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Last updated: 06-03-2017

UNIMA Estonia – UNIMA Eesti Keskus

Date of creation: 1999

Lai, 1
10133  TALLINN  Estonia

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Brief history
UNIMA Estonia was founded in 1999. The leader organization is NUKU (?puppet? in Estonian). In March 2010, the Museum and the Centre for Puppet Arts was opened in Tallinn, uniting the puppet museum, puppetry research centre, puppet making workshops and the Estonian Puppet and Youth Theatre. Estonian theatres had no opportunity to exhibit puppets, but the present museum provides the chance to gather together and show all the preserved puppets which have performed on theatre stages for the last 60 years.

Important projects and achievements
Since 1969, Viljandi Puppet Theatre has organized the international festival called “Theatre In a Suitcase”, and since 2007 the Estonian Puppet and Youth Theatre has annually organized the ?Tallinn Treff Festival?, an interdisciplinary festival that celebrates all forms of the performing arts. The programme includes dance, drama, puppet theatre performances and music concerts that attract different kinds of artists and audiences to participate in one festival.

Last news of the UNIMA Center

Estonia’s 26th International Festival, “Theatre in the Suitcase”

Estonia - 7/12/2022

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 […]

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UNIMA Estonia Celebrated Its 20th Anniversary

Estonia - 27/12/2017

Although UNIMA Estonia received the official recognition as a National Centre in January 1999, UNIMA Estonia was founded on October 8, 1997, when the Foundation Meeting made the decision to create a National Centre of UNIMA. On its 20th anniversary, UNIMA Estonia celebrated on November 5, 2017 with a Conference and a performance of the […]

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Death of Ferdinand Veike

Estonia - 31/08/2015

With a great sadness we must inform you that the founder of the Estonian State Puppet Theatre, the Honorary Member of UNIMA Ferdinand Veike has passed away on August 12, 2015, at the age of 90 years. In 1958 Ferdinand Veike was elected the vice president of the Soviet Centre of UNIMA. He held the […]

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