The Positive Vibration Festival of Reggae and the International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC), in collaboration with Rebel Soul, the Constellations Gallery and the Arts Council England, organized the 17th successful “Art of Reggae” exhibition which opened in the city of Liverpool, UK on June 1, 2016. This distinctive exhibition, now in its 4th year, featured the top 100 posters from designers worldwide. Rory Taylor, Director of Rebel Soul, opened the exhibition at the Constellations Gallery. There was a huge gathering of art and reggae enthusiasts who came out to see the diverse range of amazing posters. Balazs Pakozdi, who won 1st place in our 2013 contest, Jerry Neville, who placed 10th that same year, and Greek reggae artist I-Mitri Counteraction all attended the opening. Maria Papaefstathiou, co-founder of IRPC, was also present. The opening also included a silent auction. Eighty-three posters were sold over the twenty days of the exhibition. We are delighted to announce that the IRPC raised £1,800 from the silent auction for the Alpha Boys School in Kingston, Jamaica. The remaining seventeen posters will be donated to various charitable organizations around Liverpool, including the North West Cancer Research Centre. We thank everyone who helped make this exhibition […]
The International Reggae Poster Contest opened the first exhibition of 2016 in Nicosia, Cyprus on 26 February at headquarters of the newspaper “Politis”, as part of the “Graphic Stories Cyprus” events , organized by Aggeliki Michalopoulou-Karra and Miltos Karras. On display were 80 posters from the 2015 winning designers from all around the world. At the opening of the exhibition, the Cyprian Dub Poet and Professor in the Communications Department of the University of Nicosia, Haji Mike, lectured the art lovers from Jamaica to Britain and finally in Cyprus, using as a reference the Reggae music. He also talk about the objectives of the IRPC to build awareness for Alpha Boys’ School and the urgent need to preserve the authentic history of the music. A group of student from the University of Nicosia also attended the opening ceremony. The reception was followed by a reggae party by the Roots Crew Soundsystem while a live audio-visual was streamed on the website of the Cyprus Dub Community Radio. The IRPC exhibition was part of the second staging of Cyprus Visual Communication Designers, Graphic Stories Cyprus, which took place in Nicosia. The program included lectures and workshops by well known Cyprian and Greek […]
We are excited to announce also that our first exhibition for 2016 will take place in Nicosia, Cyprus. This exhibition will showcase 80 posters from the 2015 collection. Big Thanks to Graphic Stories Cyprus for the realization of this exhibition and to all designers and jurors that participated in the 4th Intl. Reggae Poster Contest 2015 !! In the wake of the 1st successful Visual Communication Designers’ Meeting, Graphic Stories Cyprus continue actively for achieving the objectives and the goals that were set from the beginning by organising the Graphic Stories Cyprus 2016. The creative weekend starts on Friday, the 26th of February with the inauguration of the exhibition of the International Reggae Poster Contest that includes 80 posters and will be hosted for the second time on the island, on the ground floor of the newspaper “Politis”. The yearly competition involves designers from all over the world including Cyprus. The competition aims to promote Reggae music and support the Alpha Boys School. The program includes a special lecture by Cypriot Dub Poet and Associate Professor at the Communications Department of the University of Nicosia, Haji Mike, entitled “Journey – Reggae – Jamaica – United Kingdom – Cyprus”. The exhibition will be accompanied by a Reggae party with the participation of Roots Crew Sound […]
The 13th International Reggae Poster Contest Exhibition, “The Art of Reggae,” opened officially on August 14, 2015 at the beautiful Andador Héroes plaza in Chetumal, Mexico. It was a huge success. Hosted by the Secretariat of Public Education, the Government of the State of Quintana Roo, the Secretariat of Education and Culture of the State of Quintana Roo, and the National Council for Culture and the Arts, the exhibition showcased works of 72 top posters from artists and designers worldwide. The IRPC Chetumal exhibition drew thousands of visitors during the 1st International Reggae Fest 2015, held in the city from August 14-16. The special IRPC exhibit featured posters by the top winners from all three years (2012-2014). It also included a selection of Mexican winners. To mark the 70th anniversary of Bob Marley’s birth, the exhibition highlighted posters from the growing collection celebrating the legendary reggae artist. In attendance at the opening ceremony were the Jamaican Ambassador to Mexico, Sandra Grant Griffiths, JP; Mayor of Chetumal, Eduardo Espinoza Abuxapqui; Secretary of Education and Culture of the State of Quintana Roo, Jose Alberto Alonso Ovando; Sub-Secretary of Culture, Villanueva Chan; Director of the Museum of Mayan Culture, (add name); Monica […]
We are excited to announce a generous new prize offer from the International award-winning type foundry PARACHUTE, based in Athens, Greece. The package of fonts worth 500€ will be awarded to the First Place winner in the 2016 International Reggae Poster Contest. Their fonts have been use in International branding campaign, such as Bank of America, European Commission, Emirates, Adidas Group, Nike, and European Football Association. Check out the Parachute website : http://www.parachutefonts.com/
Theme: Toward a Reggae Hall of Fame: Celebrating Great Jamaican Music. CALL FOR ENTRIES: The 5th edition of the International Reggae Poster Contest 2016 will open for entries on November 1st (12am EST time), and will run until January, 31st, 2017 (12am EST time). The 100 best posters will be selected by a jury panel comprising of design professionals and will be exhibited in our Art of Reggae exhibitions around the world. The Art of Reggae Exhibitions are curated and presented as a platform to share the vision for a Reggae Hall of Fame Museum for Kingston, Jamaica. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the International Reggae Poster Contest is to build awareness for positive Reggae music and to celebrate the global achievements of Reggae and its impact on the world. The term Reggae used by the contest encompasses all the popular Jamaican musical genres; Ska, Rocksteady, Roots Reggae, Dub, Dancehall and the unique Jamaican Soundsystem. We are looking for your talent and creative visual expressions and we are very excited to see what designers can come up with in their original poster designs that will capture the energy and the vibe of Reggae Music. The goal is simple: Create a poster about […]
Activist and artist Michael Thompson, also known as Freestylee, Artist without borders, died at his home, August 15, 2016 of a heart attack, according to the coroner’s result. He was 58. Born in Kingston, Jamaica lived for more than 25 years in the small city of Easton in Pennsylvania, United States. He studied graphic design in the early 1980s, at the Jamaica School of Art, now called the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. Of the many artists that influenced Freestylee during the formative years, few did more than the Rastafarian artist Ras Daniel Hartman. Hartman’s prolific output of drawings in the 1970s represented for Freestylee a rich source of Rastafari references and traditions that were growing deep influences on the Jamaican popular culture. Freestylee’s influences were not, however, exclusively Jamaican, or the Rastafari movement. Like other young progressive artists in Jamaica at the time the anti-apartheid struggles and liberation movements in Southern Africa were very inspiring, so were the struggles in Latin America. The subjects were evident in his earlier personal designs, drawings and paintings (1970s – 80s). During that period, he won two successive poster competitions in Jamaica, which gave him the opportunity to participate […]
It was 40 years ago when I found myself in Jamaica for the first time, drawn to that glorious burst of musical expression emerging from that Little Big Country. The result was the film “Rockers” and with it, a deep bond with the music and what the music represented to the people who were making it. An astonishing array of talent giving expression to a new cultural awareness that was instantly recognized and understood by people the world over.
Reggae was the music that was heard far and wide because it carried with it the aspirations of a new generation determined to stand on its own two feet and be counted… Read more
~ by Ted Bafaloukos – Director of Rockers.
The International Reggae Poster Contest Organizing Committee extends sincere thanks and appreciation to all of the sponsors, without their wonderful support for “The Art of Reggae” exhibitions, prizes, printing, shipping and other supporting contributions, the success of our contest would not be possible.