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Budapest


Budapest

Giant puppets at a massive music festival on an island in Budapest? Why not! For the first time, we crated our giant puppets and flew to meet them for the week-long Sziget Festival. It was a big experience.

It was its own universe, much like Glastonbury or Burning Man which attracted about 80,000+ people from throughout Europe. There were some big names (not that we knew them very well) and lots of great public art and street theatre.

We brought out hippo and the dodos and did 3 sets a day (two of one, one of the other). The crowds were really very enthusiastic. Folks loved the hippo and as it turns out, the dodos are party animals when they find a dance floor!

There were some very impressive big street shows and it was great to hang out with some of our British street arts colleagues Acrojou, Flying Buttresses and Swank.

Sziget wasn’t without its challenges: the first day, we were performing in 30+ degree Celsius. We were so glad there were showers backstage for the performers! The festival really looked out for their artists and crew: huge buffet feast twice a day (including beer and wine–how civilised!), lovely hotel, decent coffee and air conditioning in the green room marquee!

As we required a bit more space than your average street act, we were backstage of the Budapest Opera stage who put on a lovely show of opera favourites. This will go down as one of our most surreal experiences ever: packing up our mechanical hippo after our last set, in the dark surrounded by glorious opera sung just a few metres from us.

 
 

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Thingumajig TheatreThursday, May 23rd, 2019 at 9:27am
Plucky our giant chicken has run away with the circus--in Belgium! She's looking forwards to playing this Saturday on a beautiful abbey grounds with some exciting performers!
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Thingumajig TheatreWednesday, May 22nd, 2019 at 5:39pm
Started making a monster today--#Cetus for Charles Kingsley 200 this is just a model; final will be 4x bigger #giantpuppet #gooddayattheoffice
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Thingumajig TheatreMonday, May 20th, 2019 at 11:18am
Here's a lovely video of the parade we helped make in Bulgaria for 2019 Plovdiv European Capital of Culture. We taught a 2-week giant puppet masterclass in January (white birds) and then returned for 2 weeks to make the giant lady in the red skirt.
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Пловдив - Европейска столица на културата 2019 / Plovdiv 2019 ECOC
Ето как премина в началото на май Ayliak Parade - Айляк Парад едно уникално, пъстро, артистично празнично събитие за всички пловдивчани и гости на Пловдив. #Пловдив2019 #заедно --- This is how we made Ayliak Parade - Айляк Парад Ayliak Parade, an unique, colorful, artistic event for all citizens and guests of Plovdiv. #Plovdiv2019 #together #ECoC video: Néstor Boli Galindo
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Thingumajig TheatreSunday, May 19th, 2019 at 8:04pm
Meanwhile, somewhere in Antwerp, Belgium, Plucky has had a lovely day playing at one of your more unexpected places for #outdoorarts #streettheatre
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Thingumajig TheatreSunday, May 19th, 2019 at 7:47pm
Wow, can’t believe the crowds at #GhostCaribou last night Brighton Festival Without Walls, photos by Summer Dean #brightonfestival #outdoorarts #streettheatre #giantpuppets #festival #puppetry #shadowpuppets
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Thingumajig TheatreSaturday, May 18th, 2019 at 11:58pm
Massive crowds tonight watching our #GhostCaribou thanks Brighton Festival and Without Walls for bringing us out!

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Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 at 2:38pm
Started making a monster today-- #Cetus for @200Kingsley this is just a model; final will be 4x bigger #giantpuppet #gooddayattheoffice https://t.co/h1D4h0lexc ThingumaTheatre photo
Sunday, May 19th, 2019 at 7:04pm
@Drlee93376263 @ibikebrighton @Eurovision @brightfest Next #GhostCaribou show in your area is St Leonards Festival on 29 June
Sunday, May 19th, 2019 at 5:05pm
Meanwhile, somewhere in Antwerp, Belgium, Plucky has had a lovely day playing at one of your more unexpected place for #outdoorarts #streettheatre https://t.co/S2Iw6qCfPK ThingumaTheatre photo

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