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 […]
Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson, QC, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Affairs presents a cheque for US$500 to Joshua Chamberlain, Director of Special Projects at the Alpha Boys’ School on Wednesday, October 28 at the Ministry’s New Kingston Headquarters. The cheque represents proceeds from the sale of posters designed by winners of the 2014 International Reggae Poster Contest, at the IRPC Exhibition in Mexico City, sponsored by the Embassy of Jamaica in Mexico and the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs of Mexico.
It is four months now since the First International Reggae Poster Contest 2012 was concluded and Alon Braier from Israel was awarded first place for his “Roots of Dub” design. Now that the buzz of our achievements are spreading, and the presentation of the 100 best reggae posters have been showcased reaching far and wide across the globe. We wish to share what has been happening since then, including some recent articles and interviews about the contest. The following interview of the founders Michael Thompson and Maria Papaefstathiou was conducted by the primer reggae website Jamaicansmusic.com. Read more
At Last, the Results for the Final Round: The 4th International Reggae Poster Contest is pleased to announce the top 100 winners of the 2015 contest. The top three winners were successful in securing the Award for Best-designed Reggae Posters 2015. This year, we exceeded the number of posters submitted in each of the previous years. We received 1664 posters from 84 countries! And we are particularly pleased that submissions came from countries that were participating for the first time – Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Cameroon, Guatemala, Honduras, Moldova, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, and Zimbabwe. This extension of the contest’s reach is particularly impressive in the 4th year. It confirms the sustained global impact of the IRPC. On the platform of the contest, we will continue to spread our vision of a Reggae Hall of Fame Museum in Kingston, Jamaica. And we collectively affirm support for the campaign to heighten awareness of the distinctive legacy of the Alpha Boys’ School. The Top Three Winners: 1st Place: Seyed Abbas Mirqeisari (IRAN) Title: Prism of Nature 2nd Place: Oktay Barkin (TURKEY) Title: Lion 3rd Place: Li Wei (CHINA) Title: Reggae Music Congratulations to all the winners and […]
The First International Reggae Poster Contest 2012, which far exceeded expectations, takes another giant step this month, 30 September 2012, with a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston. “We’re extremely pleased to be given the opportunity to present this global testimony for Reggae music in the homeland of the music, loved and performed worldwide,” says Michael Thompson, graphic artist known worldwide as Freestylee. “The exhibition presents an important platform to articulate our vision of a Reggae Hall of Fame in Kingston, Jamaica, in a structure that, in itself, would draw, like Reggae music, worldwide attention.” We are very please to announce that the winner of the First International Reggae Poster Contest 2012 Alon Braier, will be attending the opening of our first major exhibition at the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston, Jamaica. Looking forward to meet this great designer!
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The Alpha Boys School and the International Reggae Poster Contest are very pleased to announce the auction of the top, limited edition posters from the contest, including special contributions from international poster artists, will be held on November 11 at the National Gallery of Jamaica in downtown Kingston. Douglas Reid of Grosvenor Galleries will conduct the auction and Bunny Rugs, lead singer of 10-time Grammy nominated act Third World, will serve as Celebrity Auctioneer. Click here to view the posters online. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Alpha Boys School. Interested parties who cannot be present for the auction but are interested in bidding should contact Alpha Boys School at [email protected] From the simple to the sublime, the posters to be auctioned are currently the feature of a special exhibition entitled, “World A Reggae: the 100 Best Entries from the First International Reggae Poster Contest” which continues at the National Gallery of Jamaica until November 10. Comprised of the top 100 posters as well as original contributions from artists Luba Lukova, Juan Carlos Darias, Elmer Sosa, Roy Villalobos, Freestylee (the artist alter ego of contest founder Michael Thompson), Maria Papaefstathiou (the contest co-founder), and others, the posters represent a […]
1st June – 15th June 2016 Constellations, 35-39 Greenland Street, Baltic Triangle, Liverpool, L1 0BS Free admission (entry is subject to venue opening times and other events taking place at the venue) The International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC) and Positive Vibration, Liverpool’s Festival of Reggae, are to host The Art of Reggae Exhibition, featuring 100 reggae-inspired posters designed by artists and illustrators from across the globe. The IRPC, now in its fifth year, receives thousands of entries each year – and the best of the bunch will be on display on the walls of Baltic Triangle venue Constellations, from 1st June – 15th June. Reggae may have originated in Jamaica, but this exhibition celebrates the truly global sound of modern reggae, with entries from such disparate countries as Greece, Israel, Japan, Cuba and Iran. This powerful synergy of reggae music and art is proof, if it were needed, that Jamaica’s finest export has touched the hearts and minds of billions with its positivity and radiance. The exhibition, which makes its debut in the UK, is set to give Constellations a Caribbean glow, and Wednesday 1st June will see a launch party for the exhibition from 7pm – 11pm, with free […]
Michael Thompson-IRPC visiting world’s largest reggae music label-VP Records, meeting legendary Mrs Patricia Chin, founder of VP records.
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 […]
Balazs Pakozdi, Grand Prize winner of the 2013 International Reggae Poster Contest, pose with some of the wonderful prizes awarded. Prizes include Apple iPad, Classic reggae box-set CDs, vinyls, Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones, Bob Marley Legend, Global Reggae book, and reggae apparel.
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 […]
The International Reggae Poster Contest would like to thank all those involved in making our 2014 IRPC / Live Unchained exhibition at the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington D.C. such a wonderful success. All the proceeds received in excess of expenses helped to support the Alpha Boys’ School in Kingston, Jamaica. This year through the Washington D.C. exhibition and Tania’s Dwyer, successful, fundraising Alpha Party in Australia, we were able to provide cash donations of $4,800 to the historic Alpha Boys’ School music program. Special thanks to Ambassador Stephen Vasciannie, and the embassy staff for the venue and much-appreciated assistance with the event. Special thanks to Kathryn Buford, of Live Unchained for collaborating with us and organizing this successful exhibition. Big thanks to MC Lodi Matsetela who officiated the evening’s silent auction. To all our IRPC Washingtonian ambassadors for assisting in the auction and to help mobilize interest and support through their social media platforms. Big thanks to Patricia Chin and VP Records for sponsoring the exhibition and our charity. One love Barry Lester, of “The B Spot Gallery” in DC, for the professional advice and his generous support with framing. Thanks to Rankin Johnny and his THC Soundsystem and Selektah apparel from Athens, Greece for their generous selection of vinyls and merchandise for Alpha Boys’ School fund raising. We […]
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/
We received 1270 Entries by 748 Designers from 75 Countries! The IRPC is proud for the entries received and we Thank you all for your participation! The voting procedure will start on Friday, 17th February and it will take place on the following dates: ➡ Pre-Selection: 17 February – 3 March 2017: ➡ Final Selection: 10 March – 24 March ➡ Winners will be announced on 1st April 2017 Here we would like to thank our jury panel for their time to review and vote the posters. This contest would not be successful without their contribution! Good Luck Everyone!
In celebration of the UK premiere of One Love: The Bob Marley Musical, we present an exciting exhibition of the 30 most iconic posters of Bob Marley from the International Reggae Poster Competition. Come along to Birmingham Repertory Theatre to experience the extraordinary life of one of music’s greatest legends through art from around the world, and a spectacular production running from 10 March to 15 April. The designers been selected to showcase their work are (in alphabetical order): Andrew Kamenetsky | Russia Avi Marciano | United States Balazs Pakozdi | United Kingdom Byoung il Sun | South Korea (2) Cedillo Rodríguez Cristian | Mexico Charis Tsevis | Greece Charles Okyere-Afoakwah | Ghana Colleen Yessman | United States Enrico Varrasso | Canada karan Maharshi | India Lijie Yang | China Linus Biederman | United States Linus Biederman | United States Marco PeriC | Croatia Maria Papaefstathiou | Greece Mazen Shehab | Egypt Michael Thompson | United States (2) Mohammad Mozafari | IRAN Naoya Arakawa | Japan Nikita Babichev | Russia Piret Alvre | Estonia Rob Snow | United Kingdom Roozbeh Jafarzadeh | Iran Saeed Sheikhbaglou | Iran Seyed Abbas Mirqeisari | Iran Seyed Abbas Seyed Ebrahimi | Iran Theo Kontaxis […]
Please Share the news! Deadline is EXTENDED! Designers from around the world will have more time to create fresh, new, original reggae poster designs for our 2015 collection. This contest is a search for 100 of the most striking reggae posters, capturing the essence of reggae music and culture. The posters should exemplify the essence of the positive messages of Reggae music and our grand vision: Towards a Reggae Hall of Fame, Celebrating Great Jamaican Music. The contest also acknowledges the rich legacy of the historic music program at the Alpha Boys’ School in Kingston, Jamaica. For the IRPC, Reggae is an umbrella term, signifying all the genres of Jamaican popular music: Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Dub, Dancehall and the unique Jamaican Sound System. Please feel free to design around any of the music forms mentioned. Entries should be completed and uploaded by November 30, 2015. (EXTENDED). Participants may submit their entries, starting now, at our website. Before you submit, please read: “How to Take Part“. Theme of the contest: Toward a Reggae Hall of Fame: Celebrating Great Jamaican Music. ENTRY PERIOD: July 15, 2015 (12am EST time) to November, 30, 2015 (12am EST time). (EXTENDED). Eligibility: • The Forth International Reggae Poster […]
As the full list of participants was published I suddenly realized how big this thing is, since then I was really anxious to see what the others will come up with. It has been a great experience from start to finish.
I love how well organized and structured it was. It felt like something you just wanted to be apart of regardless of winning or losing.
It was great to see so many good artworks on my beloved music. You can see that people do not use stereotypes. Why does this not happen more often?
Reggae is a strong movement here in Brazil were it also has been mixed with various different music styles such as brazilian-african music, samba, funk, rock and so on.
I wasn’t interested in Reggae until I’ve heard the Dub effects in “Stir it up” on the radio. These radio waves from the other side of the world made my mind wobble, I was addicted to these cinemascopic sounds. Today everybody can use Dub presets, but even if used clever, these tracks can’t beat the feeling of the early experiments.
The portuguese ministry of justice sent to all the prisons an invitation to participate this contest. The directress of the prison of Braga asked me if I was interested in participate. I quickly accepted because I am a teacher of arts and I have goal in this project. These kind of projects are very important because they sensitize the prisoners for the signification of the art in our days. This theme is very popular in our society. Mainly because Bob Marley is a idol and a inspiration to my st…