Only a child could have this idea - to give the sun sunglasses! Afterall it is outside a bright day. The sun shines and no rain cloud can be seen far and wide!
- Youth Festival in Torino co-organised by PEACE WAVES together with Poiein kai Prattein and first contact was made by Thomas Economacos and Hatto Fischer with Kids' Guernica and especially with Jad Salman as one of the participating youth painting one peace mural
- Painting of the Mural of Poiein kai Prattein: "War is Over" with Thomas Economacos, Maria Capari, her daughter Stella and Hatto Fischer along with other children
- Participation in 10th festival of Kids' Guernica in Ubud, Bali with Poiein kai Prattein represented by Thomas Economacos and Maya Fischer
- Kids' Guernica exhibition in Kastelli, Crete
- Kids' Guernica exhibition in Chios May 2007
- Action in Izmir, Turkey in September leading to the The Izmir-Chios mural mural which is exemplatory for 'intercultural dialogue'. The action was made possible by Deniz Hasirci, Thomas Economacos and Hatto Fischer together with the Community of Chios, the Izmir University of Economy and the Takev school in Izmir.
Spyros Mercouris with pupils of 108th School 2007
- Thomas Economacos does an action with children at the 108th Elementary School of Athens
- In October 17-21 the ECCM Symposium "Productivity of Culture" the Kids' Guernica exhibition at the Zappeion, Megaron in Athens
In 2007 Asit Poddar started a peace mural being painted by the blind boys at the Blind Boys Academy in Kolkota, India. The first mural was shown first in Chios, and then in Athens in 2007. Of interest is the question the blind boys keep asking: "when there is war, why is always religion involved?"
As for peace Efforts in Middle East, the unresolved Palestine-Israel question has preturbed everyone for too long by now. It seems impossible to contribute in a way which avoids the usual misunderstandings e.g. criticism of Israel often taken as sign of anti-Semitism or siding with the Palestinian cause as being really for violence and terrorism. Crucial is here something which Jad Salman expresses best as artist: important is to respond first of all as human being and only then as Palestinian.
- Efforts were made to sustain actions especially in Belfast, Northern Ireland
- Poiein kai Prattein supported three students by giving them some training over a period of one month in Athens prior to them going to work in a summer camp for children with Arabic parents but holding Israeli citizenship in Haifa, Israel.
- Recognition was given by the European Commission of Kids' Guernica as an innovative and creative project which has not been funded so far by the EU. This recognition comes in the year which the European Commission has decided to designate 2009 as the „Year of Innovation and Creativity“.See http://create2009.europa.eu/projects/participating_countries/greece.html and http://create2009.europa.eu/fileadmin/Content/Downloads/PDF/Projects/National_projects/EL_KIDS_GUERNICA_International_Childrens_Peace_Mural_Project.pdf
- Kids' Guernica exhibition by Theatre de la Vallee in Ecouen by Paris, France was opened on May 7th in Ecouen with Gerold Schumann its initiator. While younger children painted a mural called "At the end of the tunnel there is light", the older ones a mural which depicts faces of nobel peace prize recipients.
- A second mural was done in Tripoli, Lebanon under the title "Together we see better - together we build a better society" with 40 children participating, twenty of them blind. It was a sort of a summer camp. Among other things the blind children learned for the first time how to use the white cane as part of survival skills.
- On 21st of Sept. there was a public showing of the Belfast mural painted according to the theme "Optimism of colours" due to the initiative of Bernard Conlon. Boris Tissot, Bizzet Sandrine and Hatto Fischer were present. It meant getting to know better how precarious is a peace process.
- Asit Poddari in India said he shall be doing a second peace mural after the last one by the Blind Boys at the Academy has proven to be such a strong encounter with other than visual references for our common knowledge about wishes for peace in the world.
- On Sept. 21 the public showing of the mural Kids' Guernica and Peace Process in Belfast / Northern Ireland
- Action in Picasso's Atelier 2009 - the story of 2 murals in Picasso's atelier where GUERNICA was painted and which was coordinated by Boris Tissot and assisted by Jad Salman with Hatto Fischer and Anna Arvanitaki representing Poiein kai Prattein.
KIDS' GUERNICA celebrating during this year its 15th anniversary: 1995 - 2010
- exhibition in Nagasaki, Japan
- to mark the 15th anniversary of Kids' Guernica an exhibition and symposium on "Art Education and Social Justice" was held in Tallahassee, Florida, USA in January 2010. It was organized by Tom Anderson. For the catalogue see
- exhibition in Rumania with Prof. Abe from Nagasaki participating
- St. Petersburg, Florida
- Festival in Ubud, Bali
- Katia David and Pantelis Sabliotis show results of two murals which have been painted by pupils of Wedding, Berlin at Berlin Wedding municipal gallery
Note: unfortunately the painter Pantelis Sabliotis died shortly afterwards
Patrick admiring the Belfast mural at Vincennes exhibition
- Prof. Monique Kissel and five students who had participated in the Kids' Guernica workshop at Saint Denis University, Paris made an exhibition in the Municipal Hall of Vincennes, Paris with the official opening on 11.10.2010.
- Exhibition in Gent Nov. 10, 2010 to exhibit two murals: one painted by a group of children aged 8 to 10, and another mural painted by a youth group aged 15 to 17. This was part of an initiative by the police which wished to enter a dialogue with the youth about violence in cities. The action is linked to the fact that about four years ago work had started to research and to document as to what happened to the 200 children who were evacuated from Guernica in 1937, that is after the bombardment and taken to Gent for adoption. This included the father of Manuel Gonzales.
- in Gezoncourt by Nancy see Actions by the 'Invisible Ministry' and others in France
"The other: enemy or friend" - mural painted by the children and youth of the community of Gezoncourt after they had all visited the battle grounds of First World War and there discussed with a historian the reasons of this war.
18 Feb. One day conference in Gent, Belgium:
Hosted by the University of Gent thanks to Bart Verschaffel and organized by Hatto Fischer with the support of the City of Gent, mayor Daniel Termont and the Ministry of Education: Brecht Demeuleneare
11th of March - Fukushima and the consequences
- See special reports for actions undertaken in Japan, including by Takuya Kaneda and Kids' Guernica especially in the worst hit areas by the combination of earthquake, Tsunami and nuclear radiation disaster
- act of solidarity by children in Haiti: children who experienced in Haiti the earthquake, they painted a part of a canvas and then send the half completed canvas to the children in Japan for completion
- students in Costa Rica paint a mural to further understanding of peace and reflect it is as a difficult topic for those like themselves who are most fortunate to grow up in a peaceful country.
- 15 - 23 July Action in Tuebingen, Germany The youth festival was organized by Jukuta: Ines Dulay-Winkler Jugendkulturtage Tübingen Projektleitung Gartenstraße 37 / 1 D - 72074 Tübingen 0049 / 07071 / 25 33 44 or 0173 / 8306265
Action by Candidate cities Wroclaw and San Sebastian for the title 'European Capital of Culture' for 2016
Both cities obtained the title but whether Kids' Guernica action shall be a part of the official program remains to be seen. Significant is that in Wroclaw a certain Richthoven designed the attack upon Guernica and San Sebastian lies but 50 Kms away from Gernica. The city wants to use culture to get away from terrorism and use of violence which has left just a 'blood bath' behind. For Wroclaw it is also of importance that Picasso attended a peace conference in that city in 1947. It was during that stay that he drew on a napkin his now famous pigeon which has become a symbol of peace all over the world.
coordinated by artist Beatriz Churrucu with Manual Gonzales visiting to tell the story of his father who was evacuated from Guernica in 1937. Upon hearing that story, the children confronted themselves with the question what would they do if they lost one day suddenly everything?
- 14 September Action in Middle East: 'Peace Oasis'
- Helene Lange School in Mannheim, Germany supports action in partner school of Togo, Africa
- Further actions being prepared by Bernard Conlon, Ines Dulay Winkler, Jukuta and Hatto Fischer, Poiein kai Prattein
- Mural painted in Mexico
- Helene Lange School in Mannheim completed their mural. Contact: Christa Kleinbub
- Togo, Africa initiated by Christa Dunkl with linkage between her school in Mannheim and the school in Togo
Gernica, Spain - Actions initiated by the Gernica Museum
- 6th october: 5th International Gathering on Art and Peace: Kids´ Guernica Project
- 7-8th october: 3th International Symposium on Art and Social Justice
- 9-11 october: 1st International Conference on Art, Memory and Democracy. From Picasso´s Guernica to the present day
- Mentoring Society in Malta: Paul Dalli and Gertrude Spiteri - DAVID project: evaluation of projects as to their contribution to social literacy in order to give children and youth the means to deal with 'invisible violence', including cyber mobbing.
- 14 May Presentation to Mentoring Society / DAVID project: 'Kids' Guernica - Guernica Youth' by Hatto Fischer in Malta
- Participation in conference 'imagine 18: small city, big dreams' to prepare Valletta for its artistic and cultural program come 2018 when for one year European Capital of Culture with prospects to integrate 'Kids' Guernica - Guernica Youth' due to the emphasis of the program on children and youth.
Traces of children suffering from eplipsy Action undertaken by Alexandra Zanne
Kids' Guernica - Guernica Youth project in Tripoli, Lebanon August 2014 coordinated by Valia Mhaish with the title of the mural being significantly To remember we need to forget
On 2nd and 8th of September an action has started in the local community of Zabbar, Malta with Gertrude Spiteri and Paul Dalli from the organisation Life Long Learning doing the coordination. For an initial documentation, see
Further sources of information
Web site of Kids' Guernica in Japan: www.kids-guernica.org
Exhibition catalogue with Tom Anderson (editor) in Tallahassee, Florida, January 2010
YouTube: “KIDS’ GUERNICA is a peace project for children through art in different places of the world to create peacepaintings on huge canvases the same size as Pablo Picasso’s ‘Guernica’, 1937 (3.5 m x 7.8m), which protested against the brutality of bombing in the town of Guernika during the Spanish civil war.
The participant children expressed powerful messages of peace with their creativity and imagination, which would contribute to world peace in the 21st century.”
Kids' Guernica – Guernica Youth meeting in Wroclaw, May 13 – 16, 2015 served the purpose to prepare the exhibition in Malbryzch to be held in June 2016 when Wroclaw shall be European Capital of Culture. Unfortunately the plan to hold this exhibition did not materialize.
Action in France in conjunction with Theatre de la Vallee: Gerold Schumann. The concept was developed in 2014 and implemented in 2015. See
Exhibition in Olympia Sept. 2 - 6, 2015 in conjunction with Symposium "The need of a constructive dialogue", 1 -7 Sept. 2015, followed by a presentation at the Reception at Cycladic Museum in Athens on Sept. 6th.
Display of the mural "Our journey" by refugee children in President Hotel, Berlin - siehe Flüchtlingskinder / Refugee children in Hotel Präsident, Berlin 2016
Public showing in the presence of the President of the Greek Republic, Procopis Pavlopoulos, of the mural Break down the wall - Haidari mural, Feb. 2017 created by Greek and refugee children under the coordination of Thomas Economacos.