All invited to be part of record book bid at puppet carnival


The ‘Tarbol Teatro de Titeres’ team from Peru will be among the international puppeteers making an appearance at RWPC 2019.

KUCHING: Members of the public are encouraged to be part of an attempt to get into the Malaysia Book of Records for the ‘Highest Number of Puppeteers in a Single Puppet Parade’, happening during the
Rainforest World Puppet Carnival (RWPC) 2019 here from Nov 11 to 16.

World Puppet Carnival Asian Continental director Gerald Goh says the organiser targets a crowd of at least 1,000 to create this new Malaysian record.

To take part in the Nov 16 parade, participants must first attend the puppetry workshops scheduled on Nov 12 to 14 – 1pm to 3pm daily – at Plaza Merdeka here.

“During the workshops, participants will be able to learn about puppetry from international puppeteers who are here for the RWPC 2019.

“After that, they will join the parade where we hope to get the ‘Highest Number of Puppeteers in a Single Puppet Parade’. Officials from the Malaysia
Book of Records will be present,” said Goh when contacted yesterday.

He added that once the officials had verified and confirmed the record, all participants would be given certificates to acknowledge their role in creating it.

The parade would take place in front of Kuching South City Council (MBKS) building, kicking off at 3pm.

Goh said there would also be the ‘First Puppet Show with Sarawak Content’ this year.

“This will be the show for the closing ceremony on Nov 16, starting 7.30pm.”

To register for the workshops or to purchase tickets for the closing show, contact Sheila on 019-886 7881 / Liew on 016-888 2090.

Puppeteers from 17 countries would be attending RWPC 2019 – the Asian version of the Europe-based World Puppet Carnival (WPC), which has been touring internationally for around a decade.

RWPC was previously held here in 2015 and 2017.

It is funded and supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, and organised by World Arts Convention together with Society for Arts and Handicraft Sarawak.