Union Internationale de la Marionnette

Non-Governmental Organization affiliated to UNESCO

International Festivals Commission

Last updated: 24-05-2023

Initiated in 2000 at the UNIMA Congress in Magdeburg, the International Festivals Commission supports networking between festivals around the world. The IFC disseminates information, encourages collaborations and stimulates discussion on current trends, aesthetics and the development of the art.


  • Develop and consolidate networking between festivals from around the world

  • Stimulate discussion on the development of the art and encourage emerging artists

  • Build links with Centers and presenters devoted to puppetry arts

  • Communicate the IFC projects on the UNIMA website

  • Offer a space for reflection on the responsibilities of festivals

Activities – programs

  • Update and promote of the UNIMA Directory of International Festivals
  • Update and promote PASSPORT : Festivals Hosting Puppeteers Program
  • Presentation of the IFC on September23, 2021 at the UNIMA Space of the Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes de Charleville-Mézières
  • Organize an Open Meeting of the International Festivals Commission on November 4, 2021 : “Festivals in the numeric age”
  • Support the developpemnt of a Nordic Countries Festivals Network and the organization a meeting in Norway on January 27 to 30, 2022
  • Organize a 4th International Festival Directors Meeting in May 2024 around the theme of “Green Festivals” 

Upcoming events

Last news of the Commission

37th International Theatrical Festival VALISE

37th edition of the International Theatrical Festival VALISE will take place 5 – 8 of June 2024 at the Puppet and Actor Theatre in Łomża. In recent years the Festival has undergone numerous programme changes, continually reacting to new trends in the contemporary theatre, social transformations and the history of the ever-evolving world. The festival […]

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WHEN? Opening of FIDENA 2024 with a parade through the city and opening performance: 07.05.2024 FIDENA: 07.05.2024 -15.05.2024 International Symposium: 09.05. & 10.05.2024 WHERE? Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, Germany WHAT? During FlDENA, the Deutsches Forum fiir Figurentheater und Puppenspielkunst invites you to an international symposium with the theme “CHANGE – INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS IN TIMES OF TRANSFORMATION”. Festival […]

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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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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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UNIMA showcase at the Charleville-Mézières festival, 2023

UNIMA creates links and often more than links, founding stories for places. All UNIMA meetings create this value of friendship and vision. Charleville-Mézières is a commendable example of a reciprocal friendship that creates tools to support enthusiasm and desire, but also to develop values that are essential to all humanity. From a subsidiary art relegated […]

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AnimaIF Festival Internazionale Teatro di Figura

AnimaIF is the international puppet theatre festival organised by Is Mascareddas of Sardigna, Italy which brings to the stage some of the most significant shows by island, national and international companies from France, Spain, Slovenia and Japan.. In addition, an aperitif by Stazione di Transito, tasting of local wines, readings, meetings and screenings as well […]

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In this 8th celebration, PESTA BONEKA will be held on site in Yogyakarta for the audience and also puppet theater artists to enjoy. PESTA BONEKA is an international biennial puppet festival that has been independently held by Papermoon Puppet Theater since 2008. The festival, which is held every two years, is a gathering place for […]

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MIMMOS 2022 | Open Call until June 30, 2021

In 2022, it will take place the third 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 ans 2nd edition of MIMMOS – Mostra Internacional de Marionetas, Máscaras e Objetos de Sintra (Sintra […]

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Third Meeting of Festivals Directors

In cooperation with the UNIMA International Festivals Commission, the festival FIDENA welcomes the Third Meeting of Festivals Directors. It will be held from 18th to 21st May 2014. The registration for all interested people have to be sent before 15 April. Beware: the registration is limited. For the registration and also all information (different packages), please contact Helene Ewert : symposium@fidena.de. […]

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