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Two robot puppets speaking to each other through tin cans. Text below reads, "Stories that tie us together"
March 14 through April 11, 2021
“Calgary…has become one of the most fertile spots in North America for ground-breaking puppetry”
The Globe and Mail

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.

Through presenting, sharing, and amplifying these stories, the Festival of Animated Objects bring Calgary together and fills our communities with life, whimsy and all things puppets: from live theatre, to film, to gallery exhibits, workshops and more.

Each festival, the best of the local, national and international puppet world inhabit our city, and bring with them all manner of wondrous worlds, curious creatures, magical beasts, and fantastical gadgets bound to provoke, inspire and delight our collective imagination.

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Land Acknowledgement

The Festival of Animated Objects operates on the territory of the indigenous people of Treaty 7 which includes the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai, Tsuut’ina and the Stoney-Nakoda first nations of the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley. It is also the home of the people of the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.