More than 6000 children participated in the 5th Children's Rights Festival in Croatia
ZAGREB, 21 November 2013 - More than 6000 children, including children with disabilities, participated in the 5th edition of Children's Rights Festival in 10 Croatian cities from 17-20 November 2013.
The fully inclusive festival is traditionally supported by UNICEF, Croatian Film Association and Office of the Ombudsperson for Children. More than 30 films about child rights produced by children, young persons and adults from 13 countries have been shown during inclusive screenings of the Children's Rights Festival. This year's theme reflected the importance of books in the lives of children and literature in the creation of films.
Koprivnica, the center of the Koprivnicko-krizevacka County hosted majority of Festival's activities during the 4 days including film and reportage workshops, storytelling session for pre-school children and the very popular "Meet the author“ session organised for schoolchildren with the children's book writer Irena Sajatovic and Festival's host, actor Sven Sestak.
During the Festival's opening ceremony, group of children with disabilities from the Center for education and rehabilitation Podravsko sunce, teamed up with UNICEF National Ambassador Maja Vucic in singing their Center's song “Green is beautiful”. Festival was officially opened by the Mayor of Koprivnica, Vesna Zeljeznjak.
Popular Croatian actors traditionally support this biggest event celebrating children's rights and creativity in audio-visual arts. For the third year, theatre and film actors in cooperation with blind editors prepared video descriptions in the studio, so that blind or visually impaired children can enjoy films of their peers, on a big screen.
Festival also reached out to the library in Gornja Rijeka, the smallest and the poorest municipality in the Koprivnicko-krizevacka county with books and support. Local library in this municipality acts as the only place for young child development programmes, hosting 30 children 3 times a week in education and play as there are no other services for young children available.
During the inclusive screening in Cinestar cinema in Zagreb, more than 1200 schoolchildren were greeted by UNICEF Programme Coordinator and Officer in Charge Djurdjica Ivkovic, Assistant Minister of Social Policy and Youth Maja Sporis and Assistant Minister of Education Ankica Njezic and the leading theatre actor Goran Grgic.
Special guest of this year's Festival was Ajay Singh, film director of the awarded film about rural children's experience of big city, title Upside Down.