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Last updated: 09-07-2024

UNIMA Netherlands – NVP UNIMA

Date of creation: 1955

c/o councillor Frans HAKKEMARS Flevomeer, 102
NL 1423ER  Uithoorn  Netherlands

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Brief history
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.

Upcoming events

Last news of the UNIMA Center

Masterclass Modern Shadowtheatre by Fabrizio Montecchi

Netherlands - 24/04/2018

Droomtheater in collaboration with NVP-UNIMA Netherlands will organize a Masterclass Modern Shadow Theater from 4 – 8 June 2018 in Rotterdam. The Masterclass professor is Italian modern shadow theater player and director Fabrizio Montecchi from Teatro Gioco Vita from Piacenza. Modern shadow theater is characterized by the release of the almost fixed connection between screen, […]

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A new councillor for NVP-UNIMA Netherlands

Netherlands - 21/07/2015

Created in 1955, NVP-UNIMA Netherlands is celebrating its 60th Anniversary, with an international festival, an agenda with pictures of its members and the publication of a book about their education of puppeteers. Also, they welcomed a new councillor, Martine van Ditzhuyzen. As she wrote a wonderfull motivation letter, UNIMA Netherlands is very glad to share […]

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Death of Feike Boschma

Netherlands - 22/11/2014

Dutch Puppeteer Feike Boschma died at the age of 93, November the 13th 2014 after a brief illness. Boschma developed his work in World War II and debuted in 1947 at the cabaret shows of Wim Sonneveld. In the following decades he worked with artists from various disciplines such as dance, mime and visual arts. […]

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