“Calgary…has become one of the most fertile spots in North America for ground-breaking puppetry”
– THE GLOBE AND MAIL
NEXT FESTIVAL IN 2019
Here at the Festival of Animated Objects we strive to engage our audience and animate our city by a breathing life into our stories and arousing our collective imaginations through the innovative and sophisticated art of storytelling through mask, puppetry and animated objects.
Every 2 years the Festival of Animated Objects awakens the inanimate and giving expression to the inert. From puppet shows to film screenings, gallery exhibitions to workshops, for 4-days and nights Calgary comes alive with original creations, mythical creatures, and curious beasts, objects and gadgets, and thingamajigs beguiled by puppet-masters and artists alike to stir your imagination.
Breathing life into our city…
The arts of masks, puppetry and animated objects have found creative expression in almost all civilizations throughout recorded history …and probably before that.
But did you know…
Calgary is home to world-renowned, award-winning (Oscar-nominated) animators and puppeteers. That our community has fostered and supported artists that are internationally regarded as being at the forefront of their fields; artists such as Ronnie Burkett, the Old Trout Puppet Workshop, Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis.
Calgary continues to be a driving force in the development of this art form with organizations such as the Calgary Animated Objects Society (CAOS), Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry (CAMP) and WP Theatre’s bi-annual Puppet Power Conference to name a few.
The Festival of Animated Objects not only brings amazing work to our unsuspecting audiences but is a forum for artistic exchange. We are proud to contribute to the continued growth of mask, puppetry, and animated objects as an art form.
PHOTO CREDIT: Sean Dennie