The festival will move ahead this year despite the pandemic in offering a modified programme of over 20 different events bringing Calgary together and filling it with life, whimsy, and all things puppets.
The slate will include both socially distanced in person events and digital events ranging from puppet parades to film screenings, to workshops and panel discussions. Many of our events being offered free of cost and ticketed events being offered for $15 or less, and with programming for youth, adults, and families alike, there is something for everyone.
As an artform, puppetry is the great equalizer. Breathing life into the inanimate is a foundational act of creation which allows us to connect us in a visceral way that crosses cultures and identities. It tells the stories that tie us together. Each festival, the best of the local, national and international puppet world inhabit our city, and bring with them all manner of wonderous worlds, curious creatures, magical beasts, and fantastical gadgets bound to provoke, inspire and delight our collective imagination.
The International Festival of Animated Objects is generously supported by Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts and Calgary Arts Development.