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Vale Axel Axelrad

We present to you a special issue of the Oz Puppetry Email Newsletter (O.P.E.N.) dedicated to UNIMA Australia Life Member Axel Axelrad, who passed away on 13th November 2018 aged 99 years. 

O.P.E.N. was a free email puppetry newsletter edited by Julia Davis and Richard Hart (Dream Puppets), and ran from 2010-2015. Julia and Richard reopened the newsletter for this special edition, and we thank them for their considerable efforts in compiling this very important record of Australian Puppetry history.

Thank you to everyone who also shared their stories and memories about Axel. 

You can read this issue in two parts, by clicking on the links below.



UNIMA International Medal presented to Axel Axelrad as a member of honour.

As a Life Member, Axel Axelrad was also presented this medal by UNIMA International for being a Member of Honour of UNIMA.

Congratulations to Scholarship Recipient Fiona Finley

Congratulations to Fiona Finley from the Drama Studio (Wollongong, NSW), who has been awarded the 2018 Lorrie Gardner UNIMA Austraila Biennial Scholarship. She will receive her requested amount of $550 to learn cardboard puppetry and mask construction and performance from specialist tutor Kay Yasugi (Pupperoos).

Applications for the next scholarship will open in 2020. To be eligible, an applicant must be a continuous financial member of UNIMA Australia for at least 2 years. To join, please go to our UNIMA Australia Member Planet site

Or Contact our Membership Secretary, Ruri Konishi, via our Contact form.