International Reggae Poster Contest
The International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC) is an initiative designed to celebrate positive international reggae culture. The contest highlights the globalization of reggae and the positive impact of its message on the world. The contest was founded and organized by Michael Thompson and Maria Papaefstathiou in 2011. The umbrella term “reggae,” as used by the International Reggae Poster Contest, encompasses all the popular Jamaican musical genres: Ska, Rocksteady, Roots Reggae, Dub, Dancehall and the unique Jamaican Sound System.
The primary reason for organizing the poster contest is to construct an international platform to showcase a far-reaching vision: the erection of a world-class Reggae Hall of Fame Museum and performance center in Kingston, Jamaica that celebrates the voice, vision and vocabulary of Jamaican popular music. The ideal architect for this grand enterprise is Frank Gehry, a name synonymous with inspiring architectural design that stimulates urban transformation. The International Reggae Poster Contest is the start of a global campaign that takes advantage of the powerful tools of social media and creative expressions through the medium of the visual arts.
The other important objective of the IRPC is to help raise awareness for the Alpha Boys’ School, a vocational institution for underprivileged youths, located in the heart of Kingston and founded in 1880 by the Sisters of Mercy. This school is a great Jamaican success story, producing some of the most notable legends in the history of reggae, including Don Drummond of the Skatalites, the singer Desmond Dekker and Yellowman, one of dancehall’s first superstars. We think this remarkable institution should be celebrated and replicated. Without this fertile training ground we might not have seen the flourishing of the global music we call Reggae.
In 2014, we make a special appeal to all our IRPC supporters and friends to continue the support for the historic Alpha Boy’s School, by spreading the awareness and continue to give to the school. The Alpha boys need your support; clothing, money, educational material, whatever one can offer. Please visit the website and find out how to contribute and make a difference: www.alphaboysschool.org