Puppetry South Africa
UNIMA SA is an Arts organization focused on the art of Puppetry. UNIMA SA works both to develop puppetry arts within South Africa and to use puppetry to promote transformation and social development.
Puppetry is a unique medium, with the power to unite across cultural, language and social divides.
Vision and Mission
The UNIMA SA vision is to see outstanding puppetry arts in South Africa. Our vision is to see the art form widely used to further transformation and in the realization of human values such as integration, peace and mutual understanding.
UNIMA SA’s mission is to promote artistic excellence, social cohesion, cultural awareness, environmental sustainability and economic growth through the power of puppetry.
UNIMA SA consistently innovates new applications for the medium of puppetry to meet identified needs and contribute to achieving its mission and vision.
At UNIMA SA we work to realize our vision by using puppetry as
- a rich artistic medium for expression
- a dynamic learning methodology
- an adaptable tool for powerful communication
- an effective way to promote diverse thinking, vital to a culture of creativity.
- a marketable skill for creating employment
As an umbrella organization, UNIMA SA brings together artists working with puppetry in many different contexts; encouraging imaginative and creative expression to foster mature relationships amongst people and encourage care for our environment.
Socio-cultural message transmitted through entertaining puppetry performances can inspire an openness to change, experimentation and innovation, which has the ability to mobilise and educate.
Marie Kruger, Stellenbosch University