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. 

The festival is produced and delivered by Puppet Animation Scotland.


The 2022 festival will take place in Edinburgh, between The Studio, Festival Theatre and Summerhall. You can find out about getting to the venues, access and facilities by visiting the Summerhall website here and the Festival Theatre website here. Please be aware that the Festival Theatre Studio is accessed via the entrance on Potterrow and not the main entrance on Nicholson Street, however tickets may need to be collected at the main box office. Please refer to your confirmation email for instructions on collecting tickets. Summerhall tickets can be collected from the main box office.

Any tickets run through Citizen Ticket box office will be emailed to you directly including any codes you need to access online content. For any questions about accessing these please contact [email protected]


MANIPULATE is a curated festival which means that there is no formal application or selection process for you to apply to. However, we are always delighted to hear from artists who have a new project to bring to our attention or want to build a relationship with Puppet Animation Scotland. To find out how to let us know about your work, how we make decisions about programming, and the timeline of decision-making, please visit our main website and head to the Perform & Screen Page.


Image: MANIPULATE Festival 2019, INVISIBLE LANDS by Livsmedlet Theatre