Da Vinci's Secrets

International School Projects Competition

The performances and awards will be broadcast live in streaming


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Conditions of entry

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The “Da Vinci’s Secrets” competition is included in the project by the same name.

The project’s name was chosen with an eye for romance, intrigue and adventure, imagining that Leonardo da Vinci could have engineered any of the inventions we will receive from schools, though they were never released.

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The purpose of the competition is to stimulate, with the assistance and supervision of teachers, the students’ creative and human abilities (which sometimes are not showing), thus helping progress and the in-depth development of human personalities.

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The competition consists of presenting a project by the school or pertaining to the school, an innovative idea, inventing a new product or further developing (through modifications and transformations) existing objects or projects, with no holds barred to creativity and imagination.

In order to participate, schools will have to propose entirely projects (or studies), can be also  from previous years, in any area: Science, Technology, Chemistry, Agricultural Studies, Botany, Flower Growing, Ethology, Anthropology, Art, Music, Dance/ Ballet, Cinema, Literature, Design, and any other expression of creativity and ingenuity.

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Only schools can take part in the “Da Vinci’s Secret” competition as a unit under the coordination of a teacher. Schools can be state public or Registered Private Schools and from any Country. They will be divided into three sections as follows:

A – Primary Schools

B – Lower Secondary Schools

C – Upper Secondary Schools

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The project’s (or study’s) text can be written in Italian or English.  Additional materials can accompany the descriptive text (drawings, photos, CDs, videos, a miniature model etc.).

During the final stages of GEF, the finalist schools can have a space in the exhibition area, which will be open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday where the schools can  display their designs/inventions/projects as well as other school projects.

While participating in this competition, the schools showcasing in the exhibition area will be entitled to compete in  GEF – “School  Expo” – My school on display – A competition among schools to create the best school display area. If your school decide to participate, fill in and send the “school expo”- entry form within the 30th of June 2021.

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Each school can register a maximum of 3 entries.

Each teacher in charge  can register even different schools.


Address: KISMET SRL – GEF – Via Roma 166 – 18038 Sanremo IM – Italy

The project (or study) must be accompanied by a registration form bearing the following data:

  • School’s name and address
  • Classes of the school taking part in the project
  • Name, surname and signature of teacher in charge
  • Name, surname and signature of school principal and school stamp
  • Proof of payment of a “school’s deposit as a guarantee for expenses” € 250,00.

a) The deposit will be deducted from the total amount to pay for the school’s accommodation in Sanremo

b) the deposit will be reimbursed to schools not admitted to the finals in Sanremo.

“The School’s deposit as a guarantee for expenses“ will be retained only if the school decide to cancel their participation.


A School participating in more than one competition in GEF can pay one “school’s deposit as a guarantee for expenses”, and not a deposit for each competition.

Deposits must be paid to:

UniCreditBANCA  agency Arma di Taggia
Beneficiary:KISMET srl
Causal: Deposit (and the name of the school)
IBAN: IT 59  G 02008  49090 000010138260

no credit cards

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  • The registration form complete with the required documentation must reach us by June 30, 2021,
  • The schools selected to participate in the finals will receive notification by July 10, 2021.
  • The schools must confirm in writing, by email / registered letter, by July 25, 2021, also including the form for the hotel accommodation (received with our confirm) filled in with a complete list of all participants (the whole payment for the stay within August 20, 2021).

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A panel of teachers and experts appointed by GEF, will select the finalist schools to attend the Sanremo finals where the winning schools will be acclaimed.

The awards will go to: the schools winning in their section including the absolute winner. Based on the contents of works received, the panel can elect not to choose a winner, or select more than one winner in one or more sections and/or award more prizes.

The panel’s decisions are final.

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All the schools selected for a prize and those gaining first place will receive the GEF Trophy.

All finalist schools will receive a GEF certificate.

The panel reserves the right to award special prizes.

All winners will receive their prizes at Teatro Ariston in Sanremo during one of the final performances of  GEF. A winner not attending the event cannot claim for their prizes later on.

The Panel’s decision is final.


All entrants and each school taking part in the competition finals in Sanremo will undertake to pay for its own board and lodgings.  For reasons of organization and event management, finalists, accompanying adults and/or anyone spending nights in Sanremo while taking part in GEF 2021, will need to stay at least two nights and book through GEF choosing accommodation from our price list in order to gain accreditation and be able to take part in the competition finals. (minimo three nights for schools participating in Theatre or Musical).

Each school admitted to the finals will be sent a booking-form by the booking organization outlining modes of payment.

Considering the thousands of bookings processed during the previous edition of GEF, early bookings are highly recommended.

All official participants in GEF’s final stages will receive GEF’s gadgets.

All the finalist projects and the schools in the competition will be recorded in the official GEF’s bilingual catalogue (Italian/English).


A final performance will take place on Saturday evening October 9, 2021, at Teatro Ariston, with performances and a GEF award presentation to the assigned winners of the music, dance and fashion competitions. Also other competition winners will receive their awards. During the evening the winner of the prestigious prize “Global Education Award” will also receive their award, which is the only international education prize awarded each year to persons and associations who through their thoughts, words and actions, have fostered the growth and development of education.


GEF reserves the right to record and/or film and/or broadcast the event in its entirety or in part, using any medium (print, photography, radio, television, audio-visual, internet, etc.) and to accompany the event with one or more promotion or publicity, without owing any payments to anyone or to any participants.

GEF ask to receive the privacy forms filled in and signed. (see art.13)

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Every school and association have to send  Consent forms according to UE regulations n.679/2016 (GDPR) General Data Protection Regulation.


Any changes to the competition finals in Sanremo, which might occur due to technical or administrative reasons will be notified forthwith to the interested parties.


All works received will remain the property of GEF and will be published or used in other shows at GEF’s discretion.  No money will be owed to anyone or to any participant.


All printed matter and logos are protected by copyright; therefore any unauthorized use is forbidden. Anyone trying to use any of them without authorization will be duly prosecuted.

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GEF’s Organizing Committee, the promoting association and the company providing technical support will not accept any liability for personal or material injuries or accidents occurring while travelling or during the Festival.

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Anyone taking part in the event is expected to have read and understood the conditions set by these regulations and to accept them unconditionally. Participation to the event also implies that each participant explicitly agrees to allow GEF to access its archives and process all personal data provided, according to UE regulations n.679/2016 (GDPR) General Data Protection Regulation.