The 19th International Reggae Poster Contest Exhibition, “The Art of Reggae,” opened on August 11, 2017 in Ostróda, Poland. Hosted by the Ostróda Reggae Festival, the exhibition showcased 40 winning posters from the 5th International Reggae Poster Contest 2016.

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The exhibition was one of the highlights of the Ostroda Reggae University.    To introduce the exhibition, Maria Papaefstathiou, co-founder of the contest with Michael ‘Freestylee’ Thompson, gave an engaging talk on the impact of reggae and Jamaican culture internationally.  She focused on a variety of design forms such as book covers, logotypes and, of course, posters.  Her lively talk was moderated in fine style by Dr. Bartosz Wójcik, author, literary critic, translator and cultural manager.

Photos by Sebastian Klebaniuk

On August 13, Dr. Carolyn Cooper, a member of the International Reggae Poster Contest collective, gave a talk on “Global Reggae: Jamaican Culture at Large.”  She began with a song by the Third World band which records a question that reggae fans and academics have been asking for decades:  “How can a big music come from a little island?”  The answer, Cooper proposes, has to do with the character of the Jamaican people.  There’s a well-known Jamaican proverb that says, “we lickle but we talawah’ – we’re small but we are powerful.

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