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Invitation for Children to participate in the 44th International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Art Lidice 2016

Invitation ICEFA Lidice 2016


Dear teachers, dear children,

Please accept our invitation to participate in the 44th International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice 2016, which was established in 1967 to commemorate the child victims from the Czech village of Lidice, who had been murdered by German Nazis, as well as other children who had 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 the Czech Republic but literally all over the world. Thanks to good co-operation with the Embassies of the Czech Republic abroad we have had over 25,000 entries from upwards of 70 countries of all continents in recent years.

Hoping you will find an inspiration in this year’s theme, we are looking forward to your entries.

Mgr. Ivona Kasalická, Curator of ICEFA Lidice


Lidice Memorial under the auspices of

  • Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic
  • Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports of the Czech Republic
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
  • Czech Commission for UNESCO
  • Czech Centres


The year 2016 marks the 70th anniversary of founding of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). One of its major priorities is the promotion of education and the access of everyone to proper education as a fundamental right and a prerequisite for human development. On the occasion of this anniversary, the 44th ICEFA Lidice 2016 has been dedicated to the theme


  • I'll go to school soon. What it'll be like there?
  • My way to school and what is in my schoolbag
  • My school, our classroom, desks, rooms and collections, the lab, the studio, the gym, the school playground...
  • What we are learning and how, my favourite subject
  • People and the school – classmates, the teaching staff, cooks, the caretaker, the cleaning lady
  • From the school life – school trips and excursions, outdoor education, school performances, ceremonies, breaks
  • School, past and present – how our ancestors got their education?
  • What an ideal school would look like

For older children:

  • The pedagogue John Amos Comenius (1592-1670) – Teacher of Nations
  • How I imagine a university – science
  • What education can do for me, what it can help me to achieve

Art techniques

  • Drawing, painting
  • Printmaking
  • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Mixed media (metal, pottery, wood, glass, textile, paper)

Films, video recordings, photographs documenting art events or projects as well as series of entries that need to be installed together are ineligible for the exhibition.

Eligibility conditions

  • The exhibition is open only to children at age of 4 to 16.
  • The maximum format of a 2D entry is 70 x 50 cm.
  • The maximum format of a 3D entry is 120 x 120 cm, max. weight 10 kg.
  • A maximum of two entries of the same technique (painting, drawing, photography, pottery, combined technique) by one artist is accepted; however, one artist can send in entries of different techniques.
  • A good-quality photo paper must be used for photographs.
  • The entries employing colours that can be dusted or wiped off or that could dirty other entries when dealt with together must be fixated (pastel etc.).
  • Only original copies are acceptable. Copies, xerox copies or electronic copies will not be eligible for assessment.
  • Only such entries will be eligible for assessment that stick to the theme set for the edition. Larger entries, entries in passepartout, mounted on colour or other papers and entries lacking a proper label will be excluded.
  • The maximum weight of a consignment containing competing works must not exceed 10 kgs.
We ask teachers to make a pre-selection of entries to be sent in to the exhibition in order to create as good a school collection as possible.

The organizer reserves the right to use the received entries for other non-commercial exhibitions and charitable events and to reproduce them in print. The entries will not be given back.

Please note, that organizer does not provide certificates of participation or invitation for individuals or schools.

Application form and labelling the entries

1. Application for the competition

To register your participation, fill in, please, the APPLICATION Form – available for download at this webpage in the box in the upper right corner. Enclose the filled in Application Form and the list of the participants´names with the artworks and additionally, send it attached as a DOC-file to: by 29 February 2016. The subject of the e-mail and the name of the document should include: 44th ICEFA Lidice 2016 + name of your school, town and country (e.g. Application for the 44th ICEFA Lidice 2016 – Art School, Trakai, Lithuania / in case an individual participant: Application for the 44th ICEFA Lidice 2016 – John Smith, London, Great Britain).

2. Labelling of artworks

To label competing artworks, please, use the attached WORK IDENTIFICATION Label (available for download at this webpage in the box in the upper right corner). Each work must have the following information on the back side (works of ceramics and the like should bear the label directly on them):

  • Name and surname of the child (give them in the following order: 1 name, 2 surname)
  • Age and sex of the child
  • Name and full address of the school or organization responsible for sending the work (name of the school, street, postcode, city, country). Information on awards will be sent to this address later.
  • E-mail address of the organization to be used for communication on the exhibition – please, indicate the website of the school, the current e-mail address of the school or organization and an e-mail address of the art teacher(s) responsible for sending in the works so that they could be informed on the competition.
  • If a child participate as an individual, indicate their name, age, sex and home address, including an e-mail for communication (of a parent of theirs).

Please, fill in the label READABLY, in BLOCK ROMAN LETTERS (preferably on a PC). Works with illegible or incomplete labels will be excluded from the competition.

Time schedule of the exhibition

  • 29 February 2016 - Closing date of the 44th edition
  • 24-26 March 2016 - 1st round session of the panel of expert judges
  • 31.3.-2 April 2016 - 2nd round session of the panel of expert judges
  • 10 May 2016 - Results of the exhibition published at
  • 30 May 2016 - OPENING - ceremonial opening of the exhibition and prize awards to the Czech laureates and selected foreign ones
  • 31 May – 30 Nov 2016 - Exhibition of the awarded entries at the Lidice Gallery
  • June 2016 - Distribution of prizes, catalogues and invitations to participate in the next edition to the winning schools and children in the Czech and Slovak Republics, and of letters of thanks to the non-winning schools in the Czech and Slovak Republics
  • Sep – Dec 2016 - Prizes, catalogues and invitations to participate in the next edition for foreign child winners are dispatched to Czech embassies, which ensure the prizes being handed over (by person or by post)

After the main exhibition is finished, smaller exhibitions will be created from the exhibits to tour other venues in the Czech Republic and abroad.


  • Prize of the Panel of Judges for a foreign school
  • Prize of the Panel of Judges for a school in the CR
  • “Rose of Lidice” Medal – for an individual
  • Medal for a school for its collection of entries
  • Medal for a common work of children
  • Honourable mentions

Please send your entries to the following address:

44th International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice 2016
The Lidice Memorial, Lidice Gallery
Tokajická 152
273 54 Lidice
Czech Republic

CLOSING DATE FOR THE 44th EDITION: 29 February 2016.
Postmark date on the consignment must not be later than 29 February 2016.

ATTENTION: Entries must be delivered physically to Lidice by 15 March 2016. Please, make sure that your postal service is able to deliver the consignment by that date. Please indicate value 10 Eur. Consignment with lower (0 Eur) or higher value may are intercepted at customs and duty and VAT is required, which is not to be made by the organizer.

From February 2016 on, you can check registration of your entries at:

Contact details

Lidice Memorial, Lidice Gallery, Tokajická 152

273 54 Lidice, Czech Republic

E-mail:, web:

Phone no. 00420 312 253 702; 00420 736 642 318

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