Date of creation: 1955
c/o councillor Frans HAKKEMARS
NL 1423ER Uithoorn Netherlands
The NVP (Nederlandse Vereniging voor het Poppenspel, Netherlands Association for Puppetry) was founded in 1955. In 1982, the NVP became the UNIMA Centre of the Netherlands. It works hard to promote puppets, from the traditional hand puppet show to the most experimental. The members of the association are puppet lovers, both amateurs and professionals. In addition to regular meetings, performances and lectures are organized. UNIMA Netherlands also organizes other activities throughout the country and has its own magazine, WP (the World of Puppetry), and an extensive library. The logo shows five fingers of a puppeteer’s hand which in the language of deaf people signifies “I love you”.
Important projects and realizations
The national Centre is involved in the production house for puppeteers called Feikes Huis (www.Feikeshuis.nl), the organization for Dutch traditional Puppetry, Jan Klaassen and Katrijn, of the family of Punch and Judy (www.janklaassenacademie.nl), the presentation from the students of the Basic Course for puppetry (www.poppenspelers.nl). It has created its own digital newsletter. It has established a policy document for 2012-2015.