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UNIMA Portugal

Date of creation: 1989

Apartado 548
2461-901  ALCOBAÇA  Portugal



Brief history
The Portuguese UNIMA Centre was founded on May 15th 1989 in Evora at the instigation of the theatre company ‘Bonecos de Stº Aleixo’. From this company, the puppeteer Jose Russo was elected as the first President of UNIMA Portugal. Despite several activities, UNIMA Portugal experienced difficulties, became dormant, and needed to wait until June 27, 2009 in Alcobaça before the national Centre was revived, thanks to the dynamism of a new generation of puppeteers.

Important projects and achievements
UNIMA-Portugal has organized debates, lectures, exhibitions, technical and artistic training and official shows in the Worldwide Festival of Puppet Theatres in Charleville-Mézières in 1991 and 1994. Between 2009 and 2012, the Centre has created a roadmap for its activities. A documentation centre was opened in 2001. ‘UNIMA Portugal Magazine’ has been published since 2012.

Upcoming events

Last news of the UNIMA Center

Open call to Mimmos festival, Portugal

Notices, Portugal - 16/07/2018

In 2019, it will take place the second edition of MIMMOS, an international festival dedicated to puppets, masks and animated objects, to be held in Agualva-Cacém, near Sintra, Portugal and organized by Valdevinos (Cultural Organization), organizer of the 1st edition of MIMMOS – Mostra de Teatro de Marionetas, Máscaras e Objetos de Sintra (Sintra Festival […]

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Publication of 3d UNIMA Portugal Magazine’s issue

Portugal - 7/04/2014

UNIMA  Portugal invites you to discover the third issue of its review. Contents of this issue: An article on the message of World Puppetry Day, The history of Dom Roberto theatre, The puppet museum of Porto, An article on the portugese puppet writtent by the Institut International de la Marionnette (France). To learn more, we invite you to read […]

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