Union Internationale de la Marionnette

Non-Governmental Organization affiliated to UNESCO


Between March and August, UNIMA raised €8,700 euros; these were used to help puppeteers in extreme situations as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Initially the aid was intended to meet the needs of puppeteers with dependent families and without immediate support. UNIMA has thus covered the costs of two weeks of basic food supplies for around 245 families around the world: South Africa, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Hungary, India, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Niger, Uruguay, Brazil and Niger. [Read full report].

Since the crowdfunding campaign to help the puppetry community was launched in March, more than 100 requests for help have been received. Requests are continuing to come in, since the pandemic has also affected the cultural sector severely.

New appeal for help

UNIMA International, through the Cooperation Commission, with the aim of continuing to respond to the high demand for Emergency Aid, has launched a new fundraising campaign via three channels: PayPal, Gofundme and bank transfer.

[Find out how to donate]

Puppeteers in vulnerable situations can also request Emergency Aid by completing this form, with as much detail as possible.


UNIMA International would like to take this opportunity to thank all those people and institutions that provided assistance during the first call for aid. Amongst the donors, there are: a UNIMA National Centre, a regional centre, institutions, theatres, festivals and individuals, both well-known UNIMA members and people not previously known to us.

UNIMA would also like to show its gratitude to all those who helped in spreading the message of solidarity.

Thank you for your generosity and let’s continue to support each other!
Together we can reach our goal!