International Biennale of Children's Artistic Expression - BUDI - invites all educational and cultural institutions, and children (5 to 15 years of age), to submit their works for the 9th BUDI open call: LITTLE RASCALS - GREAT MINDS! no later than March 31st, 2021. BUDI is organised by Cultural Center Pančevo and the BUDI Association.


Many masterpieces and scientific discoveries have arisen from (at first considered) silly ideas. Those ideas come quietly, unexpectedly and take over your whole being. Although at first they seem like unrealistic, they develop the greatest wisdom and beauties of this world. We invite children to share their boldest ideas with us!

BUDI (Biennial of Artistic Children's Expression) is international festival that is dedicated to the children's creativity and to the production for children. The main goals of BUDI are: bringing art and culture closer to children, overcoming the barriers of old-fashioned cultural institutions, encouraging creativity at the youngest, promoting and developing the ability of children in different areas of creativity, connecting and familiarizing children with other cultures, as well as supporting the inclusion of marginalized children's groups.




ITALY - The cradle of culture and art

The theme of the 9th BUDI festival LITTLE RASCALS - GREAT MINDS! is inspired by the most famous Italian puppet in the world "Pinocchio". Carlo Collodi, a journalist, sent to the editor of a newspaper in Rome a few short episodes about the life of a wooden puppet and its little ludicrous adventures. After being published in 1881, Pinocchio's adventures won the sympathy of children and achieved great success. Later, this character was transformed into movies, cartoons and plays, comics, books, illustrations and gained planetary popularity. He also inspired generations of future artists, and us, 140 years since his birth, to choose Italy as the guest-host country of the upcoming festival.

Join us in discovering other countries and cultures, building friendships, and enjoy playing!

The international open call for children from 5 to 15 years of age is open until March 31st, 2021 in several categories:

  • Visual arts: Sense for good things
    Draw, illustrate, make a model, video or make a movie
  • Film and Theater: A Revived Puppet
    Design and shoot a film, theater play, dance point or performance
  • Literature: Little ludicrousness
    Write us a song, fairy tale, comic or story
  • Ecology / Innovation / Experiment: BE Creative
    Design a science fiction experiment or invention (drawing / video / model) or environmental action (idea / presentation / video).

Works may be sent via post to:

9th BUDI festival
Cultural Centre of Pančevo
Vojvode Živojina Mišića 4
26 000 Pančevo, Serbia
Or via e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Please indicate in the subject line: For 9th BUDI)


Along with work, it is required to provide: author's name and surname, date of birth, school or organisation, postal or e-mail address and contact telephone number.

Author or the applicant for the 9th BUDI competition is allowed to participate with more than one work within different categories.

  • In the categories of visual arts and ecology / innovation / experiment, the call is open to individual authors and groups. Submitted works must be properly marked (name of the author(s) and contact details), packed and protected if they are fragile. They must not be folded or framed. Damaged or sloppy works will not be taken into account when awarding nor showed to the public. The works will not be returned! Send video works on the same principle as movies.
  • In the categories of film and theatre play, the call is open to individual authors, informal groups, drama school sections, film and drama studios. Publish films and recordings of theatre plays and performances (maximum duration 20 minutes) on YouTube (or other similar platforms) and send a link via email, along with information about the authors and participants, and a contact person.
  • In the category of literature, submit works by e-mail with information about the author and contact person.

By participating in the competition authors agree that their work can be used for the festival promotion.

The quality of works will be assessed by the jury, and the best works will be included in the official selection of the 9th International Biennale of Children's Artistic Expression, that will be held from May 15th – June 15th, 2021, in Pancevo, Serbia. Awarding ceremony will be organized during the BUDI festival.

For further information please contact us:

9th BUDI Creative team
Cultural Centre of Pančevo
Vojvode Živojina Mišića 4
Pančevo 26 000
Tel: +381 (0)62 800 8786
+381 (0)13 440 940;
Fax: +381 (0)13 440 945,
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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