The Olga Havel Award 2016

Václav Fanta, an art photographer from Prague, became this year's laureate of the Olga Havel Award. Despite losing his sight many years ago, he brings optimism to people with the same disability and help them in many different ways.

The Olga Havel Award was given by the Committee of Good Will - Olga Havel Foundation in the exhibition hall Mánes on 23rd May. The ceremony was hosted by Eva Holubová. During the cultural part of the evening, the student choir Besharmonie conducted by Libor Sládek and Filip Beneš performed several music pieces. On this occasion, the Foundation also thanked its major donors and partners and commended the excellent NGO projects.

The award-winning Václav Fanta co-founded Katolická nadace pro nevidomé (Catholic Foundation for the Blind) and established the choir of blind singers Vokál. He cooperates with the R MEDIA agency in creating a charity calendar. His tactile game Qardo for people with sight loss is known far beyond the borders of the Czech Republic. Václav Fanta has fulfilled himself many dreams in his life filled with humanity and - as he says – he can find joy even in the ordinary little things. He sends this message to others: "I wish all the people to be so lucky to have their souls balanced and to be able to do without pursuing material possession and unattainable things."

The Olga Havel Award was presented for the twenty second time this year and the jury faced a really difficult task - to select a laureate from a total of 22 candidates. Two nominees - Lucie Bittalová and Jitka Štambachová – were honored with special in memoriam awards. 


„We wish that the right for dignified life is also enjoyed by those who live with handicap or mental illness, abandoned and old people, those who have a different skin colour or a different way of life, those in poverty or attacked by a malignant disease.“ Olga Havel
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