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European Puppet & Creative Arts Ministry Festival RUGBY

Fri Oct 27th 2017


One Way UK European Festival 2017

Venue for 2017:
Rugby College, Technology Drive, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 1AR

Countdown to the 2017 festival...

One Way UK European Festival 2016

As we travel throughout the UK and attend some of the main Christian conferences, we have the opportunity to introduce puppetry and creative arts to people who might not have thought they had a particular gifting in this area. Many attend our training days each year, where during a full day of intensive and hands-on training they leave inspired, encouraged and equipped to develop a puppetry ministry in their own church. But where do you go next?

Our European Puppet and Creative Arts Festival is for everyone, adults and children, who want to learn how to share the Gospel of Christ using their creative skills. With over 80 exciting workshops, two and a half hours of spectacular main stage performances, six competitions, an enormous range of creative arts resources on display and so much more, it's going to be an incredible two days... and all of this is available from just £35 per person for the full Festival!

With workshops led by Maegan Bruce, Jared Hall, Bob Hartman and Shane Rootes from the USA as well as a wide range of special UK guests! There will be hands-on workshops on puppetry, gospel illusions, storytelling, all-age services, ventriloquism, working with children and adults with learning difficulties and SEN, worship, using amazing science in object lessons, drama, creative communication, gospel ballooning and so much more. All for both the absolute beginner and plenty of classes for those who are more experienced and keen to develop their skills further.
European Festival Competitions
Return home inspired and equipped with skills and resources to use in your services, Messy Church, Open the Book sessions, outreach and work in the schools and community!

Our theme this year is 'Step Out'. When Jesus 'stepped out' of the grave He changed the world forever, nothing would be the same again. When we trust Jesus, we step out in faith with our lack of understanding made up by God's all-knowing love for us. As we journey together with Him, we look to encourage and equip each other to have the confidence, resources and skills to step out and try new things! God promises to always be with us as we step out together with Him.

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EPMF 2016 Event Photos

European Festival 2016 New

We are really excited for Maegan and Jared to be joining us again this year with new workshops and new performances, showcasing their outstanding gifts! We will also be introducing three new UK guests (including Tony Vino and Lesley Gray) leading a diverse range of fresh new practical workshops, alongside our other experts passionate to share their knowledge, ideas and experience. The 2017 Puppet Academy team will be performing a brand new set of songs, pushing the boundaries of puppetry and creative arts once again!

European Festival 2017 Venue

We are very excited to be returning to Rugby European Festival Venue 2016 Rugby College DirectionsCollege for our 2017 event. This venue offers excellent facilities with a large free car park on site, spacious workshop rooms, full disabled access, in-house catering, supermarkets nearby and more! Along with a range of great value hotels nearby, we are also able to offer church accommodation again this year at only £5 per person including breakfast.
The College is only a five minute walk from Rugby train station and is just off the M1, junction 19 (onto the M6). View full directions.

European Festival 2017 Workshops

The team have been busy putting together a fantastic range of workshops for this year's event and we are very proud to launch our workshop schedule for this year! We have over 80 workshops available which includes 35 brand NEW workshops covering not only new puppetry techniques but also, as requested on feedback from previous events, a wide range of children, youth and family ministry training, technical workshops and new illusion classes as well. See our complete workshop schedule for this year's event below! Download your copy here.
European Festival 2017 Workshop Schedule

European Festival WorkshopsEuropean Festival 2016 Other features
European Festival Competitions

The main showcase on Friday evening will see the 2017 Puppet Academy Team performing a number of brand new songs using a wide variety of puppets, techniques and creative arts, pushing the boundaries once again! We hope that this will inspire you to try out new performance ideas in your own teams. Alongside the Puppet Academy team on the Friday night and also in a second different showcase on the Saturday will be our outstanding UK and International guests bringing you a total of two and a half hours worth of performances! Check out the full two day programme.

The European Festival will also feature six competitions including: Song, Skit, Open, Ventriloquism/Solo Puppetry, the Lip Sync Challenge and a Creative Arts Competition. For full details on the competitions, guidelines and judging forms visit our competition page. Don't forget to book your place early as these competitions fill up quickly.

Not forgetting live worship at the start of each day with Shane Rootes and band as well as the opportunity to network with others, share ideas, find other teams that are local to you and encourage one another.

At the European Puppet Festival, there will also be our largest range of resources available for you to see, try and take back home with you, with many items on special offer. This will include all of our brand new product launches as well!
Example of European Festival Workshops, 2016 schedule

Main Stage at European Festival 2016

Delegate Feedback from the 2016 Festival
"Thank you once again for a really informative, spiritual and fun experience at the European Festival last weekend. It was so well run, and great workshops. Special mention for Maegan Bruce. Not only did she do excellent workshops, but her ventriloquist skills were out of this world!"

"We just wanted to say thank you for all your hard work this weekend at the European Puppet Festival. We enjoyed every minute of it and came away feeling uplifted and encouraged, just what we needed. So, many thanks to you all."

"Loved it as usual, very informative workshops, thank you to all the team. So many fantastic workshops, hard to choose which ones to go too!"

"I love coming to the Festival, it's great to see such a wide variety of puppetry styles, it's really helpful and inspiring. The workshops are a great opportunity to try new styles and puppets and learn new skills. The venue is absolutely fantastic!"

"Thank you for doing an amazing job at providing for us each year. It's amazing that we all have the opportunity to come together like this and learn so much."

"A massive thank you for all your work for another really successful Festival."

"I came for the first time last year and had a great time, brought two other people from our church this year. Again amazed at the talent! It's so much fun. The workshops I went to were led so well and so informative."

"It was a brilliant two days and you seem to have covered nearly every expressive art form. The only two I could see missing was dance and drawing or painting which Meagan actually showed us I have seen this done before in a worship setting and is so powerful. Well, done to all involved."

"Fabulous new range of workshops. Many, many thanks for all you do to help us share the Gospel it is a pleasure to be part of this family."

"I thoroughly enjoyed the whole event once more and am already looking forward to next year!"

"I attended my first European Creative Ministries Festival recently having known about One Way UK for many years. I was invited to present workshops to demonstrate how I make music videos with puppets using only my phone. The weekend was a great opportunity for me to meet other people with similar interests and to see such a wide range of creative work on display - there are some really dedicated, talented and hard-working people from all over the country. It was good to witness a wider picture which I knew little of and the festival must surely have been quite an inspiration to most of those in attendance.

It was also good to meet the One Way UK team and to find out about what they each do down in Grimsby. Again, they are some really good people who do so much to provide us with training, resources and contacts. I was particularly pleased to have been welcomed as part of the team and enjoyed being able to help anyone who may have needed it.

Finally, but most importantly, it was a blessing to see so many people working with all of their heart as for the Lord and not for men. I'm sure I've come across that verse in Colossians 3:23 somewhere before!" See more delegate feedback...

To book by post, please print a booking form for payment by cheque or debit/credit card.

Friday 27th October & Saturday 28th October 2017



INDIVIDUAL PRICES (per delegate)

  • Registration Fee £47.50

GROUP PRICES (per delegate)
Book 6 or more places to qualify.

  • Registration Fee £42.50


INDIVIDUAL PRICES (per delegate)

  • Registration Fee £31.00

GROUP PRICES (per delegate)
Book 6 or more places to qualify.

  • Registration Fee £28.00

PLEASE NOTE: All bookings will be dealt with on a 'first come first serve' basis, so please BOOK EARLY to avoid disappointment.


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