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Last updated: 28-05-2023

UNIMA Finland – Suomen UNIMA

Date of creation: February 11th, 1984

Lepolantie 19
00660  HELSINKI  Finland

+358 (0)46 811 4024



Brief history
The Finnish UNIMA national center was founded on February 11th 1984. With 183 members, the National Center demonstrates the dynamism of the puppetry arts in Finland.
Sirppa Sivori-Asp, puppeteer, director of puppet theatre and the founder of Nukketeatteri Vihreä Omena (Green Apple theatre), Finland’s  first professional theatre for puppetry,  was President of UNIMA between 1992 and 2000.

Important projects and achievements

  • Publication of the magazine “Nukketeatteri” (2 issues a year);
  • a book compiled and edited by Leila Peltonen and Marjut Tawast, “Nukketeatteria suomalaisilla näyttämöillä” (325 pp. A review of Finnish puppet theatre);
  • participation in the Finnish puppetry festival “Nukketeatterin näyteikkuna” in March at the Culture Centre Stoa, Helsinki;
  • the Finnish puppetry day on February 11th. Every year, some respected puppetry personality or group writes a Puppetry Day Declaration. The declaration is read aloud in theatres for the audience.

Last news of the UNIMA Center

Puppet Saturday Lecture Series: Inclusive Puppetry with Dr. Kateryna Lukianenko

Join UNIMA Ukraine & UNIMA Nordic on 17. February, 2024 at 14:00 CET for the third Puppet Saturday Lecture Series event.  Dr. Kateryna Lukianenko will present on the Ukrainian theatre project The Sixth Sense. The Sixth Sense is an inclusive theatre research project for audiences with visual impairments. It explores a sensory theater format to develop […]

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Nordic Puppetry Supports Ukraine Puppeteers

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden - 15/09/2022

“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 […]

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Suomen UNIMA celebrates its 30 years

Finland - 20/01/2014

On 11 February 2014, the UNIMA National centre of Finland celebrates its 30th anniversary of its foundation. On this occasion,the Centre has made a programm to celebrate this moment. > Müna TEHDAS Teatteri et Kuuna Ankanpoikanen 10:00, show from 3 years, 5 euros. > “Nukketeatteri nyt!”, seminar 12:00-14:00, free entrance > John Eleanor HOX Companyn et […]

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