Manipulate Festival

Manipulate, produced by Puppet Animation Scotland is Scotland's Festival of visual theatre, puppetry and animation.

Manipulate Festival

About Manipulate Festival

Traverse Theatre 10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh West EH1 2ED
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The 2021 festival will take place across two platforms which represent new ways of working for MANIPULATE – a dynamic Digital Festival crammed with performance, workshops, screenings and talks, and an immersive new kinetic sculpture artwalk, with commissioned moving artworks and soundscapes by eight Scottish-based artists visiting three cities across Scotland.

Situated in the darkness of the long Scottish winter, each year MANIPULATE Festival brings audiences together to experience boundary-pushing visually led work, and to share artistic practice. With the coming winter shaping up to be a particularly long and dark one, we recognise that the need for a spark of connection is greater than ever.

In these circumstances, we wanted to create a programme which would enable us to collaborate with the widest range of Scotland’s visual performance artists, puppeteers and animators. The artists and works that we present to you this year offer provocation, renewal and escapism. The works speak in many ways most strongly to finding connection – with one another, with the world around us and with the self within.

MANIPULATE Festival 2021 is also a space for experimentation, to play with new ways of making and of experiencing work. The programme comprises an exciting blend of artists who were originally lined up to perform their works live in Edinburgh at MANIPULATE, and have instead adapted their work to film or are experimenting in a digital space, alongside artists whose work was specifically created for an online context in the COVID-19 era.

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Upcoming Events at Manipulate Festival

Manipulate Festival: Restless Worlds - A Kinetic Sculpture Artwalk - POSTPONED

Manipulate Festival: Restless Worlds - A Kinetic Sculpture Artwalk - POSTPONED

21st January 2021 - 1st February 2021
Various Locations Edinburgh

All across the city, in a moment of wider social and cultural upheaval, curious hidden worlds are shifting and revealing their secrets.
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Manipulate Festival - Bringing the Metaphor to Life

Manipulate Festival - Bringing the Metaphor to Life

27th January 2021 - 29th January 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

In this playful and sensitive exploration of everyday objects as symbolic communication, metaphors such as a cup half full or treading on eggshells are brought from the page to the stage.
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Manipulate Festival - Tank

Manipulate Festival - Tank

29th January 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Tank is a one-woman show combining live performance, UV light, and digital animation. It is part of SNAPSHOTS, a strand of programming at MANIPULATE.
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Manipulate Festival - The Yellow Canary

Manipulate Festival - The Yellow Canary

29th January 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

The Yellow Canary is both an epic true story and a leap into the imagination of a young child desperate to escape the horrors of war, exploring love, loss and what it means to flee your home.
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Manipulate Festival - Unboxed

Manipulate Festival - Unboxed

29th January 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Unboxed is a funny, sensitive and scary fantasy about a lonely man trying to get in touch with himself and the world.
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Manipulate Festival - The Lonely Sailor Weather Report

Manipulate Festival - The Lonely Sailor Weather Report

30th January 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Far out to sea, where land-based networks begin to crackle and skip on the boundaries of their limited existence, our lonesome sailor sits, motionless at first, then rising slowly.
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Manipulate Festival - Ballad of the Crone

Manipulate Festival - Ballad of the Crone

30th January 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Ballad of the Crone is a physical theatre performative lecture about connections, inheritance and loss.
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Manipulate Festival: Ill-Lit

Manipulate Festival: Ill-Lit

30th January 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

A powerful aerial and physical theatre performance using the Japanese art of shibari (rope bondage) exploring mental health, cycles of repetition and the struggle to break out.
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Manipulate Festival - (Dream) Engine Offline Memory Processor

Manipulate Festival - (Dream) Engine Offline Memory Processor

1st February 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

[dream]ENGINE harnesses the ethereal quality of dreams through immersive AV design, somatic choreography and the art of contortion.
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Manipulate Festival - Eat Me

Manipulate Festival - Eat Me

1st February 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

EAT ME is a luscious, incendiary theatre show about unconventional love, chaos, control and the shifting complexities of power.
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Manipulate Festival - Animated Highlights - ESFF

Manipulate Festival - Animated Highlights - ESFF

2nd February 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Edinburgh Short Film Festival returns to the Manipulate Festival to curate another dynamic and vibrant programme of award-winning international short animated films!
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Manipulate Festival - Drackattack

Manipulate Festival - Drackattack

3rd February 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Get your winter bod ready-blue and stiff – for the vampiric party tune of the season!
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Manipulate Festival - Today I Bake

Manipulate Festival - Today I Bake

3rd February 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Today I Bake is a visually compelling exploration of themes sourced from Grimm’s Rumpelstiltskin. Intense, intriguing, brave and uncomfortable, with flickers of dark humour.
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Manipulate Festival - Object Theatre and the Virtual Stage

Manipulate Festival - Object Theatre and the Virtual Stage

3rd February 2021 - 5th February 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

In the workshop we will explore our immediate environment and what we have in it – our home and the virtual space we are in all together.
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Manipulate Festival - Crunch

Manipulate Festival - Crunch

3rd February 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Brought to life at a time of newly heard birdsong. David and Sita present Crunch, an intimate journey of a nimble figure in a barren world with a taste for the… crunchy?
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Manipulate Festival - Animated Womxn

Manipulate Festival - Animated Womxn

4th February 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

A womxn-led showcase of extraordinary and award-winning stop-frame and VFX from the animated film industry.
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Manipulate Festival - Drink ‘N’ Draw with Panimation

Manipulate Festival - Drink ‘N’ Draw with Panimation

4th February 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Panimation, a multi-platform community for women, trans and non-binary people working within animation and motion graphics, hosts a Drink'N'Draw workshop as part of Manipulate Festival 2021.
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Manipulate Festival - The End of TV

Manipulate Festival - The End of TV

5th February 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

THE END OF TV depicts the promise and decline of the American rust belt, through the stories of Flo and Louise, both residents of a fictional Midwestern city.
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