Heidi and Leila
The first Morph Puppet Festival, organised by The Magic Play House, took place in early July 2022. The festival encouraged collaboration from across the region in order to bring a magical winter festival to the Far North, and capture people’s hearts.
With funding from the BOI Whangaroa Community Board, Creative Communities, Arvida, Creative Northland and Spark, the generosity of The Turner Centre, participating shopkeepers of Kerikeri and local groups and schools, and the hard work behind the scenes by The Magic Play House, Hat & Rabbit and Flash Gordon Photography, the festival was a great success that we hope to repeat.
With varied and exciting components, including plays, workshops, guest speakers and an interactive exhibition, there was something (actually, lots of things!) for everyone to enjoy.
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For 2022, Morph Puppet Festival was exclusively based at the TURNER CENTRE, taking advantage of all the venue space and filling every corner with fun!
Originally, our Shadow Worlds event was planned for Kerikeri CBD, but rain stopped play and we had to move indoors.
“Puppet theatres nurture a truly unique artistic language that can never be eclipsed by modern technological entertainments… It seems to reflect a deeply human instinct to represent ourselves.”Natasha von Geldern