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News from the Unima Congress 2016 in Tolosa / San Sebastián, Spain: Dadi Pudumjee, President, and Idoya Otegui, new General Secretary. Bali, Indonesia, wins the Unima Congress 2020

News from the Unima Congress 2016 in Tolosa / San Sebastián, Spain: Dadi Pudumjee, President, and Idoya Otegui, new General Secretary. Bali, Indonesia, wins the Unima Congress 2020

The Unima 2016 Congress, being carried out these days in Tolosa and San Sebastián, with the World Puppet Festival that accompanies it, has already voted their new directive: Dadi Pudumjee as President and Idoya Otegui as Secretary General. Members of the Executive Committee are: President Dadi Pudumjee – INDIA; General Secretary – Idoya Otegui; Treasurer: Lucile Bodson – France; 1st Vice – Manuel Moran – USA; 2nd Vice President – Karen Smith – USA. Idoya Otegui, … Read entire article »

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Idoya Otegui visits Japan, in preparation for the UNIMA Congress and World Festival 2016

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Idoya Otegui, director of the Tolosa International Puppet Centre (TOPIC), is these days in Japan to finalize aspects related to Congress and World Puppet Festival to be held in San Sebastian and Tolosa. As is well known, these two cities will host the Congress and World Puppet Festival 2016 organized every four years by the International Association of Puppets (UNIMA), under the project of San Sebastian European Capital of Culture. The Tolosa International Puppet Centre … Read entire article »

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Portuguese puppets (Robertos) and European traditions together in Lisbon

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On 3rd July, the exhibition The Pulcinela Trails (Rotas de Polichinelo) opened to great pomp and circumstance at the Puppet Museum in Lisbon. This event however was more than a mere inauguration as when the doors of the chapel, where the items are displayed, opened, the cloister of the Convento das Bernardas was the stage of a joyful and effusive encounter of all the puppeteers that today represent Dom Robertos in Portugal (only João Costa … Read entire article »

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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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The noise after the simposium ‘Putxinel·li, myth, tradition and modernity’

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By now it is no longer news that the Putxinel·li Symposium between the mite, the tradició the contemporaneïtat i included in the centenary of the Institut del Teatre of Barcelona, ​​it was a success. The attendees, who filled the auditorium of IT, actively participated in the review, anthropological means, artistic medium and somewhat futuristic character Pulcinella . Desede its origin to some of its most important branches, it became clear that the presence of latent … Read entire article »

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Extraordinary exhibition on Pulcinella in Tolosa TOPIC

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The 19th of October the exhibition “Routes of Pulcinella” opened its doors without an official opening due to the blow it’s been for all the death of Miguel Arreche a few days ago. An exhibition that the TOPIC of Tolosa has been preparing in parallel to the research project by the person who signs these lines, Toni Rumbau, and which has culminated in the publication of the book “Routes of Pulcinella. Puppets and Cities of … Read entire article »

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Miguel Arreche has died

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News of the death of Miguel Arreche who, together with Idoya Otegui, was the founder of TOPIC in Tolosa and the driving force behind both Topic and the festival Titirijai, has spread rapidly through the puppetry world. A stroke that occurred at lunchtime on 11th October, followed by a second one later the same day while he was in hospital were too much even for Miguel’s stubborn vitality, courage and boundless energy. The funeral will be held in Tolosa, at the … Read entire article »

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Iranian company Yase Tamam co-winner of top award in Warsaw

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The puppet shows ‘The Earth and the Universe’ by Iranian company Yase Tamam, and ‘Louder!’ by Polish artists by Marcin Bartnikowski and Marcin Bikowski shared a top prize at the festival Puppet Is a Human Too, held in Warsaw last month. This is an important international event dedicated to puppet theater and animation movies for adults. The Jury recognizes the work of the companies from around the world in three main categories: best actor on actress, … 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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San Sebastián-Tolosa elected for the next Congress of UNIMA 2016

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The XXI Congress of UNIMA held in the city of Chengdu in China, just choose the city where the next Congress will be held in 2016. It was a fierce dispute between two cities that offered the best of themselves. On the one hand, the Russian city of Ekaterinburg, located in the center of the Eurasian continent on the border between Europe and Asia. Considered the fourth largest city in Russia, it is an important … Read entire article »

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