Union Internationale de la Marionnette

Non-Governmental Organization affiliated to UNESCO


“Dear Presidents of the UNIMA National Centres

International Shadow Theater Festivals for contemporary shadow players have been taking place in the German city of Schwaebisch Gmuend for over 30 years, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world. Here the shadow players get to know each other, discuss things with each other and establish friendships with people from many different countries. In addition, World UNIMA has set up a contact and research center here, which I have managed on a voluntary basis for many years. A few months ago, the world’s only museum for contemporary shadow theater opened in our city. The city of Schwäbisch Gmünd is the financial supporter of these three institutions. 

Our city owes the title of “World Capital of Contemporary Shadow Theater” to the founder and President of the Bulgarian UNIMA Center and member of the Executive Committee of World UNIMA Prof. Nikolina Georgieva. 

Today I am asking a great favor of you, dear UNIMA chairmen. I would appreciate it very much if you would send me a list of addresses of shadow players in your country or ask your shadow playing UNIMA members to contact us. Maybe we can invite them to one of our next festivals. 

Thank you in advance for your kindly support.

With heartiest greetings.”

Rainer Reusch 
Initiator and head of the shadow teatre institutions in Germany

Please contact him at : reusch@schattentheater.de