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  • Call for entries: Make cultures count! (by March 9)

    January 18, 2010


    The best hope for peace in the world – yet one of the biggest challenges – is the pursuit of better communication and understanding between different civilizations, cultures and peoples. To help UNESCO achieve this objective, we've launched the Culture Counts competition. Designers across the globe are asked to submit poster designs that celebrate 2010 as the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures. The top 30 posters will be showcased in an exhibition at UNESCO headquarters in Paris during the annual International Festival of Cultural Diversity in May 2010. An “Overall Winner” and two “Judge’s Picks” will also be chosen to receive cash prizes.

    Interested participants are asked to express their vision and understanding of the “Rapprochement of Cultures” by designing a poster that creatively emphasizes the importance of exchange and dialogue between cultures. Each entry should be accompanied by a description of the design and what it intends to illustrate. Judging will be based on creativity, practicality, aesthetics and overall effectiveness, but also, importantly, on how well the entries articulate universality, plurality, and a positive and diverse notion of “rapprochement.”

    Fifty posters will be selected for display in an online gallery linked to UNESCO’s website dedicated to the celebration of the International Year 2010. Of that top selection, 30 posters will be printed for a special exhibition at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris during the International Festival of Cultural Diversity in May 2010. UNESCO will also select an “Overall Winner” to receive $2,000 plus a trip to Paris to attend the exhibition. Another $500 will be awarded to each of two “Judge’s Picks” as decided on by DESIGN 21 Advisory Board members. Deadline for entries is March 9, 2010.

    For more information, visit the competition page