1990’s-2000’s, years of great projects
In 1992 the Congress in Ljubljana, Slovenia, brought an updating of the Statutes and a great effort undertaken to make UNIMA lively and attractive to new generations of practitioners and enthusiasts.
Among the projects, there was the one of helping not only those wanting to increase their knowledge and competence in the puppetry art, but also to encourage the collaboration in the new areas of exploration, for example in the fields of the education, the training, teaching and therapy.
Since the 1980’s, the number of Centres and members in all the continents increased. To better serve these new centres, new territorial Commissions were formed for Asia-Pacific, Africa, North America, Latin America and Europe. These Commissions were created to facilitate communications and deal with new responsibilities.
One of the hardest projects that UNIMA has decided to carry out was to edit and publish the World Encyclopaedia of Puppetry Art (WEPA) published in French in 2009, *(this preceding phrase is new- add to French and Spanish versions) and then translated into English and Spanish. With the partnership of UNESCO, the publication of the „Encyclopédie Mondiale des Arts de la Marionnette“ is not just the realization of a founders‘ old dream (the project was proposed since 1970’s) but also represents for all puppeteers and thousands of enthusiasts in theatre, an essential source and a proof of the recognition for this branch of the theatre arts.
Benefiting of the title of „Official partner of UNESCO„ (consultative statute), UNIMA was entrusted by UNESCO with the assessment of the dossiers about the classification of master pieces of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity concerning the puppetry.
The puppet can be found in every genre of the contemporary performing arts. In theatre, film, celebration, ritual, education, and healing, like each art, it is a means of bringing peoples closer together and of fighting against intolerance and violence.
UNIMA is responsible not only to its members but to all whose lives have been enriched by the spirit and beauty of the puppet. The association has made a long journey since its foundation and, today, enjoys a certain prestige in the cultural world.