[Translate to Englisch:] Emso und das Ehepaar Röders. / Emso and his creators Mrs and Mr Roeders. (Photo: EMS / Heiligers)
03. April 2017
Emso is here!
A mascot can do a lot of things
To enthuse and to connect children: that's what the children's programme YOU+ME: FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD is about. But how can children be reached on festivals and on fair trades so that they get to know the programme? Printed flyers or tables with information are not suitable... there must be something else. Therefore the idea of a big, walking elephant puppet was born. It is not a real puppet, rather a so called "Walkact". A person can slip into the Walkact and can walk, dance and shake hands. In the past I saw such figures on fairs and I was always very much impressed how wonderful and easy it is to get in touch with young and old people by walking around with such puppets. The EMS children's programme works with two identificatiuon figures: Emso the elephant and Pipit, the Bird. And so it was obvious, that the Walkact will be an elephant.
Sewed by professionals
Sewing such a puppet on our own was absolutely impossible. Fortunately we found two Walkact-Professionals: Mrs and Mr Roeders from "Fabula-Puppets" in the North of Germany. They handcraft the nicest and loveliest puppets far and wide. They agreed in creating a big blue elephant. It took a long period of time and we were in absolute suspense. The creators didn't send us pictures while working on Emso. It should stay a surprise. And when they arrived in Stuttgart a few days ago with their big van and with Emso, it was a successful surprise.
Children are shaking hands with the elephant
I immediately slept into the puppet and went on the street to find out how it feels to walk in elephant-legs. I can tell you: I have to practice more! I could only fit in the escalator with folded ears (you can see this in the picture). But outside on the street two children run straightaway to me and shake hands with the elephant. They had to laugh out loud particularly when Emso was standing on just one leg. So the walkact passed the acid test.
Emso muss im Aufzug seine Ohren einklappen. / Emso only fits in the elevator with folded ears. (Photo: EMS / Heiligers)
Puppet for fairs, festivals and workshops
From now on the elephant will be on fairs and festivals, for example on the "international exhibition on fair trade" on April 20th in Stuttgart. There will be a workshop for children explaining why bananas should be fair traded.
And what about Pipit, the Bird? How could she accompany the walkact? Do you have any ideas? I am excited to hear about them!
coordinates the children's programme
There is nothing more exciting than talking with children about justice. There is nothing more beautiful to experience how creative children think about our future and how they develop interest for each other.