Reggae Camp 2012 The University will host the exhibition of posters from 50 years of reggae music of Jamaican graphic designer Michael ‘freestylee’ Thompson Artist Without Borders, whose sales will go to the Alpha Boys School, Kingston reform school founded in nineteenth-century music as a major player in the formation of their students. Its role has also been instrumental in the emergence and evolution of reggae, bringing great musicians like Desmond Dekker, Rico Rodriguez, and Johnny Osbourne Skatalites, the two last on the bill of Rototom 2012. The exhibition will also include 3 posters Poster contest winners Reggae Contest 2012: Alon Braier (Israel), Zafer Lehimler (Turkey), Rosario Nocera (Italy). More info: http://www.rototomsunsplash.com
Hello Andrew! Congratulations to you for the successful design collaboration with the upcoming reggae star Chronixx for his acclaimed EP “Dread and Terrible.” Tell our readers how this connection come about? How did Chronixx linked with you to commissioned this design? Thank you ! and thanks for this interview. Actually Chronixx got in contact with me by referring to his favourite 2nd place poster, I had submitted for reggae poster competition in 2013. How did the process worked in developing a design for this first ever Chronixx EP? It was a very tight deadline, less then a week to finish off the artwork. Chornixx told me he wanted something very simple yet that it should capture peoples attention. At that time I was still getting to know about his project and getting to know more about the reggae revival so with the help and ideas of Chronixx we developed the artwork as it is. We kept constant communication during the process… and that made things easier for us both. Did you get the opportunity to hear the music before getting down to working out the visuals What are your favorite tracks on the Dread and Terrible EP? I was already familiar with […]
In celebration of the 70th anniversary of Bob Marley’s birth, and Reggae Month Mexico, the co-organisers of the International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC), Michael ‘Freestylee’ Thompson and Maria Papaefstathiou are pleased to be exhibiting, on the 18th of March 2015, a very special collection of 36 posters of the reggae icon Bob Marley in the Mexico City Metro System (Sistema de Transporte Colectivo). The exhibition will showcase images from the contest’s growing poster collection. The selected posters comprise designs from participating designers from Mexico and various countries, including Iran, Cuba, Romania, Croatia, Canada, Greece, Poland, Mexico, South Korea and the United States. All coming from talented designers who placed among the top 100 winners from the 2012 through 2014 contests. Following in the footsteps of Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley has carried forward the vision of emancipation from mental slavery: “we refuse to be what you wanted us to be. We are what we are and that’s the way it’s gonna be. We’ve been trodding on the wine press much too long. Rebel”. Bob Marley has bequeathed to the world an everlasting legacy of rebellious creativity. “In his song ‘Bad Card’, Bob Marley boasted, “dem a go tired fi see mi […]
IRPC organizer Michael Thompson “FREESTYLEE” was invited to design a special poster by the organizing committee at Casa. The poster commemorate the event, and also celebrate the life and message of the legendary reggae icon. IRPC and Michael Thompson are delighted to participate in this cultural event at the most important cultural institution in Cuba. In 1978, Michael Thompspn attended the 11th World Festival of Youth and Students in Havana, and Casa De Las Americas was one of the cultural institutions that he visited there. It was at Casa and other cultural institutions such as (ICAC) Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos that he discovered the Art of Cuban poster design. Both organizations were instrumental in the development of his personal journey into poster design, and Cuban poster art have inspired the aesthetics and style of his works. <
The IRPC’s global impact is helping to shape positive attitudes through contemporary reggae poster art. This has encouraged one government institution in Portugal to look at our contest as a tool to encourage positive behaviors and creative motivation. In 2014, the IRPC received an email from the General Directorate of Rehabilitation and Prison Services of the Ministry of Justice of Portugal (http://www.dgsp.mj.pt), communicating their interest in participating in the 2014 International Reggae Poster Contest. The General Directorate requested permission to submit reggae art made by prisoners in their institutions to the 2014 contest. The IRPC was delighted to support the Directorate in this creative mission in the area of cultural and artistic activities, and to implement this as an instrument of prison rehabilitation. This idea was well received by the IRPC, and the plan was established by the prison services as an activity integrated in its annual plan for all the prisons. All eight prisons were encouraged to participate in the contest: Braga, Castelo Branco, Linhó, Lisbon, Faro, Pinheiro da Cruz, Santa Cruz do Bispo Female and Viana do Castelo. A total of 20 posters were designed and submitted by 26 inmates. “Many of the prisoners are reggae enthusiasts,” says […]
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.