Drop by the Paseo Nuevo shopping center in downtown Santa Barbara to visit this year’s PuppetPalooza Central! Located in the center of the Paseo Nuevo shops and restaurants (301 Paseo Nuevo), the PuppetPalooza headquarters will remain open through March 15.
At the headquarters, you can purchase merchandise and festival tickets while admiring an exhibition of puppetry art by one of Santa Barbara’s most talented puppet builders, Christina McCarthy. McCarthy is the current Vice Chair and Director of Dance at the UCSB Theater and Dance Department, where she dedicates her time to finding inventive, new ways to make puppets move in an astonishingly life-like manner. Her three-dimensional art explores the intersection of puppets, theater, and dance.
The Santa Barbara International PuppetPalooza takes place March 1-4, featuring over 30 performers and 20 events. This multicultural festival draws families and children from all over the world to Santa Barbara for four days of performances and exhibits! In the weeks leading up to the festival, the headquarters will be screening an assortment of unique puppet films curated by Heather Henson.
PuppetPalooza Central is located next door to Pressed Juicery and adjacent to Paseo Nuevo Cinemas near Center Court. For more information on the festival, visit puppetpaloozasb.com.