NURSERY - KIDS' ART CLUB [London, Saturdays]
RUMPRCIMPRCAMPR, Riverside Studios
The Czech School together with the Czech Cultural Centre in London organised an art workshop in Riverside Studios that followed a screening of the Czech fairytale film Rumprcimprcampr. This film was screened as part of the annual Czech Film Festival hosted by Riverside Studios. Once the film finished, all kids immersed themselves in various activities, such as putting together a name of a fairy tale composed of incredible fifteen letters, catching a naughty black raven, drawing a beautiful princess that couldn’t fall asleep because she was lying on a tiny pea.
THE STORY OF VIOLET
An art-linguistic-music workshop presenting a bilingual book The story of Violet writen by Tereza Stehlíková. Violet is a little girl who is trying to understand the connection between her dreamland and the real world around her. A reading from the book by the writer herself was accompanied by poetic music played by Irena and Vojtĕch Havel. Children created lovely blue birds from Violet’s dreamland and the room was filled with falling autumn leaves. Apart from beautiful memories, children took home their own hand-decorated pillow covers and t-shirts inspired by this dreamy book. This workshop was organised in cooperation with Topolski Century and the Czech Centre in London and was attended by children from all over Europe.
PUBLIC ART WORKSHOP, Islington
Pictures from children: MAP OF LONDON [PDF]
At the beginning of December we celebrated the day of Saint Nicholas, one of the most important Czech festivities. The arrival of Saint Nicolas traditionally starts the Advent period and he brings children their first little gifts. The character of Saint Nicolas is always accompanied by two important figures: the Angel and the Devil, representations of good and evil. Children received from the Angel long-awaited packets containing gingerbread, art gifts, books and fruits. Some children and teachers joined the professional musicians with their instruments and we all sang carols. During the evening we could see the performance of Queen Elisabeth and Queen Victoria.
As usual we organised this event in the church of St Mary Magdalene. There was a Christmas tree decorated with paper decorations, apples, coloured chains and lights. The main nave was hung with paper snow flakes and you could smell gingerbread and cinnamon. Next to the entrance there was an advent wreath with four candles, dried orange slices and other straw and corn decorations. The wreath is a classical symbol of christian christmas festivities. During the evening many traditional Czech sweets and nibbles were served. The event was attended by more than 150 members and guests.