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Puppet Power 2023: Festival of Ideas – Material Puppets

November 24, 2023 - November 25, 2023

$5 – $35

The Festival of Ideas is an annual conference produced by W.P. Puppet Theatre Society. It explores the theory and practice of how puppet power promotes and impacts positive social change.

In 2023, we ask, how can puppets, ‘metaphors of matter,’ help us address our material world? The friendly two-day hybrid event features performances, hands-on workshops, panels and talks that will look at the interplay between the ‘ephemeral essence’ and ‘literal presence’ unique to puppet theatre. What can ice puppets, brick puppets, plastic puppets or even puppets from adult diapers offer in the “Story of Stuff”?

International and local presenters inspire through in-person and online streamed sessions. Informed by puppets, we will create a call to action on the disparity of “too much stuff” versus “poverty of resources.”Past participants include educators, therapists, helping professionals, artists, students, thought leaders and idea generators. They say, “There is a lasting value; I loved connecting with other artists, and the information is relevant and usable in my work. I can’t wait to use my puppet power!”

Join us for the 12th iteration of our Festival of Ideas!
Date: Friday, November 24th and Saturday, November 25th, 2023
Time: Various – due to the live online offerings of the festival. Please read start times carefully and use a time zone converter to find your local time (
Location: cSPACE (1721 29 Avenue Southwest, Calgary, AB T2T 6T7) and online.
Delivery: Puppet Power 2023 is a hybrid event, with in-person events happening at cSPACE with many events also being offered through online streaming. Please check spam folders for Zoom links.
Age: Due to concept and theme discussions, this event is recommended for ages 18+.
Accessibility: We are committed to the purposeful inclusion of all people. We strive to reduce barriers, and we value everyone’s participation in our programs. If you identify a challenge to you or others attending, please contact us – we recognize our limitations as a small organization.
Tickets: We are doing a stepped release of tickets – keep checking back to see what’s next. Please see “Events” for individual tickets. Follow us at WP Puppet Theatre and @wppuppet and sign up to receive our newsletter. For the full festival schedule, click here.
Early Bird: Purchase your tickets before October 31st and be entered in a draw for a lovely gift. One entry per purchase.
For more information and tickets, visit


November 24, 2023
November 25, 2023
$5 – $35
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