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Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival is a non-profit distributing Community Interest Company managed by a volunteer Board of Directors from a wide range of professions and delivered by a voluntary artistic and executive team.
We research, fundraise, programme and deliver an exciting and unusual contemporary puppetry and visual theatre festival in Tunbridge Wells every two years. Additionally, in 2018, we commissioned two community arts projects. We delivered the biggest and best festival so far in 2019 with a brilliant international programme. There were 22 different shows and 55 performances, seven workshops and an exhibition of puppets by Rust and Stardust in the Trinity Gallery. We played to 3,000 people in the street theatre programmes and sold 1,208 tickets to shows.
We are now planning the fourth festival for 15-17 October 2021, subject to funding. This may have to take place online due to Covid 19 and the need for social distancing. Of course, where possible, we are keen to present a live puppetry festival for our growing audiences.
Please take a look at twpuppetryfestival.org to find out more about the work we are currently undertaking and for a taste of what you can expect to see in October 2021.
Our volunteers play a significant and essential role in the marketing and delivery of the festival. They provide front of house, stewarding, production management and artist liaison duties. Without our team of volunteers we could not deliver the festival. We always welcome new volunteers to join us.
The shows we programme are for all ages, from early years to children, families and adults.
We also deliver community projects and workshops in schools by professional practitioners.
As part of the festival, we normally present two days of free outdoor shows: one at the Pantiles and one at the top of the town by Royal Victoria Place. These create an energy and excitement shared by festival-goers and passers-by alike and are an opportunity for arts for everyone - irrespective of the ability to pay the subsidised ticket prices or accessibility requirements.
As outdoor arts are free events in public spaces, they cannot generate revenue to cover their costs and therefore can only happen if externally funded.
In 2019, the festival was funded by the Arts Council of England, KCC Arts Investment Fund,Royal Tunbridge Wells Together; Gatwick Airport Community Trust; Your Move; Bora Studio; The Spanish Embassy; as well as many local sponsors, and trusts and foundations.
We receive considerable support in kind from accountants Waight Sharnock, Trinity Theatre, The Assembly Hall, The Forum and Royal Victoria Place.
The festival relies on income from ticket sales from the paying shows. We are in the process of writing funding applications but we also need to raise money in order to pay for:
• professional show fees
• hiring of venues and technical support
• administration costs
The grants we receive do not cover all our costs. Any help you can offer by buying TW Lotto tickets makes a really valuable contribution to our fundraising.
Please take part in the Tunbridge Wells Lotto today so we can continue to produce, develop and grow a unique, entertaining and superb event for the benefit of everyone living and working in the town as well as visitors from all over the southeast of England.
By buying a ticket, the festival will benefit and you too could win!
Wishing you good luck with your lottery tickets.
I look forward to welcoming you in October 2021 to one of our shows.
Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival
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