Children`s right to play…
a worldwide art project

The project is a visual interpretation of history of art in line with educational, cultural and Human Rights issues: a visual message about Respect, Development and Equality of the Child.

The local involvement of children and youth supporting organisations in the project make sure that the young public involved in the scenario (photos and videos) inherits a solid lasting educational legacy. In parallel local and international artist and cultural organizations support, within an intercultural exchange, the setting of the project, putting in value the cultural and educational purposes.

The Children’s Gamesfamous historic painting by Pieter Bruegel the older (dated 1560) delivers the powerful inspiration for this project. The painting is like an encyclopaedia of children’s games, most of them still played today all over the planet. The total surrender to the joy of playing, as communicated to us by Bruegel, has to be every child’s right today.

Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child:

1. Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.

2. Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activities.


Editions of “The Children’s Play” are real staged Gigapixel photography realized as the result of project-weeks including different workshops about playing & culture in cooperation with local project partners.

2011 Cape Verde in association with Delta Cultura Cabo Verde

2012 Thailand in association with PLAN International

2013 South Africa in association with ITHUBA SCHOOL Wild Coast



The year 2014 is the 25th anniversary of the
UN Convention
on the Rights of the Child.

Our ambition is to give a visual message for this anniversary and to continiue the project after this anniversary – a work of creativity and inspiration in a genuine collaboration between real live people…

A project about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
A project about the Human Rights
A project about the importance of playing.

A project for the future of our children.



Children need to play in refugee camps

Aim and Mission:

The purpose of this project is to create awareness and to help increase empathy and support for refugee youth & children living in the Za’atari camp, whilst encouraging them through arts, stimulating their creativity and imagination through joyful activities rather than focusing on their hardship.
The UNHCR is placing a strong emphasis on promoting the needs of Syrian refugee children bearing in mind that far too many are suffering from trauma and isolation, are out of school, are working and in some cases are being exploited.

Therefore the UNHCR is supporting and working as a partner with Austrian artist Lukas Maximilian Hüller and his related associations Verein kulturSPIEL Austria, asbl Human R. Brussels and the Fairy Play on the multi-media art project: The Arts in Za’atari Refugee Camp – Ten Good Reasons in Jordan with the following aims and mission:

  • Promote Human Values giving rise to the 1989 UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child, putting emphasis on freedom and dignity
  • Provide continued sustainable education and help preserve traditions/local culture for children & youth uprooted from their country of origin;
  • Bring a speck of dust of comfort to the children by putting emphasis on the importance of artistic, playful and recreational activities through team games and creative artistic ateliers;
  • Conceive workshops and create momentum by focusing also on Olympic education and its related values (Respect, Friendship, Excellence, Courage, Inspiration) being aware that sport is an unquestionable factor of cohesion and moral support;
  • Bring “Hope” through Arts, Recreation, Colour, Creativity and Play.
  • Create visual representations of the “role of artistic activities in refugee camps” and the “children’s needs”
  • Create a photographical scenario and video in which the refugee children/youth in the camp become pivotal characters in the final making of the pieces.



The people behind:

The Children’s Play initial phase was conceived by Austrian phorographer and artist LUKAS M. HÜLLER and JULIANE REZMAN HAUSER in 2011.

Together with Belgian actor and writer LAURENT VAN WETTER the non-profit orientated organization asbl HUMAN R was established to realize The Children’s Play Productions.

Since 2012 the project is developed further by LUKAS M. HÜLLER in cooperation with an international growing team.





KEVIN HARRISON (English Artist)

CLAUDIO DOS SANTOS (Belgian/Cape Verde Actor)

SAMI AJOURI (Syrian Artist)

ROBERT PÖCKSTEINER (Austian Filmmaker)

IRIS MUSEL (South African/Austrian – theatre management & game developement)

ERIC SAMOTHRAKIS (Greek/French Musican)



MARWAN MAGHUR (Libyan / Secreatary General Libyan Olympic Committee)

AMELIA von KAGENECK (Italian / international lawyer)

OSAMA MUTTAWA (Libyan / producer & social activist)

JULIE MELIS (Belgian / asbl Human R)



LUKAS MAXIMILAN HÜLLER (Austrian / Artistic Director)

Lukas Maximilian Hüller is performing the project with his team since 2011 and will pursue the follow-up of this project until 2014, including future related events.  Born in Austria, he is an international acknowledged photographer and artist. From 1989 to 1995 he studied photography at the “Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Visuels de la Cambre” (Brussels, Belgium). Lukas Hüller’s work is questioning human, cultural, religious and political themes of living societies. He established the cultural organisation Human R Belgium, Verein kulturSPIEL Austria and The Fairy Play association., all non-profit organisations to conceive and realize art  projects to give a voice to humanitarian, educational and social matters.

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