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39th ICEFA Lidice 2011 - The Opening Ceremony

19. 5. 2011

is organized by the Lidice Memorial
under the auspices of
Minister of Culture of the CR
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the CR
Minister of Education, Youth and Sports of the CR
Chairwoman of the Czech Commission for UNESCO

Lidice Gallery at Lidice
Ceremonial opening
: 1 June 2011 at 11 a.m.
Duration: 2 June – 31 October 2011
Opened daily: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Organizer: The Lidice Memorial
Curator: Ivona Kasalická
Exhibition design by: Milena Burgrová
Installed in the Lidice Gallery by: Milena Burgrová, Iva Petříčková, Eva Sýkorová
Co-operation: Zuzana Burgrová, Dintex s.r.o., Studio ES Rakovník, Dana Heráňová (webmaster), Hana Staňková, Eva Adamová, Zuzana Vlčková, Lenka Kroupová
Graphic design by: Milena Burgrová, Zuzana Burgrová

Ceremonial opening:

On Wednesday, 1 June 2011, in the presence of ambassadors and political and cultural figures of the Czech Republic, the Lidice Gallery at Lidice will host the ceremonial opening of the 39TH INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S EXHIBITION OF FINE ARTS LIDICE 2011.

The attendance has been promised of First Vice President of the Senate of the CR MUDr. Přemysl Sobotka, President of the Senate Alena Gajdůšková, Chairwomen of the Czech Commission for UNESCO Prof. RNDr. Helena Illnerová, DrSc. and First Deputy Minister of Education, Youth and Sports of the CR Ing. Eva Bartoňová. From among the diplomatic missions of participating countries, the attendance is expected of the representatives of Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Cuba, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Romania, Serbia and Venezuela.

The best child artists from the Czech Republic and those from abroad will be awarded “Rose of Lidice” medals at the ceremonial opening. This year, pupils of the school Simply Art will come from Hong Kong to receive the Prize of the Panel of Judges.

Pupils of the Primary Art School Lounských Prague 4 and pupils of the Armenian School in Prague will appear at the opening, while the accompanying programme will entertain children with a theatrical performance, painting in the garden of the Lidice Gallery, entertaining and educational items lent by IQ Park Liberec and rides in a horse-drawn carriage, weather permitting.

About the Exhibition:

The exhibition and competition, as its name suggests, is organized annually to commemorate the murdered Lidice children. Although national initially, this exhibition became an international one in 1973 and now it is the oldest and one of the largest international exhibitions in Europe and in the world. The competition is intended for children from 4 to 16 years of age from schools and youth centres of every kind and the prevailing techniques are painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics and combined technique.

Since 2001 the exhibition has been organized by the Lidice Memorial with the support and under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of the CR, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the CR, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the CR, the Czech Commission for UNESCO.

39th ICEFA Lidice 2012:

The theme of this year’s international fine arts competition “THAT IS WHERE I LIVE, THAT IS ME” attracted children and teachers to such an extent that they contributed to the record number of this year’s entries. And again, the panel of judges had to assess some more entries than in the previous year – more than 25,000 areal and spatial entries combined. The children reflected everything around them in their creations, everything they live amidst. The themes that occurred frequently were architecture, cities, towns and villages with their landmarks, houses and gardens, nooks and little rooms with dolls. Children often made their self-portraits or drew their families and friends.

It is gratifying that more and more children from more and more countries are participating in the exhibition (newly e.g. Algeria, Belgium, Brunei, Djibouti, Kyrgyzstan, Panama and Turkmenistan) and that the numbers of entries from individual countries (Azerbaijan, the UK, Uzbekistan) are rising as well. These facts suggest good work of the Czech diplomatic missions, which distribute information on the exhibition. Also important is the participation of children from places having historical links to Lidice (e.g. strong participation of children from Stoke on Trent in the UK (the place where the movement “Lidice Shall Live” came into being in 1942), or children from Lidice in Panama. Besides excellent collections from Belarus, Bulgaria, Latvia, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and newly also Hong Kong, established success went also to children from Bulgaria, India, Iran, Japan, Malaysia and Turkey while photography saw outstanding entries by children from Croatia, Russia and Ukraine. A heart-warming fact is that also the number of participating Czech and Slovak schools is raising – this edition saw entries from 501 schools in the Czech Republic and 176 ones in Slovakia.


Out of the total 25,450 entries from 66 countries 1,471 were selected by the panel of judges to win prizes including 212 medals. Out of 15,983 foreign entries 622 won prizes, among them 92 medals (67 individual medals and 25 medals to schools for their collections). The most medals were given to children from Bulgaria, Latvia, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. Czech children sent in 6,765 entries this year and received 606 prizes including 88 medals (49 individual medals and 39 medals to schools for collections). The most successful were children from Primary Art School Kolín, PAS Most, PAS Plzen and PAS Strakonice. Having sent in 2,702 entries this year, Slovak schools received 243 prizes including 32 medals (19 individual ones and 13 medals to schools). The most successful participants were children from PAS Banská Bystrica, PAS Holíč, PAS Michalovce, PAS Prešov and PAS Spišská Belá. The international panel of judges awarded the Prize of the Panel of Judges to the school Simply Art from Hong Kong. Besides achieving outstanding results in the exhibition every year, this school sent in a balanced and unique collection of areal entries this year.

The exhibition at Lidice will be open from 1 June to 31 October 2011; then, in a reduced extent, it can be seen at other places of the Czech Republic – at the Gallery of PAS Most, NKP Ležáky and NKP Lety. The touring sets of exhibits are available for loan to schools, libraries or other cultural facilities. You are cordially invited to visit these ICEFA venues.

Mgr. Ivona Kasalická
Head of the Lidice Gallery and Curator of ICEFA Lidice
312 253 702; 736 642 318;

Important information for guests:

Location: The ceremonial opening will take place in the building of the Lidice Gallery at Lidice, 25 km from Prague (direction Kladno)
Parking: on the parking lot at the Lidice Gallery

Public transport: On 1 June 2011, buses from the underground terminal Dejvická, line A, (opposite to the hotel Diplomat) depart at: 9:25 (arrival 9:46), 10:05 (arrival 10:34), 10:30 (arrival 10:51).

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