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International Puppet Fringe Festival Brings Halloween to August


A strange festival is coming to NYC with strings attached. The 3rd Annual International Puppet Fringe Festival runs from August 9 – 13, 2023, in the Lower East Side. A truly idiosyncratic festival, the IPFF is the only international festival dedicated to puppetry, and features performances by leading puppet makers and troupes from around the world. The theme for this year’s festival is "Halloween in August", honoring New York City’s most renowned puppet master and founder of the Village Halloween Parade, the late Ralph Lee

puppet posterA truly international festival, participating troupes include:

  • Teatro SEA (USA)
  • Yael Rasooly (Israel)
  • Puppet Beings Theater (Taiwan)
  • Maskhunt/Deborah Hunt (Puerto Rico/New Zealand)
  • Scapegoat Carnivale (Canada)
  • Lumiato Teatro de Formas Animades (Brazil)
  • Treasure Chest Theatre (Hong Kong/USA)
  • Fernán Cardama (Argentina)
  • Tholpavakoothu & Puppet Centre (India)
  • Junktown Duende (Puerto Rico/USA)
  • Boxcutter Collective (USA)
  • Wonderspark Puppets (USA)
  • Swedish Cottage Theatre Mobile (USA)
  • Nappy’s Puppets (Jim Napolitano) (USA)

There will also be presentations from Cuba, Colombia, Chile among others.

The festival kicks off on August 9th at the Clemente Soto Vélez Center in the Lower East Side of Manhattan (107 Suffolk Street, NYC) as puppeteers create their own mini version of the famous Halloween Parade. Also included are art exhibitions, films, cabaret nights, and Guerilla-style micro-theater performances in unorthodox venues.

The festival is organized by Teatro SEA, Grupo Morán (The Morán Group) and The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Education Center.

To learn more, go to:

International Puppet Fringe Festival
August 9 - 13, 2023

Various Venues in the Lower East Side


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