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Children's rights festival in Croatia

© UNICEF Croatia / 2010
Lora Vidovic, Head of Office, Leona Paraminski, Honorary Host, volunteers during the workshops held for children at the opening of the Festival

ZAGREB, Croatia - 22 November 2010 - On the occasion of the 21st Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child UNICEF in Croatia teamed up with partners to celebrate children’s accomplishments in visual arts. More than 35 children’s films, including 18 OneMinute Juniors were screened during a four day Children’s Rights Festival taking place in 4 towns in Croatia, and more than 300 photographs, videos and digital illustrations were exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb.

Children’s Rights Festival was opened on Thursday, 18 November, with a film directed by Dejan Acimovic titled “Short cut stories”. The 30-minute film is an emotional tribute to children’s creativity featuring both children and adults in Croatia talking about how children’s works impact and change their lives and their communities.

Honorary host of the Festival was Leona Paraminski, awarded Croatian actress that used this opportunity to call the decision makers in Croatia to give more support to developing creative potential of all children in Croatia.

More than 3,000 children participated in the Festival, and more than 20,000 visitors watched short films screened before regular screenings in the cinemas in Rijeka, Šibenik, Zadar and Zagreb from 18 to 21 November 2010. Alongside the screenings, children were invited to contribute to the Festival through art workshops organised by the Museum of Contemporary Art.

The Festival was jointly organised by UNICEF Croatia, Office of the Ombudsperson for Children, Croatian Film Clubs' Association, Croatian Association of Artists in association with Blitz CineStar Cinemas and Museum of Contemporary Art. More than 50 volunteers helped organise activities around the Festival, contributing their time and talents to this event.

Instead of a traditional closing ceremony, Leona Paraminski gave symbolically the poster of the Festival to Ankica Perhat, representative of the City of Rijeka, which will host the central events of the Festival in 2011.

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For more information, please contact:

Gorana Dojcinovic
UNICEF Croatia
Tel: +385 1 2442660



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