The children of Central Asia are painting the world

28 August 2014

Award ceremony of the International Festival "Children are Painting the World. Central Asia 2013-2014" was held in the Foundation of the First President of Kazakhstan, in Astana, Kazakhstan on 23 August 2014. The Festival was dedicated to the celebration of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures, declared by the UN on the initiative of Kazakhstan for 2013-2022.

Within the framework of the Festival 150 young talents aged between 12-17 y.o. from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan have received the opportunity to participate in discussions, as well as to take part in the unique master-classes of fine arts led by well known masters and experts from Central Asian countries.

Young people should be given opportunities for active participation in organization of various events promoting cultural diversity, dialogue, tolerance, mutual understanding and cooperation. In other words – realizing the ideals and principles of UNESCO

Sergey Lazarev, Director of the UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office

The works of participants of the Festival, as well as the works of other finalists of the contest aged between 3 to 17, were published in the album “Children are Painting the World. Central Asia 2013-2014”. There were about 4,000 works submitted for the contest and more than 700 have been selected to participate in the final competition and publication.

The "Children are Painting the World" album series, was initiated by UNESCO in 1999. It demonstrates the rich world of children's art. It shows originality, sincerity, and children's ability to communicate in the language of art, which, as we know, has no barriers.

According to Sergey Lazarev, Director of the UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office:

"I consider that regular conduction of the Festival and publication of the album "Children are Painting the World. Central Asia" became a kind of starting point for the stirring up the youth as the main UNESCO Club movement’s driving force. Young people should be given opportunities for active participation in organization of various events promoting cultural diversity, dialogue, tolerance, mutual understanding and cooperation. In other words – realizing the ideals and principles of UNESCO."

The event was organized by the Kazakhstan National Federation of UNESCO Clubs with the support of the National Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan for UNESCO and ISESCO, Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Astana City Administration, the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office, Kazakh National University of Arts and Total E & P Kazakhstan, Tethys Petroleum, NCOC, Caspian Project Supply Company, Empire, Royal Park Astana.

Permanent link: http://en.unesco.kz/the-children-of-central-asia-are-painting-the-world