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2010-International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts “Lidice 2009” – Award Ceremony

On 4 February 2010, the Award Ceremony of the International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts “Lidice 2009” took place at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Athens.

On 4 February 2010, the Embassy of the Czech Republicin Athensorganised the Award Ceremony of the International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts “Lidice2009”.The awards, Honourable Mentions and “The Rose of Lidice” Medal, were presented to nine children from the art and cultural centres in AthensandChalcisand also to two centres by the Ambassador of the CzechRepublictoGreece, H.E. Mrs Hana Mottlová.

At the 37thInternational Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts “Lidice 2009” the following children were awarded: Vili Karnasopoulou and Konstantinos Gogos from the Art and Cultural Centre - Eikastiko Ergastirio of Dafni´s Municipality; Filothei Katopodi and Lambrini Michelakou from the Art and Cultural Centre - Eikastiko Ergastiri of Egaleo´s Municipality; Marios Galanis, Charikleia Karagianni, Emilian Nikoli and Georgia Panagari from the 2nd Primary School Egaleo “Nikos Gatsos” and Melina Loukeri from the Cultural Center – Ergastiri Technis in Chalcis. Moreover, the Art and Cultural Center - Eikastiko Ergastirio of Dafni´s Municipality has been conferred the award of Honourable Mention for the common work of children, and the 2nd Primary School Egaleo conferred “The Rose of Lidice” Medal for the Collection of Paintings.             

The award ceremony was held in a warm, friendly atmosphere, created not only by the presence of the children and their parents, but also their relatives and representatives and pedagogues of the awarded centres and school. In her address, Ambassador Hana Mottlová underlined the significance of culture in strengthening relations between people and nations and she further referred to the youth and the importance attached to their understanding of history. As a small gift and “challenge” for the little artists, two episodes of children’s favourite Czech cartoon “The Mole” (in Czech “Krtek”) by the Czech animator and illustrator Zdeněk Miler were screened.

The award ceremony was honoured by the presence of the Mayor of Distomo, a twin city of the Czech town Lidice, Mr Athanasios Panourgias, Deputy Director of the Directorate of International Relations of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mrs Zoe Kazazaki, and representatives of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Hellenic Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs.

The International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts “Lidice” (www.lidice-memorial.cz) was founded and it is annually organised in connection with commemoration of the tragedy of the Czech town of Lidice and its inhabitants, including children, who were murdered by the Nazis in 1942, and generally to commemorate all child victims of war. The International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts “Lidice” has been taking place in the Czech Republic since the end of the 1960´s and thousands of children from all continents participate annually. Since 2004, the main organiser of the Exhibition is the Lidice Memorial and the Exhibition-Competition is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and the Czech Commission for UNESCO.

PHOTO 1: Ambassador H. Mottlová and the awarded child
PHOTO 2: Ambassador H. Mottlová and the awarded child
PHOTO 3: Present guests
PHOTO 4: From the event