Union Internationale de la Marionnette

Non-Governmental Organization affiliated to UNESCO


For the 4th consecutive year, the AVIAMA commits itself to the puppeteers with the Puppet and Mobility Grants.
During the last General Assembly of the AVIAMA in September 2021 in Charleville-Mézières, the board of directors re-elected for 3 years (2022 to 2024) the jury of the AVIAMA grants, composed of the cities of Tolosa (Spain), Tournefeuille (France), Pilsen (Czech Republic), the district of Outremont (Quebec – Canada) and Mrs. Anne-Françoise Cabanis, former director of the Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes and qualified personality of the AVIAMA.

The jury is the guarantor of the orientations chosen by the member cities of the AVIAMA: to support artists and projects which, thanks to the puppet, bring answers in terms of valorisation of the cultural heritage, of integration of the digital and the innovation, of educational project or of social integration.

5 selected projects

In 2022, AVIAMA received 20 requests for support from puppeteers and researchers from Spain, France, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Poland, Ukraine, Canada and Mali. The jury, chaired by Mrs. Olatz Peon Ormazabal, Mayor of the city of Tolosa, selected 5 winning projects that will receive an AVIAMA grant of 2000 € to carry out their project.

Wrist puppets – carried by Vitaly Golub and Karina Golub (Ukraine)
Mobility grant Ukraine – France – Spain, to discover the traditional Zakharov puppets through workshops and by using 3D digitization tools. Given the current context, this grant will be reserved for Ukrainian artists, until they can resume their activity.

Tour of women puppeteers – supported by the Nama company (Mali)
Mobility support for a regional tour in the Segou region of Mali, for young female artists to enable them to become professional in the field of puppetry.

Comment je me suis transformée – by the artist Marina Simonova (France -Russia)
Mobility grant to accompany the first creation of this young artist who graduated from ESNAM (France). The grant will enable her to work in Norway at the Théâtre Figurteatrer i Nordland.

City of Lights – supported by Teatr Lalek Guliwer (Poland)
Mobility aid to set up an artistic creation co-constructed with the inhabitants of a city. A first experience for the AVIAMA cities will be discovered during the next Titirijai 2023 festival in Tolosa.
A fifth grant of 2000 € is reserved for an Afghan puppeteer. More information about the winner will follow.