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IRPC World-A-Reggae Exhibition to open in Mexico City

February 21, 2014

The International Reggae Poster Contest is pleased to announce our partnership with The Embassy of Jamaica in Mexico and The Mexico Secretariat of Foreign Affairs/Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, as we extend our mission to celebrate cross-cultural connections.  We have curated a collection of the top reggae posters from the 2012 and 2013 contests for an exciting exhibition titled ‘World-A-Reggae’, at the Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores building in Mexico City. The exhibition presents 50 of the best art posters selected from over two thousand submissions from 90 countries. The ‘World-A-Reggae’ exhibition also showcases contributed posters from our esteemed jury members and friends of the contest, including works by internationally recognized designers Elmer Sosa of Mexico, Charis Tsevis of Greece, Roy Villalobos of the United States, Juan Carlos Darias of Venezuela, to name a few.The Jamaican Ambassador to Mexico, Sandra Grant Griffiths, will open the exhibition on February 28, 2014

The opening is by invitation only.

The IRPC ‘World-A-Reggae’ exhibition will be mounted at the exhibition centre of the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs/Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores until March 7

For further information and details of the exhibition, contact the Embassy of Jamaica in Mexico: embajadadejamaica@prodigy.net.mx



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Message From the Under-Secretary for Latin America and the Caribbean
Secretariat of Foreign Affairs, Mexico
Cultural expressions transcend nationalities, languages and ideologies -let alone borders-, especially in a highly integrated world as the one we live in. This exhibition is a perfect example of the power of music to serve as a lingua franca, and at the same time, it reflects the closeness and friendship Mexico and Jamaica have shared for more than 40 years.
Mrta. Vanessa Rubio Márquez
Under-Secretary for Latin America and the Caribbean
Secretariat of Foreign Affairs, Mexico


Message From the Jamaican Ambassador
The governments of Jamaica and Mexico have enjoyed many years of collaboration in the implementation of bilateral cooperation agreements. These include the important area of cultural cooperation, which continues to be elaborated in ongoing bi-national talks.
The Embassy of Jamaica is pleased to partner with the Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores of Mexico in the presentation of this Reggae Month 2014 celebration of the International Reggae Poster Contest Exhibition. It provides a timely vehicle for emphasizing aspects of Jamaican culture here in Mexico, and a recognition that the music that Jamaica gave to the world remains a relevant instrument of progress and social enjoyment.
H.E. Sandra Grant Griffiths
Ambassador of Jamaica

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AMA Art Museum of the Americas to Showcase Reggae Posters in Washington D.C.

February 21, 2014

Our third major exhibition will be co-hosted by the AMA Art Museum of the Americas and the Jamaica Mission to the Organization of American States (OAS).  It showcases 24 beautiful posters from around the world.  The exhibition will be held in the Marcus Garvey Hall at the headquarters of  the OAS in Washington D.C. It will run from May 19th through the 31st and admission is free. His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, Ambassador of Jamaica to the US and head of the Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the OAS; Professor Carolyn Cooper of the University of the West Indies; and Michael Thompson and Maria Papaefstathou, founders of the contest, will speak at the opening.
For further information and details of the exhibition, contact :
Andrés Navia: anavia@oas.orgMuseum of the Americas;  or
Julia Hyatt:  juliaehyatt@gmail.comMinister/Alternate RepresentativePermanent Mission of Jamaica to the OAS.


AMA’s mission statement:
AMA’s work is based on the principle that the arts are transformative for individuals and communities.  This belief simultaneously serves to promote the core values of the Organization of American States (OAS) by providing a space for cultural expression, creativity, dialogue and learning, highlighting themes such as democracy, development, human rights, justice, freedom of expression, and innovation.  AMA’s work advances the inter-American agenda, drawing on the arts to showcase a constructive vision of the future of the region via local and hemispheric cultural exchange.  This is achieved by showcasing cutting-edge exhibits of artists whose output creatively combine artistic craftsmanship with topical social and political issues and by establishing a dialogue of these works with AMA’s permanent collection.

OAS mission statement:
The Organization of American States (OAS) brings together the countries of the Western Hemisphere to advance common interests such as democracy, good governance, human rights, peace and security, and address the complex problems caused by poverty, drugs and corruption. Through decisions made by its political bodies and programs carried out by its General Secretariat, the OAS promotes greater inter-American cooperation and understanding.

We are pleased to announce a new Jury Member, Mirko Ilic.

February 21, 2014

Photo_by_Luka_Paic_ac2d38Mirko Ilic was born in Bosnia. In Europe, he drew comics, illustrations, and art-directed posters, books, and record covers. When he arrived in the U.S. he became the art director of Time Magazine International Edition. Later he became art director of the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times. He has received numerous awards, including those from the Society of Illustrators, the Art Directors Club, I.D. Magazine, Print Magazine and others.
Mirko is the co-author of several books with Steve Heller, including Genius Moves: 100 Icons of Graphic Design, Handwritten, Stop Think Go Do, and Lettering Large. With Milton Glaser he co-wrote The Design of Dissent.
(photo credits: by Luka Paic)






Οur winner will be awarded by the type foundry Parachute with font package worth 500 €

February 21, 2014


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 2014 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.

Intl. Reggae Poster Contest CALL FOR ENTRIES date change!

December 26, 2013

IRPC 2014

The 2014 IRPC marks the third year of selecting the best reggae poster designs from around the world, and we are making changes to the submission date.

The International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC) has moved the 2014 CALL FOR ENTRIES from the usual December (2013) announcement, to July 1st 2014, which is International Reggae Day. We are planning a number of exhibitions, partnerships and collaborations in 2014 leading up to the announcement. Please follow our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/InternationalReggaePosterContest, and our official IRPC website www.reggaepostercontest.com for news and updates. We will also announce exciting new prizes for the Grand Prize Winners.


2013 was a successful year for the IRPC, we received 1,100 submissions from 78 countries, and curated three major “World A Reggae” exhibitions. One at AKTO school of design in Thessaloniki, Greece earlier this year. The October opening in Miami, Florida which featured an unprecedented selection of 100 plus reggae posters at the spacious Multitudes Gallery. The second U.S. exhibition held at the DuPont Circle Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, D.C. This special showing was hosted by Jamaican Ambassador to the United States, Stephen Vasciannie and Kathryn Buford founder of Live Unchained. The exhibition featured over 50 stunning posters of the 2013 IRPC winners. The selection also included posters from our jury members and friends; Charis Tsevis, Yossi Lemel, Frank Arbelo, Dane Thompson, Saleh Zanganeh, John Moore, Elen G, Sergio Olivotti, Roy Villalobos, and Tomoko Miyagawa. The Embassy of Jamaica was abuzz with activity on November 14th, as a large gathering of Washingtonians, friends from Virginia, Maryland and as far away as New York City came out for the opening. They expressed much enthusiasm for the international reggae art. This showed a clear indication of the popularity of the reggae poster art represented from around the world.

Our IRPC vision for a Frank Gehry inspired Museum for Kingston, Jamaica and the Alpha Boys’ School awareness campaign were well received by all. Through the Live Unchained collaboration we have broadened our support in the US capital. Thanks to the IRPC cultural ambassadors for spreading the word and making it successful through social media. At the opening, Ambassador Stephen Vasciannie pointed out the importance of the IRPC exhibitions as a testimony and a reminder to all of the global embrace for Jamaican popular music and culture. He was impressed by the positive messages that were depicted in the posters and he expressed his appreciation for the high level of designs expressed in the creative visuals. Highlights of the opening included speeches from ambassador Vasciannie, IRPC founder Michael Thompson, Live Unchained founder Kathryn Buford, Dutty Bookman and Patricia Chin of VP Records. Patricia reminded the audience that reggae culture is more than just the beautiful sounds coming from all corners of the world, but also the role played by the visuals arts. It was evidently expressed from all those attending the opening the affirmation that reggae and Rastafarian symbolize a powerful global presence. Many designs represented in the collection covered varied subjects related to all aspect of the musical genres: Ska, Rocksteady, Dub, Roots Reggae, Dancehall, Jamaican Sound System and Alpha Boys’ School.

Those attending the Washington DC exhibition included Mrs. Patricia Chin, founder of Randy’s and VP Records, Dutty Bookman, author and guiding force behind the Reggae Revival Movement, and the Jamaican embassy staff.

The November 14th, opening was originally due to run for two weeks but became widely popular with visitors to the embassy and the general public; we were requested to have it extended to December 20.


Patricia Chin founder of VP Records in front of the IRPC global footprint. 



Michael Thompson presents his Paul Boggle poster to the Jamaican Ambassador to the United States, Stephen Vasciannie. Next to him, Kathryn Buford, founder of “Live Unchained”. 



Dutty Bookman author and guiding force of the “Reggae Revival” movement. 



Michael Thompson presents his “Randy Chin” poster to Patrica Chin, founder of VP Records

Thank You! 2013 IRPC Contestants, Jury and our Global Friends!

December 26, 2013

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 wish to recognize the more than 100 artists and designers globally who created such fine array of poster art and to all the supporters of the arts who patronized our initiatives and our worldwide events.

Michael Thompson
Maria Papaefstathiou
IRPC Founders

Winner’s Prizes!!!

December 26, 2013

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.


IRPC visiting VP records

June 1, 2013

Michael Thompson-IRPC visiting world’s largest reggae music label-VP Records, meeting legendary Mrs Patricia Chin, founder of VP records.




The Reggae Poster Contest Travels to Thessaloniki, Greece!

March 13, 2013



International Reggae Poster Contest in Athens, Greece

December 1, 2012

AKTO Art & Design College in Athens, Greece launches a four-week International Reggae Poster exhibition.

Curator and co-founder Maria Papaefstathiou of the contest presented the 100 winning posters from the First International Reggae Poster Contest 2012 at the AKTO Art & Design College on November 22, the display will continue until December 15, 2012. At the end of the four-week exhibition, the founders Maria Papaefstathiou and Michael Thompson will hold a sale of the posters, with proceeds going to the Alpha Boys’ School, the legendary institution whose alumni have been credited with giving birth to Reggae

The exhibition titled World-A-Reggae. The 100 best entries, opened to a large and enthusiastic Greek audience, including students of the AKTO college. In attendance were designs professionals, the Jamaica Consul General to Greece William Argeros, The Cultural Attaché to the Israel Embassy in Athens Mr Ion Vassiliadis.

Michael Thompson, Jamaican co-founder, along with Maria Papaefstathiou of Greece, of the Reggae Poster Contest said: “We opened the exhibition here in Athens, Greece to share our bold objectives. In addition, we were able to exchange views on the topic of social design with graphic art students in this great city.

Maria said: “The exhibition in Athens proves, that what we have here in this contest is a universal message “One Love” and that even in Greece that message is understood clearly. We are grateful that AKTO was open to my idea to keep the exhibition there.”

The exhibition will close with a fantastic reggae party to honor this great music at AKTO art and design college, with the fantastic selectors Rankin Johnny and Anna Mystic.


The 10th place winner, Dimitris Evagelou from Greece next to his poster with Michael Thompson and Maria Papaefstathiou.

Founder Michael Thompson amongst Visual Designer Charis Tsevis and Social Affairs Manager, Eva Mavridou and other staff and friends of AKTO and the IRPC.

Michael Thompson being interviewed by MTv channel.

Consul General of Jamaica in Greece, William Argeros, talking to MTV channel.

Maria Papaefstathiou, co-founder, announcing the 2013 Reggae Poster Contest on MTv.

The founders with the famous artist Viktor Koen.

The founders with the amazing visual designer and judge of the contest Charis Tsevis

Tzanetos Petropouleas, (member of Graphic Design Association), Charis Tsevis (Visual Designer) and Christina Tsevis (Amazing Illustrator).


Help Jamaica and Hille Soundquake from Germany was there!!!

Their calendar for 2013 consists of 6 posters from the IRPC 2012 and 6 Freestylee posters. You can order it online!

Hille Soundquake from Germany playing at the exhibition!

Greek Selector Rankin Johnny from THC Sound System.


Freestylee Posters were also on sale !!!

You can order them online as well. Until the end of December, for only 25€ each. Information here.

IRPC featured article in the well known Greece Magazine LiFO.

IRPC brochure featuring the top 30 and the contributed posters. These are for sale at the same price sold at the auction which took place in Jamaica on 11th December 2012.


Manolis Aggelakis from Tind Silkscreen

will demonstrate, few days later, silk screen printing with one Freestylee design. Posters were given away to the attendants.

Michael Thompson, aka Freestylee, signing his beautiful silk screen poster.

Students and visitors watching Manolis while printing.

Some of the students and visitors learning the process…

Here Thodoris Mastrogiannis from Graphic Notes.

Here Dimos Stathis, co-founder of Corn Studio given a lesson by Manolis.


Before the printing, the founders of the contest had a discussion panel on the subject “How Design Can spark Change”. The panel attended by Luba Lukova from USA and Alon Braier from Israel, by skype, and Manolis Aggelakis from Tind.

The Exhibition opening was considered as a great success and everyone is looking forward to the next one in Greece with more amazing posters from the competition of 2013, soon to be announced.

We wish to thank everyone that helped this to become a reality!!!


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