In 2006 the inaugural Puppet Carnival took over Federation Square and ArtPlay with a fantastic array of puppet performances for children, families and adults.

In 2007 the Federation Square Puppet Carnival turns biennial.  In this non-carnival year Federation Square and ArtPlay present PuppetLab an initiative that focuses on providing puppeteers and visual theatre artists with creative and professional development opportunities as well as a school holiday program that gives children and their families a hands on experience in the art of puppetry.

PuppetLab

1. Creative Development Funding Initiative
Federation Square is dedicated to supporting the development of new work by Victorian puppeteers and visual theatre artists and we are excited to announce a Creative Development Funding Initiative. This initiative supports the creation of new work by Victorian puppeteers and visual theatre artists.

Federation Square is seeking Expressions of Interest from individuals, groups of individuals and organisations for the development of a new work with a focus on the future of puppetry for inclusion in the 2008 Puppet Carnival in June/ July, with exact dates to be confirmed. Expressions of Interest open NOW. Deadline 5pm, April 30.

2. Professional Development Opportunities
Federation Square will provide artists of all disciplines with the opportunity to engage and learn from leading puppetry and visual theatre artists by hosting seminars and masterclasses. 

3. Workshop Program
From June 30 –July 6, 2007 Federation Square and ArtPlay will present a school holiday workshop program to engage children and their families in puppetry as an artform. 

For more information go to www.fedsquare.com

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