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UNIMA’s Council in Cuba, by Idoya Otegui

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From the 21st to the 24th of April several meetings were held in Varadero (Cuba): the Executive Committee ones (on the 21st) and the meetings from UNIMA’s Council (the 22nd, 23rd and 24th), while at the same time the 11th International Puppet Festival of Matanzas was taking place. The Executive Committee meeting was attended by all its members but one, the Nigerian Alheri Kotondi Check Amadou, who could not make it —although he already had … Read entire article »

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Latest news from UNIMA Women’s Commission

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In Cuba President of the Women’s Comission Tamiko Onagi finally met with the winner of first Encouragement Award of the Women’s Commission Carmen Cárdenas (Bolivia, Títeres Elwaky). Due to the grant award, Carmen’s son, Bayardo Loredo, was able to study puppetry in Argentina for three months at the school headed by Tito Lorefice. Tamiko Onagi in Cuba during councillors meeting. The commission is heading to a strong future. Puppeteers, writers and designers who are looking for support … Read entire article »

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UNIMA Council Meeting in Varadero Cuba, April 22 nd – 23 rd – 24 th of 2014

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Letter from Jacques Trudeau in which the Secretary General of UNIMA talks all members of UNIMA about traveling to Cuba for the UNIMA Council Meeting in Havana, April 22 nd – 23 rd – 24 th of 2014. A perfect opportunity to meet the puppets of Cuba and throughout the three Americas, as well as the charms of this island which begins to change and open to the world.   Dear UNIMA Members, for the first time in … Read entire article »

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Cuba and Tolosa to host the next UNIMA meetings

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We announced a few days ago that, in the voting that took place in Chengdu, Tolosa was the city chosen to host the UNIMA Congress in 2016. However, it was not known until the last day which was the city chosen to hold the Council Meeting, – an event which UNIMA celebrates two years after each Congress -, in 2014. Sofia in Bulgaria, and Matanzas in Cuba were the candidate cities. The option chosen, by … Read entire article »

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From Cuba to China

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Allow me to refer in this op-ed space to two specific places that present to us worlds and perspectives that are far apart and very different from each another: Cuba and China. I have just come back, in fact, from a long journey to the Caribbean island, long ago in Spanish hands, where I attended the Tenth International Puppet Workshop in Matanzas, and then spent a few days in Havana. And as happens to any … Read entire article »

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Puppet theatre in Cuba, between decline and hope (Part 1)

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The history of puppet theatre in Cuba is very young and at its core has a bitter taste. In contrast to other countries with long puppet traditions, in ours the art of animation began to be practiced professionally in the middle of the twentieth century. Before that, puppets in Cuba were simply a form of entertainment for schools, fairs and popular festivals, something rustic and improvised. An important event occured, however: a visit by the … Read entire article »

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