Snuff Puppets and APAN: Pacific Gods of the Underworld
On display throughout the festival.
Come check out our giant puppets.
10am to 4pm daily.
About our giant puppets
In January 2015 the Australia Pacific Arts Network (APAN) and Brimbank Council joined with professional performing arts company Snuff Puppets to deliver their ‘People’s Puppet Project’ as part of a larger project entitled ‘Mātē: Rituals of Death in the Pacific, supported by funding from Australia Council.
Together we explored the journeys of Pacific people to Melbourne/Australia focusing on ceremonial dress, vigil, burial, the very different death rituals of royalty, and Pacific gods. Some of the participants hadn’t even realized the Pacific Islands had pre-Christian Gods. As it happens, there are many!
Our first outing with the puppets was in March 2015 for Sunshine out door film event ‘Mai Pasifika’ attended by special guest, the Crown Princess of Tonga. The puppets have also performed at Federation Square in 2015 and 2016.
Free to look and take a photo.
Please do not touch the puppets as they are fragile.