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05 Jul 2011

Bibiana - International House of Art for Children

BIBIANA is a cultural institution with international activity. It was founded in 1987 as a partner of a world-known event with a long tradition "Biennial of Illustration Bratislava." From the beginning it was professionally specialized as a gallery institution supporting a development of illustration works for children and improving quality of literature for children in Slovakia and abroad. Gradually, with the help of new people and new ideas, the philosophy of BIBIANA began to change, possibilities of development and spreading art for children became wider, creating a rich spectrum of genres. There was also found a place for comparison of Slovak works and their theoretical reflection in international contexts.

Today Bibiana is the only institution of this kind in Slovakia and one of the few in Europe. In recent years some its projects drew attention abroad and Bibiana develops contacts with many international organisations with similar aims as the European Network of Art Organisations for Children and Young People, European Children´s Museum Network, and ASSITEJ.

Since the autumn of 1967, every odd year in Bratislava is connected with the world-famous international juried exhibition of originals of illustrations made for children's and juvenile books. The Biennial of Illustration Bratislava (BIB) is held under the auspices of UNESCO, in cooperation with individual National Sections of IBBY (the International Board on Books for Young People) and with the support of the SR Ministry of Culture. BIBIANA’s role is as the principal organizer. The Biennial presents the best works emerged in this field of art in recent years in various countries. Professional sponsorship, administration and implementation is provided by BIB Secretariat. Over the more than 40 years since it was first opened, Bratislava’s Biennial is the most important and truly unique event of the kind in the world. Every two years Bratislava hosts the cream of world’s top-notch illustrators and experts on the book publishing industry.

The Biennial of Animation Bratislava /BAB/ - International Festival of Animated Films for Children is an event with a tradition. It aims to present animated films for children, provide opportunities to draw comparisons while evaluating their artistic quality and connections with the world of illustration and support overall development of this genre. The Biennial of Animation Bratislava is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Repuiblic. The organizer of the festival is the BAB Secretariat in BIBIANA – International House of Art for Children.