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World Puppetry Day

Save the Date!

Puppeteers of America and UNIMA-USA invite you to join us in celebrating World Puppetry Day with a special online presentation. We will feature highlights from both organizations followed by an hour of breakout room discussions to connect more deeply with topics of interest to the puppetry community. Bring your favorite puppet and get ready to learn more about the diverse world of puppetry in the United States and abroad.

Sunday, March 21, 2021 (9am HT, 11am AKT, 12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET, 4pm AT)

More details coming soon!

Click to submit your Event for World Puppetry Day

Call for Guilds, Regions, and individual members to submit their World Puppetry Day event or activity to Puppeteers of America. Throughout the month of March, we hope to highlight these listings online and on our social media. Join us in celebrating a wide variety of local events in lead up to the UNIMA-USA/PofA World Puppetry Day event on Sunday, March 21, 2021. All submissions occurring in March or Early April are welcome.

What is World Puppetry Day?

Puppetry in America is older than the country itself, but until the beginning of the 20th century, puppet shows were rare. Puppeteers kept their art a closely guarded secret, certainly not shared with the public. In the first half of the 20th century, some puppeteers (most notably Tony Sarg) helped to lift the veil of secrecy, sharing information about their work, which led to the formation of the Puppeteers of America in 1937.

In an effort to strengthen recognition of puppetry as a global art form and to align activities with UNIMA-USA, Puppeteers of America has officially merged the National Day of Puppetry with World Puppetry Day, each March 21.

Today, almost three quarters of a century onward, puppets hold a place in the public’s heart that is rivaled by few other arts. They appear on stage, in movies, on television, and now, on the Internet. The Puppeteers of America is proud to present World Puppetry Day, taking place all over North America and brought to you by the local Puppeteers of America guild in your area.

To locate a Puppeteers of America guild in your area, please visit the Regions & Guilds page for contact information

Also, be sure to download and read the National Day of Puppetry Handbook for all of your World Puppetry Day planning!

Questions, comments, and suggestions may be directed to Dustin Curtis c/o office@puppeteers.org.

3rd Annual Tally-Ho! Puppet Festival held at the Sparta Civic Center in Sparta Michigan on March 11,2017. Over 100 people of all ages came to enjoy a day of puppetry. Five different styles of puppetry shows, marionettes, ventriloquists, musicians, video production and Christian puppetry. Everyone made a puppet and performed using their hand and imagination.

Sponsored by: West Michigan Puppetry Guild, Sparta Chamber of Commerce, Sparta Cultural Alliance

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