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Invitation for Children to participate in the 51st International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Art Lidice 2023

Forms for Schools

Application form, list of participants

Work identification label

Registration form Film/Animation


Forms for Individual participants

Application form

Work identification label


Registration form Film/Animation



Invitation to participate in the 51st ICEFA Lidice 2023

Dear children, dear teachers,
we would like to cordially invite you to participate in the 51st International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice 2023.

The competition and subsequent exhibition is one of the largest in the world, bringing together thousands of children from all over the world every year. In 2023, 20 years will have passed since the adoption of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and it will be the 50th anniversary of the organization International Dance Council CID (The United Nations of Dance) under the auspices of UNESCO.


The 51st ICEFA Lidice will be dedicated to the theme:


Dance is a physical activity that can convey stories, emotions and moods without using words – like fine art. Dance is a means of human communication and has been a part of human culture since time immemorial. Already in the prehistoric age, people performed ritual dances to ensure a successful hunt or to win the favor of their gods.

Over time, dance has become a part of folk festivities and also of theatrical performances. Dancing can tell a story, express feelings or just be movement for joy. People dance together in groups, for an audience, with their loved ones or just by themselves. Dance is associated with rhythm, music, and often with beautiful and expressive costumes and dresses. The effect of dancing can be influenced not only by the dancers, but also by a choreographer or a scenographer, traditional dances often employ the work of a number of craftsmen and musicians.

Around us, we can also find dances in a figurative sense – a dance of colours and lights, a dance of planets, the dancing of shadows on the wall.

  • What dances do you like?
  • What music inspires you to dance?
  • With whom would you like to dance or where would you like to dance?
  • How do you feel when dancing? What would you like to say by dancing?
  • Can nature or things dance?

Art techniques

  • drawing/painting
  • printmaking
  • mixed media
  • photography
  • film/animation
  • art objects

Competition and exhibition

The entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges in two rounds. Artworks that receive an award will be exhibited on an annual exhibition in the Lidice Gallery from June 2023 and awarded 2D artworks subsequently archived. Smaller exhibitions from the entries will follow in the Czech Republic and abroad.

Eligibility conditions

Participation in the exhibition is open only to children aged 4 to 16, both as individuals and as representatives of schools and art clubs. People with disabilities can participate at any age.

  • The maximum format for a 2D entry: 70 × 50 cm.
  • The maximum format for a 3D entry: 100 × 70 × 40 cm, weight max. 10 kg.
  • A maximum of two entries of the same technique (painting and drawing, printmaking, mixed media, photography, film/animation, art objects) by one author is acceptable. One author can participate with entries in multiple techniques.
  • We appeal to teachers to select the entries carefully to create a school’s collection of a high quality.
  • Use spray fixative for entries created in paints that can be dusted or wiped off.
  • Only photos on good-quality paper are accepted.
  • Films/animations – max. length 3 minutes.
  • Eligibility for the competition requires compliance with the complete conditions at Non-compliance or illegible writing on the application and artwork labels can lead to the artwork not being accepted for the competition.

Reasons for exclusion from the competition

Only original artworks are accepted. Copies, photocopies, electronic versions will not be evaluated. Only works on the theme of the year will be assessed. Works of excessive dimensions, mounted pictures (framed, glued to colored or other papers etc.) or works insufficiently labeled can be excluded from the competition. The maximum weight of 1 package with artworks must not exceed 10 kg. Each individual work must be properly marked (labeled).


Closing date of the 51st ICEFA Lidice is February 10, 2023!


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.


To register your participation, please, fill in the APPLICATION Form - available for download at this webpage in the box in the upper right corner. The filled-in application and the name list of participants are to be sent together with the entries.


Every artwork has to be labeled. Use the label (downloaded from the website). Fill in the label in readable, latin alphabet, block letters (preferably on PC). Glue or attach the label to the back of the pictures. It is possible to tie the label to 3D artworks with a string.

On the label, please write:

  • Child’s/participant’s name, surname and age.
  • Name and full address of the school or organization sending the entry (Id. no. of the organization, name of the school, street, postcode, city). Information on awards will be sent to this address.
  • E-mail address of the school or organization and of art teacher(s) sending the entries who wish to be informed about the competition.
  • If a child participates as an individual, indicate their full name, age and home address, including an e-mail for communication (of a parent).

By participating in the competition, the participants or their guardians are expressing their consent with processing of personal information necessary for the competition and the exhibition. See more at


We accept films as independently created pieces of art by an individual or by a group of individuals, under the guidance of a teacher or even with their direct assistance. A maximum of two films by the same author is eligible for the contest. Entries in this medium are subject to the same rules as other entries (age of the child, closing date, theme etc.)

Filmmaking techniques
  • Animated film, stop motion technique – drawn animation, cut-out animation, puppet animation etc., computer animation – 2D and 3D animation
  • Documentary, live-action film, video clip, other audio-visual work – e.g. combined work with animated element prevailing, video art, video collage etc.
Specifications of the film

Video format / use the following format:

  • container: MP4 or mov
  • format: MPEG-4, H264
  • resolution: FullHd 1080p (1920x1080), or Hdready – 720p (1280x720)
  • audio bitrate: 128 kbps
  • footage: max 3 min.
  • Make a short intro to the film (5 second) in a field of black, containing the title. The film ending should be made along the same lines – the title (5 seconds) in a field of black, containing the name of the author, your school or perhaps your school's logo.
  • In case of a spoken word or a text box film must be subtitled – always in English language. It is required for all films (i.e. Czech and Slovak schools as well).
  • Film must be supplied with audio track in accordance with copyrights.
Course of action
  1. Create a film complying with the specifications given above.
  2. Upload it to your Youtube channel (if you don't have any, create it).
  3. The entry (even in slightly reduced quality) should be uploaded to your Youtube channel with the following caption: your name and age, film title, name and address of your school, name of the teacher (if directly involved in the creation of the film), a brief annotation (film description).
  4. Registering the Film for the competition: Fill out the Registration Form for Films/Animation (available for download at this webpage in the box in the upper right corner) and send it to the e-mail address: Do not forget to fill in Subject – FILM 51st MDVV Lidice 2023 + name of school or individual name and REGISTRATION FORM for a FILM!  Without the word FILM the registration will not be completed. In the Registration Form fill in the address of the Film on Youtube. Registering the film for the competition is possible ONLY by e-mail, do not send it printed!
  5. If your entry wins a prize, you will be asked to send in a full quality copy of the film.

If the film does not comply with the rules and requirements given above it will be disqualified. The entries are accepted for the contest only through online applications with a link to a Youtube channel. Entries sent in in other forms (DVD, USB etc.) will not be accepted for the competition.



  • February 10, 2023
    Closing date for the registration and the last acceptable date on the postmark on the consignment of entries

  • March 16 – March 18 and March 23 - March 25, 2023
    Session of the exhibition jury (2 rounds)

  • May 15, 2023
    Results of the exhibition published at

  • June 1, 2023 
    Award ceremony in the garden of the Lidice Gallery

  • June 1, 2023 – January 31, 2024
    Exhibition of the award-winning entries at the Lidice Gallery

  • September – December 2023 
    Prizes, catalogues and invitations to participate in the next edition for foreign participants dispatched to Czech embassies who hand over the prizes to winners in 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 Czech Republic
  • “Rose of Lidice” Medal – for an individual
  • Medal for a school for its collection of entries
  • Medal for common work of children
  • Honorable mentions



51st International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice 2023,
Lidice Gallery,
Tokajická 152,
273 54 Lidice, Czech Republic.

Closing date of the 51st ICEFA Lidice is February 10, 2023!

Postmark date on the consignment must not be later than 10 February 2023.

ATTENTION: Entries must be delivered physically to Lidice by 24 February 2023! Please, make sure that your postal service is able to deliver the consignment by that date. Please indicate the value 10 Euros. (Warning: a package with lower (e.g. 0 € ) or higher value may be stopped at customs and a tax added, which cannot be paid by the organizer.

You can check registration of received entries from January 2023 at

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.


Lidice Memorial, Lidice Gallery, Tokajická 152, 273 54 Lidice, Czech Republic


The exhibition is organized by the Lidice Memorial under the auspices of

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

Artworks on the invitation by: Ramilya Kasimova (Kazakhstan), Matúš Formánek (Slovakia), Sorina Teodora Calinescu (Romania), A. Prahlad (India)

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