ICEFA Lidice

International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice

The International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice (ICEFA Lidice) was established in 1967 to commemorate the child victims from the Czech village of Lidice murdered by German Nazis, as well as all other children who have died in wars.

Although national initially, this exhibition became an international one in 1973 and since then it has become well known among children and teachers not only in our country but literally all over the world. In recent years, more than 25,000 very good works of art have come regularly by children not only from the Czech and Slovak republics but also from other 60-70 countries, including such distant ones as China, India, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka or Zimbabwe.

You can visit the current main exhibition at the Lidice Gallery from June through November each year.

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45. ICEFA Lidice 2017 exhibition opened,medals for Czech Children handed over

26. 6. 2017

On Thursday, 1 June 2017, the Lidice Gallery saw medals being presented to the best child artists from Czech Republic, 1 from Slovak Republic, 3 from Belarus and 2 studentts, director of the school and and their teacher from Russia. The russian School No. 1955 from Moscow was awarded along with the Primary Artt School Nové Město pod Smrkem with the highest award of the exhibition - the Prize of the Panel of Judges.

The prizes were presented by the senator Jiří Dienstbier, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Chancery of the Ministry Ivana Červenková, Mrs Dita Limova – Head of UNESCO Division, Department of International Relations at Czech Ministry of Culture,  Mr Jaroslav Faltýn – Director of Preschool, Basic, Art and Special Education at Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Mrs. Monika Koblerová – legal representative of the Czech centers, Tomáš Skála, deputy mayor of Lidice and the chairman of the Panel of Judges of the Exhibition Josef Zedník. Prize for winner in a form of finantial reward of 10,000 for Primary Art School Nové Město pod Smrkem was presented by Zuzana Tornikidis, the director of a co-operating organization, the Agrofert Foundation. Also present were ambassadors and representatives of 23 embassies in the Czech Republic.

The ceremony was opened by the children's choir of International School of Prague and with fanfares of the Brass choir of the Art School Marie Podvalové from Prague 9.

The exhibition can be seen on the 2nd floor of the Lidice Gallery from 1st June till the 30st November 2017, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in November to 4 p.m.


Transportation: Lidice is situated between Prague and Kladno.

By car - direction to Slany, turn to direction Kladno, Lidice.

By bus - go by underground, line A, to the station Nádraží Veleslavín, then change to commuter bus 56, line Prague – Kladno, departing from the stop no. 3 (station Lidice, near Muzeum of Lidice Memorial, cca 10 minutes of walk to the Lidice gallery, or bus 22 (station Lidice, Obecní úřad, station in front of the Lidice gallery, in the centre of the village Lidice).

More about the opening ceremony and photos from the opening and the awarding ceremony can be seen at CEREMONIAL OPENING​.

The jury has finished

27. 3. 2017

On 23rd - 25th March and 31st March - 1st April the international panel of judges  of the 45th ICEFA Lidice was sitting in Lidice Gallery. In the first round the judges from the Czech and Slovac Republic selected and recommended works to the second round in which the judges awarded honorable mentions and medals for the best artists. Well-known and popular photographer Robert Vano took part for the second time. Other judges from the Czech republic, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Russia, Hongkong and the USA joined him.

Dedicated to the theme Travelling this year´s edition saw over 25 300 children from more than 1 800 schools from 82 countries. Among those who traditionally take part in the competition, this year new countries have entered such as Palestine, Equador and Uruguay.

All awarded pieces of art will be put on display from 30th May by the end of November 2017 on the 1st floor of Lidice Gallery, the preview of the exhibition and awarding ceremony for the Czech winners and selected foreign medalists will take place on 30th May 2017 from 11a.m. in the garden of Lidice Gallery.

More pictures from the first and second round of the jury here.

Registration of works to 45. ICEFA Lidice 2017

2. 3. 2017

Dear teachers, participants,

Please be patient with the registration of works to actual edition of ICEFA Lidice, which unfortunately cannot be done faster. Recently we are receiving daily to Lidice gallery large amount of packages, which is necessary not only to unpack, but also count works, put stamps on each work and number it. At the same time we need to register name, address and all contacts of sending organization to our database. Usually it takes about 10 to 15 minutes to register one package and this cannot be done faster. Despite the fact that we are working at the highest commitment, we cannot guarrantee to register packages on the same day, when they are delivered to Lidice. At the same time it can happend, that the newly arrived shipments are processed sooner th than those, which came earlier. The huge number of shipments is not possible to sort, search for particular one or keep packages in time sequence of their arrival in Lidice. Please understand this difficult situation and do not send questions about the delivery of your consignment - wait until your shipment comes to turn. Registration will continue until the first round of the jury - ie. to 23. 3. 2017.
We also want to remind, that registration is based on the physical receiving the works to Lidice, not on sending the electronic Application form by e-mail.
Thank you for your understanding and patience.
team ICEFA

Collection of 3D exponates to 45. ICEFA Lidice from Moravia and South Bohemia

7. 2. 2017

In last week of February Lidice Memorial hold the collection of 3D exponates from school from Moravia and South Bohemia.

Presence of the ICEFA curator at the 8th Biennial International Children’s and Young Adults’ Painting Competition Tehran – 2016

15. 11. 2016

International Children's Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice can boast with more than 20,000 children's entries from upwards of 70 countries that include works by children from Iran. Regularly there is about 500 of them, once the package from Iran contained nearly 1,000 entries. Iranian children have always been successful in the competition and their prizes have been sent via the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Czech Embassy in Teheran that has been interested in organizing the prize-giving ceremony. However, they have not manage to do so till this year because Kanoon, the organization that has been sending entries to Lidice, informed the Embassy that the winning children come not only from Teheran but all over Iran, which makes the prize-giving ceremony in Teheran impossible.

This time, however, some of the Iranian children did have their prize-giving ceremony organized.

Kanoon, which has been providing art education for children in many places of Iran for decades while publishing children's books and supporting artists and teachers, set up an art competition called Biennial International Children’s Art Competition Tehran.

Some years ago, the management of Kanoon decided to invite also foreigners to join the jury and this year's 8th edition, which was dedicated to the theme "Water" and admitted free themed entries as well, seeing 5,318 entries from 28 countries including Czechia and Slovakia, had among the members of the jury Ivona Kasalická, Curator of the International Children's Exhibition of Fine Arts, organized by a semi-budgetary organization of the Czech Ministry of Culture, the Lidice Memorial.

The second round of the contest took place on 7 November 2016 in the main Kanoon building in the centre of Teheran. Besides the ICEFA curator four Iranian members comprised the jury: the artists and teachers Zahra Absouran, Mamak Yahyapour, Nader Fatemi and the ex-director of Kanoon's Centre for Culture and Fine Arts, Mr. Mahdi Mojtahed. The assessed entries received 99 gold medals, 132 silver ones, 77 bronze ones and 235 honourable mentions Moreover, the jury decided that all participants would be sent a Certificate of Participation. Included in the programme was a presentation by Ivona Kasalická, who introduced 40 KANOON's teachers and artists in the audience to the history of Lidice, to the Lidice Memorial and the history of ICEFA Lidice as well as the art education in Czechia. As part of the presentation, a film about ICEFA Lidice was shown.

On the suggestion of the curator for personal presentation of prizes to the Iranian winners of the 44th ICEFA Lidice 2016, a 500 km-long journey was organized to the town of Kermanshah situated 120 km away from the border with Irak and in the proximity of the Kurdistan province. This town is home to 7 out of 14 child-winners of ICEFA Lidice 2016. Taking place in a very festive atmosphere in one of the Kanoon buildings on 9 November 2016, the prize-giving ceremony included some film screenings and children's dance performances. At the end, prizes were presented to all 7 children including 3 medallists. The prizes and gifts were presented to children by the curator along with top officials of Kanoon in Kermanshah and representatives of the town and the province. The same day another presentation took place for 16 Kanoon teachers, again presenting Lidice, the Lidice Memorial, ICEFA history and art education of Czech children.

Generally, the business trip was very successful and well accepted both by teachers and the representatives of Kanoon and was also appreciated in high places. It is good that the Lidice Memorial and ICEFA can spread the knowledge about Lidice, the Lidice Memorial, ICEFA Lidice and Czech art education of children, cooperating in the field of children's fine art activities also with more distant countries that have not been much discovered yet in the Czech culture. Being very interested in this cooperation, Iranian teachers and artists are looking forward to enhancing it.

Ivona Kasalická

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