On Wednesday, 29 May 2013, 41ST INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S EXHIBITION OF FINE ARTS LIDICE 2013 opened in the presence of ambassadors and major political and cultural figures of the Czech Republic.
The event was attended by deputy minister of Culture PhDr. Anna Matoušková, Head of MFA Public Diplomacy Department Jan Bondy, Head of UNESCO Division of the Ministry of Culture Michal Beneš, Director General of Czech Centres Vilma Anýžová and Head of Division of Ethnic Culture Zuzana Malcová. From among the diplomatic missions of participating countries, there were present the ambassadors of Moldova, Slovakia and Venezuela, representatives of embassies of Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Egypt, Germany, Iran, Japan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Serbia, Turkey and the U.S.A.
Due to bad weather, the award ceremony was moved to the community centre in Kladno where workshops and plays had been prepared for children by the Leisure-time Centre Labyrint Kladno and plays with modelling clay took place under the guidance of a Venezuelan artist. The formal programme opened with the performance of the Children's Folklore Group Kordulka from Starý Poddvorov, a winner of Zlatý Oříšek Award. As the intangible cultural heritage listed at UNESCO had been the theme of this year’s exhibition, they presented the dance “verbuňk”, a piece of intangible heritage of the Czech Republic listed at UNESCO.
11 a.m. saw Director of the Lidice Memorial Milouš Červencl welcome the present guests, representatives of embassies as well as child winners and their accompanying adults and Deputy Minister of Culture Anna Matoušková give a speech. After that, Head of MFA Public Diplomacy Department Jan Bondy and Director General of Czech Centres Vilma Anýžová joined the Deputy Minister to give prizes to 59 laureates from Czech schools.
Head of UNESCO Division of the Ministry of Culture Michal Beneš, Chairman of the Panel of Judges at ICEFA Lidice 2013 Josef Zedník and Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the CR Peter Brňo ascended the stage to present the highest award. First a young artist from Melbourne (Australia) and a medallist from Primary Art School Bernolákova in Košice were presented their prizes. Then the highest awards were presented: the Prize of the Panel of Judges for a Czech School went to 4 medallists and teachers of the Primary Art School Háj ve Slezsku and the Prize of the Panel of Judges for a Foreign School was given to four medallists and teachers of the Primary Art School Holíč in Slovakia.
The awarded children could enjoy not only the ‘Rose of Lidice’ medal and certificate but also other valuable prizes – cups with a photo of their awarded picture printed on them as well as valuable books and keepsakes from ČSOB. They must have been surprised when they received their respective awarded picture in the form of a cardboard jigsaw, donated by the company Atlas. The glass palettes presented as the Prizes of the Panel of Judges were donated by the glass factory Rückl Crystal.
After the prize-giving ceremony in the community centre in Kladno ended, all guests moved to the Lidice Gallery where the ribbon was officially cut by the Deputy Minister Anna Matoušková, Director of Czech Centres Vilma Anýžová and the Lidice child-survivor Marie Šupíková. Then there was no hindrance to all guests being invited to tour the exhibition on the 1st floor of the Lidice Gallery, which was eagerly anticipated especially by the child winners. The time that followed saw upwards of 300 guests viewing 1,400 pictures and sculptures by children from the four corners of the world. The opening programme ended with some refreshments in the restaurant Lidice Gallery and the theatrical performance Pinocchio by the theatre company Já to jsem z Drahotěšic, which was a big success with children.
Lidice will host the exhibition till 31st October 2013. Then a reduced collection of entries will be on display at other places of the Czech Republic and abroad.
Invitation for the ceremonial opening
cordially invites you to the opening of
the 41st International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice 2013
featuring the theme TRADITIONS AND HERITAGE OF MY COUNTRY’S PEOPLE
UNESCO NON-MATERIAL CULTURAL HERITAGE
held under the auspices of
Minister of Culture of the CR
Minister of Foreign Affairs the CR
Minister of Education, Youth and Sports of the CR
Chairman of the Czech Commission for UNESCO
General Manager of the Czech Centres
The preview will take place on Wednesday 29 May 2013 at the Lidice Gallery in Lidice.
The programme of the preview:
- 10:15 am Dance performance by DFS Kordulka, Starý Poddvorov (verbuňk, traditional Moravian male dance, as UNESCO non-material heritage of mankind)
- 11:00 am Prize-giving ceremony to celebrate the laureates from the Czech Republic and the invited foreign winners.
- 0:30 pm Opening of the exhibition of the 41st edition
- 2:00 pm Theatrical performance fir children, Pinocchio (the theatre Já to jsem, Drahotěšice)
From 8:30 am to 2:00 pm the garden of the Lidice gallery will host the following side events:
- entertaining plays prepared by the leisure centre Labyrint Kladno
- creative workshop on the theme of musical instruments
- plays with modelling clay under the guidance of a Venezuelan artist
- a talk and a demonstration of falconry, ČMMJ Falconers Club, Kladno (falconry as UNESCO non-material heritage of mankind)
- an opportunity to ride in a horse-drawn carriage, weather permitting
The exhibition will last till 31st October, 2013