for Marek Wysoczynski, creator of this project, create smiles for children in hospitals


The Austrian Cultural Forum Cairo

showcases Very Important Smiles


Cairo, 7 April 2010

– An extraordinary exhibition will be opened in the Children’s Cancer Hospital in Cairo on 12 April 2010, at 12 o’clock: „Smiles“ will be showcased in Egypt for the first time by the Austrian Cultural Forum Cairo and the Polish Embassy in Cairo. The exhibition was placed under the auspices of Egypt’s First Lady Suzanne Mubarak.

The initiator of the exhibition, Marek Wysoczynski, has been collecting smiles by famous personalities from all walks of life for many years. International personalities like Hillary Clinton, Liza Minelli, Jim Carrey, and Diego Maradonna, or Egyptian stars like, for instance, Mona Shazly, Zahi Hawass, or even Egypt’s First Lady Suzanne Mubarak and Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger have already contributed a smile. Their „smiles“ form a complement to the smiles of young patients from the Children’s Cancer Hospital in Cairo and the St. Anna Hospital in Vienna, and those of street children who participate in a project supported by Caritas Salzburg in Egypt, which were specially arranged for the Cairo exhibition. All in all, smiles from more than 200 people will offer a moment of distraction, not only to the little patients in the Children’s Cancer Hospital in Cairo.  

„Smiles“ has already been showcased in several countries and is brought to Egypt for the first time by the Austrian Cultural Forum Cairo and the Polish Embassy, in cooperation with the Children’s Cancer Hospital 57357 and the Cairo Metro.

The exhibition will be opened in the Children’s Cancer Hospital in Cairo in the presence of the Austrian and the Polish Ambassadors, Dr. Thomas Nader and Piotr Puchta. Nesma Abdelaziz, a marimba player popular in Egypt will provide the musical background for the opening ceremony. After the exhibition in the Children’s Cancer Hospital, „Smiles“ will be made accessible to a wider Egyptian audience in the Metro Gallery of the Opera underground station on 19 April 2010 at 6 pm.

The exhibition in the Children’s Cancer Hospital will be open to the public until Thursday, 15 April 2010, and in the gallery of the Opera underground station until 26 April 2010. Admission to both exhibitions will be free.

Austrian Cultural Forum in Cairo

El Nile Street/Corner 5, Wissa Wassef Street
5th Floor, Riyadth-Tower, Giza
11111 Cairo
Clemens Mantl, Direktor
Tel.: (02) 3 570 2975 clemens.mantl(at)


Das österreichische Kulturforum Kairo

zeigt Very Important Smiles

Am Montag, den 12. April 2010, um 12 Uhr wird im Kinderkrebskrankenhaus Kairo eine außergewöhnliche Ausstellung eröffnet: „Smiles“ wird vom  ÖsterreichischenKulturforum  Kairo und der Polnischen Botschaft in Kairo zum ersten Mal in Ägypten präsentiert. Die Ausstellung steht unter der Schirmherrschaft der First Lady Ägyptens, Suzanne Mubarak.Der Initiator der Ausstellung, Marek Wysoczynski, sammelt seit Jahren „Smiles“ berühmter Persönlichkeiten aus verschiedenen Tätigkeitskreisen. Internationale Persönlichkeiten wie Hillary Clinton, Liza Minelli, Jim Carrey und Diego Maradonna, gleich wie ägyptische Stars, z.B. Mona Shazly, Zahi Hawass aber auch die First Lady Ägyptens, Suzanne Mubarak, und der österreichische Außenminister Michael Spindelegger steuerten ein Lächeln bei. Ihre „Smiles“ ergänzen die speziell für Kairo gestalteten „Lächeln“ junger Patienten aus dem Kinderkrebskrankenhaus Kairo und dem St. Anna Spital in Wien sowie die von Straßenkindern, die in einem von der Caritas Salzburg unterstützten Projekt in Ägypten betreut werden. Insgesamt soll das Lächeln von mehr als 200 Persönlichkeiten nicht nur den Kindern im Kinderkrebskrankenhaus Kairo einen Moment der Ablenkung bieten.  „Smiles“ wurde bereits in mehreren Ländern gezeigt und wird vom Österreichischen Kulturforum Kairo und der polnischen Botschaft in Kooperation mit dem Kinderkrebskrankenhaus 57357 und der Kairoer Metro erstmals nach Ägypten gebracht. Die Ausstellung wird im Kinderkrebskrankenhaus Kairo in Anwesenheit des österreichischen und polnischen Botschafters, Dr. Thomas Nader und Piotr Puchta eröffnet. Das musikalische Rahmenprogramm wird von der in Ägypten populären Marimbaspielerin Nesma Abdelaziz gestaltet. Im Anschluss an die Ausstellung im Kinderkrebskrankenhaus werden die „Smiles“ ab Montag, den 19. April 2010,18:00 Uhr einem breiten ägyptischen Publikum in der Metro Gallery der U-Bahn Station Oper zugänglich gemacht.

Die Ausstellung im Kinderkrebskrankenhaus ist bis Donnerstag, den 15. April 2010 zu sehen, in der Galerie der Metrostation Opera bis zum 26. April 2010. Der Eintritt ist jeweils frei. 

  With Wysoczynski, the CCHE’s children draw smiles to make the world a better place  

With Wysoczynski, the CCHE’s children draw smiles to make the world a better place

Hospital 57357 was privileged to host on April 12th a unique cultural event organized by both the polish Embassy and the Austrian Cultural forum in Cairo. The event, entitled  » Smiles »mainly features an exhibition of over 200 expressions of smiles collected from different famous personalities and children around the world. A firm believer in the power of a smile in changing outcomes amid the most unbearable situations, Marek Wysoczynski from Poland, the initiator of the idea of a roaming exhibition, has been collecting smiles for several years now. The exhibition was already on show in different countries like Mexico, Italy, Poland, Sri Lanka.,

Ambassadors and representatives from different countries were present at the launching of the event . To name but a few: Polish Ambassador,Mr. Piotr Puchta and his spouse, , Austrian Ambassador, Dr. Thomas Nader, Canadian Ambassador Mr. Ferry de Kerckhove, , Mr. European Union Ambassador, and high-ranking diplomatic officials from Angola, Macedonia, and Turkey. Also present were Mr.Hussein Nassar, media Advisor to the Minister of Culture and Mr.Mohamad Shaalan, head of the Plastic Art Division at the cultural Ministry.

In her opening speech, Mrs. Ola Ghabour, Secertary general of the Children’s Cancer Hospital Foundation was keen to express to all present and in particular to the Polish Ambassador how grateful and appreciative hospital 57357’s community is for all the efforts exerted “to draw a smile on the faces of our beloved children at the time when the polish people are much grieved at their great recent tragic loss. We share with you the sadness for which we are reminded now and here by two of the drawings displayed today which were painted by the late, HE Maria Kaczynska, the wife of the late Polish President. The audience was informed by the Polish Ambassador how concerned the Late Mrs. Kaczynska was for the suffering and underprivileged children of the world and particularly in the Middle East Region.

Two days prior to the launching, Mr.Wysoczynski had shared himself precious moments with in-patient children and their families through which they were invited to produce their own smiles. Drawings of the children are displayed at the entrance hall of the hospital along with those by patients of the St. Anna Children’s Hospital in Vienna, Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak’s drawing and those of a host of other prominent personalities . Mr.Wysoczynski, who practices religiously what he believes in will not miss one chance to make people not just smile but laugh from all their hearts. Explaining to dozens of journalists and reporters who were covering the event his personal philosophy in life, you can watch his face light up while revealing how he draws his strength from working with the sick children. .

Realizing that caring for the psychological well being of the children, will contribute to speed up their healing process and ultimately achieve our hopes for them, the CCHE encourages all efforts geared towards lifting up the spirits of the children. As such, the hospital is honored to have been chosen to host this special cultural event which offers a moment of distraction to the less privileged children who are fighting for their lives. More importantly, we are privileged to be the place where people from different parts of the world show their solidarity towards making this world a better place.



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