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Last updated: 12-09-2022

UNIMA Croatia – Hrvatski Centar UNIMA

Date of creation: March 20th, 1992

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10000  ZAGREB  Croatia

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Brief history
After the collapse of the Yugoslavian state, Croatia created its own national centre March 20, 1992. With thanks to Dalibor Foretić, first President of UNIMA Croatia, it began its work. Since 1994, it has published an annual bulletin which presents Croatian puppetry productions and companies. It is an information and communication center, highlighting important creative events and promoting the Croatian puppet theatre throughout the world. In 2004, it organized the 19th UNIMA Congress in Rijeka. The Centre has hosted the Executive Committee, the Publications and Communication Commission, and the Education Commission.

Important projects and achievements
In 1997, UNIMA Croatia published a brochure in two languages Hrvatsko lutkarstvo / Croatian Puppetry, a monograph; and in 2004, a translation in English of tales and stories for children, “Tales of Long Ago”, by Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić. It founded the Meeting of Puppeteers and Puppet Theatres of the Republic of Croatia (SLUK) and in 1996 was one of the four founding members of the Vukovar “Puppetry Spring” (an annual meeting of Croatian puppet theatres). Nearly each year during the Week of the Child, it has organized free shows. The World Puppetry Day is celebrated since 2003 in a different city. It offers training and grants for training to its members.

Upcoming events

Last news of the UNIMA Center

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION – InPuT Fest 2025 (Croatia)

Croatia, News, Notices - 7/06/2024

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION InPuT Fest 2025  The city theater Zorin dom, in cooperation with the city of Karlovac and Karlovac County (Croatia), is organizing the International Puppet Theater Festival Karlovac from 20th to 24th of May 2025 and they are pleased to announce their call for participation. ABOUT THE FESTIVAL The vision of the festival […]

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Short Stories Project Unveiled: International Collaboration to Propel Innovation in Contemporary Theatre

[Karlovac, Croatia] – The forthcoming collaboration between three esteemed International puppet festivals in Croatia, Serbia, and Italy marks a groundbreaking endeavor to bridge cultures and push the boundaries of contemporary theatre. Stemming from a shared vision to intertwine diverse artistic expressions, this collaborative effort between International Puppet Theatre Festival Karlovac – InPuT Fest (Karlovac, Croatia), […]

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Notice of passing: Luko Paljetak’s Legacy in Croatia

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Croatian writer, esteemed puppeteer, poet, and artist Luko Paljetak. Honored member of UNIMA in 2004, Luko Paljetak (1943-2024) was an artist whose contributions to literature and puppetry have left an indelible mark on Croatian culture. FROM WEPA: LUKO PALJETAK “In 1971, Paljetak directed the […]

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International Open Call (Croatia) – 29th Review of Puppet Theaters Rijeka

Croatia, News - 25/04/2024

Announcement: 29th Review of Puppet Theaters Rijeka – International Open Call We’re excited to announce the 29th Review of Puppet Theaters, scheduled for November 3-10, 2024 in Rijeka (Croatia), hosted by the Rijeka City Puppet Theater. International puppetry and children’s theaters (excluding Croatian and regional groups) are invited to submit one performance per theater for […]

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Croatia, Notices - 9/11/2023

The city theater Zorin dom, in cooperation with the city of Karlovac and Karlovac County, is organizing the 3rd International Puppet Theater Festival Karlovac from 21st to 25th of May 2024 and we are pleased to announce the call for participation. ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: The vision of the festival is based on strengthening the availability […]

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UNIMA Puppetry Collaboratorium: Fostering Peace and Understanding through Puppetry

Above: Closing ceremony of the FLUM Festival and UNIMA PC in Mostar, 2023 Introduction In a world often marked by division and conflict, the art of puppetry has long served as a powerful medium for conveying messages of peace, unity, and mutual understanding. This sentiment was beautifully encapsulated in the recent launch of the UNIMA […]

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Croatia - 15/11/2022

CALL FOR APPLICATION FOR THE 56TH INTERNATIONAL PUPPET THEATRE FESTIVAL– PIF PIF Croatia invites all puppeteers, puppet theaters, and groups worldwide to submit performances to the 56th International Puppet Theater Festival – PIF. All information about the festival and application form at https://pif.hr/en/2022/10/03/call-for-application-for-the-56-international-puppet-theatre-festival-pif/ The deadline for submitting application forms is January 31, 2023.

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Croatia - 11/09/2022

The 55th edition of InernationalPuppet Theatre -PIF is approaching. 55th PIF will take place in Zagreb, Croatia from September 16 to 22, 2022. The festival is organized by Cultural Centre Travno, a cultural institution under the City of Zagreb. The Festival gathers 15 theatres from 10 countries, puppet parades, outdoor performances, workshops, and puppetry book […]

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