The Kenya International Puppetry FestivalKIPf 2008 INVITATION:The Kenya International Puppetry festival (KIPf 2008) Organization Committee invites you to submit a proposal to participate and present at the Fourth Kenya International Puppetry Festival, (KIPf 2008) to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 10th -18th October 2008. THE FESTIVAL This festival takes place against the background of one fundamental belief…. “That the one place puppetry ought to be is in the theatrical world." It recognizes the nature of puppets and their capacity play in silence and out of silence yet retaining the resilience and agility to mingle with objects, figures, things, people and other genres in time and space. It asks questions:·        What is the theatrical world of puppets?·        How can puppets play between and betwixt bodies, figures and images? ·        Can puppetry be multi-disciplinary, inter-cultural, cross-border and experimental? ·        How do puppets play, dance, construct and deconstruct without losing their essence?These questions are by no means conclusive. TYPES OF PRESENTATIONProposal for presentation will cover a wide range of theatre genres. The festival coordinating committee will be keen to receive proposal for:Puppets, mask, marionette, object and visual theatre performances Workshops on script writing for puppets, puppet construction and manipulation Exhibition of mask, puppets, publication or reading materials on puppetryPlenary discussion and exchanges on the use of puppetry in community education. It is recommended that proposals for performances include a digitalized recording and photos for performance. The proposals should be received by April 2008. The Formatting Committee may use the information contained in it for festival publicity.     PARTICIPATIONKIPf 2008 targets participants from Africa, Europ as well as invited troupes from America and Asia. Participants are advised to seek sponsorship to meet their travel and personal expenses. THE HOST CITYNairobi, the host city, is the capital of Kenya. The name “Nairobi” means the place of cool water” the city which is over hundred years old is a modern centre of commerce, finance, industry and diplomacy. It is a favorite tourist destination. A superb network of world class well managed game parks, biosphere reserves, archaeological sites and pearly white sandy beaches are all easily accessible from the city. Some of these attractions are less than 50 Km from the city centre! Kenya offers some of the finest natural attractions in the world. Her prolific and well conserved wildlife is unparallel.A well designed grid of infrastructure links all these scenic attractions with Mombassa, the gateway to Kenya Coast and the country second largest city, and Kyushu, the lakeside town by the shores of the world famous Lake Victoria. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, a premier airport in the region is only 15 minutes drive from the city centre. Festival venues are within walking distance in central Nairobi. ACCOMMODATIONAccommodation is easily available in Nairobi during the festival period. Although the Organizing Committee will ideally prefer all participants to stay in the same place, a goal to which we will strive, there are alternatives. These include home stays, hostel and hotel at daily rates ranging from US$20 to US$100 for bed an breakfast. Participants are strongly advised to make reservation early through the festival secretariat. Inquiries and information to: Phylemon Odhiambo OkothThe Festival Coordinator C/o FPPS / CHAP
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