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11 Jan 2013

YouTube launch: Let's Draw the Olympics!

One year ago, in January 2012, 180 children aged 2 - 12 from the Czech School without Borders London, Light Project International, The Beckett House Nursery, Highbury Quadrant Primary School and St Mary Magdalene Church and Academy in Islington under the direction of Zuzana Jungmanova started working with various art techniques to create an artwork for the animated film Let´s Draw the Olympics! Inspired by ancient legends and the stories of Olympic athletes found on ancient Greek vases, the film is about five animal friends living around the British Museum in London who stage their own Olympics to bring to life the dreams of a little girl who cannot attend the real event. The film premiered in Prague and London last June and is now being officially launched on YouTube here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkcO-DKIPEE&list=UUQrXVKqAie5Yngdmp5O0gmA&index=1 To view the Czech version of the film please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mY0aDFSG1YU

About the project:

To celebrate the London Olympics 2012 and Czech Open 2012, the Czech cultural season in Islington, the Czech School without Borders London (CSWBL) in collaboration with the Czech Centre London and the Czech Olympic Committee produced a 10-minute animated film provisionally entitled ‘The Stories of Five Olympic Circles’ using artwork made by one hundred and forty children from the London borough of Islington and the pupils of the Czech School without Borders, London. The movie then premiered on 10 June at The Platform in Islington under the title ‘Let’s Draw the Olympics!’ as part of the Holloway Arts Festival.

The children who participated in the workshops were aged 3 – 13 years, and came from five organizations: Highbury Quadrant Primary School, Light Project International, The Beckett House Nursery, St Mary Magdalene Church and Academy and CSWBL. Under the direction of Zuzana Jungmanova of CSWBL and her team the children worked with various art techniques in more than fifty workshops running from January till March to create the artwork for the animated film.

Inspired by ancient legends and the stories of Olympic athletes found on ancient Greek vases, the film is about five animal friends living around the British Museum in London who stage their own Olympics to bring to life the dreams of a little girl who cannot attend the real event.

 

 

This event was part of Czech Open 2012, the accompanying cultural programme of the London Olympic Games 2012 organised by the Czech Centre London in collaboration with the Czech Olympic Committee, the City of Prague, the Islington City Council, the Embassy of the Czech Republic in the UK and other partners.

The Czech Open season presented dozens of Czech artists, designers, musicians and many more who, in collaboration with their British counterparts, created projects for London-based galleries, cinemas, festivals and community spaces between March and August 2012.

Czech Open 2012 was the largest and most visible presentation of Czech culture in the UK in the last decade.

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11 Jan 2013

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Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event


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