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Randwick Puppet Festival 17-19 January 2020 – 3 days of puppet mayhem and fun

Randwick Puppet Festival 2020 is coming to a venue close to you! You will find great puppet performances, puppet making workshops and even a puppet picnic at Randwick Environment Park where you can rub shoulders with the biggest puppets you have ever seen. All the shows are family friendly except for the Puppet Cabaret for the grown-ups. You’ll find some old favourites like Dreamer who returns to the Randwick Literary Institute but this time from space! Miss Muffet emerges from a giant pop-up book and Showko brings her brilliant stand-up comedy show Showko: Absolutely Normal to the Randwick Community Centre. Pop in to the library to see the exhibition The Magic of Puppets and to hear Richard Bradshaw talk about his life as a famous shadow puppeteer. Check the website for venues and bookings. See you there! BOOK NOW!

Vale Axel Axelrad

We present to you a special issue of the Oz Puppetry Email Newsletter (O.P.E.N.) dedicated to UNIMA Australia Life Member Axel Axelrad, who passed away on 13th November 2018 aged 99 years. 

O.P.E.N. was a free email puppetry newsletter edited by Julia Davis and Richard Hart (Dream Puppets), and ran from 2010-2015. Julia and Richard reopened the newsletter for this special edition, and we thank them for their considerable efforts in compiling this very important record of Australian Puppetry history.

Thank you to everyone who also shared their stories and memories about Axel. 

You can read this issue in two parts, by clicking on the links below.



UNIMA International Medal presented to Axel Axelrad as a member of honour.

As a Life Member, Axel Axelrad was also presented this medal by UNIMA International for being a Member of Honour of UNIMA.

Congratulations to Scholarship Recipient Fiona Finley

Congratulations to Fiona Finley from the Drama Studio (Wollongong, NSW), who has been awarded the 2018 Lorrie Gardner UNIMA Austraila Biennial Scholarship. She will receive her requested amount of $550 to learn cardboard puppetry and mask construction and performance from specialist tutor Kay Yasugi (Pupperoos).

Applications for the next scholarship will open in 2020. To be eligible, an applicant must be a continuous financial member of UNIMA Australia for at least 2 years. To join, please go to our UNIMA Australia Member Planet site

Or Contact our Membership Secretary, Ruri Konishi, via our Contact form.