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Message of World Puppetry Day 2023 by Professor Nina Malíková "The pandemic, the war conflicts and the escalating economic problems of the last few years have made life difficult for all of us, as all this unrest creates tension, fear and anxiety about the future. Worry has settled in our minds and on our faces. Of course, I cannot imagine what it was like in previous centuries.  But if we look a little closer at history, we see that similar situations – albeit in a different form and world order – have existed before. Despite all this, people believed in love, had children and still tried not only to survive,... A Vision for UNIMA | Youth Commission open session March 31 A Vision for UNIMA | Youth Commission open session Date: March 31st Time: Vote to find our common timezone together (via zoom registration) The Youth Commission invites you to an open session about UNIMA's vision and priorities for the future. We want to hear your thoughts, ideas and questions about UNIMA, the field of puppetry, and our role in its continued thriving. Let us take a place at the same table and make space to listen to the voices of our field. The meetings will take place on March 31st and will be organized online via Zoom. Registration is open now on: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEude6hrTIpGdL6rCA-dJy1I-RJgyfOhv6D  Please register... UNIMA celebrates International Women's Day 2023 UNIMA's volunteers have organised a series of interviews available on its new news channel where women artists may share their achievements and challenges. The first series of eight videos was released on March the 8th 2023 on International Women's Day. The group invites all puppeteers of the world, regardless of nationality, gender, and religious beliefs, to display and represent their views on Women, Life, Freedom with their puppets, via photos or videos, on their page, unima.org/womenlifefreedom. Your contributions may be kept anonymous if you require, and they would consider all videos and image files if you could provide the name... WPD2023 Submissions are officially closed! Submissions for World Puppetry Day 2023 are closed, officially as of 1st March. If you did not manage to have your art submitted this year, we look forward to hearing from you at our 2024 WPD call! We would like to thank all those who sent us their videos. Your passionate work will premiere on 21st March! Stay tuned to our Youtube channel for updates and sneak peaks Puppetry and dramaturgy in public spaces, call for applications open! Tomorrow's puppetry in Africa - Dramaturgies and digital exeriments A training cycle for the puppetry artists of the African continent. UNIMA international, its commissions Africa and Professional Training, in collaboration with the National Centres of UNIMA in Tunisia, Kenya, Togo, South Africa, Burkina Faso and the representative in Uganda, launch together a training cycle in 2023 for puppetry artists of the African continent on the theme: Dramaturgies and digital experimentations.  For this project, the partners wish to work with other National Centres and representatives from the continent who are invited to apply after having read the call for applications by writing a... NEWS BOOKLET - Project Africa 2020-2021 Plein Feu Sur La Marionnette en Afrique Even if it is said "of tradition" in Africa, the sector of the puppetry arts is not yet really professionalized. Conscious of this reality, UNIMA - International Union of Puppetry, proposed, with the Académie Ivoire Marionnette (Ivory Coast) and the Centre Djarama (Senegal), a cycle of training associated to a creation and professional meetings, the whole within the framework of the 90 years of the organization. This project had vocation not only to accompany the professionalization of the sector by integrating, notably, young artists to the activities, but also to bring a visibility... UNIMA Council, Dossier 2023, English Edition It is with our great pleasure to announce that the English dossier for the UNIMA Council of April 26th-30th 2023 is here. This first edition contains the reports of all our Commissions and 46 National Centre regarding their activities since the online Congress of 2021. All UNIMA members are entitled a digital pdf of this dossier, available for download here. To access the document, please write to your National Centres for the password. For direct members, please write to info@unima.org. If you have yet to join us as a UNIMA member, you may acquire a digital copy via Sendowl, a 10€ fee... The puppetry school of Kharkiv in Charleville-Mézières, Ukraine The State Academy of Puppet Theater of Kharkiv in Charleville-Mézières The city of Charleville-Mézières, the UNIMA - Union Internationale de la Marionnette and the Institut International de la Marionnette join forces to welcome from the 18th to the 25th of March, during the festivities planned for the World Puppetry Day 2023, 4 Ukrainian puppetry students and their director Oksana Dmitryeva. The opportunity to lay the foundations of a longer term cooperation during the next edition of the World Puppetry Day 2023 which federates about twenty partners in Charleville-Mézières, in the Ardennes department and in the Grand Est region. This delegation will be able to take part in numerous activities and present... Contribute to World Puppetry Day's video montage, Call of the Forest! We call upon you all to submit video sequences between 15 to 30 seconds (filmed horizontally) of your creations and animations resonating with stories of the forest. For WPD 2023, we hope to promote a focus on our forests. They are invaluable, yet always in danger. The forest and all they convey is the focus of our montage for World Puppetry Day. Send your file (maximum 30 seconds), direct or via a file transfer site (WeTransfer, Sendit, Dropbox, etc) to web@unima.org. We seek your understanding that videos should come without graphics, logos, or subtitles for a cohesive montage. Your... UNIMA showcase at the Charleville-Mézières festival, 2023 UNIMA creates links and often more than links, founding stories for places. All UNIMA meetings create this value of friendship and vision. Charleville-Mézières is a commendable example of a reciprocal friendship that creates tools to support enthusiasm and desire, but also to develop values that are essential to all humanity. From a subsidiary art relegated to the margins, UNIMA has not ceased to promote, to launch projects and to found not only schools, but an ever greater recognition of the puppet arts as a major art. The languages of this art make us universal through the approach of these links and... Call for applications – AVIAMA grants 2023 – Puppets and Mobility The International Association of Puppet Friendly Cities (AVIAMA) brings together cities and local governments around the world around puppetry, convinced of the importance of culture in their development. AVIAMA represents a real network of cooperation and exchanges. For the 5th consecutive year, AVIAMA is launching a mobility aid scheme for projects in the field of puppetry. The deadline for sending applications is Tuesday, January 31, 2023 midnight. The results will be communicated from Friday, April 14, 2023. Sending the complete file by email to contact@aviama.org Objectives of the scholarships They are intended for any person or company having a project involving: Training, Creation,... Beyond the thought of the clouds? In the beginning, a drop of water appeared, which drew the most beautiful shapes; but these were all ephemeral. However hard or complex matter may be, know that it has water as its principle. But all that has water as its foundation has no more reality than a dream, than a mirage. No one has ever considered water as a stable element. How could a construction on water be indefinitely solid? The Conference of the Birds, Farid Ad-Din Attar (1142-1220)   To propose a future, beyond everything, beyond political, geopolitical, climate, economic, and public health crises, when bombs are falling, destroying theatres and... 36th International Theatrical Festival VALISE We would like to kindly inform you that the 36th edition of the International Theatrical Festival VALISE will be held from May 31 to June 3, 2023 at the Puppet and Actor Theater in Łomza. For 35 years, the festival has matured, repeatedly undergone programmatic transformation, reacted to newer and newer trends in contemporary theater, social changes, the history of the changing world and made the dreams of artists come true. Each edition of this important international event enables the flow of artistic ideas, exchange of experiences and provides a space for puppetry meetings in a unique atmosphere. The festival... ANIMATERIA 2023 Advanced training course ANIMATERIA 2023 Advanced training course for puppeteer expert in techniques and languages, analogue and digital, of puppet theatre. Until 31 January 2023 registrations for ANIMATERIA 2023 / IVa Edition will be opened. ANIMATERIA is a specialised training course for promoting and stimulating the practice of contemporary puppet theatre in all its forms particularly, but not exclusively, amongst young and up-and-coming artists, to awaken interest in its extraordinary possibilities for scenic and dramaturgical experimentation. The course, co-financed by the Emilia-Romagna Region and the European Social Fund, is organized by Teatro Gioco Vita, Teatro del Drago and Fondazione Simonini, and will be held in... Segni Festival Below are all the opportunities to participate and co-create with us Festival SEGNI 2023. There is time until December 31 23:59 CET to apply and share your ideas. Apply with a performance Apply to teach a Pasta Madre Masterclass Bring a Teen group to the Festival OPEN CALL: APPLICATIONS OPEN until December 31, 2022 - 11:59 pm CET! We look forward to your submissions, see you soon! For more information: segnidinfanzia.org | segnidinfanzia@gmail.com | +39 0376 752417 INTERNATIONAL ONLINE DIPLOMA IN PUPPET THERAPY 2023 - 6th English version. Muñecoterapia Chile invites applicants to the 6th edition of its International Online Diploma in Puppet Therapy. Call and organisation: Muñecoterapia Chile & Puppets in Transit Sponsor: UNIMA Education, Development and Therapy Commission This Online Diploma is designed and focused on the use of puppets and objects in the expressive and therapeutic dimension; to rescue memory and learnt hopelessness. The Puppet Therapy Diploma invites you to be part of a journey where creativity, research, studies, and the exchanging of experiences between students and teachers from different fields and places around the globe, are combined. THE DIPLOMA COURSE IN PUPPET THERAPY COMBINES ✔Theory, practice and research... Estonia's 26th International Festival, "Theatre in the Suitcase" XXVIth international puppet theater festval "Theater in suitcase" / Estonia We welcome You to the 26th International Festival of Puppet Theaters "THEATER IN THE SUITCASE" The Festival will take place in May 18 – 20. 2023 in Viljandi, Estonia From the festival program you will find: * Puppet shows in Viljandi Puppet Theatre and various places in Viljandi * Round tables and discussions after the performances * Different workshops * Evening activities During the Festival every participant will be provided with free accommodation and catering. You have free entrance to all performances and concerts turning the festival. We don`t pay fee for the performances and don't cover transport... Puppet Perspectives – an online conversation November 19 2022, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm MST Free Puppet Perspectives – online conversation Is it time for the nonhuman voice to be heard? Sentience is in question. Personhood is at issue. Anthropocentrism is challenged. WP Puppet Theatre’s Festival of Ideas explores the power of puppetry, as applied in areas of social justice, community issues and cultural anthropology. Sometimes it is crystal clear that puppetry can be a tool for teaching literacy, grab attention in a parade for social action or build community through sharing cultural traditions. In this case of non-human perspectives or different points of view are puppets are relevant? And if so how? Are... « On Participation and Solidarity» A letter from the General Secretary 27th October 2022 THREADSUNS above the greyblack wastes A tree- high thought grasps the light-tone: there are still songs to sing beyond mankind (Paul Celan, 1968. Translation by Pierre Joris) Dear Presidents, Councillors, members and friends, In a world more and more upset, the arts are more and more questioned as need and desire to invent answers, as well as to reformulate the questions asked. The puppet arts do not escape these constant challenges and all the more constant as they reveal visions of dialogue, hope and creativity beyond the borders and differences of traditions and visions. UNIMA is all the more necessary as it not only accompanies the... Council 2023 - Registrations open Registrations for Bali Council 2023 are open! For more details, visit our Council page here. The meeting of councillors and the Executive Committee will take place from Wednesday, 26 April 2023 until Sunday, 30 April 2023. Options to attend physically or virtually are available. To register, download the registration form (click here) and mail it to unima.or.id@gmail.com. Register by 30th November for an early bird discount (applicable only to physical registrations). Do write to info@unima.org for any queries. INTERNATIONAL ONLINE DIPLOMA IN PUPPET THERAPY 2022 – 5th English version Muñecoterapia Chile is calling all the applicants for the 5th version of its International Online Diploma in Puppet Therapy. Call and organize: Muñecoterapia Chile & Puppets in Transit
Sponsor: UNIMA Education, Development and Therapy Commission This Online Diploma is designed and focused on the use of puppets and objects in their expressive and therapeutic dimension; to the rescue of memory and learnt hopelessness. The Puppet Therapy Diploma invites you to be part of a journey where creativity, research, studies and the interchange of experiences among students and professors – from different fields and places around the globe – are combined. THE DIPLOMA COURSE...
Nordic Puppetry Supports Ukraine Puppeteers Sunflower made by Atelier Pisto "Due to the war in Ukraine, we are a group of theatre people in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland who have joined forces to initiate initiatives to help our colleagues in Ukraine. We are a collaboration between freelance theatre people and Unima in the Nordics, and we are all deeply appalled by the brutality of the war. Hence this collaboration, which has a focus on people who work professionally with puppet theatre in Ukraine, a form of theatre that has old and proud traditions in the country. Ukraine has two schools for education in animation theatre,... Trauma and Puppetry Handout This compact document from the EDT Commission combines basic information about an emergency reaction to trauma combined with aspects of basic puppetry. It will give practical advice and be an inspiring introduction for puppeteers, helpers, educators, therapists and everybody who is touched by the great possibilities of puppetry. There are versions in different languages. Feel free to share. . Download the document : In English > Traumatic emergency reaction and puppetry In French / en français > Réaction d’urgence traumatique et jeu de marionnettes In German / auf Deutsch > Akute traumatische Notfallreaktion und Puppenspiel In Spanish / En español > Titeres... Convocation Bali Council 2023 « In Times of Need » Call to members, Councillors, and friends for the 2023 UNIMA Bali Council "Lucidity is the wound closest to the sun"(René Char, Feuillet d'Hypnos) . Dear Presidents, national and international Councillors, members, friends,  The pandemic has paralysed us, wars strike and kill, populations die indiscriminately, and cultures struggle not to succumb to the irreversible and to the state of affairs of the most powerful. Solidarity and human rights mourn a reality that words cannot describe. Is power the demonstration of the right of the strongest? Can the thousands of indiscriminate killings and deliberate cruelty erase all hope of dialogue and creation?... Mariupol puppet theatre artists get Michael Meschke international award The Mariupol Puppet Theatre, situated not so far from the bombed Municipal Theatre, has been destroyed and its artists are dispersed in and around the martyr town of Mariupol. Information concerning their whereabouts is scanty. The theatre was founded in 1995 by director Iryna Rudenko. It included a company of over twenty artists, apparently working basically with children. Eight hundred children visited the theatre each month for creative activities. Director Rudenko is now struggling to re-unite the company, whether it will be possible in Mariupol or elsewhere. As a sign of solidarity and encouragement, the ninth, bi-annual “Michael Meschke international...


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The movement “Women Life Freedom” has been running in UNIMA focusing on women’s rights. For the occasion of International Women’s Day, 8th March, eight puppeteers from all corners of the world were interviewed by volunteers of UNIMA International about puppet theatre and women’s rights in their countries and societies.

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Women Life Freedom by UNIMA

The interviewees:
Fatime Ayreek – Afghanistan
Cida Lopes – Brazil
Mamby Mawine – Sénégal
Narguess Majd – Iran/France
Raquel Ditchekenian – Uruguay
Daria Ivanova – Ukraine
Elnaz Sheshgelani- Iran/Australia
Malvine Velo Kapita – Democratic Republic of Congo

Visit unima.org/womenlifefreedom for more contributions by puppetry artists around the world speaking for women’s rights.

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