The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected live performance artists; amongst these are puppeteers from around the world. Since March this year, UNIMA has received requests for urgent assistance from numerous families, above all from traditional puppeteers and street performers, who are now in situations of extreme poverty. 

Between March and August we did the following:

UNIMA fundraised €8,700, which have been distributed to 245 families. This aid represents about two weeks of basic food supplies. Between 10 and 100 Euros were distributed to each family, depending on their situation and the country that they live in.

What we plan to do during the autumn 2020:

In order to be able to respond to continuous requests for aid, UNIMA is launching a new fundraising campaign. We hope to widen the network of support by reaching out to friends of our friends….who are possibly not familiar with the puppetry world, nor UNIMA, but who trust you.

We need your support to help those puppeteers who are in extreme difficulty. We are therefore looking for donors and ambassadors. Help us to widen the circle of donors beyond those within the puppet world, by writing a personal message to your close friends that you think could be possible donors.

About us :

UNIMA is the oldest international theatre organisation in the world, the UNion Internationale de la MArionnette (UNIMA) is a Non-Governmental Organization affiliated to UNESCO. Its members who come from all over the world contribute to the development of puppetry art.

This organization and art form allows us to promote the noblest human values such as peace and mutual understanding between people regardless of origin, political or religious convictions and differences in culture, in accordance with the respect for fundamental human rights as defined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights of December 10th 1948. In this way, UNIMA works for the cultural diplomacy.

Present in more than 90 countries, UNIMA is a platform to exchange and to share between people who practise puppetry, work on this art  or are passionate about this art.


  • Claudia Orenstein 
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Cooperation Comission UNIMA 
Charleville-Mézières (Ardennes), France
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