Union Internationale de la Marionnette

Non-Governmental Organization affiliated to UNESCO

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Professional Training Commission

Meeting in Florianópolis (Brazil), May 2019

Date of creation : 1976

Principal objectives

The Commission’s keywords: “exchange, meetings and encouragement”.

  • To facilitate the exchange of teachers between schools
  • To encourage the exchange of students between schools
  • To continue international reflection on the teaching-learning and training and practice of puppeteers
  • To encourage meetings between international festivals and schools.

Each year, three scholarships are offered to students from diverse backgrounds to attend classes or courses offered by some of the Schools / Programmes / Puppet Training Institutes. This offer is also available to young people who are undergoing non-formal training in countries where there are currently no schools.

The list of schools and training sites is constantly updated.


The main project of the Professional Training Commission since 2014, which will be held every two years, is the International Conferences on Training that brings together artists and teachers with the purpose of discussing and exchanging ideas and experiences regarding professional training in the puppetry arts.

Annual publications of each meeting will be made.

  • The first International Conference on Training was held in Charleville-Mézières (France), in September 2015.
  • The second was held in June 2017, in Targoviste, Romania.
  • The third one, has taken place in Florianópolis, Brazil, in May 2019.
  • The fourth is planned for September 2020, in Beijing, China.

There are also plans to organize several joint projects between schools (performances, workshops) and to offer special production projects bringing together students from various countries.

Upcoming events

Last news of the Commission

Grants holders 2017 of the Training Commission

Professional Training - 21/12/2016

This year, the Training Commission has been receiving a great number of applications; more than about forty ones meeting the selection criterias. After a difficult election due the good level of the applications, the members of the Training Commission decided to award, for 2017, 2 grants for students. The recipients 2017 are: Diana Tuneva (Russia) […]

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Grants 2017 of the Profesional Training Commission

Professional Training - 27/10/2016

In 2017, the Profesional Training Commission of UNIMA would give between 2 and 3 grants, without discrimination of age or origin, to students in puppetry arts, or puppeteers in practical training, to follow a course or a workshop proposed by a school or training program in puppet theater. Therefore, it is glad to announce the […]

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