Join top supporters, festival artistic directors and staff to toast the opening of the 6th edition of the Festival at a pre-show reception featuring early access to opening night festivities with drinks and hors d’oeuvres, immediately followed by the opening night production of Wakka Wakka's Immortal Jellyfish Girl (show tickets sold separately). After the performance, come celebrate opening night with the artists and acts ready to astonish and delight you for the next 12 days of the festival! Enjoy drinks, dessert and the regionally-inspired Mexico City ensemble Los Héroes del Desfierro's wind and brass band music, playing free interpretations of a diverse repertoire, both traditional and imaginary. On January 28, join us for a special Closing Night Cabaret featuring the world-celebrated vocalist, actress, puppeteer, director: Yael Rasooly with incomparable accordionist, Iliya Magalnyk.
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About the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival
The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival advances the art of puppetry by presenting sophisticated programs vital to the cultural life of Chicago. Engaging and inspiring the largest and most diverse audiences for puppetry possible, the Festival is the biggest event dedicated to puppetry in North America and traditionally offers more than 100 activities annually including performances, workshops, artist instensives, free neighborhood events and symposia to audiences up to 14,000 over 11 days each January. The organization is also home to other key initiatives, including the Chicago Puppet Studio and Chicago Puppet Lab, that nurture the development of puppeteers and deepen the field locally, nationally and internationally with the ultimate goal of promoting peace, equality, mutual understanding, and justice locally and globally.