Don’t Be Afraid!

Fear isn’t something we should be embarrassed by. Nor is it a tool? Fear is one of the four basic human emotions, along with happiness, sadness and anger. What if we tried to get to know fear a little better? Maybe then, we wouldn’t be afraid of it, and we could talk about it with people we love.

We encounter fear throughout our entire lives. It doesn’t matter how old you are, if you’re a boy or a girl, or if you were born in Europe or maybe in Asia. King Charles IV was afraid. So was Jan Hus. And Superman. Sometimes firemen are afraid, and so is your dad, and so is the school custodian. And since that’s just the way it is, it would be good to know something about fear. That’s the only way to stop being worried. Our exhibition, Don’t be Afraid!, is a journey into the world of fear. But there’s nothing to be afraid of! We will look at fear from different angles, examine it, play with it, and maybe even become friends. Whether you are big or small, you’ll find some kinds of fear that you know, and others that you’ve never met before.

This exhibition was inspired by a book of the same name. It was written by Milada Rezková, Lukáš Urbánek and Jakub Kaše, and it has delighted many readers. Just like the book, this exhibition is about fears we encounter all the time – in our family, at school, in cities, in the countryside – and all of these fears, which might seem a little strange to us, are part of our lives.

The exhibition Don’t be Afraid! was first made for the Atrium Žižkov museum in Prague and curated by Ondřej Horák. Its creators worked with the Drak Theatre workshop to create this expanded version for Labyrinth.

The exhibition also includes an educational program for schools and other groups, plus worksheets for the public. So come, discover the world of fear and learn how to come to terms with it. This new, interactive exhibition Don’t be Afraid! will convince every visitor, young or old, that you don’t need to fear fear!

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that you don’t need to be afraid of fear.

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