Aims & Values

Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival is:

• a professionally curated and delivered arts event for all ages, presenting highly skilled performances from the UK and overseas, in the beautiful Georgian spa town of Tunbridge Wells.

• actively introducing puppetry, theatre and animation to a new and diverse audience.

• bringing the community together through shared enjoyment of live performance.

• a forum for established and emerging professional artists.

• accessible, inclusive and sustainable.

Our Vision:

To bring world-class puppetry to Tunbridge Wells, providing an accessible experience with the excitement of discovery that inspires, engages and enriches our community.

Our Mission:

To provide entertainment, empathy and wonder for all through puppet shows, workshops and public events. Through a heavy emphasis on co-creation and collaboration, engage and transform Tunbridge Wells into a stage of possibilities.

Our Commitment:

To run our bi-annual event in Oct 2024 to offer a range of inspiring events, delivering community engagement.

To initiate a schools programme to excite young people in puppetry performance art with the aim of inspiring and / or educating with puppetry.

To deliver a project into Further Education Institutions with the aim of introducing a workshop based programme to develop “apprentice practitioners”. The aim is for the best performers to perform at the 2024 festival. 

To develop our community outreach programme to bring the Festival experience to disadvantaged audiences before and during the festival.