Union Internationale de la Marionnette

Non-Governmental Organization affiliated to UNESCO

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Date of creation: 1980

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152  ROME  Italy

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Brief history
Italy has participated in UNIMA since 1957. Since its creation in 1980 in the Teatro Argentina (Roma), UNIMA Italy has gradually expanded its presence in the Italian theatre, not only by the number of members which exceeded 500 between the 1980s and 1990s, but also in the promotion and the diffusion of puppetry arts, including puppets and therapy.

Important projects and achievements
The Centre has taken part in these International Festivals: La macchina dei sogni (Sicily), Arrivano dal mare (Cervia/Emilia Romagna), Figuratevi (Perugia – Umbria), Burattini nel verde (Castellammare di Stabia – Campania), and the Festival Radupo (Emilia Romagna). It has encouraged several publications and organized conferences on the following subjects: What is the future for the puppet theatre? Puppets: a Passion; The Alchemy of Movement; Could puppet theatre be a link with cinema? Another notable conference took place in Rome over three days at the University of Roma Tre and in the Theatro Verde in 2008, for the centenary of Maria Signorelli’s birth. A publication linked to this event was produced: Maria Signorelli, a Life in the Theatre.
In 2012, UNIMA Italy participated in a meeting in the Vatican with Benedict XVI, which culminated in a performance for the Pope by Mimmo Cuticchio.