International Reggae Poster Contest in Athens, Greece

 

AKTO Art & Design Collage 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.

 

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 was 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!!!

 

Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (www.reggaepostercontest.com)

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