The XXVI International Drawing and Painting Competition Joy of Europe




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


This year’s International Art Competition, for the twenty sixth time in a row, is calling out to
children and young artists (from 4 to 18 years of age) from all over the world to use their lustrous
palette as a proof that, from the standing point of deep psychology and modern understanding of
art, children’s art has been recognized as having a true creative value.

The expert jury will select works to be exhibited and award prizes and honorary mentions in individual and group competitions and five age categories. Advantage will be given to those works which show an authentic child’s artistic expression and the colorist world.

Chosen works of art will traditionally find its place on the special “Joy of Europe” post stamp issued by the Public Company “Serbian Post Office” each year late in September, with the expert cooperation of the editor of the International Art Competition “Joy of Europe”.

The works which receive awards and honorable mentions will be exhibited in the Gallery of the Children’s Cultural Centre of Belgrade. The guests of the International Art Gathering will also participate in an urban art colony.



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

• Children from 4 to 18 years of age have the right to participate.
• The theme is free.
• We accept exclusively works on paper in various techniques (pencil, watercolour, tempera, gouache, aquarelle, pastel, Indian ink, collage, combined techniques on paper, graphics)
• Largest allowed format is A3 (297X420 mm)
• Works must be original and done without any help, created in 2023 or 2024, and never shown at another international competition or exhibition.
• A legibly filled-out form must be attached to every work.
• Individual participants may send up to three works in different art techniques, and the associations and institutions up to 20 works of different authors.


Received works shall not be returned.

Deadline for receiving applications is August 5th, 2024

Works are to be sent with the remark:
Dečji kulturni centar Beograd, Takovska 8, 11000 Beograd, Serbia


The first-prize winners (and one accompanying adult per child) in the individual competition and in all five categories will be Belgrade’s guests in the first week of October, during the manifestation “Joy of Europe 2024”, at the organizers’ expense. They will receive their rewards at the opening of the exhibition. During their stay in Belgrade, the awarded authors will participate in an urban art colony which will have a rich and varied program.
The award winners cover their own travel expenses.

The essence of international art competitions, as well as the exhibitions that follow them, is above anything the Art Gathering – support to the natural and creative way of life!


Director of the Children’s Cultural Centre of Belgrade
mr Dragan Marić

Additional information:
Lidija Seničar, Editor of the Art Competition
Children’s Cultural Centre of Belgrade,
Takovska 8, Belgrade
phone +381 11/ 32 42 011; 32 37 360
cell +381 60 167 33 45


Form MUST be filled-out and attached with each work.


—> download propositions and application form




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