Thuin, Canine Capital of the World!

In 1954 the General Secretariat of the FCI settled in Thuin. It is curious to note that dog lovers throughout the world know the name of the town in which the FCI operates and offers the services that its 13 employees provide on a daily basis. Thuin now figures on the world map in the hearts of all dog enthusiasts on all continents! This is a reality that, although not on a grand scale, has not escaped the town’s elected representatives, who have on several occasions expressed their delight in counting an international organisation celebrating its centenary amongst their population of 14,650 inhabitants!

Conscious of the role that the FCI plays as an ambassador for Thuin, Philippe Blanchart – Acting Mayor – and the Town Council have named the city “Canine Capital of the World”. In this centenary year, this designation crowns the good relations between the FCI and the town that welcomes the Federation by focusing attention on Thuin, which would become a Mecca for dog fanciers, providing a positive window to the world by displaying knowledge, projects, initiatives and other breakthroughs concerning an animal that in this day and age has an important place in our society.

What could therefore be more natural than this designation knowing that Saint Roch, the Patron Saint of Thuin, is also the protector of animals and frequently portrayed with his dog?

Marie Luna Durán
FCI Marketing and Public Relations Manager
Drawing Contest 2010

Dear friends,
It is my pleasure to send you an update about the First FCI International Drawing Contest.
The FCI received 201 drawings from 22 member countries, the S.P.A. (Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals) of Charleroi and 9 schools from the region of Thuin, where the FCI is located.

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Exhibition at Distillerie de Biercée

The FCI member countries which entered the competition were:

Hong Kong
The Netherlands

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Exhibition at Distillerie de Biercée

64 drawing were selected during the FCI jury in December 2010, distributed into 13 categories:
3-4 years
4-5 years
5-6 years
6-7 years
7-8 years
8-9 years
9-10 years
10-11 years
11-12 years
12-14 years
14-18 years
18 and older
Other (collective works and the youngest participant, i.e. 2-year old)

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Exhibition at Distillerie de Biercée

The 64 drawings selected by the FCI jury were exhibited in the Distillerie de Biercée, where the visitors could vote for their favourite drawing. They represented the following organisations:

Organisations Number of drawings
Section Préparatoire de l'Athénée Royal de Thuin 5
Ecole Communale des Carrières 1
Ecole de Leers-et-Fosteau 5
Ecole de Biesme-sous-Thuin 2
Austria 1
Belgium 1
China 1
Croatia 3
Estonia 4
Georgia 3
Germany 1
Greece 2
Iceland 1
Italy 5
Japan 2
Latvia 2
Lithuania 3
Moldavia 3
Poland 6
Singapore 1
The Netherlands 1
Ukraine 4
Uzbekistan 4

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Award ceremony

And ... these are the winners, whose works were exhibited during the Award Ceremony which took place in the City Hall of Thuin on April 8th:

6th - Malgorzata Balicka (PL) - Cat : 18+

The winners were classified according to the number of votes which the visitors of the exhibition gave for their favourite drawing.
The prizes will be sent to the respective national canine organisation in charge of forwarding them to “their” winners. They were offered by the FCI, our partner Eukanuba, the S.P.A. (Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals) of Charleroi and the Deputy Mayor of Thuin, who awarded the “prize of the public” based on the votes collected during the exhibition in the Distillerie de Biercée.

Last but not least: a commemorative booklet of the First edition of the FCI Drawing Contest will be published, with the support of our partner Eukanuba!

Thank you all for your participation,
congratulations for your talent
and good luck for the next edition!

Marie Luna Durán
FCI Marketing and Public Relations Manager