Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival

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About Us:

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. 

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 are now planning the third festival (11-13 October 2019), which we hope will be the biggest and best yet, featuring a brilliant international programme.

Please take a look at twpuppetryfestival.org to find out more about our work and for a taste of what you can expect to see in October. 

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 roles. 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 workshops in schools by professional practitioners and community projects.

As part of the festival we present a day of free outdoor shows on the Pantiles. 'Puppets on the Pantiles' adds an energy and excitement shared by festival goers and passers-by. It provides an opportunity for arts for everyone, irrespective of their ability to pay the subsidised ticket prices, and accessibility whether in a pram or a wheelchair.

As 'Puppets on Pantiles is a free event in a public space, it cannot generate revenue to cover its costs and therefore can only happen if externally funded. 

This year, the festival is funded by the Arts Council's Grants for the Arts Fund, KCC Arts Investment Fund and Members' grant; and TWBC members’ grants, and supported by local sponsors, including Applause Rural Touring; Dandara; and Age UK.

We receive support in kind from accountants Waight Sharnock, Trinity Theatre, The Assembly Hall, The Forum and The Adult Education Centre.

We also rely heavily 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 the

• professional shows
• hiring of venues and technical support
• marketing
• administration costs

The grants we receive do not cover all our costs. Any help you can offer by buying 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.

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 to one of our shows.

Best wishes


Linda Lewis

Artistic Director

Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival


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