, Founder and Producer of the International Puppet Fringe Festival . âDuring the pandemic, when our curtains couldn’t rise, our roster of puppet makers and puppeteers were eagerly preparing to captivate audiences with their creative talents, and we can’t wait to finally share their work with you. “
Additional events, panel discussions and exhibits will round out the week of performances, highlighting New Yorkers’ contributions to the international puppetry community and drawing new audiences to the fold. Festival partners include the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), the Museum of the City of New York, the LATEA Theater, and the Center for Puppetry Arts. The complete list of the program is available at puppetsfringenyc.com.
âThe Clemente is an ideal home for festival events, as puppetry found a home here in the 1990s and we continue to promote various performances of puppets in our theater spaces,â said Libertad Guerra, executive director of The Clemente. “Our hope is that Puppet Week NYC brings attention to this thriving and evolving art form that unites theater with all visual arts and attracts people of all ages, backgrounds and cultural identities.”