The Puppeteers of America Southeast Region has a longstanding tradition of holding regional puppetry festivals in every even numbered year, complementing the National Puppetry Festival that is put on by the parent organization in every odd numbered year.
Below is an incomplete list of past festivals and their highlights. If you have any details on festivals that are not listed or ones that are lacking details, please contact the regional director at southeast[at]puppeteers.org, as we would love to make this list as complete as possible.
|2018||Puppet Paradise||Asheville, North Carolina||June 28 – July 1|
|Development of a 2018 Southeast Regional Festival is underway, but no details are confirmed yet.|
|2016||Music City Puppet Festival||Nashville, Tennessee||June 16 – 20|
|Held in conjunction with the Nashville International Puppet Festival
Regional festival was cancelled, but the International festival went on as planned, and some regional evening shows were rescheduled into small local venues.
|2014||Southeast Puppet Jamboree||Helen, Georgia||July 31 – August 3|
|2012||No Festival – A potlatch was planned for September, 2012, but then cancelled.|
|2010||Port City Puppet Festival||Wilmington, North Carolina||July 15 – 17|
|Performances: Performance List from Festival Website
Workshops: Workshop List from Festival Website
Blog and Photo Gallery: http://portcitypuppet.wordpress.com/
|2008||Puppet Gumbo||Savannah, Georgia||June 12 – 15|
|2006||East Coast Super Sonic Puppet Festival||Asheville, North Carolina||July 20 – 23|
Article: Downtown Ashville City Guide
|2004||Puppets on the Ridge||Asheville, North Carolina||July 29 – August 1|
|2002||No Festival – UNIMA Festival held in Atlanta||Atlanta, Georgia||June 20 – 23|
|2000||Puppet Festival of the Americas||Ft. Lauderdale, Florida||June 22 – 25|
Exhibits & Films:
|1998||Southeast Regional Festival and Conference||Atlanta, Georgia||June 25 – 28|
|Hosted at the Center for Puppetry ArtsSteve Whitmire appeared with Kermit the Frog|
|1996||With a Puppet on my Knee||Mobile, Alabama||June 27 – 30|
|1994||Asheville, North Carolina|
|1990||Mountains of Imagination||Helen, GA|
|Helendorf Inn, next to Festhalle142 Attendees|
Prior to 1988, National Festivals were held every year. In 1998, the Puppeteers of America board decided to schedule National Festivals on ever odd numbered year and reserve even numbered years for Regional Festivals.