30 August 2008

African Puppet Festival opens today!

A unique festival of African puppetry is opening today in Cape Town, South Africa. Out of the Box Festival organisers, Janni Younge and Aja Marneweck have put together what appears to be a bumper programme this year. The opening ceremony will be lead by Les Grandes Personnes, a troupe of 4 meter high puppets, formed in 1998 in Aubervilliers (France) and Boromo (Burkina Faso). The program here is filled with many international and local groups offering a combination of puppetry, dance, object theatre, culminating in a new work by South African theatre artist Bret Bailey's 'House of the Holy Afro' described by the Scotsman as "The Soweto Gospel Choir on Acid" performing next Saturday. You can catch a sneak video preview here!

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