KENYA INSTITUTE OF PUPPET THEATRE (KIPT)
KIPT is a dynamic, innovative and creative institution that uses puppetry, participatory educational theatre and folk media in life skills promotion, community education and cultural communication that engage people into interactive discourse. It was founded by a team of puppet / theatre practitioners for the purpose of harnessing puppetry and folk media theatre experiences and using them for socio-economic and environmental change.
KIPT exists to contribute to the improvement of the livelihoods of the youth and the larger community through promoting of greater personal and community involvement, accountability, awareness, growth and development.
It has organized and coordinated the IP FESTIVAL since 2006
The organization has undertaken consultancies in the designing of learning materials, facilitation of workshops, training in puppetry and folk media for national and international organizations. These include; Netherlands Leprosy Relief, UNICEF, Merlin International, German Development Cooperation (GIZ), Save the Children International, British Council, the Association of AIDS Organisation (TASO) in Uganda among others.
It has initiated puppetry projects in Nigeria, Eritrea, Sudan, Somali, Uganda and Liberia and participated in collaborative puppetry projects in Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, South Africa, Finland, Denmark and Australia.
The IPfest 2016 is being organized in partnership with the following organization;
- The Union Internationale de la Marionette (UNIMA) Kenya Chapter
- Project Hands Up from USA
- International Association of Theatre for Young People (ASSITEJ) Kenya Chapter