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The Kenya Institute of Puppet Theatre (KIPT) organizes the bi- annual International Puppetry Festival “IPfest” Kenya. IPFest Kenya was first organized and held in Kenya in 2002 under Community Health Awareness Puppeteers (CHAPS) Programme. IPFest is the only international puppetry festival in the world calendar from East and Central Africa.

Sponsors of the previous festivals included embassies of Finland, Hungary, Poland and Israel, County Government of Nairobi, Project Hands Up (USA), Alliance Francaise, The Kenya National Library Services, The Kenya Cultural Centre, Artist Forum International, Buni Media, Africa Digital Media Institute, Lene/Leif from Denmark, Ford Foundation, the Goethe Institute, the Prince Claus Fund, the French Cultural Centre and Africalia, the Barclays Bank and Kitengela Glass among other

The festival features diverse presentations through workshops, exhibitions and performances by teams from various parts of the world.



The Kenya Institute of Puppet Theatre and the University of Nairobi, Department of Literature and Performing Art is organizing the 10th Edition of the Kenya International Puppetry Festival (IPFest) Kenya 2022.  The 10th edition of IPFest was supposed to be held in 2020 but due to COVID -19 pandemic, it was pushed to 2022. It is also the first time in the history of puppetry programme in Kenya that the Kenya Institute of Puppet Theatre is partnering with an institution of higher learning, specifically University of Nairobi on a five-year programme to introducing puppetry in institutions of higher learning. The festival being one area of partnership will create a link between puppet theatre professionals, practitioners and the academia in enhancing research and development of puppet theatre in Kenya.

The IPfest Kenya 2022 will be opening on Wednesday 16th November 2022 and closing on Saturday 19th, 2022 at the Kenya National Theatre.