The National Central Library (NCL) collaborated with the Slovak Economic and Cultural Office in organizing the "Taiwan Children's Illustration Contest, Part of 2016 Biennial of Animation Bratislava". The opening ceremony was held at the NCL on September 6.
From then until Sep. 13, this illustration contest will be hosted by 9 major institutions in different areas of Taiwan. There will be 10 superior and 20 excellent rating works selected to join the exhibition of 2016 Biennial of Animation Bratislava in Slovak, scheduled from Oct. 10 to Oct. 14.
Slovakia is located in Central Europe. It still retains many medieval landscape and architecture. It has a rich cultural and artistic tradition, it has also many popular and interesting legends and myths. These are very important Slovak illustrators' creative source of inspiration. Slovakia attaches great importance to the art and provides a considerable space for artists to be creative, whether in traditional music, dance, or art. They are quite famous in the world. They enjoy an important cultural finesse in the world scale.
During Director General Tseng's remarks, she noted that the illustration contest provides Taiwan Children to attend international exhibition. Through this exhibition, it allows more people in Europe to know Taiwan Children's talent in painting and animation. Director General Tseng also encourage schools, parents to bring their children to come and give the child a different art experience, to read together the fairy tale from other parts of the world, and to come in contact with different cultures.
Representative Mr. Michal Kovac of the Slovak Economic and Cultural Office, who spearheaded this joint event, especially thanked the NCL's support in his opening remarks for the opportunity to have the illustration contest organized in many locations in Taiwan, showing the creative energy and artistic culture of Slovakia. Mr. Kovac invited all to enter this fantasy world and said that "but above all we should not forget, it is about fairy tales, fairy tales and once again FAIRY TALES! Please enjoy!"