UNIMA family meets in Bochum!

20. Dezember 2017

The UNIMA council meeting in 2018 (May, 13th - 16th) is hosted by the FIDENA.

The meeting takes place from Sunday, 13th (arrival on the 12th or earlier) until Wednesday 16th (departure on the 17th or later) during festival FIDENA (May 9th - 18th).


Stadionring 20
44791 Bochum


425 € “early bird”, registration until January 22nd 2018 (scroll down for registration form)

450 € registration until April 1st 2018

475 € registration after April 1st 2018

The Congress fee includes all Conference documents, simultaneous translation in German, English, French and Spanish, four coffee breaks and four lunches, tickets for five selected evening shows of festival FIDENA (12th-16th), partly by bus shuttle, sight seeing tour and day trip, free entrance to the festival center with late night shows, welcome and farewell party.


The nearest and most comfortable airport is Dusseldorf (DUS). To Bochum it takes 30 minutes by train. The so-called “Skytrain” brings you to the airport station every 3 minutes.

Cologne/Bonn (CGN) is 90 minutes to Bochum. The airport is well connected with Cologne mainstation.

There are some good and cheap connections coming from the East or the North to Dortmund airport (DTM), takes 30 minutes by bus to the station plus 10 minutes by train. The bus only goes once per hour.


We have chosen hotels in different categories from luxury “Renaissance”, directly beside the RuhrCongress over middle class and more simple accommodation. Scroll down for the hotel booking form with details.

Side Program

Each day from 12th to 16th we will visit one evening performance of festival Fidena. The festival takes place in Bochum, but also in the neighbour cities Essen, Herne and Hattingen.

Therefore we will offer bus shuttles. Who likes and still has some power left can finish the day in the festival center with latenight program and parties.

Invited shows and artists (changes reserved):

“PUNCH” world premiere, Stefanie Oberhoff (Germany), Snuff Puppets (Australia) and friends

“Jake & Pete’s Big Reconciliation Attempt for the Disputes from the Past” without words, Jakob Ampe & Pieter Ampe (Belgium)

“Un secret de rue” German version, Alain Lecucq and Narguess Majd (France)

“Le petit théâtre du bout du monde. Opus 1” without words, Ezéquiel Garcia Romeu (France)

“Babylon “Neville Tranter (Netherlands), in English

“Bomba Mix” Alfredo Zinola (Italia) (for children)

“The Ventriloquist Convention” English version, Gisèle Vienne, Puppentheater Halle (France/Germany)

“Arde brillante en los bosques de la noche”, Mariano Pensotti (Argentina), Spanish with English and German subtiltles

“Carbon” world premiere, without words, Cie Freaks und Fremde (Germany)

“A hole is mostly round", Florschütz & Döhnert, (germany) without words for children

“Coulrophobia” Pickled Image (United Kingdom), in English

“Visiting time Over” Theater Junge Generation Dresden (Germany), director: Ariel Doron (Israel)

“Sorry Boys” Marta Cuscuna (Italia), Italian with German subtitles

“Orlando Furioso” Opera dei Pupi Mimmo Cuticchio (Italia)

“Whispers” Cie. Mossoux-Bonté (Belgium) without words

"23 viewpoints about conflict" Worst Case Scenario (Israel) English

Ainsley Henderson (United Kingdom, Scotland) English

"Things easily forgotten" Xavi Bobes (Spain) without words

"The homes of Latung LaLa" David Ymbernon (Spain) English


Once the uncontested heart of Germany’s economy, the Ruhr region was formed by the coal and steel industries and is currently going through a structural transformation, which makes it one of the most dynamic regions in Europe. About 5.3 million people live in the Ruhr, the third-most-populous metropolitan region in population in Western Europe after London and Paris – ahead of greater Berlin. The Ruhr region is famous for its industrial architecture:

On the last day of the Council we offer a sightseeing tour (free of charge) to two of the most spectacular spaces: UNESCO World Heritage Site “Zollverein” in Essen and “Jahrhunderthalle” in Bochum. Both huge industrial monuments nowadays host theatre, festivals, concerts and museums.
The venues of festival FIDENA also present some of these industrial architectures like “Henrichshütte” in Hattingen or “Flottmann-Hallen” in Herne. The main theatres in Bochum and in Essen are beautiful buildings, too.

On May 17th we offer a day trip (free of charge) to the Museum of PuppentheaterKultur in Bad Kreuznach, which invites you on a journey to explore the world of puppetry on 700m², with a focus on German puppets and puppet builders of the 20th century.

For those coming from far away we can offer different sightseeing programs and day trips on their own costs. The Dome in Cologne of course is worth a visit. Or the famous “Folkwang Museum” in Essen. Maybe you wish to visit a ballet of Pina Bausch, they still show some in Wuppertal nearby. There is the “German Football Museum” in Dortmund and the “German Mining Museum” directly in Bochum.

The month of May is the perfect period for visiting Germany. Not too hot in general, but you can already have a good German beer outside.