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UNIMA Switzerland

Date of creation: 1959

Eggstrasse, 19
CH 9100  HERISAU  Switzerland

+41 (0)71 350 11 15



Brief history
Founded on the basis of a working group, the association grew rapidly, integrating over the years a large number of amateurs and friends of puppetry. In the 1970s, puppet therapy grew to be an important element. Today the puppetry and therapy associations are integrated in UNIMA Switzerland. Ueli Balmer was a member of international UNIMA’s Executive Committee between 1969 and 1980 and Pierre Alain Rolle has served since 2008. Gustav Gysin participated as a member of the Publication Commission and has contributed to the World Encyclopedia of Puppetry Arts (EMAM), published in French in 2009.

Important projects and achievements
In 1961, the journal Puppets and Puppeteers was created and renamed Figura in 1992. The Centre has initiated the International Festival Figura in Baden in 1994 and also a programme of continuing training in 2002. It organizes several exhibitions on the puppet theatre in Switzerland. The last was entitled Matières d’Imaginaires, first shown in 2009, then in 2011 and 2013, in Tolosa, Baden and Neuchâtel.

Upcoming events

Last news of the UNIMA Center

8th Aargau’s award of sponsorship for a young puppet theatre company

Switzerland - 17/07/2017

In 2018, at the 13th Figura Theaterfestival in Baden, Switzerland, the Cantonal Council of Aargau will award the «Grünschnabel» Prize. This is worth 10’000 Swiss Francs and will go to a young theatre company starting out on its professional career working in an original way with puppets, objects and figures. Participation in the «Greenhorn» competition is subject to the following conditions: • […]

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Death of Gustav Gysin

Switzerland - 22/09/2015

We are very affected to inform you about the death of Gustav Gysin, from UNIMA Switzerland, on August 28th, 2015. Gustav Gysin was tirelessly involved for the puppet theatre in Switzerland and to promote the Switch puppeteers at international level. Editor in Chief of the specialized review “Figura” for many years, he worked a lot […]

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