Union Internationale de la Marionnette

Non-Governmental Organization affiliated to UNESCO


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”. 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.
Delivery: Hybrid – in person and ONLINE

Location: cSPACE (1721 29 Avenue Southwest, Calgary, AB, Canada T2T 6T7) and ONLINE

Tickets: https://wppuppet.com/ideas-2023-material-puppets/