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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This year’s festival runs from 28th January – 5th February 2022, presenting the very best of Scottish and international puppetry, visual theatre and animated film.

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.

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.

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Upcoming Events at Manipulate Festival

Manipulate Festival: Acqua Alta - The Crossing of the Mirror

Manipulate Festival: Acqua Alta - The Crossing of the Mirror

28th January 2022 - 5th February 2022

Acqua Alta, an interactive virtual reality installation, traces the odyssey of a man and a woman facing the rising waters, among storms, ink seas, breaking waves and jellyfish.
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Manipulate Festival: Fauna

Manipulate Festival: Fauna

28th January 2022 - 5th February 2022

Explore stunning graphic art works and beautiful animations by French artists Adrien M & Claire and Brest Brest Brest.
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Manipulate Festival: Forest VIDEOLAB

Manipulate Festival: Forest VIDEOLAB

Selected dates between 28th January 2022 - 5th February 2022
Edinburgh South

Come along after dark to see and hear beautiful and uncanny audiovisual intervention in, amongst and on the city’s trees.
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Manipulate Festival: The Chosen Haram

Manipulate Festival: The Chosen Haram

28th January 2022

It’s Ahmad and Steve, not Adam and Eve! This circus piece explores themes of faith, sexuality, addiction and human connection.
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Manipulate Festival: Birdie - CANCELLED

Manipulate Festival: Birdie - CANCELLED

29th January 2022

Following their critically acclaimed performance of A House in Asia at MANIPULATE Festival in 2017, Spanish masters of micro-cinema Señor Serrano return with a blistering new work.
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Manipulate Festival: After Metamorphosis

Manipulate Festival: After Metamorphosis

29th January 2022

Through intense physicality, visual theatre, micro-cinema, puppetry, vocals, and rumbling, seismic soundscapes, AFTER METAMORPHOSIS conjures a world of insects and humans coexisting.
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Manipulate Festival: Dinner with... LARDS

Manipulate Festival: Dinner with... LARDS

29th January 2022

Join us for a dinner party with a difference – an anarchic artistic meal hosted by some of your favourite MANIPULATE artists!
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Manipulate Festival: The Yellow Canary

Manipulate Festival: The Yellow Canary

29th January 2022

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: Workshop: What Makes A Good Show - CANCELLED

Manipulate Festival: Workshop: What Makes A Good Show - CANCELLED

29th January 2022

In this workshop Al Seed will work with participants to explore approaches to identifying, developing and pitching concepts for future shows.
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Manipulate Festival: Netwalk (Puppetry)

Manipulate Festival: Netwalk (Puppetry)

29th January 2022

Connect with other puppeteers, enthusiasts and producers to share and exchange ideas, whilst strolling through Edinburgh’s Meadows.
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Manipulate Festival: Moč / The Power - CANCELLED

Manipulate Festival: Moč / The Power - CANCELLED

29th January 2022 - 30th January 2022

Festival favourites Ljubljana Puppet Theatre return with Moč, an intimate puppet-object miniature exploring power, weakness and control.
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Manipulate Festival: Netwalk (Visual Theatre)

Manipulate Festival: Netwalk (Visual Theatre)

30th January 2022

Connect with other artists, enthusiasts and producers to share and exchange ideas, whilst strolling through Edinburgh’s Meadows.
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Manipulate Festival: Between Earth and Moon - CANCELLED

Manipulate Festival: Between Earth and Moon - CANCELLED

30th January 2022

A Scottish-Argentinian collaboration, Between Earth and Moon is a storytelling piece exploring loneliness, nostalgia, connection and human relationships.
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Manipulate Festival: Sand - CANCELLED

Manipulate Festival: Sand - CANCELLED

30th January 2022

Sand is a highly visual work-in-progress performance, blending theatrical styles to bring the Sandman’s world to life though movement, object manipulation and shadow puppetry.
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Manipulate Festival - Eat Me

Manipulate Festival - Eat Me

31st January 2022

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: Rules To Live By / EIDOS - CANCELLED

Manipulate Festival: Rules To Live By / EIDOS - CANCELLED

31st January 2022

This double-bill veers between anarchy, punk music, heroism and how idolatry and loss can shape a life.
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Manipulate Festival: Short & Sweet

Manipulate Festival: Short & Sweet

3rd February 2022

Thick & Tight present Short & Sweet, a thoroughly modern variety show mixes dance, drag, lip-syncing and satire!
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Manipulate Festival: Workshop: Trash-Hack Puppetry With Green Ginger

Manipulate Festival: Workshop: Trash-Hack Puppetry With Green Ginger

3rd February 2022 - 4th February 2022

Trash-Hack is a 1.5-day workshop for both experienced and emerging puppeteers with the inimitable Chris Pirie of leading UK puppetry company Green Ginger.
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Manipulate Festival: Ill-Lit - CANCELLED

Manipulate Festival: Ill-Lit - CANCELLED

3rd February 2022

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: Dinner With... Plutot La Vie

Manipulate Festival: Dinner With... Plutot La Vie

4th February 2022

Join us for a dinner party with a difference – an anarchic artistic meal hosted by some of your favourite MANIPULATE artists!
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Manipulate Festival: (Le) Pain

Manipulate Festival: (Le) Pain

4th February 2022

(le) Pain is about breadmaking, physical heroics, growing up queer in a boulangerie in the south of France, endings and new beginnings.
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Manipulate Festival: Animated Womxn: International Shorts

Manipulate Festival: Animated Womxn: International Shorts

5th February 2022 - 6th February 2022
Online Event Edinburgh

Celebrating extraordinary and award-winning female and non-binary animators from around the globe, MANIPULATE is delighted to present Animated Womxn for the second year running!
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Manipulate Festival: My Favourite War

Manipulate Festival: My Favourite War

5th February 2022 - 6th February 2022
Online Event Edinburgh

My Favorite War is an animated documentary telling the personal story of its director, Ilze Burkovska-Jacobsen, about her growing up in the Cold-War USSR.
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Manipulate Festival: Animated Highlights

Manipulate Festival: Animated Highlights

5th February 2022 - 6th February 2022
Online Event

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: Animated Womxn: Aaronimation

Manipulate Festival: Animated Womxn: Aaronimation

5th February 2022 - 6th February 2022
Online Event

Enjoy a compilation of seven short experimental animated films by legendary American artist and animator Jane Aaron (1948-2015).
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Manipulate Festival: Netwalk (Animation)

Manipulate Festival: Netwalk (Animation)

5th February 2022

Connect with other animators, enthusiasts and producers to share and exchange ideas, whilst strolling through Edinburgh’s Meadows.
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