This year the Lidice Memorial holds the 49th International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice. Children from all over the world in the age of 4 to 16 years can participate in this one round competition as individuals or collectives represented by all types of schools and organisations working with children. On the recommendation of the UNESCO organization the theme of this year is “Robot and Artificial Intelligence“. The deadline for the registration and sending the art works is 19th February 2021.
The International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice (ICEFA Lidice) was established in 1967 to commemorate the child victims from the Czech village of Lidice murdered by German Nazis, as well as all other children who have 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. In recent years, more than 25,000 very good works of art have come regularly from children of 70 - 80 countries. Since 2004 the competition has been organized by the Lidice Memorial supported by the Ministry of Culture of the CR, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the CR, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the CR and the Czech Commission for UNESCO. Since 2013 the exhibition has been supported also by the Czech Centres. In 2018 the exhibition received the Gratias Agitaward from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic for the promotion of the good name of the Czech Republic abroad.
ICEFA Lidice is a one round competition for children in the age of 4 to 16 years, who can participate as individuals as well as collectives represented by all types of schools and organisations working with children.
Every year a theme of the competition is announced following the recommendation of the UNESCO. One of the topics of the UNESCO General Conference in 2021 will be recommendations for ethical principles of artificial intelligence and thus the theme of this year’s competition is also “Robot and Artificial Intelligence“. Precisely a hundred years ago, the drama R.U.R. had its premiere in the National Theatre in Prague. In this play a famous Czech writer and dramatist Karel Čapek used the word 'robot' for the first time to name machines, that had the same appearance as humans and were produced to replace them in work and thus make them the life easier. Karel Čapek‘s brother Josef created this word from a Slavic word “robota”, that means forced labour. That time the play had a great success all over the world and thanks to it the Czech word “robot” became an international one.
The competition is divided into categories Drawing and Painting, Printmaking, Mixed media, Photography, Film and animation and Art objects (ceramics, metal, wood, glass, textile, paper). A maximum of two entries of the same technique by one artist are accepted, however, one artist can send more entries of different techniques. A judging committee consisting of art teachers and artists makes a selection of about 1,400 art works for an exhibition held every year from June to November. The deadline for registration and submitting entries is 19thFebruary, 2021. The results will be announced in May, 2021.
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