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ICEFA 2012 Prize Awards – Hungary, Budapest

4. 11. 2012

On 31 October 2012, Ambassadress of the Czech Republic to Hungary Helena Bambasová presented certificates and “Rose of Lidice” medals to three children who had won the major prizes in the 40th International Children's Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice 2012.

Dedicated to the 100th anniversary of J. Trnka, a globally renowned painter, printmaker, puppeteer, sculptor, illustrator and the founder of the Czech animated and puppet film, in tribute to whom the exhibition featured the theme “The Theatre - The Puppet - The Fairytale”, this year’s exhibition registered the unbelievable 26,064 entries from 37 countries of the world, with Hungary sending in 263 entries from 28 schools. We are pleased to say that more children and schools participated in the competition, which was surely helped by the good information activity of the local Ministry of National Human Resources and also by the fact that the Embassy addressed significantly more schools in 2011 than in previous years.

The certificates and the “Rose of Lidice” medals were formally presented to the winners at the Municipal Office in Magyarpolány, because all the three children who won the major prizes were, coincidentally, from the local art school. First, Ambassadress Helena Bambasová reminded the winners as well as their teachers and parents about the circumstances of the constitution of the competition, stressing its importance. Then she gave the winners the certificates and medals, which will take them back to their success in this major international competition, adding some keepsakes consisting of school supplies. Magyarpolany is a small village with upwards of 1,200 inhabitants, which maintains regional traditions and supports arts and crafts development.

It is located near Balaton, only 8 km from the scene of the deadly catastrophe near the town of Ajka, when the dyke of a sludge reservoir at the local aluminium plant breached on 4 October 2010, releasing harmful, caustic red mud into the local environment.

Ing. Milan Peprník

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