The Brundibár Project Exhibition opens on Thursday 14 July in the Artscape Theatre Foyers and runs until Friday 22 July 2011. Open from 9am. Entrance is free. 

Reflecting on Brundibár’s themes, Ibhabhathane and Frank Joubert Art Centre students have produced an interactive installation and inspiring artworks to form part of the The Brundibár Project Exhibition.These will be displayed alongside two significant exhibitions of the art and writing by children who were imprisoned at Terezín. Some of the paintings and drawings that had been hidden and later discovered are on loan from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and The Jewish Museum in Prague. The Vedem Exhibition has been made possible by the Památník Terezín (Terezín Memorial), and exhibits pages and documents from the secret weekly boys’ magazine of the same name. Defying camp rules and risking their lives, adult prisoners in the Terezín (Nazi) ghetto taught children literature and art and organised cultural programmes.  After the war, most of the children's work was found hidden in the ceiling of the barracks.

Some of the work created by Frank Joubert Art Centre and Ibhabhathane art students:

Under the guidance and mentorship of Cape Town Opera's designer, Michael Mitchell, Grade 11 learners at Frank Joubert Art Centre work on the development of the special installation for The Brundibár Project.  

Model of Installation designed by Grade 11 Student, Alex Knox, at Frank Joubert Art Centre.


Mask by Claurisha Jacobs, Oaklands Gr 11

Robin Saunders, St. Augustine's, Gr 7   Sherizaan Kamaldien, Heritage College,
Gr 9

  Alana-Lee Valasco, Parkfields Primary, Gr 7

Art and writing of children imprisoned in Terezín:

Sailboat by Lilly Edna Amit (Bobasch)
Lilly survived the Holocaust
  Concert in the Dormitory , Helga Weissová- Hosková, 1942. Helga arrived at Terezin when she was 12. She survived the Holocaust  

Butterfly painting by an unknown child from Terezín

The sun has made a veil of gold
So lovely that my body aches.
Above, the heavens shriek with blue
Convinced I’ve smiled by some mistake.
The world’s abloom and seems to smile.
I want to fly but where, how high?
If in barbed wire, things can bloom
Why couldn’t I? I will not die!

Michael survived the Holocaust


The last, the very last,
So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow.
Perhaps if the sun’s tears would sing
against a white stone…
Such; such a yellow
Is carried lightly ‘way up high.
It went away I’m sure because it wished
to kiss the world goodbye.
For seven weeks I’ve lived in here,
Penned up inside this ghetto
But I have found my people here.
The dandelions call to me
And the white chestnut candles in the court.
Only I never saw another butterfly.
That butterfly was the last one.
Butterflies don’t live in here,
In the ghetto

Pavel was murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau.