A heatwave of creativity is expected to strike the Lower East Side later this week as the 3rd annual International Puppet Fringe Festival touches down.
From August 9th-13th, New Yorkers will have the chance to take in free performances from artists and puppet troupes around the globe.
This year’s festival pays tribute to Ralph Lee, a master puppeteer who was the founder of the Greenwich Village Halloween parade. Lee passed away in May.
According to a recent press release:
“Kick-off will be tomorrow, Wednesday August 9th at the Clemente Soto Vélez Center in the Lower East Side of Manhattan (107 Suffolk Street, NYC), with a mini-Halloween Procession where puppeteers will take to the streets with their favorite fun and spooky puppets to emulate the famous Village Halloween parade, created by Mr. Lee each October. He was known for his visionary, surreal life-size puppets that have become a feature in NYC parades, theatres and public celebrations.
The 2023 International Puppet Fringe Festival promises to be an unforgettable experience, whether you are a puppet enthusiast, an art lover, or simply looking for a fun and family friendly event to attend. The full program will be released soon.
The full programming schedule can be found at www.puppetfringenyc.com”