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Chicago hosts puppeteers from around the world

Puppetry comes to Chicago.
Puppetry comes to Chicago. Image by williamd / CC BY-SA 2.0

Shadow puppets, giant puppets, rude puppets, hand puppets, Bunraku puppets and frankly, puppets of every imaginable kind are coming to Chicago. The 12-day Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival festival kicks off on Wednesday and is the first of its kind in Chicago. The work of around 50 puppetry artists from around the world will be showcased in venues all over town. The Links Hall is hosting Nasty, British & Short, a series of short works of puppetry that the venue describes as ‘a buffet of the dark and twisted, humorous, tender and everything in between’. Elsewhere the Art Institute of Chicago is staging a family puppet festival featuring an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Rikki Tikki Tavi told through hand puppets. Read more: gapersblock.com