Union Internationale de la Marionnette

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Garbage for plums, Bulgaria, 2013 / Photo: Praveen.
Last updated: 24-05-2023

The commission pays particular attention to the place of the art of puppetry within cultural policies, ecological and climatic challenges, digitization and new technologies, the exchange of knowledge and the acquisition of new skills, exchanges between professionals and amateurs, monitoring of refugee artists as well as cultural rights attached to individuals.

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The objective of the Europe Commission is to promote international relations and dynamics between members (and non-members), regional groupings, national centers, Geographical and Thematic Commissions and the General Secretariat of UNIMA.
It seems important to us to understand the possible interactions and the limits of each of these levels.

We want to break the isolation and to open minds to international.

We also wish to federate the national centers already existing on the European continent while stimulating the creation of centers in countries where dynamics are already existing and identified by the commission.


The commission has launched the project to create an international catalogue of working puppet makers. Such a catalogue will widen opportunities for modern directors, designers and performing actors of puppet theatre in their search for people, who can either fulfill their creative intentions, or produce and realize new ideas. Download the project layout. Download the project layout.

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Puppet Saturday Lecture Series: Inclusive Puppetry with Dr. Kateryna Lukianenko

Join UNIMA Ukraine & UNIMA Nordic on 17. February, 2024 at 14:00 CET for the third Puppet Saturday Lecture Series event.  Dr. Kateryna Lukianenko will present on the Ukrainian theatre project The Sixth Sense. The Sixth Sense is an inclusive theatre research project for audiences with visual impairments. It explores a sensory theater format to develop […]

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UNIMA, an international meeting point at the Charleville-Mézières puppet theatre festival

UNIMA was present at the 2023 World Festival of Puppet Theatres, where the association organised various events enabling members from all over the world to meet around common themes and a convivial drink. A great international meeting place which welcomed nearly 500 people over 4 days. The delegation from Chuncheon, led by UNIMA South Korea […]

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Michaël Meschke Prize 2023

Europe, News, Notices - 13/08/2023

On Saturday, June 24th, 2023, Roman Rudenko, director of the Marionette Theater of Mariupol, Ukraine, received the Michaël Meschke Prize at the Museum of Puppetry Arts (MAM) in Lyon. In 2022, this Prize had been given to Iryna Rudenko and her theater “in support of the revival of the Marionette Theater of Mariupol and its […]

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Join UNIMA during the World Puppet Festival of Charleville-Mézières

UNIMA space – An International meeting point 19 > 22 September Find us on the map: Espace UNIMA > n°28 /// 75 Forest avenue > n°10   UNIMA organises Happy Apéros and meetings to join together and celebrate friendship among puppeteers as well as to exchange ideas and discuss the challenges facing our international organisation. […]

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EVOC – A European project combining education and vocational training / The booklets

Since 2018, several actors in the puppetry arts in Europe have formed an informal network for exchange and reflection, entitled “Puppet.Net” and coordinated by UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionnette). In 2020, they decided to put the results of these exchanges into practice in the form of a European mobility project enabling young puppeteers from […]

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Douanes, a European creation at the FMTM

Europe, Unima Projects - 21/07/2021

Douanes, by Sylvie BaillonIn cocreation with Liza Cox, Joana Feijo, Emilie Parmentier, Eléonore Antoine Snowden *Duration: 40 minutes / multidisciplinary form / From 15 years old Followed by a meeting with the teams of the African, American and Asian creations of Douanes – Customs – Adouana What does it mean today to cross borders?  A story […]

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Release from the Europe Commission

Europe - 12/03/2014

  The UNIMA European Commission chaired by Nina Monova is pleased to report to all National Centres and members (mostly) residents in Europe, it has developed new policies to highlight what is happening in Europe. The Commission would like to establish a close collaboration with the National Centres. Now, the Commission invites the National Centres […]

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Project of an international catalogue of working puppet makers

Europe - 18/09/2013

A new project of UNIMA European Commission calls on creation of international catalogue of such an outstanding and still working puppet makers of different types of puppets and masks. In catalogue, except of the names, e-mails and post addresses, there will be a short biographical information and short description of everyone, including photos of their […]

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