City Administration of Belgrade – Secretariat for Culture
and Children’s Cultural Centre Belgrade
The XX International Drawing and Painting Competition Joy of Europe


This year’s International Drawing and Painting Competition, for the twentieth time since its foundation, invites children and young artists from all over the world to use their rich palette to make the international event Joy of Europe more beautiful.

From year to year, awarded works speak of childhood’s authentic visual culture, sensitising both the audience and expert public to this form of artistic expression.

On the occasion of the first European Children’s Gathering, one of the most significant Serbian children’s authors Dusko Radovic compiled the so-called “Dictionary of Friendship”, which has for the past 48 years stood as a universal theme of the gathering, by selecting 15 “most beautiful” words for children: Child, Europe, Bread, Game, Book, Love, Mother, Peace, Father, Song, Friend, Bird, Joy, Freedom, Sun.


The competition is open to individuals, preschools, schools, children’s art studios, children’s cultural centres and similar children’s institutions and associations.

  • Competition is open to all the children of the world from 4 to 18 years of age.
  • The theme is selected from the word in the Dictionary of Friendship.
  • The choice of technique and theme is completely free.
  • Artwork should not be fitted or framed, and, because of the possibility of damage, sculpture, ceramics, mosaic and works done in similar techniques will not be accepted.
  • Artwork’s format should be A3 ( 297 x 420 mm)
  • Individual participants can send up to three works in different techniques, and institutions and associations up to 20 works by different authors.

Artwork must be original and self-made, created in 2016 or 2017, and must not have been previously exhibited at other international competitions and exhibitions.

Submitted artworks will not be returned.

Deadline for submissions is July 1, 2018.

Send your works to:

Dečji kulturni centar Beograd, Takovska 8, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia


Jury of experts will choose entries for the exhibition and give out prizes in individual and group categories for five age groups:

I category includes children aged 4, 5 and 6
II category includes children aged 7, 8 and 9
III category includes children aged 10, 11 and 12
IV category includes children aged 13, 14 and 15
V category includes children aged 16, 17 and 18

The jury will also award a number of commendations.

Special awards will be given out to art teachers for innovative methodological approaches in nurturing and developing children’s artistic creativity.

Winners of first prizes for individuals in all five categories will be guests of Belgrade and the International Gathering of Children of Europe ‘Joy of Europe’ in the period between October 2 and 5, 2018, with the cost of their accommodation covered by organisers, while they will receive their award at the ceremonial opening of the exhibition held on October 2. The prize winners will have to cover their own travel expenses.

Director of Children’s Cultural Centre Belgrade

Dragan Marić
Additional information:

Lidija Senicar, editor of the drawing and painting competition
Children’s Cultural Centre
Takovska 8, Belgrade

tel. +381 11/ 32 32 043, 011/ 32 42 011
fax +381 11/ 32 42 314
mobile: +381 60 167 33 45
e- mail:

Application form


Fine Arts Competition – Application for participation (.doc)


25 Responses to “Joy of Europe – Fine Arts Competition”
Read them below or add one

  1. Francis Tsai says:

    Dear Sirs,
    Could you please kindly let me know where we can see the artworks in the contest 2017?
    And also please kindly let me know how to attend the Joy of Euro 2017 for the 1st place of the award winner in the art contest?


    • DKCBeograd says:

      Winner of gold medals “Joy of Europe” in the individual competition and one or there adult companions will be invited to be guests of Belgrade and the International Gathering of Children of Europe “Joy of Europe 2017” in the period from 2 to 5 October 2017. The awards will be officially presented at the exhibition, which will be held on October 2th. Travelling expenses to and from Belgrade will be met by the prizewinners. The costs of accomodation will be covered by the organizers.
      Artworks will be displayed at the exhibition and on our webiste.

  2. Tanuj Samaddar says:

    Thanks for organizing such type of competitions which will help us develop our skill .
    Tanuj Samaddar
    C/o Tapas Samaddar
    Station Road
    RANGIA 781365 Assam INDIA

  3. Kaya Yuzseven says:

    Hello. I have sent to you one of my paint for competition Joy of Europea 2017. How we can know did you recieve it?

  4. NEERAJ GUPTA says:


  5. Karen Ma says:

    Hello, may I know more about the International Fine Arts Competition JOY OF EUROPE 2016? If you have any new updates, please let me know.
    Thanks and regards,


    Please tell me if I can see the artworks in the contest, from all participants.
    Best regards.

  7. Ilona says:

    Hallo!Can you write results of competition regards from teacher Ilona.

  8. B.A.Reddy says:

    Dear Lidija Senicar,,
    Thank you very much for posting the results of the XVII International painting competition. Also for selecting some of our students for the Awards and Diplomas.
    Wish you all success in organizing the event.
    Dr. B. A. Reddy, D.Litt
    Young Envoys International, India.

  9. Rekha J Vegad says:

    Respected Madam,

    We thanks to you that you send us certificates of participants somehow we did not get medal for 1st prize for collection for Jay Art Group, Bhavnagar, Gujarat (India) “Third Age Category Children From 10 to 12″.

    Thanks and Regards,

    Frome;- HOBBY CENTER Bhavnagar(Gujarat) India

  10. Rekhaben.D.Chauhan says:

    Respected Madam,

    We thanks to you that you send us certificates of participants somehow we did not get medal for 1st prize for collection for Jay Art Group, Bhavnagar, Gujarat (India) “Third Age Category Children From 10 to 12”.

    Thanks and Regards,

    For Jay Art Group,

    Rekha D. Chauhan. 

  11. B.A.Reddy says:

    Dear Lidija Senicar,
    Please let us know whether some children of our Organization ” YOUNG ENVOYS INTERNATIONAL” from India find a place in he list of Prize Winners of the 2014 Competition.
    Dr. B.A. Reddy

  12. emrah durmaz says:


    I ama writing to you from Turkey as a primary and secondary school teacher and would like to participate with my children to the international painting competition. Just I want to learn that how can we apply for it and do we need to send the crafts as directly or will we upload them to a database?
    Thanks and best regards,
    Emrah Durmaz
    Language Teacher

  13. oscar quistian says:

    Hola que tal¡
    Saludos desde Guadalajara Jalisco México¡¡¡
    Soy maestro de una escuela creativa para niños y me gustaría saber si este año tendrán su concurso a nivel internacional.
    Espero su respuesta.

    Gracias Excelente día.

  14. results says:

    Hello !

    Where you can see the results of the competition 2014?And members work in the gallery?
    Thank you!
    Inta Vītoliņa
    Art studio “O” Latvia
    +371 29 207 218

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked by *.


Таковска 8
11000 Београд

+381 (0)11 32 42 011
+381 (0)11 32 42 012
+381 (0)11 32 34 941

+381 (0)11 32 42 013
+381 (0)11 32 42 314