Welcome to MANIPULATE Festival, Puppet Animation Scotland’s annual celebration of innovative puppetry, visual theatre and animated film. 

“Dedicated to theatre at its most sensual and imaginative” THE SCOTSMAN

MANIPULATE Festival presents the very best of Scottish and international puppetry, visual theatre and animated film to adult audiences in Edinburgh and beyond. The Festival aims to engage and challenge our audiences with high-quality visually led work which pushes boundaries, plays with form and challenges perceptions.

By bringing together the very best puppetry, visual theatre and animated film from across the globe with work which has been developed here in Scotland, we aim to spark opportunities for artistic exchange and to offer our audiences a diverse palette of rich visually led work.

Since 2008 leading, award-winning companies, artists and film-makers from Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and the USA have provided the vibrant, dynamic core of a festival that entertains, intrigues and inspires. 

Over this period, we have presented 115 productions and 207 feature and short animated films at MANIPULATE, including 2 world premieres, 4 European premieres, 48 UK premieres and 70 Scottish premieres. In addition, through our Snapshots and Testroom programmes, we have presented new works in development by 64 Scottish-based theatre artists.

In 2021, for the first time, we presented a digital programme. It featured 12 digital theatre productions, of which 5 were works-in-progress, 22 short animated films and 3 workshops, along with a live immersive installation programme featuring work by 8 artists.

The festival is produced and delivered by Puppet Animation Scotland.

Image: MANIPULATE Festival 2019, INVISIBLE LANDS by Livsmedlet Theatre