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Youth Commission

Some members of the Youth Commission in front of the Topic at the 22th Congress, Tolosa, Spain, 2016.
Last updated: 24-05-2023

The Youth Commission was created in 2016 at the 22nd Congress of UNIMA Tolosa, Spain.

The UNIMA Youth Commission (UNIMA-YC) was established for the development of young, new and yet-to-be UNIMA members.

Its vision is to keep puppetry relevant to humanity’s present and future generations.


  • Development of future UNIMA leaders
  • Develop policies in the Executive Committee for the young, youth-focused and new UNIMA members
  • Support new and aspiring UNIMA members to find acceptance and integration into their National Centres and UNIMA International
  • Develop young and new puppeteers globally.


Commission Open-Meetings

The YC aims to hold young artists and members-centric dialogue sessions coinciding with UNIMA councillor meetings, congress and other UNIMA International events.

Virtual meetings online, e.g. social media and Zoom, will be held when goals and topics need to be addressed.

Objectives of the meetings aim:

  • To update on previous and new goals and projects of the commission
  • To update on the work done in other commissions and discuss what the YC’s members and correspondents can do or propose

Young Puppeteers’ Development

The YC aims to help amateur and young puppeteers develop their skills and knowledge with partnerships with the Professional Training and Research Commissions.

Young and New UNIMA Member Induction

The YC aims to help young members and new National Centres understand UNIMA-International, such as its international projects, cooperation, statutes, aims and schedules.

It also aims to support the various UNIMA councillors in their tasks of working with National Centres and other independent puppeteers.

Lastly it aims to provide a voice and platform for the young and new UNIMA members in the international UNIMA Assembly, so they may better participate in the democratic process of UNIMA.

Lateral Development

YC will stay in communications and build networks among young and youth based organizations and working groups.

Under-Construction: Bed & Puppets

UNIMA-YC shall host the Bed & Puppets project for the purpose of improving opportunities for younger and traveling puppeteers to train, study and exchange with puppeteers outside their communities and regions.


Upcoming events

Last news of the Commission

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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A Vision for UNIMA | Youth Commission open session March 31

Notices, Youth - 16/03/2023

A Vision for UNIMA | Youth Commission open session Date: March 31st Time: 12P.M. CET (Central European Time. Please note that CET changed on 26th March 2023) The Youth Commission invites you to an open session about UNIMA’s vision and priorities for the future. We want to hear your thoughts, ideas and questions about UNIMA, […]

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OPEN CALL: What’s pUPpet

Unima Projects, Youth - 23/07/2021

We are glad to invite you to apply for the What’s pUPpet session that is going to be held within the framework of UNIMA’s program at the FMTM 2021 in Charleville-Mezieres, on Tuesday the 21th of September, 18-19.30 (CET). UNIMA is it’s members! In this programm, we invite you to present your projects and ideas, […]

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The “UNIMA: Youth In Progress” residence program

Russia, Youth - 26/03/2019

UNIMA YOUTH Commission together with the International Puppet Festival “Ryazanskie Smotriny“ in cooperation with the Russian National Center of UNIMA announces the start of a new project that is aimed to fulfill a professional creative exchange among young puppeteers around the world.

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UNIMA Presentation movie project

Youth - 22/02/2017

Our art is very old and has a great history, but of all time it involves special people – young in their heart and their soul, full of enthusiasm – the puppeteers! That is why the UNIMA Youth Commission is preparing a video presentation and wants to invite the largest number of puppeteers from all over the world to its creation. For the creation of this video, we need your help.

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