Union Internationale de la Marionnette

Non-Governmental Organization affiliated to UNESCO

Directory Sheet

Last updated: 10-03-2017


Date of creation: May 20th, 1999

c/o Mamadou SAMAKÉ Musée National - B.P 157


Brief history
On March 3rd 1999 UNIMA Mali was created as a Representative Association, and on May 20th, 1999 a general assembly was organized by Mamadou Samaké, Maoua Koné and Abdoulaye Camara, in the Arts National Institute (Bamako). This assembly gathered people from three administrative regions: Bamako, Koulikoro and Segou. The image of Kòtè-kònò, one of the older puppets of Mali tradition, was chosen for the logo.
Since May 20th 2003, UNIMA Mali is composed of a National Centre and three regional Sections (Kayes, Koulikoro, Segou).

Important projects and achievements
UNIMA Mali participated in the 4th African Photographic Meeting in Bamako in 2001, with the organization of puppet shows from the District of Bamako and the regions of Koulikoro, Segou and Kayes; at the opening ceremonies of the Africa Cup of Football Nations (2002) with the creation of a show of giant puppets, and in the organization of the inaugural festivities of the Basque Museum and Centre ?TOPIC? in  Tolosa, Spain in 2009.

Last news of the UNIMA Center

Tomorrow’s puppetry in Africa – A look back at the last two workshops

In May were held the last two workshops of the project ” Tomorrow’s puppetry in Africa “. Second francophone workshop: ” Puppetry and dramaturgies in public space “. The workshop for French-speaking African countries on the theme ” Puppetry and dramaturgy in public space ” was led by Alessandra Amicarelli (Italy) and Athanase Kabré (Burkina […]

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