UNIMA brings together people who are interested in puppet theatre or are otherwise related to this form of art. UNIMA also organizes puppet theatre conferences, festivals, carries out and supports theoretical and historical research, promotes contemporary puppet theatre and offers training. UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionnette) is a non-governmental and no profit seeking organisation affiliated to UNESCO. Founded in 1929 in Prague (the Czech Republic), today UNIMA unites organizations of puppeteers, puppet theatres and individual puppeteers from 15 countries. The seat of UNIMA is situated in the city of Charleville-Mézières (France).