UNHCR: Exhibition of Children’s Art Works and  Gala-Concert, devoted to World Refugee Day 2013,  “Let it be Warm, the Same as at Home”

Every year on June 20 the international community marks World Refugee Day, thus expressing the respect for people who were forced to leave their home because of the circumstances to save their life and dignity. In anticipation of World Refugee Day the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Office in Belarus in cooperation with the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus and the Center for Children and Adolescents «Evrika» have organized and carried out the republican competition of children’s art works “Let it be Warm, the Same as at Home” and the contest of theatrical improvisations.

Every year on June 20 the international community marks World Refugee Day, thus expressing the respect for people who were forced to leave their home because of the circumstances to save their life and dignity.

In anticipation of World Refugee Day the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Office in Belarus in cooperation with the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus and the Center for Children and Adolescents «Evrika» have organized and carried out the republican competition of children’s art works “Let it be Warm, the Same as at Home” and the contest of theatrical improvisations. The organizing committee have received more than 1,000 children’s art works and 40 videos from all regions of the Republic of Belarus. Children reflected their vision on refugee issues in their art works and theatrical improvisations. Through the participation in the contest children have learned about problems, refugees face in their live, as well as acquired the understanding of the necessity to be tolerant and merciful, learning about the tragic fate of refugees, children begin to value peaceful situation in their country.

From 4to 20 June 2013 the 100 best children’s art works will be exhibited at the Art Gallery of Mikhail Savitsky (Museum of History of the City of Minsk) at the address: Minsk, Svobody sq. 15.

Opening of the Exhibition of children’s art works will take place on June 4 2013 at 11:00 at the Art Gallery of Mikhail Savitsky. Mr. Jean Yves Bouchardy, UNHCR Representative in the Republic of Belarus, representatives of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus, heads of refugee communities, winners of the competition, folk groups of the Center for Children and Adolescents «Evrika» will participate in the opening ceremony.

Winners of the competition will be invited to Minsk, where they will participate in the gala concert and where the awarding ceremony will take place. Gala concert will be held on June 19, 2013 at 11.00 at the CCA “Evrika” at the address: Minsk, Chigladze str., 29.

On all issues related to the opening of an exhibition and a gala concert, please, contact Ms. Valentina Mostovlyanskaya, Deputy Director of the CCA “Evrika”, tel. (017) 253 40 14 or Ms. Tatiana Selivanova, UNHCR Programme Officer, tel. (017) 328 69 61.

We cannot replace homeland for refugees, but we can make them feel in Belarus at home. We would be pleased to invite you to take part in all of the above events.

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