UNIMA, founded in Prague on 20th May 1929, is the oldest theater organi- sation in the world. It celebrates its 80th anniversary through the year 2009. Since 1980 the registered office of UNIMA is in Charleville-Mezières, thanks to the great personality Jacques Felix who was its secretary general for 20 years and whose contribution to this organization is incomparable.
Several events will mark the 80th Anniversary occasion in Charleville-Mezières: we shall posthumously honour Jacques Felix at the square named after him, the World Encyclopedia of Puppetry Arts will be launched, the inauguration of an exhibition from UNIMA archives, a homage to three well- known figures, my own great professors from puppetry school in Charleville, in the early eighties. who have contributed a great deal to UNIMA: Margareta Niculescu, Henryk Jurkowski and Michael Meschke. Margareta, Henryk Michael and the late- Jan (Honsa) Dvorak, I salute you!
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