Maison internationale des arts de la marionnette
Un lieu fondé par l'Association québécoise des marionnettistes et Casteliers
30 avenue Saint-Just
H2V 1X8 Montréal (Québec) Canada
UNIMA Canada was first founded in 1969. Ken McKay served on the UNIMA Executive Committee from 1976 to 1980. In the 1980s support for the English speaking section of UNIMA Canada declined.UNIMA-CANADA, Quebec Section, has existed since 1986. In 2010, the organization was remodeled in order to create a structure that responded to the realities of territory. UNIMA-CANADA functions in sections in order to better represent the members. So, the Ontario section was added to the one of Quebec and we look forward to the creation of new sections.
In 2008 Jacques Trudeau was voted to serve as the General Secretary of the entire international organization, the first time a non-European has held the post.
Important projects and achievements
Since the beginning, AQM, (Quebec Puppeteers Association) has been a primary partner of UNIMA-CANADA, also working with Casteliers, l’École supérieure de théâtre DESS in contemporary puppet theatre at the University of Quebec (UQAM), the Puppets Up! Festival, and Puppetmongers in Ontario. Section Québec publishes an annual magazine, Marionnette (French, English). In 2009, the work of Quebec artists and artisans was put forward at the Festival Mondial des Théâtres de marionnettes in Charleville-Mézières (France) and at the Titirijai Festival in Tolosa (Spain) with a wonderful exhibition. UNIMA-CANADA is growing quickly, bringing together more diverse members with each year.