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European Puppet & Creative Arts Ministry Festival RUGBY

Friday 2nd November 2018 @ 12:30 pm - Saturday 3rd November 2018 @ 5:00 pm

£25 – £42

As we travel throughout the UK and attend some of the main Christian conferences, we have the opportunity of meeting and introducing puppetry and creative arts to people who might not have thought that they had a particular gifting in this area. Many attend our training days each year, where during a full day of intensive and hands-on training they leave inspired, encouraged and equipped to develop a puppetry ministry in their own church. But where do you go next?

Our European Puppet and Creative Arts Festival is for everyone, adults and children, who want to learn how to share the Gospel of Christ using their creative skills. With over 80 exciting workshops, two and a half hours of spectacular main stage performances, six competitions, an enormous range of creative arts resources on display and so much more, it's going to be an incredible two days... and all of this is available from just £37 per person for the full Festival!

There is a brilliant set of workshop leaders confirmed for this year’s event including: NEW for 2018 - Branden Treu (puppeteer), Mark Shortland (illusionist), Play It By Ear (drama) and Sue Greene (under 5’s ministry). Also leading workshops: Bob Hartman, Shane Rootes, Bob Goody (Scripture Union), Tony Vino, Steve & Kay Morgan-Gurr, Dave Hellyer, Lynn McCann (Reachout ASC), Dr Lesley Gray, Jason Westmoreland, Matthew Gray and more...

Discover new ideas through an extensive range of hands-on workshops including a wide variety of basic and advanced puppetry techniques along with many more covering:

Gospel illusions, drama, comedy, amazing science object lessons, ballooning, storytelling, ventriloquism, script writing, working with children and adults with learning difficulties and SEN, leadership skills, toddler groups, schools work, outreach, worship, all-age services, props and staging, sound and lighting and more!

All for both the absolute beginner and plenty of classes for those who are more experienced and keen to develop their skills further.

Return home inspired and equipped with skills and resources to use in your services, Messy Church, Open the Book sessions, outreach and work in the schools and community!

We are very excited to be returning to Rugby College for our 2018 event. This venue offers excellent facilities with a large free car park on site, spacious workshop rooms, fantastic main stage, full disabled access, in-house catering and more! Along with a range of great value hotels nearby, we are also able to offer church accommodation again this year at only £5 per person including breakfast.

Rugby College is only a five minute walk from Rugby train station and is just off the M1, junction 19 (onto the M6).

View full directions here...

It's finally here! Our workshop schedule is now confirmed with the full range of brilliant workshops that will be available. This year we have 83 workshops, which includes 36 brand NEW workshops covering not only new puppetry techniques but also, as requested on feedback from previous events, a wide range of children, youth and family ministry training, technical workshops and new illusion classes as well. So if you are one of the many regular delegates at the Festival there is plenty of brand new workshops for you to develop your skills further. If it is your first time joining the Festival, don't worry we have a great range of basic and introductory workshops to help you get started. Click on the workshop schedule below for an easy to print PDF version!

The main showcase on Friday evening will see the 2018 Puppet Academy Team performing a number of brand new songs using a wide variety of puppets, techniques and creative arts, pushing the boundaries once again! We hope that this will inspire you to try out new performance ideas in your own teams. Alongside the Puppet Academy team on the Friday night and also in a second different showcase on the Saturday will be our outstanding UK and International guests bringing you a total of two and a half hours worth of performances! Check out the full two day programme.

The European Festival will also feature six competitions including: Song, Skit, Open, Ventriloquism/Solo Puppetry, the Lip Sync Challenge and a Creative Arts Competition. For full details on the competitions, guidelines and judging forms visit our competition page. Don't forget to book your place early as these competitions fill up quickly.

Not forgetting live worship at the start of each day with Shane Rootes as well as the opportunity to network with others, share ideas, find other teams that are local to you and encourage one another.

At the European Puppet Festival, there will also be our largest range of resources available for you to see, try and take back home with you, with many items on special offer. This will include all of our brand new product launches as well! At our 2017 event we had over 800 products on display in the resources area!

Early Bird Ticket Prices:

Individual Weekend - £42
Individual Day - £28
Group Weekend (6+) -  £37
Group Day (6+) - £25

(for bookings before Friday 12th October)

Standard Ticket Prices:

Individual Weekend - £50
Individual Day - £33
Group Weekend (6+) -  £45
Group Day (6+) - £30
(for bookings after Friday 19th October)

"Just a quick note to say thank you for another wonderful festival - truly inspirational, and has really encouraged us to 'step out' with our puppetry. Our group had two non-Christians, so it was a huge deal to get them to a Christian festival. We're so overjoyed to say that over the festival weekend, they gave their lives to Christ!!! A real testament to how important the festival is - creative arts with Christ are truly life changing!"

"Overall a fantastic and thoroughly enjoyable event, as usual, packed with lots of inspiring ideas, great workshops (loved the science one) and some excellent mainstage performances! Can't wait for next year. Thanks so much to all concerned for all your hard work."

"My first time and I will definitely be returning. Great workshops, entertainment, venue and organised so brilliantly. Loved it!"

"As always the conference was excellent and so exciting. We leave refreshed and ready to 'step out'! Amazing team, very well organised, very clear what, when and how things were happening. Wonderful and inspiring thank you!"

"First time and it's changed my life! Opened up endless possibilities outside puppetry, met expectations and more! Well done everyone!"

"This event is fantastic. Full of fun, variety, humour and encouragement. It's so good to be able to see the full puppet range and it's packed with great ideas. Lovely staff and speakers who are happy to interact. Just brilliant!"

"I am just writing to say how much my Knutsford team enjoyed the conference last weekend. It exceeded my hopes of how it would empower the team and give them ideas for developing family worship. We are meeting up after church this Sunday to eat pizza and discuss how we may move forward with puppetry in pairs, songs, science demonstrations, black lighting, sensory, storytelling and much more. May God bless you and your team. Your ministry seems to me to be going from strength to strength.

"I just wanted to let you know how much I always appreciate the puppet conference not just for the high standard of training but mainly because it is so God centred. I find it a time of spiritual refreshment. Thank you for all the prayer you put into it as well as your hard work. May God bless you all richly. Thanks again."



European Festival Day Pass (Group Rate 6+)£25.00Use this option when purchasing six or more day tickets

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European Festival Day Pass (Individuals)£28.00

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European Festival Weekend Pass (Group Rate 6+)£37.00Use this option when purchasing six or more weekend tickets

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European Festival Weekend Pass (Individuals)£42.00


Friday 2nd November 2018 @ 12:30 pm
Saturday 3rd November 2018 @ 5:00 pm
£25 – £42
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Rugby College
Technology Drive
Rugby, Warwickshire CV21 1AR United Kingdom
01472 241068