Pakistan String Puppetry Festival

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Pakistan String Puppetry Festival
Also calledThespianz String Puppetry Festival
Typecultural, social
CelebrationsString Puppetry Performance for Social Awareness
BeginsIn the month of October
EndsJune or July

The Pakistan String Puppetry festival is Pakistan's biggest city-wide String Puppetry Festival with more than 300 performances for 30,000 viewers held from October to January in Karachi, Pakistan. It is organized by Thespianz Theatre. The festival began in October 2016. The festival endeavors to charm audiences, raise awareness and urges the rejection of extremism and violence.[1][2][3]

First Festival[edit]

The first festival began on 25 October 2016 with the aim to heal the Karachi city through 300 various string puppetry performances in 79 schools, colleges, and universities. Three plays Jheel Saiful Malook, Sindbad and one promoting harmony between the four provinces were presented.[1]

Performances were attended by private company owners, famous and the media.[4]

Second Festival[edit]

The second Pakistan String Puppetry Festival by Thespianz Theatre began on January 14 and till July 31, 2019. With 330 puppet shows, the event considered to be the longest festival held in Pakistan, to date. The festival held at 11 areas in Karachi for the reason to provide entertainment to the lower socio-economic class for free and inculcate awareness about acceptance, religious harmony and Pakistan's cultural values.[5]

The festival held at the outskirts of Karachi and mainly slum areas.

Festival Areas
Sakhi Hasan Gulzar-e-Hijri Shirin Jinnah Colony Maripur
Pehelwan Goth Chakiwara Chakra Goth Khadda Memon
Saeedabad Ibrahim Hydri Paposh Nagar

Faisal Malik (artistic director of Thespianz Theatre) leads this festival while Nouman Mehmood has written the scrips for festival performances with an easy-to-understand wordings so that a common man understand the social messages.[6] 100 unique puppets were presented in this festival to highlight different culture of Pakistan through traditional attires of Sindhis, Punjabis, Baluchis, Pashtuns and other traditions.[7]

The festival has been endorsed by a number of national and International news agencies such as BBC Urdu[8], Voice of Australia[9], Pakistan-Asia News[10] and Voice of America.[11]


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  2. ^ Mir, Ayesha (October 27, 2016). "Art of Story telling exploring the world of String Puppetry". Express Tribune. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  3. ^ Mahmood, Javed (December 1, 2016). "Karachi theatre prompts spectators to shun extremism". Pakistan-Asia-News. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  4. ^ Desk, News (May 9, 2018). "Colours of Pakistani culture displayed at puppet show". Express Tribune. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  5. ^ Khan, Aftab (2019-02-10). "Thespianz Theatre inaugurates Pakistan's longest puppet show". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  6. ^ Salman, Peerzada (2019-02-09). "330 puppet shows will take place in the Pakistan String Puppetry Festival". Dawn Images. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  7. ^ Haider, Talib. "Reviving the ancient art of puppetry". SBS. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  8. ^ "ذات پات کے فرق مٹانے کی انوکھی کوشش". 2019-02-19. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  9. ^ "Reviving the ancient art of puppetry". SBS Your Language. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  10. ^ Forward, Pakistan. "Pakistan String Puppetry Festival brings message of tolerance, harmony to Karachi". Pakistan Forward. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  11. ^ "Log In or Sign Up to View". Retrieved 2019-04-18.