EUROPE Patrons of the Arts European Lions have a long history of promoting and supporting the arts. That tradition is very much alive today. Austrian Lions sponsor the Lions Music Awards for musicians younger than 24. After securing the sponsorship of a local club, the musician performs a mandatory piece and two other songs before a panel of three judges. The first-prize winner receives 1,000 euros (US$1,068), performs at the multiple district convention and competes in the musical competition at the Europa Forum. Polish Lions take a different approach: the four clubs in Krakow sponsor a singing contest for the blind. In its two years the Lions World Song Festival for the Blind— Sounds from the Heart has attracted more than 50 vocalists from 13 nations. Sponsored by clubs near their homes, the contestants perform songs written by them or someone else specifically for the festival. All genres of music are allowed. While in Krakow, performers visit historical sites such as Schindler’s Factory and enjoy cultural activities such as making pierogis. The contest this year is Nov. 2-4. Lions in France established an Arts and Culture Committee in the 1970s, and a few years later a Lions club in France was believed to be the first in the world dedicated to promoting cultural activities. French Lions support literature, music and painting. “Are culture and Lionism not destined to evolve together?” the French LION recently asked. “As a French specialty, culture is really simply another way of communicating or broadening the audience or enforcing the range of motivations liable to attract new members. ‘Motivation through pleasure seeking’ could be the definition of Lions’ cultural action.”
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