Dates of creation: 1960-1961 Democratic Republic of Germany1977 Federal Republic of Germany
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Germany was a founding member of UNIMA. German assemblies of puppeteers in Magdeburg (1927) and in Baden-Baden (1928) were the precondition for the establishment of UNIMA. When UNIMA was reborn in 1957, Germany was a participating member. It hosted the 7th and 9th World Congress of UNIMA, in Braunschweig and Bochum (1960), and in Munich (1966).After the division of Germany, the East German UNIMA Centre was founded in 1960/61. It hosted the 14th World Congress of UNIMA in Dresden in 1984. West German UNIMA was founded in Stuttgart on October 31, 1977 by Gisela Lohmann, Dr. Gerd Mensching and Martha Stocker.
After the reunion of Germany in 1990, West and East German UNIMA became one organization, UNIMA Germany, with a single National Centre managed by Dieter Brunner in Frankfurt and then by Gerd Taube.
UNIMA Germany hosted the 18th UNIMA Congress in Magdeburg in 2000.
Since 2003, Stephan Schlafke (Lübeck) and Ruth Brock Hausen (Northeim) have been leaders of the national centre.
Important projects and achievements
The Centre has implemented the project “Road of Puppetry” with the European Commission. It has worked for the creation of new museums: TheaterFigurenMuseum (Lübeck), ?Villa P? (Magdeburg), the International Shadow Theatre Centre (Internationales Schattentheaterzentrum) in Schwäbisch (Gmünd).
It has various working groups: Amateurs, Shadow Theatre, Puppet Theatre and the school, the Road of Puppetry, audiovisual media, Science and the World.
Twice a year UNIMA Germany publishes its review, Das Andere Theater, and encourages scientific publications.