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Friendship through puppets Dewsbury

Funded on Spacehive 12 August 2021 Delivered 30 November 2021

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Friendship through puppets Dewsbury

 6 million + Charitable Trust By 6 million + Charitable Trust

Create a Syrian 'Weeping Sister' giant puppet with refugees and local people. Create a parade of giant puppets in North Kirklees town centres for Platforma 6 National Refugee Arts Festival, October 21

Earlsheaton Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 12 Aug 2021!

With representatives from Kirklees Syrian community, local refugees and local volunteers of all ages working together, we will create a giant puppet 4 metres tall of a Syrian refugee based on our friend Najma, who is a Syrian woman re-settled in Kirklees. We will create this in Dewsbury and offer sessions in textiles, sculpture, music and performance to create her and bring her to life, finding out about the Syrian experience along the way. She will be the seventh and final 'Weeping Sister' giant puppet created by 6 million + and will be a resource for our commemorative parades for Holocaust Memorial Day and other civic occasions in Kirklees for the next 5 years. We will create a giant puppet parade for Platforma 6, the biennial national festival of refugee associated arts that is taking place in Yorkshire for the first time this October. We will arrange a meeting with Amal, the giant puppet of a Syrian girl who is walking from Syria to Sheffield this year, arriving in the autumn.

What we'll deliver:

  • Local people and refugees will share experiences, food and craft activities.
  • We will make a giant puppet of a Syrian woman refugee who is now living in Kirklees
  • We will create a parade of giant puppets for Dewsbury and Batley town centres as part of Platforma 6 Festival.

Why it's a great idea:

Increased understanding between refugees and local people. New friendships made and new skills acquired. New opportunities for volunteering. Spectacular town centre parades in Dewsbury and Batley. Being part of a national showcase for refugee associated arts, raising the profile of arts and culture in North Kirklees.

Steps to get it done:

  • Completing a giant puppet of a Syrian refugee from Kirklees
  • Delivering a parade featuring the puppet in Dewsbury town centre

We would hope this project would also be seen as part of the renewal of Dewsbury Town Centre, while also reaching Batley and other North Kirklees towns. It will provide both opportunities for volunteering and placements for local college students.

Location Earlsheaton

About the space



Kirklees Council

How will the money be spent?Total £12,834

Textile artist fees - £2,250 (18%)
Project co-ordinator - £1,750 (14%)
Puppet artist fees - £1,500 (12%)
Admin/Office costs - £1,400 (11%)
Use of space for craft workshops and storage - £1,200 (9%)
Musicians for parades - £1,000 (8%)
Documentation - £750 (6%)
Materials (Consumables) - £700 (5%)
Marketing and publicity - £500 (4%)
Publicity support - person time - £500 (4%)
Other - £1,284 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Textile artist fees
Project co-ordinator
Puppet artist fees
Admin/Office costs
Use of space for craft workshops and storage
Musicians for parades
Materials (Consumables)
Marketing and publicity
Publicity support - person time
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transport
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Childcare
  • Community transport

Total £12,834

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