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Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.29 / Trend E. Ostapenko /
Eleven schoolchildren from Baku awarded medals for their participation at the Annual International Children's Exhibition of Fine Arts in Lidice.
Awarding ceremony took place on Friday at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Baku. Diplomas and medals were awarded to winners by Czech ambassador to Azerbaijan
The ambassador thanked the children for participating, and parents and teachers - for their help and good work, and encouraged young artists to participate actively in the next, the 39th competition.
The Annual International Children's Exhibition of Fine Arts in
Lidice was founded in 1967 to commemorate the children from the Czech village of Lidice killed by fascists during the Second World War, and all children who died in military conflicts.
Art contest in Lidice is known throughout the world, each year it is attended by children from dozens of countries. The authors of the best works are awarded a medal or a diploma. After that the Lidice Gallery hosts an exhibition of award-winning works.
The number of exhibitors from Azerbaijan is growing year by year. In 2010, the competition featured 343 children work, compared with eight in 2008 and 35 in 2009. In total, this year's contest brought more than 25,000 works from 61 countries.
The 11 winners from Azerbaijan in 2010 include pupils from Gymnasium of Arts, Baku European Lyceum, the Creative Center for Children and Youth of Nizami district, Siyazan school of children's art.
The 14-year-old Lala Eyazova from the Gymnasium of Arts was awarded the highest honorary medal "Rose of Lidice" for her work in the category of "Drawing, painting, graphic".
The competition is held in four categories: drawing, painting, graphic, photography, ceramics; combined techniques (sculptural works, made from metal, ceramic, wood, glass, textiles and paper).
The Exhibition is organized by the Lidice Memorial with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Physical training, the Czech Foreign Ministry and the Czech Commission for UNESCO.