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9.-11. October

Hvammstangi International Puppetry Festival

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0 - 5000isk

Hvammstangi International Puppet Festival is a brand new puppet festival hosted in the village of Hvammstangi in North West Iceland. The festival celebrates live action contemporary puppetry in theatre and film. This
year HIP festival will be held 9. - 11. October, featuring 12 productions representing artists from 9 nationalities, a selection of workshops and masterclasses for all ages, and live action puppetry films curated by Heather Henson's Handmade Puppet Dreams in the USA. Over 60% of the festival offerings are free to attend. The full festival programme can be found
at We cannot wait to welcome you to our small corner of the world. 

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HIP Fest is produced by Hvammstangi‘s international award winning puppetry theatre, Handbendi Brúðuleikhús. The festival programmes and delivers biennially:
 Small and mid-scale national and international productions for adults and children
 Live music events to keep the party going
 Masterclasses for professionals and passionate amateurs
 Shows and workshops for children and adults
 Puppetry shorts and feature length films
 Talks and networking events, including an UNIMA focus group

Handbendi Brúðuleikhús also produces, community engagement activities, performances, workshops and events in Iceland and across the globe, all from their workshop in Hvammstangi.

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GPS points
N65° 23' 50.891" W20° 56' 42.235"
Félagsheimilið Hvammstanga, Klapparstígur, Hvammstangi

North Iceland

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In every case, the residents are lively and ready to celebrate.

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