The UNIMA OZ 50th Anniversary Magazine Volume 1 & 2 is here!

Volume 1 was released on World Puppetry Day, 21st March, 2021.

Volume 2 was released 31st March 2022.

In 2020, UNIMA Australia celebrated 50 years since our organisation was founded in 1970.

Over 6 months we reached out to find and put together content for a special 50th Anniversary digital magazine of UNIMA Oz. 

Here are some words from our Editor, Pete Davidson, written on World Puppetry Day – 21st March, 2021:

“Over the last 6 months since we started collaborating on this magazine, we’ve asked ourselves the question – How do you put 50 years of Australian puppetry and the part UNIMA has played within it into a single publication? The truth is; you can’t. 

Our whole conceptual framework behind this magazine has been ‘past, present, future‘. We divided up the content into four editorial pillars; ‘History’, ‘Design & Making’, ‘Performance & Innovation’ and ‘Community’. But, we want to recognise these 3 volumes of time and give them due respect. There is simply too much content to process if we were to do this any other way. 

That is why today, we are releasing ‘UNIMA Oz 50th Anniversary Magazine – Volume 1 – Past’. This 50 page document will focus on our organisation’s history and the process of documenting and celebrating that history. 

We’ll be releasing the next two volumes over the course of 2021. 

We’ve collaborated and produced this magazine entirely remotely and digitally due to COVID. I hope you like what we’ve done so far with our magazine, which is both digital and printable by design. It was created amidst great challenges but I’m proud of what we have produced. Thank you to everyone who has helped us in this mammoth project, especially to our sub-editors Philip Millar, Katherine Hannaford, Kay Yasugi and Christopher Ragg, and to all the contributors.”

We also want to thank our Editor Pete for the immense work that he has done to produce this magazine – I think we can all agree that it is stunningly presented and a truly special memento to mark UNIMA Oz’s milestone anniversary!

The magazine is curated by a committee including:

Pete Davidson (VIC) – One Orange Sock / UNIMA Australia Committee Member (Editor)

Philip Millar (VIC) – PuppetVision / President, UNIMA Australia

Kay Yasugi (NSW) – Pupperoos / General Secretary, UNIMA Australia

Katherine Hannaford (NSW) – Miss Hannaford Edublogs/Treasurer, UNIMA Australia

Christopher Ragg (VIC) – Puppet Tribe / UNIMA Australia Member

For enquiries please contact our Editor, Pete Davidson