Union Internationale de la Marionnette

Non-Governmental Organization affiliated to UNESCO


Síle na Gig’s – Directors of Puppetry Screening in celebration of International Women’s Day – 8th of March and World Puppetry Day – 21st of March in Ireland!

Join Irish UNIMA  online for a special screening featuring talented female directors in the world of puppetry. This event is a unique opportunity to support and appreciate the contributions of women in the arts. Don’t miss out on this exciting showcase of talent on International Women’s Day – 8th of March! For an inaugural year Irish UNIMA is highlighting directors from Europe and the Americas.

This Festival originated as an idea – a series of online meetings discussing what it means to be a female puppeteer. Despite varying challenges, artists discovered commonalities and a supportive community transcending borders. They aim to foster leadership and connections among these talented and inspiring women, who sometimes face challenges being heard or respected in their local artistic spaces.

Marking 100 years since the first female puppeteer created the first animated film, they hope to ensure women like Lotte Reiniger are not lost to history.

Event Details:

Name: Síle Festival
Date: 08/03/24
Time: 19:00-21:00 GMT
Where: Irish UNIMA’s YouTube Channel
Host: Irish UNIMA
Free Booking: Eventbrite

This event will also be screened a second time on World Puppetry Day:

Date: 21/03/24
Time: 19:00-21:00 GMT
Where: Irish UNIMA’s YouTube Channel
Host: Irish UNIMA

Free Booking: Eventbrite

Don’t miss out on this amazing celebration of women in puppetry!

East meets West 🧭☘

To celebrate World Puppetry Day (21st March) this year, puppeteers will meet on the East and West coasts of Ireland, as well as online.

1. Mon, 18 Mar 2024 14:00 – 17:00 GMT

📍 Cruises Bar & Restaurant Abbey Street V95 XFX4 Ennis Ireland

2. Mon, 18 Mar 2024 14:00 – 17:00 GMT

📍 The Clockwork Door 51 Wellington Quay D02 NH04 Dublin Ireland

3. Thu, 18 Apr 2024 15:30 – 17:30 CEST

📍Online Meeting

Free Registrations: Eventbrite

This will be an excellent opportunity for all who share a love of puppetry to meet others of all different levels of experience, from novice to expert. Irish UNIMA members will share their lovely World Puppetry Day video, which was made about – The Climate, and participants will make their own recycled puppets.

You are welcome to join or watch from home. You can also bring along a puppet of your own for the afternoon to meet other puppeteers and their puppets.

If you are traveling and joining from around the world, Irish UNIMA welcomes you with open arms to their celebration of puppetry, and you do not have to pay for this event.


14:30-15:00: Livestream starts, East meets West – Watch World Puppetry Day film

15:00-16:00: Make an eco Puppet

16:00-16:30: Mingle / Meet the puppets

Contact Email: irish.unima@gmail.com

Join Irish UNIMA via Irish UNIMA’s YouTube Channel