The award ceremony of the 47th International Children Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice took place on January 31 at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Tbilisi.
47th International Children Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice
By Mariam Chanishvili
Monday, February 3
Young artists from all over Georgia every year participate in the competition.
This year three young Georgian artists, Levan Silagadze, Mariam Zeqalashvili and Vazha Arsenidze received Honourable Mentions of the 47th International Children Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice from Ambassador Petr Mikyska.
The award ceremony was held at the Embassy and was turned into a gallery.
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 our country but all over the world.
Various institutions organized the exhibition - Central Committee of the National Front, Lidice Community Council, Mlada fronta, a. s., Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czechoslovak Foreign Institute, Czech Commission for UNESCO and Czechoslovak Peace Union.
The expert panel of judges consisting of art teachers and visual artists selects circa 1,400 works for exhibition. The works are awarded Honourable Mentions and the best of them obtain Rose of Lidice medals.
Diplomatic relations between Georgia and the Czech Republic were established on January 1, 1993.
Georgia and the Czech Republic enjoy close cooperation also in the field of education. Czech government grants scholarships to Georgian students annually, allowing them to study at the universities of the Czech Republic.
In 2015, the Center for Georgian Language and Culture was established at Charles University in Prague and History of Georgian Language and Culture was officially included in the syllabus.
To promote Georgian culture in the Czech Republic, various cultural events take place regularly.