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Last updated: 26-02-2020

UNIMA South Africa – Puppetry South Africa

Date of creation: 1972

35 Gibson rd , Kenilworth, 7708 South Africa
7405  PINELANDS - CAPE TOWN  South Africa

+27 846197382



Brief history
UNIMA SA, the South African association of Puppetry and Visual performance, established in 1972 is working to develop South African puppetry art through encouraging the exposure of South African puppeteers to trends in the art form and the development of local skills. UNIMA SA formalized its statutes and registered as an NPO in 2005. In 1980 Lily Herzberg, a founder of UNIMA South Africa was named a UNIMA Member of Honour.

Important projects and achievements
UNIMA SA’s activities include a variety of events which aim at promoting and developing the art of puppetry. Meetings and workshops are open to the public. Talks and discussions amongst professionals are organized and a professional training is offered. UNIMA SA researches and networks the African visual theatre companies. It prints a newsletter on the developments of the puppet and visual theatre in South Africa. Its most important activity is the Out The Box festival and Active Puppets.

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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