Staff Report

Puppets of every kind will be showcased at the first Santa Barbara International PuppetPalooza from March 1- 4 as 30 puppeteers and artists from around the world showcase an extraordinary range of styles and practices.

“PuppetPalooza will showcase outstanding performances of all genres of puppetry,” said Mitchell Kriegman, the founder of the four-day, family-focused festival that he hopes to make an annual event. “With performances that speak to all ages, and offered throughout the entire town, there truly is something for everyone to enjoy, from puppets you’ve seen on television to puppets you didn’t know existed.”

From giant puppets and toy puppets to hand puppets, shadow puppets, micro puppets and more, PuppetPalooza will celebrate and share the art of puppetry with locals and visitors alike, he said.

PuppetPalooza kicks off Thursday, March 1, with a line-up of performances and events all weekend through Sunday, March 4. Tickets went on sale Jan. 1.

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Sponsors of the event include the Squire Foundation; Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture; the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation; the Santa Barbara Foundation; Anne Towbes; MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation; and ParentClick.