“Well done it was such a fantastic festival – Can’t wait for the next one!!!”
“Thank you so much! We had an absolute blast. We were originally planning to go to 2 events and ended up turning up for 4! Enjoyed every minute of it “
“I said to my daughter “it was good wasn’t it?”. Her reply – “Mum, it wasn’t good, it was awesome!”
Heidi and Leila
“I just went to see Poetry by Monsters in Kerikeri, and it was such a beautiful, moving experience.. I cried more than once! There was a quiet, vulnerable intimacy to the show.. it was real, touching, and thrumming with a quiet magic throughout. A beautiful performance, with such a huge and open heart. I am so grateful to have had the pleasure, and will be on the lookout for more shows! Thank you “
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