Union Internationale de la Marionnette

Non-Governmental Organization affiliated to UNESCO


UNIMA NORDIC invites you to join us for two zoom lectures in December, focusing on heritage and traditions in puppetry.

To participate please follow the registration links provided. Registration time is extended so that the interested can register to the Vertep-lecture up to and included Friday 08.12 and to the World Puppet Theatre Heritage lecture up to and included Friday 15.12. Once you have registered, you will receive a link to the appropriate lectures via email.

The lectures are:

VERTEP- Lecture with leading Ukrainian practitioners, theorists, and puppeteers
9th December 2023 – 13:00 CET

Registration link: https://forms.gle/5mTXk7FTun7Cp25M6

This lecture is dedicated to the traditions and modernity of the Ukrainian vertep performances. A tradition closely related to Christmas, it is known in the world as a “nativity scene” and is part of the national cultural heritage of Ukrainian theatre. Vertep has been known in Ukraine since the 17th century and is recognised as a national treasure. Precisely because of its belonging to a religious tradition, vertep was banned by the Soviet pro-atheist authorities for the 70 years of the totalitarian regime. Generations of Ukrainians and puppeteers grew up without knowing this tradition. Ukraine is currently experiencing a vertep revival and a return to cultural roots. This is evidenced by the appeal the ancient form of vertep has for modern puppeteers as well as its translation into performances using modern techniques, sounds and socially relevant content.

The lecture will feature leading Ukrainian puppeteers, practitioners, and theorists:
1. Dr. Daria Ivanova-Hololobova – President of UNIMA-UKRAINE, Associate Professor at the Department of Puppet Theatre Art at the Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary University of Theatre, Cinema and Television.
2. Tetiana Silchenko – Honoured Actress of Ukraine, Associate Professor at the Department of Puppet Theatre Art at the Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary University of Theatre, Cinema and Television, Head of Kyiv branch of UNIMA-UKRAINE, teacher of Transcarpathia Municipal Academy of Arts.
3. Nataliia Oreshnikova – Honoured Actress of Ukraine, Chief director of Transcarpathian Academic Regional Puppet Theatre “Bavka”, Head of Transcarpathian branch of UNIMA-UKRAINE.
4. Nina Malyshka – Head of Literary-Drama Department of Transcarpathian Academic Regional Puppet Theatre “Bavka”, teacher of Transcarpathia Municipal Academy of Arts.
5. Olha Dorofieieva – Head of Literary-Drama Department of Kharkiv State Academic Victor Afanasiev Puppet Theatre, Teacher at the Kharkiv National I.P. Kotliarevskyi Academy of Art, Head of Kharkiv branch of UNIMA-UKRAINE.


WORLD PUPPET THEATRE HERITAGE- Lecture with Raphaèle Fleury
16th December 2023, 2 PM- 3:30PM (CET). Presented by UNIMA Finland

Registration link: https://forms.gle/TL9kZYgCSm2mNeBc6

Raphaèle Fleury is a member of Heritage, Museums and Documentation Centers Commission of International UNIMA. She is a French historian of puppetry and author, and a doctor of French Literature and Civilization from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. From 2009 to february 2023, she worked at the Institut International de la Marionnette in Charleville-Mézières, where she coordinated the creation of the PAM (https://www.artsdelamarionnette.eu), founded and directed the research and documentation centre, and founded the ICiMa innovation chair.

Her publications include La Marionnette traditionnelle, Paul Claudel et les spectacles populaires – le paradoxe du pantin, Marionnettes et pouvoirs : censures, propagandes, résistances. Through her experience as a puppeteer, dramatist and librettist, she also has professional practice of the stage.

In this lecture, Raphaèle will speak about 3-4 puppet theatre traditions and look at what they have given modern puppet theatre.


Both lectures are in English and will be recorded. A translated copy of the lecture in Ukrainian will be provided to participants after the lecture.

Hope to see you there!