World Puppetry Day – 21 March, 2018
Today, all around the world, people from all walks of life celebrated World Puppetry Day 2018!
The founders of World Puppetry Day, the I’Union Internationale de la Marionnette (UNIMA) was built on shared passion for puppetry and they have released an international message about this year’s celebration. You can find the official message from Unima Australia for World Puppetry Day by heading HERE. UNIMA is encouraging people to document their festivity of the art form, to truly unite all puppeteers! The Spare Parts team joined in the celebration by sharing why we love puppetry with our online following in the week lead up to this special day! Here are some of our highlight posts:
Spare Parts Artistic Director Philip Mitchell, with a puppet he made when he was a young puppeteer in Tasmania – He chopped up an old coffee table he had left out in the harsh Tasmania weather and with his wood chopping axe and a blunt saw, crafted this very humble puppet! His eyes are the stained nail holes and the wood is actually a very rare and beautiful Tasmanian timber called King Billy Pine!
Leon Hendroff, Co-Creator, Designer and Puppet Maker of Carnival of the Animals, seen below with the Emu and Chimp puppets under construction.